TUF 15 Betting Review & Potential Upcoming Matchups

MMA betting expert Luca Fury plays matchmaker for potential upcoming fights based on The Ultimate Fighter 15 results from June 1, 2012. The Ultimate Fighter 15 FinaleWelterweights: Martin Kampmann vs. Johny Hendricks In yet another come-from-behind win, Martin Kampmann became the first man to stop Jake Ellenberger with strikes. The next move for Kampmann is a no-brainer, as the UFC announced that the win in the main event of The Ultimate Fighter 15 Finale set him up for a welterweight title eliminator bout against Johny Hendricks, who is ranked No. 3 according to the MMA OddsBreaker MMA Fighter Rankings. Welterweights: Jake Ellenberger vs. Thiago Alves The momentum for Ellenberger came to a halt on Friday, but he’s still a young fighter who can make a title run. He finds himself in a similar situation to Thiago Alves, who likely would have fought him on this very card, had Alves not also been upset by Kampmann earlier this year. Alves was set to fight Paulo Thiago next month at UFC 149, but he was forced to withdraw from the bout due to injury. When “Pitbull” recovers later this year, the timing should be perfect for a match with Ellenbeger. Featherweights: Charles Oliveira vs. Dennis Siver After a dominant first round, Charles Oliveira submitted Jonathan Brookins with a guillotine choke in the second frame. The win was the 22-year-old’s second straight by submission since dropping down from lightweight to the 145-pound division. German striker Dennis Siver also recently dropped down from lightweight and has found nothing but success, so a match between the two makes all kinds of sense. Featherweights: Max Holloway vs. Marcus Brimage In a fight where the loser would likely see their walking papers, Max Holloway made sure he kept gainfully employed by the Ultimate Fight Championship. The youngest fighter on the roster at just 20 years of age, Holloway dominated Pat Schilling from bell-to-bell to earn a lopsided unanimous decision win. As impressive as the performance was, he’s still a green fighter at the lower end of the division. As such, a bout with fellow striker Marcus Brimage seems like a good test for both. Lightweights: Justin Lawrence vs. Sam Sicilia While both fought on Friday’s TUF 15 card and picked up KO wins, neither Justin Lawrence nor Sam Sicilia were impressive before the stoppages. Sicilia’s technique did not look sharp against a grappler in Cristiano Marcello before he bounced his head off the mat with punches in Round 2. Later in the card, Lawrence fought tooth-and-nail with a man who he was a heavy betting favorite over and was probably tied on the scorecards with prior to halting the contest with a head kick in Round 3. Considering each had a less-than-stellar performances, a bout to see which one deserves to keep his spot in the UFC seems to be in order. Matchmaking of this sort is an ideal way to trim the fat off of the organization’s growing roster.

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