UFC on FOX 10 Play: Chico Camus (-210) vs Yaotzin Meza (+160)

Yaotzin-Meza-UFC-on-FOX-8-w-475x326UFC on FOX 10 Date: January 25, 2014 Arena: United Center City: Chicago, IL Bantamweight bout: Chico Camus (-210) vs Yaotzin Meza (+160) Fight Breakdown: The UFC on FOX 10 preliminary card on FOX Sports 1 will be featuring a bantamweight contest between a pair of Latino warriors, when Roufusports’ Chico Camus takes on MMA Lab product Yaotzin Meza. Camus is the favorite in this bout at -215 ($215 to win $100), while Meza is the underdog at +160 ($100 to win $160) at Several Bookmakerss. CHICO CAMUS (13-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC) makes his return to the Octagon following a controversial decision victory over Kyung Ho Kang in his hometown of Milwaukee at UFC 164 nearly five months ago. Training out of Roufusport under the tutelage of Duke Roufus, with fighters like Erik Koch, Anthony Pettis, Pascal Krauss, and Ben Askren as training partners, Camus gets the best training he possibly can with some of the best strikers and grapplers on the planet. He has very good wrestling skills, and he uses it to control his opponents. Camus has decent boxing skills; his striking improves a bit from fight to fight. His conditioning is usually on point, so I think he can push through 15 minutes without badly gassing, though I think he will be at a disadvantage in that department heading into this bout against Meza, as well as holding disadvantages in height and reach. YAOTZIN MEZA (20-8 MMA, 1-1 UFC) makes his return to the Octagon, coming off of a second round submission victory over John Albert at UFC on FOX 8 six months ago. He now looks to make it two in a row against Camus, and make a run at 135 pounds. Meza is one of the main training partners of former UFC lightweight champ Benson Henderson, and Ultimate Fighter season 8 winner Efrain Escudero at the MMA Lab in Glendale, AZ. He started off as a wrestler in high school and is still at said high school, only now he’s the coach. Meza has a suspect chin and he is not specifically excellent in any aspect of mixed martial arts, though he is well-rounded, has a great heart and incredible cardio. He will likely have the advantage in that department against Camus, as well as an advantage in size. That should favor him, if and when the fight hits the mat. Fight Prediction: This is likely going to be a competitive fight, but contrary to the odds, I give the edge to Meza, and feel he should be the favorite heading into this match-up. He is a former featherweight who looked good in his bantamweight debut and is facing Camus, a fighter who should be competing in the flyweight division, and I think Meza is going to send him packing down to 125 pounds. I could see Meza scoring a submission finish, but more often than not, I think he will walk away with the judges’ nod. Camus is not a threat to Meza, and I feel Meza’s advantages in height, reach, and general size will greatly benefit him in getting his hand raised this Saturday night. Gabe’s Pick: Yaotzin Meza by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27) Gabe’s Recommended Play: Yaotzin Meza +160 3.5u to win 5.6u

Written by Gabe Killian

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