Alvarez-Poirier Rematch Likely Another Wild UFC Affair

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 2:17 PM UTC

Wednesday, Jul. 25, 2018 2:17 PM UTC

Saturday's card features Eddie Alvarez and Dustin Poirier are back at it after their wild scrap in 2017. Also in action will be former featherweight champion Jose Aldo against Jeremy Stephens.

<h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="" title="UFC Betting Forum">UFC On Fox 30 (Saturday; Calgary, Canada)</a></h2><h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="" title="Live Poirier-Alvarez Odds">Dustin Poirier vs. Eddie Alvarez (9:30 p.m. ET)</a></h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Free UFC Pick: Alvarez +141</h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Best Line Offered: <a href=";book=Pinnacle" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">Pinnacle</a></h2><p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3521948, "sportsbooksIds":[238,1096,19,169,1275], "LineTypeId":2, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p>Eddie Alvarez and Dustin Poirier were on a quest to destroy each other when they met at UFC 2011 in May 2017. The back-and-forth barn-burner abruptly came to a halt when Alvarez landed a knee on a downed Poirier and the fight was ruled a No Contest. Both fighters had their respective moments before the end came in the second round. Since then, both scored "Fight of the Night" knockout victories over Justin Gaethje, while Poirier also finished Anthony Pettis.</p><p><a href="" title="UFC Odds">Poirier is the favorite</a> in the return bout at -155 while Alvarez sits as a +135. This could be due to Alvarez having a lot of mileage on his 34-year-old body while Poirier appears to finally hit his stride at 29. As of right now, there’s no total on the over/under, and that’s really going to be your best bet. You can fully expect this to pick up where the last fight left off. However, if you need to make a bet on either fighter, you should grab the value with Alvarez while you still can. He originally opened up as a +145 and has been bet down as the fight draws near. He’s a gutsy fighter who will stick his head in Poirier’s chest and slug away. He had Poirier hurt badly before the fight ending knee happened and we could very well be in for a similar affair. As a five-round fight instead of three, <a href="" title="Free Sports Picks">there’s even less chance that this goes the distance</a>. Both are finishers, and both want a shot at Khabib Nurmagomedov’s UFC lightweight title.</p><p>[/]{"component":"video", "type":"youtube", "url":"", "videoSize":"Large" }[/]</p><h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="" title="Live Stephens-Aldo Odds">Jeremy Stephens vs. Jose Aldo (9 p.m. ET)</a></h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Free UFC Pick: Aldo -135</h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Best Line Offered: <a href=";book=5dimes" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">5Dimes</a></h2><p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3521949, "sportsbooksIds":[19,180,139,999991,1252], "LineTypeId":2, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p>For as long as most of us can remember, Jose Aldo has fought for or defended a world title. For the first time, he’ll fight without a title on the line against the hard-hitting Jeremy Stephens. Aldo’s had a rough time as of late with back-to-back knockout losses to Max Holloway and the infamous 13-second KO to Conor McGregor. He did beat Frankie Edgar in between, but it’s clear that he’s not the savage featherweight that he once was.</p><p>Stephens has always been one of those guys that you wonder what would happen if they ever figured it out. It seems like that time is now as Stephens has pulled off three straight wins over Josh Emmett, Doo Ho Choi and Gilbert Melendez. All signs point to the momentum of Stephens, but there’s curiosity as to whether or not Aldo has anything left in the tank. Losing to Holloway and McGregor doesn’t appear to be such a bad thing when you put it in context. However, the fact that he lost all three of those fights by knockout is a problem.</p><p>Aldo is still the more skilled technician of the two, although the fact that he’s stopped throwing the vaunted leg kicks has become a major issue. For that reason, <a href="" title="UFC Odds">Aldo is a -135 favorite</a> while Stephens is a narrow underdog at +115. On the surface, it’s easy to side with Stephens given his current run. But there’s something that has to be said to the fact that he’s had such an up-and-down career and will be facing one of his toughest opponents to date. <a href="" title="Free Sports Picks">If Aldo has anything left, he should find a way to win</a> this fight by decision.</p><p>[/]{"component":"video", "type":"youtube", "url":"", "videoSize":"Large" }[/]</p>
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