UFC 194 Picks: Bet The Most Hotly Anticipated Clashes Of The Year

Swinging Johnson

Saturday, December 12, 2015 4:42 PM GMT

Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015 4:42 PM GMT

UFC 194 is the most hotly anticipated MMA event of the year with two championship clases & several explosive matches. Let's take a look at the UFC odds on these fights & cash big in our UFC picks.

Conor McGregor (18-2, 16 KO's, 1 Sub) vs. Jose Aldo (25-1, 14 KO's, 2 Subs)
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Free UFC Pick: McGregor +106
Best Odds Offered By Pinnacle

 

This one is for the undisputed UFC Featherweight strap which will eliminate any need for that gaudy Interim championship belt. Conor McGregor will gladly throw that one in the trash in order to claim what he feels is his for the taking. But Jose Aldo, current 145 pound king and 10 years without a defeat, will have something to say about that.  

Many people will point to Aldo's superior grappling and mat skills, but if you glance quickly at Aldo's record, you will notice only two career submissions on his stellar record. There is genuine dislike between these two combatants, as McGregor sincerely believes Aldo has been ducking him, and Aldo is incensed with the lack of respect from the boisterous Irishman. We will see more standing and trading in this fight than Aldo backers are hoping. We know McGregor will not want anything to do with the ground game and Aldo's sublime takedown defense (91 percent efficiency which puts him sixth all time in that category) ensures he won't get it even if he wants it.

Aldo will go to war tonight and work mercilessly on McGregor's shins, knees and quads with those blistering leg kicks he throws with surgical precision and stunning force. But McGregor has an eclectic style all his own and his incorporation of capoeira into his attack leaves many opponents uncertain and off guard. McGregor is a hard man to target, and his opponents feel his immediate wrath if they go for broke. I see McGregor frustrating Aldo in this one and doing damage from inside with his lethal combination of elbows, knees, and short uppercuts. The UFC odds makers are making this one a virtual coin flip, but tonight I am betting we will have a new featherweight king.

 

Luke Rockhold (14-2, 3 KO's, 9 Subs) vs. Chris Weidman (13-0, 6 KO's, 3 Subs)
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Free UFC Pick: Weidman -130
Best Odds Offered By BetOnline

 

Middleweight champion Chris Weidman does not get nearly the respect he deserves and much of that is due to him shattering the aura of invincibility from the beloved Anderson Silva, whom he destroyed in two consecutive matches. Weidman is simply immaculate in all aspects of his MMA game. He is neither splashy nor ostentatious inside or outside the Octagon. To call him workmanlike would be undermining his stunning repertoire of martial combat techniques; yet, he is not prone to delivering highlight reel material, ergo flying armbars, cage walking finishes or a series of spinning crescent kicks. He is simply Matt Hughes dominant and only on a bad night will he relinquish the title to a very good, but by no means spectacular, challenger like Luke Rockhold, which is why I am including the champ in my UFC picks tonight.

 

Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza (22-3, 2 KO's 16 Subs) vs. Yoel Romero (10-1, 9 KO's, 0 Subs)
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Free UFC Pick: Souza -136
Best Odds Offered By Bookmaker

 

These two world class middleweights should have joined the UFC 10 years ago and we could have seen them in their burgeoning prime fighting the very best in the world. Now they are in their late 30's and the window is rapidly closing on both men to earn the coveted title shot, but I cannot imagine that whomever comes out on top of the Rockhold/Weidman fight won't be meeting one of these two destroyers.

This is a pick your poison kind of fight. Souza's nickname in English means alligator and what a fitting description it is for a sublime takedown artist who locks on to his prey and takes them to deep waters simply in order to drown them. Yoel Romero on the other hand is built like Hercules and has absolutely bone jarring power in both fists. In addition, he is a former Olympic freestyle wrestler who earned a silver medal at the 2000 Games and a former world champion. Ironically, it is not grappling he is renowned for inside the cage, but rather for his explosive power in his hands.

This may be the fight of the night, despite it being overshadowed by the pair of high profile championship matches. I believe Souza has the chops to stay far away from Romero's insatiable appetite for delivering pain, and will lure him to the mat where wrestling often succumbs to elite submission skills. This one goes to Souza.

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