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On Saturday night, October 19th, from Houston, Texas UFC 166 will take place. The show will be headlined by the conclusion of what many people are calling the greatest heavyweight rivalry in UFC history.
It should be a great night of fights as this card is full of great match ups. Below are the latest UFC 166 odds and also fight previews.
To me, the flyweight division in the UFC is the most fun to watch. John Dodson is certainly one of the quickest fighters in the entire sport and may be the best athlete the sport has. He’s coming off a loss to Demetrious Johnson, but he gave Johnson the toughest fight he’s had as champion.
Montague has been considered the best flyweight outside of the UFC and in his debut he will be taking on one of the divisions best. This should be a very fast paced and exciting fight. Montague is on a 4 fight winning streak, and I think he’ll make it 5 and jump right to the top of the flyweight division.
Gonzaga, who is a former number one contender at heavyweight, is coming off of a 17 second knockout victory over Dave Herman. He’s equally dangerous on his feet as he is on the ground. People may know Gonzaga best from when he knocked out Mirko Cro Cop with a head kick back in April of 2007. That head kick actually got him the shot at the UFC heavyweight title, where he went on to lose to Randy Couture.
Shawn Jordan is coming off of two very impressive performances. He scored a TKO victory over Mike Russow back in January, and his last fight only lasted 59 seconds as he knocked out Pat Barry. He’s been on a nice roll as of late, winning 4 of his last 5. But I think Gonzaga is going to make life tough for him, and ultimately beat him.
For Daniel Cormier, this fight doesn’t make much sense. He’s fighting a guy who is coming off of a loss who is dangerous, and Cormier has said that he’ll be dropping down to 205 after this fight. To me, it would seem like if he’s going to drop down he should want an easy fight, but he didn’t. He wanted to fight Nelson and Nelson wants to fight him. Cormier looked a little underwhelming in his UFC debut. Yes, he dominated Frank Mir. But he pretty much held him against the cage the entire fight. He didn’t exactly do anything to catch any attention.
Nelson is coming off of a bad loss to Stipe Miocic. He did take the fight on short notice and it really showed. He took a beating in that fight and if he would have had a full camp before then I’m not sure if he would have lost that fight. Nelson has made it clear that he wants to be in the title picture, and if he can hand Cormier his first loss that would put him back in the mix. He certainly has the tools to do that. He’s got big time power that could put Cormier to sleep, and he’s a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, although we’ve never really seen him use it. This is a fight hat could go either way, and I’m going to pick Nelson to score the upset.
Melendez is heavily favored in this fight and with good reason. He believes and a lot of people believe he should be the UFC lightweight champion. If he’s able to beat Diego Sanchez he may just get another opportunity to go after the belt. Although to me, a rematch with Benson Henderson should come first.
Sanchez has been one of the least active fighters in the company over the last 4 years, fighting only 5 times over that amount of time. He’s coming off of a split decision win over Takanori Gomi and will be looking to try to score the biggest upset of the night. However, I don’t think he’ll be able to pull it off. Melendez should win this one.
Dos Santos is entering this fight looking to duplicate what he was able to do to Velasquez the first time they met. He certainly has a lot of power and he’s probably the only fighter in the heavyweight division that can compete with Cain. I’m not sure this fight will be any different than the second fight where Cain destroyed him.
Velasquez is the best heavyweight in the UFC, hands down and I don’t see anyone challenging him for a very long time. He’s just too good. I see this fight going down exactly how the second fight went. A 5 round beat down by Velasquez should take place.
We will shortly be adding the undercard UFC 166 sports betting odds. The above odds are provided by Bovada.Lv.
Written by Aaron Sass
Aaron Sass is an up and coming MMA journalist and is responsible for most of the event previews and fight predictions that are published on Best Bet UFC. His favourite MMA fighter is Chael Sonnen.