Tonight Ronda Rousey defends her UFC Women's Bantamweight title against Holly Holm but there are more ways than one to include this fight in your UFC picks. Let's explore those scenarios inside.
UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey vs. Holly Holm
Total Rounds 1½
Over +325 / Under -400
While it's unusual to be enthusiastic about laying UFC odds of -400 on a fight to go less than 1 ½ rounds this one is cause for celebration. Ronda Rousey contends Holly Holm represents her most serious challenge to the title. I say baloney. Holm is a standup puncher with only nine KO's on her boxing record and to think she will starch someone of Rousey's pedigree is pure fantasy. Rousey can take this fight wherever she wants and whenever she sees fit. If she decides to prove she can beat Holm at her own game, which would be to stand and trade, then so be it. If that proves to be a little more challenging then the fight goes to the mat and Holly Holm is history. The challenger has no ground game to speak of and we all know how lethal Rousey is when the grappling begins. This one is a no-brainer.
UFC Pick: Play Under -400 in your UFC picks for Saturday night.
Rousey Wins Inside Distance
Yes -1060 / No +605
Do you really need a C-Note that bad that you are willing to risk a G-Note to do so? If you do then you most likely don't have the thousand bucks to begin with so let's not make ridiculous bets no matter how easy they seem. Let's also not forget about Mike Tyson circa 1990 when chalk eaters were laying -3300 that he would defeat little known James Buster Douglas. If you don't know how that worked out then go to YouTube to find out. Hint: The underdog covered in violent fashion. This bet is a pass.
Rousey Wins By Submission
Yes -300 / No +220
Make no mistake Rousey will finish Holm on Saturday night in the Land of Oz but how she does so could surprise us. Would it be so far-fetched to believe Rousey will want to add to her storied legacy by knocking out a 19-times world boxing champion? Incidentally, that is exactly what is wrong with boxing. There are so many divisions (eat a ham sandwich if you want to move up a weight class) and so many alphabet soup organizations that the entire sport has become watered down - Dana White are you listening?
But I digress from the topic at hand. Yes, Rousey could very well want to punch her lights out to prove she's better than even one of the best female boxers on the planet. As entertaining as that scenario is it would be the death knell of your UFC pick that Rousey wins by submission. Nevertheless, I don't believe it will go down like that. The champion locking in her patented armbar is a far more likely depiction of how it will end for Holm and it will end quickly.
Mark Hunt vs. Antonio Silva
Total Rounds 1 ½
Over +160 / Under -185
Here we have two aging fighters with Antonio Bigfoot Silva, a 36-year-old brawler with more miles than Goodyear, and 41-year-old Super Samoan Mark Hunt. Granted these two fought to a three-round majority draw in 2013 where Silva was suspended afterwards for failing a post-fight drug test but that was then and this is now.
Both fighters are on the verge of getting their pink slips from Dana White and if this fight isn't entertaining even the winner could get his walking papers. Besides these two can still do one thing and that is turn the lights out. They are no match for the young guns in the division but what's better than two middle aged men knocking each other the f*** out?! Nothin'...nothin' at all.
Don't blink because this one could be over before you know it.
UFC Pick: Play Under -185 in this UFC prop pick.