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UFC on Fox: Velasquez vs. dos Santos Free Picks – SportsUntapped.com
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Added November 11th, 2011 by Matt

UFC on Fox: Velasquez vs. dos Santos Free Picks
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The UFC on Fox debuts on Saturday night, and since all the fights except the main event are considered prelim fights, we will give you our top 5 fight picks. Here we go…

Ricardo Lamas -140 vs. Cub Swanson +110

Swanson had some success in the WEC, but lost to some of the bigger names like Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes. Lamas is fun to watch, a collegiate wrestler with power in his hands. He also fought in the WEC and made a splash in his UFC debut by knocking out Matt Grice in the first round. This is a bad matchup for Swanson, and he won’t be able to defend Lamas’ takedowns. Take Lamas -140.

DaMarques Johnson -280 vs. Clay Harvison +220

A battle of two former Ultimate Fighter contestants. Harvison has knockout power, but Johnson is the better all-around fighter. He also has more experience. Still, Johnson has been knocked out in two of his last three fights. I think the line here reflects bettor tendencies than the actual matchup. Don’t go bonkers, but take Harvison +220.

Kid Yamamoto -370 vs. Darren Uyenoyama +280

What a pleasure it would have been to have seen Kid Yamamoto fighting in the states during his prime. The Shooto and K-1 legend makes his second appearance in the Octagon against newcomer Uyenoyama. Kid ran into the buzzsaw that is Demtrious Johnson in his UFC debut, but should blow through the untested Uyenoyama. Take Yamamoto -370.

Clay Guida +195 vs. Benson Henderson -280

The masses are going with Henderson, and it’s hard to fault them after his impressive performance against Jim Miller. Henderson has also handled Donald Cerrone twice, and he will be the bigger, stronger fighter in the cage. But Henderson will not be able to keep or maybe even put Guida on his back like he did Miller. And since Guida has moved to Jackson’s MMA, his striking has greatly improved. He will push the pace and this fight will likely go to the judges’ scorecards. If that happens, I like Guida in the so-called “upset”. Take Guida +195.

Cain Velasquez -195 vs. Junior dos Santos +155

The main event of the card and the only televised bout on the Fox broadcast. Everyone knows that either fighter could knock the other one out in a blink of an eye. These two combatants have the most extreme combination of speed and power in the heavyweight division. But let’s face it — Velasquez is a world-class wrestler and will use that to his advantage sooner rather than later. If you believe in dos Santos, by all means throw money behind him. He could score the KO. But if you are looking at skillsets, the smart money is on the champ. Take Velasquez -195.

 
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