UFC Fight Night 122: Bisping vs. Gastelum
Date: November 25
Arena: Mercedes-Benz Arena
City: Shanghai, China
The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is heading to Shanghai, China for the first time in promotional history with UFC Fight Night 122: Bisping vs. Gastelum. The 12 fight card is scheduled to get going at 3:45 a.m. ET on UFC Fight Pass, with the main card rolling along at 7 a.m., also on Fight Pass. If interested in wagering on any bouts for these fight cards, all betting lines are made available at 5Dimes Sportsbook.
Here is my parlay:
Middleweight bout: Kelvin Gastelum (-300) vs. Michael Bisping (+250)
Gabe’s Thoughts: I don’t believe that Bisping is as healthy coming off his loss to GSP earlier this month as he says he is. Bisping is an excellent striker, but I don’t trust him at this point, considering that he does not see very well out of one of his eyes. That’s why GSP was able to land on him and drop him, which is what Gastelum could potentially do. I expect Gastelum to outbox Bisping in this contest, and I think there’s a decent chance of a TKO stoppage, but Bisping is generally tough to put away, so I am not banking on a finish here. I could see Gastelum mixing in takedowns here, too, but I see most of the fight taking place on the feet, where I see Gastelum outboxing Bisping for the majority of five rounds of action en route to a unanimous decision victory on the judges’ scorecards. Although, again, a finish by either T/KO or rear naked choke submission could also come to fruition. I think Gastelum is worth playing at -300, as I think he should be a -400 favorite here in this spot.
Gabe’s Call: Gastelum by Unanimous Decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46)
Welterweight bout: Bobby Nash (-320) vs. Kenan Song (+260)
Gabe’s Thoughts: Nash is 0-2 inside the Octagon with a pair of knockout defeats and he is traveling to China to take on promotional newcomer Song on enemy soil. I believe Nash is the superior mixed martial artist in this contest, as I think he holds big advantages both in the striking and grappling departments. I see value in him at his current offering price of -320, as I think he should be a 5-to-1 betting favorite heading into this 170 pound contest scheduled for three rounds. I could see it being a three-round, one-sided domination in favor of Nash, however I favor the finish, and I do think he gets it early.
Gabe’s Call: Nash by T/KO (strikes, 4:51 round 1)
Gabe’s Recommended Parlay: Gastelum (-300) and Nash (-320) at -134