UFC Fight Night 142 is the second card in two days put on by the UFC. This isn't a bad one either, considering it’s not a PPV event. I hope you guys had a chance to look at my Ultimate Fighter Finale article (for tonight Friday, November 30) and my boxing betting tips will be available shortly for tomorrow's Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder . It's time to ride with the best and go Streak’n!
Overall Record: 55-19 | 74%
Lock of the Night: 8-1 | 89%
Upset of the Night: 8-1 | 89%
Mark Hunt (#10) vs. Justin Willis (#15)
In a battle of two huge heavyweights, as well as two top ranked fighters, this one will not go the distance. Mark Hunt, the heavy handed Kiwi, is taking on the young Justin Willis. Willis has only gone to the judge's cards three times in his professional career, and in my experience, if you stand and brawl with Mark Hunt, you’re normally gonna end up waking up on the mat asking what day it is.
Hunt has fought literally everyone in the heavyweight division: Blaydes, Lewis, Overeem, Lesnar, Mir, Sliva, Werdum, Nelson, Dos Santos, Struve, Kongo, Rothwell, Mousasi, Manhoef, Fedor, Barnett, Cro Cop, and Wanderlei. Only 4 of his 26 fights have gone to decision. I’m taking Hunt in a stoppage victory, and if I can find UFC Fight Night 142 prop bets somewhere that says this one ends in anything other than decision, I’m putting the farm on it.
My Pick: Hunt: (+110)
Other UFC Fight Night 142 Picks:
Paul Craig vs. Jim Crute - My Pick: Crute (-260)
Suman Mokhtarian vs. Sodiq Yusuff - My Pick: Yusuff (-575)
Mizuto Hirato vs. Christos Giagos - My Pick: Giagos (-370)
Alex Gorgees vs. Dmir Ismagulov – My Pick: Ismagulov (-510)
UFC Fight Night 142 Lock of the Night
Mauricio Rua (#13) vs Tyson Pedro (#14)
As much as it pains me to pick against Rua, one of my all time favorite fighters - I loved to watch him stomp people in the face in PRIDE - and as much as you guys know I love higher ranked ‘dogs . . . I just don’t see it happening. Rua has been finished in four of his last seven fights, and I feel that he is about to be relegated to gatekeeper in the division. Pedro is a young up-and-comer who has finished all seven of his victories.
My Pick: Pedro (-460)
UFC Fight Night 142 Main Event
Junior dos Santos (#7) vs Tai Tuivasa (#11)
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