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Free Picks: UFC 178 Johnson vs. Cariaso Betting Odds & Preview

UFC Betting Odds

UFC 178 comes our way from Las Vegas this Saturday night. As Always Capper Picks provides free picks for all of the action. Cappers Picks provides free UFC handicapping tips for every event on the UFC fight calender. Our man Dave B has your back.

UFC 178 Lines

UFC 178: Johnson vs. Cariaso
Date: September 27, 2014
Time: 10pm ET/7pm PT
Location: Las Vegas
Broadcast: Pay-per-view, Fox Sports 1, UFC Fight Pass

That said, there are sure to be fireworks – let’s take a look.

Main card (PPV at 10 p.m. ET)

UFC 178 Lines

Demetrious Johnson (20-2-1): -1250
Chris Cariaso (17-5-0): +825

Demetrious Johnson will defend his flyweight belt for the sixth time on Saturday night looking as dominant a champion as there is in the UFC. He takes on Chris Cariaso who rides a three fight winning streak into the bout.

Johnson has an incredible mix of speed, power and smarts – he puts it together perhaps better than anyone in the organization – nobody seems on his level in the right now. Enter Chris Cariaso who, at 33 years old is an OK – not great fighter.

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Simply put it is going to take a great fighter on his best night to defeat Demetrious Johnson. While I hate the -1250, there is only one logical choice.

MMA Betting Pick: Demetrious Johnson -1250

UFC 178 Lines

Donald Cerrone (24-6-0): -110
Eddie Alvarez (25-3-0): -110

This bout has Fight of the Night written all over it – Bellator star Eddie Alvarez makes his UFC debut against a man that ducks nobody – Donald Cerrone. Cerrone brings a good kickboxing background to go along with 15 submission wins – he’s as tough as they come in the 155-pound division.

Alvarez comes in with some hype and rightfully so. He is a top 10 fighter in the UFC right away and may be just a fight or two away from a title shot. Bellator’s former champ brings a world class all around game – tremendous striking and wrestling, but has his hands full against Cerrone.

Cerrone is a machine – he never quits. Riding a four fight win streak, I like Cerrone to outwork Alvarez who has fought just once since 2012.

Donald is on a four fight win streak against some good fighters and enters Saturday night’s fight on fire.

MMA Betting Pick: Donald Cerrone -110

UFC 178 Lines

Dustin Poirier (16-3-0): +225
Conor McGregor (15-2-0): -265

A war of words finally comes to a head when Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor meet in the Octagon Saturday. These featherweights bring it each and every time out – fireworks should ensue. McGregor is coming off a TKO over Diego Brandao last time out while Poirier is coming off a TKO win against Akira Corassani.

Some think McGregor is a bit more hype than substance right now – me being one of them. Poirier is one tough dude. In a battle of the “B-level” fighters, I like the underdog to prevail.

MMA Betting Pick: Dustin Poirier +225

UFC 178 Lines

Tim Kennedy (18-4-0): +122
Yoel Romero (8-1-0): -142

Middleweights Tim Kennedy and Yoel Romeo meet in what is almost sure to be a wrestling contest – Romero is an Olympic silver medalist – as impressive a specimen as there is in MMA. Kennedy has the immense experience advantage and could minimize what Romero is certain to do – try to take this fight to the ground.

I’m not sure Kennedy has enough of a wrestling game to keep Romero from dictating what happens in this one. To me – Romero looks like a threat in the Middleweight Division even though he is 37 years old.

MMA Betting Pick: Yoel Romero -142

UFC 178 Lines

Cat Zingano (8-0-0): -265
Amanda Nunes (9-3-0): +225

It’s hard to imagine where Cat Zingano’s head is at – off an ACL tear and dealing with the recent suicide of her husband. It wasn’t that long ago that Zingano was the #1 contender to Rhonda Rousey’s title – she is a fighter. Amanda Nunes is no slouch either – her aggressiveness is unquestioned, her Muay Thai is impressive and her strikes are no joke

Both ladies will let the fists fly but I like Zingano to shake off the rust and win this one on emotion alone. She was the #1 contender for a reason – nobody’s beaten her yet and I can’t see it happening Saturday.

MMA Betting Pick: Cat Zingano -265

Undercard (FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET)

Dominick Cruz (19-1-0): -390 vs. Takeya Mizugaki (20-7-2): +325
Pick: Dominick Cruz -390

Jorge Masvidal (27-8-0): -355 vs. James Krause (21-5-0): +290
Pick: Jorge Masvidal -355

Patrick Cote (20-8-0): +280 vs. Stephen Thompson (9-1-0): -340
Pick: Patrick Cote +280

John Howard (22-9-0): -190 vs. Brian Ebersole (50-16-1): +165
Pick: Brian Ebersole +165

Undercard (UFC Fight Pass at 7 p.m. ET)

Jon Tuck (8-1-0): +175 vs. Kevin Lee (8-1-0): -205
Pick: Kevin Lee -205

Manvel Gamburyan (13-8-0): +165 vs. Cody Gibson (12-4-0): -190
Pick: Manvel Gamburyan +165

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