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UFC 121 Fight Card Odds and Preview

Event: UFC 121: Lesnar vs. Velasquez

UFC 121 is on the horizon and it offers some quality bouts that span the UFC weight classes. There are veterans hoping to reenter their respective title pictures, legitimate studs biding their time for a title shot and MMA prospects looking to make a name for themselves inside the Octagon.

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Event: UFC 121: Lesnar vs. Velasquez
Date: Saturday, October 23, 2010
Time: 10:00 p.m. E.T.
Location: The Honda Center in Anaheim, California
Broadcast: Live on PPV

MAIN CARD – Event:  UFC 121 – Lesnar vs. Velasquez

Brock Lesnar (5-1): -125
Cain Velasquez (8-0):-105

This is a matchup of wrestler versus wrestler. The only real measurable difference between the hulking Heavyweights is Velasquez is a far superior striker, with his legs and with his hands. However, Lesnar has a rare combination of speed, size and super human strength. Velasquez is good, but nobody is good enough to handle to bull rush of Lesnar. Oh ya, the Carwin fight taught us that Lesnar has great cardio and incredible chin as well. Pick: Brock Lesnar -125

Tito Ortiz (15-7-1): +130
Matt Hamill (9-2): -160

Tito Ortiz actually coached Matt Hamill on the third season of The Ultimate Fighter. Hamill Is a stud wrestler that tends to go away from his major strengths while Tito is a chiseled veteran than can exploit anyone’s weakness. Despite the fact that Ortiz hasn’t won a fight since 2006, he still has all the tools to make life miserable for Hamill. Pick: Tito Ortiz +130

Jake Shields (25-4-1): -220
Martin Kampmann (17-3): +175

Jake Shields, by all accounts should be the next Welterweight champion. He has been successful everywhere that he has fought and is currently on a 14 fight win streak over five years. Kampmann is a good fighter but is far from the elite caliber necessary to compete with Shields. Pick: Jake Shields -220

Diego Sanchez (21-4): +100
Paulo Thiago (13-2): -130

Two men in desperate need of a win square off on Saturday night. Sanchez has suffered two straight losses while Thiago has himself been underwhelming. Both fighters are well rounded and both love to stand and strike. I will take the bigger psycho in this fight. Pick: Diego Sanchez +100

Brendan Schaub (6-1): +145
Gabriel Gonzaga (11-5): -175

TUF 10 runner up Brendan Schaub takes a big step up in competition against former Title contender Gabriel Gonzaga. Schaub has looked great since the show, winning two fights in under two minutes combined while Gonzaga has been up and down recently. I will take Gonzaga’s all around game to prevail in this one. Pick: Gabriel Gonzaga -175 Sports Betting at Sportsbook.com

Spike TV Card:

Court McGee (11-1): -260
Ryan Jensen (15-6): +200

TUF 11 winner Court McGee steps into the Octagon for the first time since the show against an experienced, tough Ryan Jensen. McGee`s relentless pace and heavy hands may pose a problem for Jensen but the Jackson Submission Fighter will have an answer for all that McGee throws at him. Pick: Ryan Jensen +200

Patrick Cote (13-6): -160
Tom Lawlor (6-3-1): +130

TUF 8 alum Tom Lawlor steps into the Octagon with a fighter that once fought for the Middleweight championship, Patrick Cote. Cote is a good fighter that has had some bad luck inside the Octagon. Lawlor has three straight losses – make it four! Pick: Patrick Cote -160

Preliminary Card:

Paul Taylor (10-5-1-1): +140
Sam Stout (15-6-1): -170

Two kick boxers meet in a potential Fight of the Night. Both men love to strike and both love to put on a good show. Paul Taylor is a natural Welterweight and has to cut weight for this fight – something he`s had trouble with in the past. The endurance edge belongs to Stout because of that. Pick: Sam Stout -170

Mike Guymon (13-3-1): +115
Daniel Roberts (10-1): -145

Mike Guymon brings his unorthodox striking and OK Ground skills to the Octagon against All-American wrestler Daniel Roberts. Guymon may have the heart but Roberts has the skills. Pick: Daniel Roberts -145

Chris Camozzi (13-3): +110
Dong Yi Yang (NR): -140

TUF 11 contestant Chris Camozzi takes on Korean newcomer Dong Yi Yang on Saturday night. Both are strikers with Yang holding the edge in that department (8 KOs in his MMA career). I like Camozzi’s pace and the fact that he can use his great leg kicks to keep his distance from the dangerous Korean. Pick: Chris Camozzi +110

Jon Madsen (5-0): -260
Gilbert Yvel (36-15-1, 1 NC): +200

Journeyman fighter Gilbert Yvel will fight for his UFC career on Saturday against Brock Lesnar training partner Jon Madsen. Yvel has been in the Octagon with some of the best but his gas tank is quickly emptying. Madsen must be a psycho to train with Lesnar – that’s enough for me! Pick: Jon Madsen -260



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