It’s been a big week in the MMA world. Here’s the top stories from the UFC this week.
Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen moved to Brazil: The will they won’t they saga is finally over. It was announced on Tuesday that the Silva vs. Sonnen 2 rematch would take place in Las Vegas on July 7th at UFC 148. The press conference can be viewed here (http://www.ufc.com/media/UFC-148-Special-Announcement-Press-Conference).
Overeem license denied: Alistair Overeem sat in front of the Nevada State Athletic Commission on Tuesday regarding his failed test for an elevated testosterone-to-epitestosterone ratio (14:1 T/E when the NSAC accept only up to 6:1) in a pre-fight drug screening test.
Overeem had blamed medication received for a rib injury as the reason for his failed test. The NSAC sympathised with Overeem however went on to state that all athletes are responsible for the chemicals they consume. As Overeem isn’t licensed in the state at this time; the commission advised that he would not be eligible to re-apply until the 27th of December for a license. They also made it clear that they did not want Overeem to compete or apply for a license through another commission.
Hector Lombard officially signs with the UFC: Bellator Middleweight champion Hector Lombard has finally signed for the UFC. After his Bellator contract expired there had been many rumours about Lombard’s likely destination. These were all put to rest after Dana White posted a tweet of “Done deal!!!! Welcome to the UFC Hector.” The tweet and picture can be viewed here via www.twitter.com/danawhite
Jose Aldo potentially moved to UFC 147 card: Anderson Silva wasn’t the only person who’s title defence was getting moved to another destination during the UFC press conference on Tuesday. Dana White announced during the Tuesday press conference that it was likely that Jose Aldo would be moved to the UFC 147 card. It’s unclear who he will be fighting but the current rumours seem to suggest he will defend his Featherweight title against Erik Koch.
Jon Jones retains Light Heavyweight title, faces Henderson next: After a 5 round dominant victory over former team-mate / friend Rashad Evans, Jon Jones’ next title challenger was officially announced as Dan Henderson. It’s unknown as of yet when the fight will occur but is expected to take place most likely at UFC 149 in Calgary.
Early Odds Betting Tips: With some future event prices available here’s some of the stand out plays in my opinion. Get on them while the prices are good. Prices confirmed via Odds Checker. We’ve two from UFC on Fox 3 next Saturday night and then an early tip for the Bisping vs. Boetsch fight in July’s UFC 148 event.
Lavar Johnson vs. Pat Barry: Lavar Johnson is really undervalued at 17/10 (Bet365) to take this fight. If he stays above evens get on it.
Nate Diaz vs. Jim Miller: Two of the best Lightweights in the business but with a price of 7/4 on Bet365; Nate Diaz is possibly too good to miss out on. It’s a pick’em fight and there is definitely value taking into account Diaz’s boxing skills and reach advantage against Miller.
Michael Bisping v Tim Boetsch: This may be one of the value bets of the year given the guys skill. Tim Boetsch is ridiculously priced at 11/4 through Sky Bet for his fight with Bisping. Since his move to 185 Boetsch is unbeaten and most recently took out Yushin Okami in impressive fashion. Bisping is a perennial challenger in the division but I think Boetsch can definitely outmuscle Bisping to claim a win in this fight.