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Money Where Your Mouth Is: UFC 123 Betting


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Right, so a whirlwind of events means that another installment of Your MMA's regular feature 'Money Where Your Mouth Is'.




Featured in this one is Machida vs. Rampage, Sotiropoulos vs. Luazon and a couple of almost certain winners.... :rolleyes:


Whet your appeitite with this 'longshot':


The Longshot:




Sotiropoulos vs. Lauzon is being looked on as a grappler vs. grappler contest, one where the superior ground acumen will decide the outcome. However, if you see someone going down under a tirade of punches, then Paddy Power might have just the bet for you. It's 15/2 for Sotiropoulos to land one on the button, but an even more impressive 12/1 for Lauzon to land a shock knockout, quite similar to the one he scored against the odds on Jens Pulver back in 2006. Backing Lauzon with ?10 will return ?130.


What say you guys? Who you putting your brass on?

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So, a few things came in but the dodgy Griffin result was a bit of a *******.


Certainty of the Card:




I certainly wouldn't be betting against Phil "Mr Wonderful" Davis, who appears to be improving his MMA game with every outing. He takes one the tough Tim Boetsch, but he represents a step back up in class after a spell outside of the UFC and a return bout against Todd Brown.


Boetsch has looked good in wins over the likes of David Heath and Michael Patt, but that was definitely the lower end of the Zuffa 205lbs roster. In the step up, he dropped decisions to Jason Brilz and Matt Hamill.


Davis has been training with some of the best in the world, and has the wrestling credentials to carry him through should things to awry. It's hard to see how Boetsch usurps the four-time All American. His submission game has come on tremendously and he'll likely spend a lot of time on top en route to a Unanimous Decision.




Live Underdogs:




With power that could stop a rhino, and a left hook that almost decapitated Chuck Liddell, it's hard to ever write Quinton "Rampage" Jackson out of a contest. When you can find him at +220, I think that's worth a small punt. Machida is still reeling from a vicious KO at the hands of Mauricio Rua, and "Rampage" needs something spectacular to drag him back into title contention.


The sticking point of obviously Machida's well documented 'elusiveness', and with Jackson commenting on his "boring" fight style, he might be tempted to wade in recklessly in the hope of entertaining the fans. If he does so, there's every chance he could get caught a la Rashad Evans, but one punch is all it takes to seal victory. Machida doesn't have the wrestling that Evans utilised to dominate "Rampage" so it looks like it could be an interesting affair.


Another 'dog that could be worthy of your dollars is Dennis "Superman" Hallman, although not necessarily on his own merit. He looked good until he was knocked out five seconds from the end by John Howard, and he was also efficient enough in sending Ben Saunders out of the UFC, so there's no doubting his skills, but you also have to wonder what Karo Parisyan will be like on his UFC return.


If Parisyan turns up to fight, there'll be a lot of things in the balance. Yes, he beat Ben Mortimer (5-4) in the second round at Impact FC, and yes, he has been in some of the greatest UFC fights ever. The question is though, has he returned to a stable state of mind, and got rid of his demons? We won't know until fight time, but if "The Heat" comes in unfocused and unprepared, Hallman will certainly capitalise on it.



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