Highly anticipated UFC 159 goes down tonight at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. In the main event dominant light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones meets the bad guy Chael P Sonnen who has again build up drama for the fight with his hilarious thrash talk. Here’s our Unibet.com powered betting picks for the UFC 159.
Jones vs Sonnen: With Sonnen being one of the biggest underdogs in the title fights history, it makes very little sense to bet on super heavy favorite Jones. If you think Sonnen really has a shot of beating Jones, do go for him at 6.50. However more interesting possibilities lie on the additional bets that Unibet offers for the five round fight. For us Jones by submission is at 2.40 seems like the best bet if you consider how susceptible Sonnen has been to submission in the past.
Nelson vs Kongo: Nelson’s (1.40) heavy favorite position against Frenchman Kongo is a bit questionable. Both are established themselves as gatekeepers of the heavyweight division beating up up-n-comers while losing to the top level fighters. Nelson’s striking is very basic but he does have a heavy overhand right that is something Kongo has been hurt before. Kongo is strong is the clinch where Nelson has had problems in the past especially with Werdum who destroyed Big country with knees from there. If Kongo doesn’t get knocked out early on, we feel that he has a good chance to ride out Nelson to a decision win. If you agree then Kongo at 2.85 definitely has value.
Davis vs Magalhaes: Now here’s the best pick for the event: 2.20 for this fight NOT going to the judges. And why this fight isn’t going full rounds? Reason 1: Magalhaes has a limited gas tank which means that he will win early on or that he will gas out and get smashed to Bolivia by Davis. Reason 2: Magalhaes is extremely finish oriented fighter on the ground. If this fight goes to the floor, where Davis’ fight usually end up, ADCC champ will be hunting for subs non stop. Reason 3: there’s has been lots of dirty thrash talk and heated exchanges between the two leading up to the fight. Now the tension will erupt in the Octagon with both guys charging forward like raging bulls.
Catone vs Head: James Head (1.58) is a rising welterweight who lost to Mike Pyle in his last fight but has had good performances before that. Jersey’s own Catone has suffered from injuries through out his career. Now he has lost his last two and might be nearing the end of his career. Catone missed weight for this fight coming in at 173 pounds and decided that he would rather give away 20% of his purse to Head than cut the extra two pounds. Missing weight is never a good thing as it usually is a sign that something has gone wrong in the preparation for the fight: injury that has prevent doing road work, sickness that has cut down on the amount of training or similar. Head keeps this fight on the feet and finishes Catone with strikes in the second round.
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