UFC 162: The Undercard
UFC 162 returns to Vegas on Saturday July 6th with the legendary Anderson Silva taking on Chris Weidman. But let's analyze the undercard UFC Betting Odds and add to our bankroll.
Tim Kennedy (15-4, 5 KO's, 8 Subs) vs. Roger Gracie (6-1, 0 KO's, 5 Subs)
Another Gracie gracing the Octagon. Yes, Roger Gracie, the latest offspring from the legendary fighting Gracies will be making his UFC debut at UFC 162. He’s got all the requisite BJJ acclaim you would expect from a man with his superb pedigree. Gracie has been invited to assimilate from the now defunct Strikeforce organization and into the lovin’ arms of Dana White’s UFC.
Gracie is a long, rangy middleweight standing 6’4” and competed in the World Jiu-Jitsu Championships as a super heavyweight (207.5 to less than 221 pounds) only three years ago. He won his first two MMA fights as a heavyweight then dropped down to light heavy when he submitted Kevin Randleman in his Strikeforce debut. After he suffered his first MMA loss to Muhammed Lawal via a first round KO, Gracie decided to ship down to the middleweights where he decisioned Keith Jardine and submitted Anthony Smith in his last bout.
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Tim Kennedy is also a Strikeforce refugee registering a record of 4-2 while plying his trade in that organization. His last bout was a win over Trevor Smith when he locked on a guillotine choke to end the contest in the third round. Kennedy has a black belt in traditional Japanese Jiu-Jitsu and boasts a relentless offensive that is most effective when the fight hits the floor. He has tremendous ground and pound but getting on the mat with Roger Gracie may not be the smartest tacticFlight of the Navigator
Gracie has a five inch height advantage over Kennedy and will no doubt welcome any attempt by him to grapple. Kennedy must understand that if he is to emerge victorious it will have to be in precisely the same way that Muhammed Lawal vanquished Gracie. But King Mo is known for his lethal fists while Kennedy may have a more difficult time replicating that stunning knockout because Gracie will be looking for it. When it comes to fighting, the Gracie’s do many things extraordinarily well and one of them is learning from their mistakes. If Gracie makes this look easy, don’t be surprised to see him vault up the UFC middleweight rankings and fast track his way to a title shot within the year.
The play is Gracie as a +100 underdog at Ladbrokes.com in our UFC picks.
Chris Leben (22-9, 12 KO’s, 5 Subs) vs. Andrew Craig (8-1, 3 KO’s, 1 Sub)
Chris Leben is riding a two-fight losing streak and we all know what happens when a fighter in the UFC loses that third fight, don’t we? It’s the magic number that will get your ticket punched right on to the unemployment line. Leben’s job is in jeopardy and he will need to go for broke when he takes on Andrew Craig.
Craig is a relative newcomer to the UFC but he’s kept pretty busy. He decisioned Kyle Noke in his debut then scored a stunning 2nd round knockout over Brazilian tough guy Rafael Natal. His undefeated streak was halted in January when he dropped a unanimous decision to Ronny Markes.
This should be a battle with Leben possessing a decent advantage in striking but Craig will pose a threat when the fight tumbles to the canvas. This will be an interesting parallel in styles and if it goes the distance, which I believe it will, then the clear edge has to go to Craig in our UFC picks.