UFC on FOX 16 Picks
Published on Saturday, 7/25/15, at 4:19 p.m. Eastern.
—You can check out my complete UFC on FOX 16 preview filed to VegasInsider.com earlier this week.
–We nearly had a scare at weigh-ins yesterday. When Renan Barao first stepped on the scale, he came in at 135.5 pounds. After shredding his underwear, however, (with a towel wrapped around him) he got it right at 135 and the title bout remained on.
–My top play is Edson Barboza for five units (-130 is best current price at Sportsbook.ag).
–Give me Jim Miller over Danny ‘Last Call’ Castillo for two units (best price -120).
—One unit on Takanori Gomi and Joe Lauzon going ‘under’ 1.5 rounds (+105 return).
–If you can find a prop bet for Miesha Tate to win over Jessica Eye by decision, take it for at least one unit (2 tops). It should be around even money.
–According to multiple reports this week, the target for Robbie Lawler’s next welterweight title defense is UFC 194 against former interim champ Carlos ‘The Natural Born Killer’ Condit. The co-main will be 170-pound eliminator scrap between former champ Johny Hendricks and Tyron Woodley. The winners will meet each other in 2016. Love it!
—Chael being Chael in a new ‘Bad Guy’ role in pro wrestling.
–As always, Conor McGregor provided us with great quotes in a recent interview on ESPN’s Sports Center. You can read all of his text at this link here over at MMA Junkie. Here are a few small samples below:
“To the naked eye it seemed like a tough contest, and I get a giggle out of supposed experts in the field of fighting when they speak of his two-week training camp or his lack of preparation. To the trained eye, you understand what you are witnessing. You are witnessing ruthless bodywork – ruthless body shooting where I teeped him into his windpipe. I cracked him into his ribs, and every time those shots dug in deep, they take rounds of you. There is no coming back from clean bodywork. It can render you useless and that’s what happened.
“He came out, I butchered his body, I rearranged his intestines, I stayed safe on the bottom when we were in those positions, I elbowed the top of his crown, I done damage and remained efficient then I rose to my feet, went back to the work on the body then his body gave up at that time. Then I punched his jaw across his face. To the trained eye, it was a ruthless performance by me. It was clinical bodywork, which was the deciding factor in the fight. It does not matter if he had a 100-week camp. It would not have made any difference. Me and him know the shape his body was in during those exchanges.”