Gabe Killian’s Peak into the UFC 183 Prelims on FS1

Cat-ZinganoThe Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is back in Las Vegas this Saturday night (Jan. 31st, 2015) with 12 scheduled bouts, including a five-fight main card that will be live on Pay Per View at 10pm ET. Preliminary action will precede it on FOX Sports 1 at 8pm ET and UFC Fight Pass at 7pm ET. If interested in betting on this fight card, all lines will be made available at 5Dimes Sportsbooks. Kicking things off for the FOX Sport s 1 prelims will be a middleweight contest that sees the Brazilian veteran Rafael “Sapo” Natal take on England’s Tom Watson in what is a classic grappler vs striker match-up. With both 185-pounders coming off decision victories in their most recent outings, they will each be looking to make it two in a row inside the Octagon. Natal opened as a -155 favorite to win at the sportsbooks, with the return on the underdog Watson being +155. Action has since come in on the Brazilian, making current betting lines -175/+155. Next up is a rescheduled flyweight scrap between former Tachi Palace 125-pound champion Ian McCall and Brazil’s John Lineker. The winner of this bout is all but guaranteed a title shot, so both fighters are expected to leave it all in the Octagon come Saturday night. Should he find himself victorious, McCall would be facing UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson for the third time, after fighting to a Draw and a unanimous decision defeat in the first two bouts. Should he get past Lineker, McCall is confident he has dotted all his I’s and will make no more errors in a trilogy match-up against Johnson. For Lineker, Saturday night presents a great opportunity to score a big upset. With the win over McCall, the Brazilian will earn the chance to bring the UFC 125-pound title home to Brazil. McCall opened as the betting favorite at the sportsbooks at -185, with Lineker being a +145 underdog. Action has since come in on McCall, bringing betting lines to the current -230/+190. Another rescheduled contest is what takes place next, and this one comes in the middleweight division, as Derek Brunson and Ed “Short Fuse” Herman look to finally settle the score. This will be a heated battle between two 185-pounders who are eager to make it two in a row in the division. Brunson opened as a heavy favorite in this bout at -475, with Herman being a big underdog at the price of +325. Action has since come in on Brunson, making current betting lines -550/+425. Headlining the UFC 183 preliminary card on FOX Sports 1 will be a women’s bantamweight contest between a pair of former title challengers in Miesha Tate and Sara McMann. This is a must-win match-up for both ladies, as they each hold hope for a second shot at UFC gold. McMann called Tate out and Tate accepted the challenge. This is going to be a scrap between two of the best in the women’s bantamweight division, so for anybody who supports women’s mixed martial arts, this is one fight not to miss. Tate opened as the underdog at the sportsbooks for this contest at +135, with McMann being a -175 favorite to win. Action has since come in on McMann, bringing betting lines to the current +175/-210.

Written by Gabe Killian

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