UFC 150 Betting: Preliminary Card Fight Odds & Analysis

UFC 150The main card of UFC 150: Henderson vs. Edgar 2 will be televised live Saturday at 10 p.m (ET) on Pay-Per-View and is headlined by a lightweight title rematch between Ben Henderson and Frankie Edgar. But before the top five fights kicks off, there are four preliminary fights that will be televised on FX starting at 8 p.m. and one more streamed live on Facebook.com at 7:30 p.m. Headlining the FX prelims is a featherweight match between The Ultimate Fighter alum Dennis Bermudez (8-3) and Tommy Hayden (8-1). Bermudez opened as a -290 betting favorite (risk $290 to win $100) according to the MMA odds and is coming off a dominant decision win over Pablo Garza, where he used strong wrestling to snap a three-fight losing streak. Hayden opened as a +220 underdog (risk $100 to win $220) and last fought up a weight class at lightweight in his UFC debut against Fabricio Camoes, where he lost by first-round submission. This bout will likely come down to the powerful wrestling and control of Bermudez versus Hayden’s Jiu-Jitsu attack from the bottom. In a classic striker versus grappler matchup, Jared Hamman (13-4) will take on Michael Kuiper (11-1) in a battle of middleweights. Primarily a wrestler, Hamman last fought a striker in Costa Phillippou and was quickly dispatched via first-round knockout. Hamman trained in Denver for a good chunk of his camp to adjust to the high-altitude of Denver and opened at what the oddsmakers consider to be a nearly even fight at odds of -110 against Kuiper, the slight favorite at -120. Kuiper is coming off a competitive decision loss in his UFC debut at the hands of Rafael Natal, where he was taken down and controlled for two of the three rounds. Kuiper has the striking advantage and improving takedown defense, but the high altitude might have a heavy impact on his already shaky cardio and could be the difference in the fight. Further down the card, two rising bantamweights will be clashing as Ken Stone (11-3) takes on Erik Perez (11-4). A talented Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner, Stone last fought in June against Dustin Pague, where he used an effective kicking game and late takedowns to secure a close decision. He opened as a small underdog of -110 against Perez, the -120 favorite. Perez’s last fight was in his UFC debut, where he upset John Albert via first-round technical submission. He will look to use his well-rounded game to keep the fight standing and avoid the high-level grappling of Stone come Saturday night. The first fight on the FX prelims sees more bantamweights step into the cage, as Pague (11-6) battles Chico Camus (11-3). Pague last fought the aforementioned Stone and suffered a tough loss as a small betting favorite. His name value and grappling prowess have made him a small favorite again, this time opening at -225. Pague will be a decent step up in competition for Camus, who will be making his UFC debut and opened as a +175 underdog despite being a fairly well-rounded fighter. Both Pague and Camus have potent offensive games but lack solid defense, so this should be an entertaining scrap while it lasts. The lone preliminary bout airing on Facebook.com will be contested between two former lightweights who are making their debuts in the UFC’s featherweight division, as Nik Lentz (21-5-2) takes on Eiji Mitsuoka (18-8-2). A fighter that has long been labeled as “boring” by fans, Lentz has tried to fight with a more exciting style recently, although that has cost him. After going undefeated in his first six UFC bouts, he is winless in his last three, suffering two losses and one No-Contest in that span. Mitsuoka, meanwhile, made his promotional debut last February against Takanori Gomi and dominated the first round before tiring in the second and succumbing to punches. The two are near mirror images of each other, but Lentz should hold slight advantages in key areas like wrestling and striking while being nearly a decade younger. Those important factors led him to open as a -280  favorite against Mitsuoka, the +210 underdog. Click here to view the most updated MMA lines

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