How To Bet On UFC On Fox 25 From Uniondale, NY

Chris Wiedman

Andreas Hale

Thursday, July 20, 2017 3:59 PM GMT

Thursday, Jul. 20, 2017 3:59 PM GMT

The UFC heads to Uniondale, New York this weekend as the former UFC middleweight champion looks to halt a three fight losing streak as Chris Weidman squares off with Kelvin Gastelum in the main event of UFC on Fox 25.

It’s a card heavy with fighters representing New York as Weidman, Dennis Bermudez, Gian Villante and Jimmie Rivera are all featured on the main card. But just because these New Yorkers will have home field advantage doesn’t mean that they all should come out victorious. And as a betting man or woman, there are a few fights that are intriguing. 

Starting with the main event, Weidman enters the fight as much as a +150 underdog while Gastellum sits as high as -191. Although Gastellum has looked impressive since bumping up in weight, he’s facing a former champion who is in dire need of a victory. Considering that neither are dominant strikers and Weidman has the edge in grappling, it’s a bit surprising that he’s the underdog. But, apparently, most people think he’s washed up and no longer has the spirt it compete at middleweight. That is likely an overreaction, which has led to money coming in on Gastellum. But Weidman has the better tools and has faced stiffer competition than his opponent. Not to mention that Weidman is going to have a five-inch height advantage. As tenacious as Gastellum is, he won’t be able to deal with Weidman’s size and strength over the course of five round. I like Weidman at +150 on the UFC odds board as he should come out with a chip on his shoulder and look to make an example out of Gastellum. 

Elsewhere on the card, another intriguing fight between Jimmie Rivera and Thomas Almeida is taking place in the bantamweight division. Rivera burst onto the scene last year with a victory over Urijah Faber and has since become viewed as a contender in the 135 pound division. He’s facing the heavy handed Almeida, who has only lost once in his career to current champion Cody Garbrandt. Somehow, the oddsmakers have found Rivera’s victory over a fading Faber enough of a reason to make him a favorite as high as -225 while Almeida can be found at +175. This is bizarre considering that Rivera’s hasn’t defeated really anybody of note. This line should be a lot closer and with Almeida’s frightening power, it may not even last that long. I definitely like Almeida and his power here. I’m much more comfortable betting him straight up at +175. However, the +170 odds that this goes less than a round and a half is pretty intriguing as well. Rivera is solid defensively and is a competent wrestler but all it takes is one punch from the Brazilian to cut the lights out.

The rest of the card has some solid action (read here for a break down of Kennedy vs Bochniak, but nothing that sticks out like the two fights I just mentioned. I’d feel pretty comfortable to take Weidman at +150 and pairing Almeida at +175 with the fight going under a round and a half at +170.

Free UFC Picks: Wiedman +150, Almeida +150 & Under 1.5Best Line Offered: at YouWager

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