UFC 193 is coming to the Land of Oz this Saturday night and though Ronda Rousey vs. Holly Holm is the main attraction we decided to reveal our UFC picks on those fights that aren’t getting nearly enough attention.
Uriah Hall (12-5, 8 KO’s, 2 Subs) vs. Robert Whittaker (14-4, 7 KO’s, 5 Subs)
Robert Whittaker may consider himself lucky that he didn’t get the veteran Michael Bisping but I’m not sure Uriah Hall poses less of a threat. As a matter of fact the UFC odds makers had Bisping as a similarly priced favorite before he pulled out due to injury as to what they are hanging on Hall at -120. Uriah Hall is a showstopper along the lines of Jon Bones Jones. He employs long, angular kicks from crazy angles and uses anything at his disposal to turn the lights out. Vicious knees and spinning elbows are all part and parcel of what he brings to the table and his five wins over his last six matches prove he is getting better with each and every fight.
It’s astonishing that these two fighters are both 6’0” as Hall has the look of a man that is several inches taller. Perhaps it is his 79 inch reach (versus 73 for Whittaker) or his lean, sinewy build but whatever it is he fights taller than his six foot frame would suggest and is stunningly quick. Whittaker appears to be a better fit at middleweight after finishing his first two opponents since he moved up from welterweight. However, Uriah Hall is a step up in class from his most recent opponents, Brad Tavares and Clint Hester. Although I respect the power of Whittaker and his recent victories at 185 pounds I don’t believe he’s any match for Hall.
Play Uriah Hall -120 at Pinnacle.com.
Peter Sobotta (15-4, 4 KO’s, 10 Subs) vs. Kyle Noke (21-7, 7 KO’s 8 Subs)
Noke ain’t no joke. While that may be true I can say that Peter Sobotta will be the only one laughing when this one is finished. Noke had won six of his last seven before losing three of his last five. That’s what happens when the competition gets tougher at the big leagues of MMA also known as the UFC. Noke didn’t even fight in 2013 and here he is now at 35-years-old and probably at the end of his tenure in the UFC if he gets throttled by Sobotta.
Sobotta is 28-years-old and winner of seven straight. Six of those seven victories have come via rear-naked choke and if he sees an opening he will certainly attempt to get Noke to tap in similar fashion. But Noke has an impressive ground game with eight submissions of his own. However I don’t believe he will be able to contend with the power that Sobotta possesses and will ultimately succumb to the BJJ master.
In your UFC picks on Saturday night play Peter Sobotta -161 at Pinnacle.com.
Daniel Kelly (9-1, 2 KO’s, 5 Subs) vs. Steve Montgomery (8-3)
If you want a live dog in your UFC picks then might I suggest Daniel Kelly. Kelly is long in the tooth at 38 years of age but he will have the crowd on his side as he is a native Australian who represented his country four times at the Olympic Games on the national judo team. He is coming off the first loss of his MMA career to Sam Alvey courtesy of a first round knockout but I am not convinced the unheralded Steve Montgomery, nicknamed The Creepy Weasel, has been around enough to have earned his standing as a -260 favorite. Let’s look for value in this one.
Play Daniel Kelly +230at Pinncale.com.