Pair of Cross-Card Parlays for Bellator 167 and the TUF 24 Finale

Jared CannonierBELLATOR 167: TAIMANGLO VS. CALDWELL II Date: December 3, 2016 Arena: WinStar World Casino Resort City: Thackerville, OK Bellator is back on the second night of back to back nights of fights with Bellator 167: Taimanglo vs. Caldwell II. The four fight main card will kick off at 9pm ET on Spike TV, with preliminary action preciding it on the promotion’s website at 7pm ET. TUF 24 FINALE Date: December 3, 2016 Arena: The Pearl at Palms Casino Resort City: Las Vegas, NV The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is back at The Pearl at Palms Casino and Resort in Las Vegas for The Ultimate Fighter Season 24 Finale. The 12-fight card is scheduled to kick off with prelminary action on UFC Fight Pass at 7pm, and prelims will continue on FOX Sports 1 at 8pm and culminate with the main card on the same channel at 10pm. If interested in wagering on this parlay, or any bouts for these fight cards, all betting lines are currently made available at Several Bookmakers. Here are my cross-card parlays: BELLATOR 167 Bantamweight bout: Joe Taimanglo (+550) vs Darion Caldwell (-800) Gabe’s Thoughts: Caldwell came up short in their initial meeting and suffered a massive upset, as he was up two rounds heading into the third and final round of action, where he was over-confident and made a very poor takedown attempt that Taimanglo capitalized on. Sinking in a tight guillotine choke to score the big upset victory in come from behind fashion, Taimanglo hopes to prove that win was no fluke, and Caldwell is out to set history straight and let it be know that it was nothing but. I do believe Caldwell will take Taimanglo more seriously this time around and I see him successfully dominating him for all three rounds of action to pick up a unanimous decision victory on the judges’ scorecards, potentially securing a finish along the way, though I think a win on the cards is the more favorable outcome. Despite losing the first bout, I think Caldwell is worth playing at -800 here, because similar to the Gegard Mousasi versus Uriah Hall rematch that just took place, it was clear what the outcome was going to be, despite how the first fight ended. Gabe’s Call: Caldwell by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) TUF 24 FINALE Light Heavyweight bout: Ion Cutelaba (-220) vs Jared Cannonier (+180) Gabe’s Thoughts: Cannonier is coming off a TKO win over Cyril Asker, which took place at heavyweight, and is following it with a big drop down to the UFC’s light heavyweight division, where he will be greeted by the Moldovian, Cutelaba. Both of these 205-pounders hit hard and I think they will both connect early, but I believe Cutelaba’s chin, durability and toughness will ultimately be the difference, as I see him taking Cannonier’s best shots (if he has to) before dropping him. I would not be surprised to see him finish this fight with his opening combination. Cannonier can end up having a bright future at 205-pounds, but in this bout, I think the 22-year-old proves to be too much for him. I favor Cutelaba to get his hand raised in this contest, likely making quick work of Cannonier, and extending his Octagon winning streak to two straight following a unanimous decision victory over Jonathan Wilson. Gabe’s Call: Cutelaba by T/KO (punches, 1:01 round 1) Gabe’s Recommeded Parlays: 1) Caldwell (-800) and Cutelaba (-220) at -158 for 3.7u to win 2.35u, 2) Taimanglo/Caldwell Over 2.5 rounds (-105) and Cutelaba/Cannonier Under 1.5 rounds (-115) at +265 for 1u to win 2.65u

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