UFC 183 preview, picks, notes, etc.
Published on Saturday, 1/31/15, at 4:38 p.m. Eastern.
–Here are my picks…
Joe Lauzon +205 (at 5Dimes) for 4 units
Miesha Tate +175 (5Dimes) for 1.5 units
Tim Boetsch +390 (5Dimes) for 1 unit
Ed Herman +515 (5Dimes) for 0.5 units
–If you noticed I had Kelvin Gastelum in my preview on VI and I omitted him here, well, here’s why: Gastelum badly missed weight yesterday and is now actually a +160 underdog. He has reportedly been suffering from the flu the last few days. The unbeaten welterweight will be forced to move back up to middleweight since he has twice missed weight at 170. Tyron Woodley is now a -200 favorite and is being a stud to still scrap with Gastelum tonight. John Lineker also missed weight so I’ve scratched him as well. Lineker will have to move up to 135 for his next fight.
–Middleweight champ Chris Weidman was forced to pull out of his UFC 184 title defense vs. Vitor Belfort due to a rib injury. The news came out late Friday afternoon. According to multiple reports, the promotion offered Lyoto ‘The Dragon’ Machida a chance to face Belfort for the interim 185-pound belt, and Machida accepted the offer. However, Belfort turned it down. This is ironic since Belfort called Machida a “diva” when The Dragon turned down a rematch with Jon Jones on short notice after Dan Henderson had to withdraw two summers ago.
–Ronda Rousey vs. Cat Zingano for the women’s 135-pound belt will now be the UFC 184 main event.
–Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson has pulled out of his UFC Fight Night 60 main-event matchup versus Brandon Thatch on Feb. 14. Thompson suffered a fractured rib in training. Thatch is awaiting a replacement.
–5Dimes opened Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva as a -185 favorite vs. Frank Mir yesterday, but the number quickly moved to -305. Mir, who is looking to snap a four-fight losing streak (albeit against extremely tough competition), is a +225 underdog (risk $100 to win $225).