TUF 15 Finale MMA Betting Odds: Charles Oliveira (-165) vs. Jonathan Brookins (+135)

The Ultimate Fighter Live (TUF 15) Finale Friday, June 1, 2012 at 9 p.m. (ET) on FX The Pearl at The Palms in Las Vegas, Nevada The Ultimate Fighter 15 FinaleCharles Oliveira (-165) Profile: Oliveira (15-2, 1 No-Contest) is looking to win two fights in a row for the first time in nearly two years. The 22-year-old Brazilian made his featherweight debut January 28 at UFC on FOX 2 and submitted Eric Wisely by reverse calf slicer at 1:43 of the first round, earning Submission of the Night honors. He has previously fought at welterweight and lightweight, where he went 0-2 with one No-Contest in his last three bouts before moving down. The NC came as a result of an illegal knee against Nik Lentz after further review following what was originally called a rear-naked choke submission win in the second round. The other two losses came against Donald Cerrone (first-round TKO) and Jim Miller (first-round kneebar submission). Oliveira had started his MMA career with a 14-0 mark before losing to Miller at UFC 124 on December 11, 2010. Jonathan Brookins (+135) Profile: Brookins (14-4) is the TUF 12 winner but moved back down to featherweight from lightweight after beating Michael Johnson via unanimous decision in the finale on December 4, 2010. The 26-year-old from Orlando is 1-1 at featherweight in the UFC and has previously fought in a number of different organizations, ranging from the Combat Fighting Championship to the WEC and also competed in the very first Bellator event. Brookins lost to current UFC featherweight champ Jose Aldo by first-round TKO at WEC 36 a little less than four years ago before beginning his drive toward the UFC. He also lost his featherweight debut in the UFC via unanimous decision to Erik Koch, who is fighting Aldo for the title at UFC 149. Brookins rebounded from that setback though with a first-round KO of Vagner Rocha on February 15. MMA Odds Analysis: MMA oddsmaker Nick Kalikas opened Oliveira as a small -165 favorite (bet $165 to win $100) against Brookins, the +135 underdog (bet $100 to win $135) according to the MMA odds. Oliveira already has a lot of experience for a young fighter and could become a top contender in the featherweight division if he can just string together some quality wins. While he currently is not listed in the Top 15 of the MMA OddsBreaker MMA Fighter Rankings at featherweight, a win over Brookins could certainly put him in the mix. Brookins is a lanky wrestler who has earned just two of his 14 wins by decision, and three of his four losses have gone to the judges. Likewise, Oliveira has earned only one decision victory in his career so far with six wins decided by knockout and eight via submission. Both fighters have a background in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, but Oliveira has been trained at a much higher level.

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