Your Best Bets for UFC Fight Night 41’s ‘Fight of the Night’

luke-barnatt2UFC Fight Night 41 will be live today from the O2 World Berlin Arena in Berlin, Germany with 10 scheduled bouts, including a four-fight main card. After the fights have concluded, the UFC will be awarding a $50,000 ‘Fight of the Night’ bonus for the most exciting bout of the evening. To place a wager on this prop, or any others for UFC Fight Night 41, you may do so at Several Bookmakerss. I believe the best valued contenders for this prize are: Barnatt/Strickland +550 — This is an excellent match-up between a couple of undefeated, up-and-comers in the UFC’s middleweight division. Somebody’s O will go tomorrow night and I am expecting it to happen in a barn burner. Barnatt has become an exciting fighter to watch, now having dispatched his last two opponents by finish. Strickland made noise in his promotional debut with a first round rear naked choke submission of Bubba McDaniel, and in a quick turnaround for both middleweights, they are eager to extend their winning streaks inside the Octagon. Both of these middleweights are fun to watch so I will be surprised if this fight is anything but. This fight could last a couple of minutes or go all 15, but for however long it does last, I think it will be packed with action. Should these 185-pounders pick up the bonus, it would mean the second time for Barnatt, as he earned ‘Fight of the Night’ honors for his outing against Andrew Craig. The line for that prop was +1000 and I recommended a bet on it in my FOTN article for the card. Being only the second UFC appearance for Strickland, it would mean the first time for him. Dober/Hein +550 — A match-up between a pair of very tough lightweights. After making his promotional debut on short notice at welterweight to take on Sean Spencer, Dober is dropping back down to his natural weight class of 155 pounds to take on Hein, a talented German judoka who’s making his Octagon debut. I am expecting this to be an entertaining fight, and while I think Hein will convincingly get his hand raised, I think both lightweights will make an impression with their performances. At +550, I do see enough value in this prop to warrant a play. Should they take home ‘Fight of the Night’ honors, it would mean the first time for both men. Alcantara/Lee +400 — I am expecting this to be a fantastic match-up in the UFC’s bantamweight division. TJ Dillashaw’s recent championship-winning performance against Renan Barao reminds me of Lee’s recent performance against Nam Phan, in that he looked like a completely different fighter than when we last saw him. Lee just looked fantastic in that bout, his striking had improved drastically. I thought he was going to be at a striking disadvantage against Phan, but his striking had improved so much, he was the one with an advantage in that department, and a massive one, too! Alcantara has been considered a top level bantamweight ever since dropping down to 135 pounds with his lone defeat in the division coming against Urijah Faber. That is why he is such a big favorite (-335) over Lee, though I think Lee has a good shot at upsetting the Brazilian. I favor Alcantara to win, but only slightly. I believe Lee is a real live dog in this bout. I am expecting a fun fight between these bantamweights and really can’t wait to see what Lee looks like against top-level competition with his newfound tools. Should these two notch the bonus, it would mean the first time for both bantamweights.

Written by Gabe Killian

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