MMA Odds and Ends for Thursday: Five UFC 168 Props To Consider Dec 26, 2013
With yesterday being Christmas, there really wasn’t any breaking news or fight announcements to to covered in today’s MMA Odds and Ends.
So, instead of giving my usual early leans for all the new fights announced, today I’ll take a look at the UFC 168 prop bets on the board, and point out five of them that I believe have value as far as a bet goes.
Here’s five UFC 168 prop bets available at at 5Dimes Sportsbook to consider throwing fliers down on.
Chris Weidman by knockout (+499)
The first prop bet that I like for a flier is in the main event between Chris Weidman and Anderson Silva. This is a fight that I believe will end in a stoppage either way, and at +499, I believe there is tremendous value in Weidman by knockout. That’s the way he won the first fight, and considering Silva’s age and declining chin, there’s no reason to think he can’t do it again.
Josh Barnett by decision (+413)
I mentioned this prop yesterday in my fight breakdown of the Josh Barnett vs. Travis Browne heavyweight matchup, but I like it so much I’ll mention it again. Although the odds are saying the Barnett/Browne fight ends inside the distance more times than not, I actually believe it will go to decision, and at +413, I really like this prop on Barnett to win on the judges’ scorecards.
Michael Johnson by decision (+346)
Michael Johnson and Gleison Tibau square off in a lightweight match that I believe will go the full 15 minutes. I am calling the upset here and going with Johnson to win the fight, and I think he’ll do so via decision as he uses his wrestling in reverse to keep the fight standing and beat his opponent up. And at +346, I believe there’s value in the prop for Johnson to win a decision.
Dennis Siver by knockout (+425)
In a featherweight bout, Dennis Siver will take on fellow long-time Octagon vet Manny Gamburyan. This is a fight that could be a three round decision for each man, but with Siver’s combination of KO power and Gamburyan’s tendency to get rocked in fights, the prop I’m look at is Siver via knockout, which pays out at +425. It’s not a lock by any means, but I believe that he’s going to stop Gamburyan with strikes and so I really think there’s some value on this prop bet.
John Howard by decision (+294)
And finally, John Howard takes on Siyar Bahadurzada in a welterweight matchup. It’s a fight that very well could end inside the distance for either man as both have tremendous KO power, but the prop I am eyeing is Howard by decision. Instead of playing into “The Great’s” strengths, I see Howard trying to wrestle Bahadurzada just as he did to Uriah Hall in his last outing and pick up a decision win. And at +294, I see value on this prop.