UFC 187’s Fights to Avoid Betting

Rose NamajunasUFC 187 Date: May 23, 2015 Arena: MGM Grand Garden Arena City: Las Vegas, NV UFC 187 will be live from Las Vegas, NV this tonight with a stacked 12-fight card, including a five fight main card that will be live on Pay-Per-View at 10pm ET, with preliminary action preciding it on FOX Sports 1 at 8pm ET and UFC Fight Pass at 6:30pm ET prior to that. If interested in wagering on this this Pay Per View fight card, all betting lines will be made available at Several Bookmakerss. My Fights to AVOID betting for UFC 187 are: Strawweight bout: Nina “The Strina” Ansaroff (+260) vs “Thug” Rose Namajunas (-290) Fight Prediction: I am conflicted on this match-up and have been back and forth with both ladies as to who my official pick is, however Ansaroff missing weight by four pounds at the weigh-ins yesterday made me opt to side with Namajunas. If the fight hits the cards, I think it could be close, and if there’s a finish, I could see it coming by either party, but I favor Namajunas slightly more under both circumstances. I think this is a “dog or pass” situation, and I was having a dilemma about which way I was going to go, but after watching the weigh-ins, my decision got a lot easier. Gabe’s Call: “Thug” by Split Decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28) Gabe’s Recommended Play: AVOID Flyweight bout: Josh “The Gremlin” Sampo (+355) vs Justin “Tank” Scoggins (-400) Fight Prediction: Personally, I am a big fan of Scoggins’ and the fan in me would like to see him get his hand raised, but as for a bet, I think this has been another “dog or pass” situation, and I have spent a good deal of time eyeing a play on the dog. It all comes down to the betting lines, as I think they should be closer than they currently are. While I see value in Sampo at his current underdog price of +355, I am finding it hard to pull the trigger on it. I even thought to maybe just take the Sampo +3.5 prop at +155, but I found no value there. If he ends up losing, which he is expected to do, it could very well come inside the distance. As for Sampo getting his hand raised, I could see him catching Scoggins with something, as well, but more than likely, I think it would come on the judges’ scorecards, and likely a split decision. That said, I think if both fighters show up mentally focused, injury free and fully prepared, it could be a close and competitive match-up, but I see Scoggins taking home a unanimous decision victory on the judges’ scorecards. Gabe’s Call: “Tank” by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27) Gabe’s Recommended Play: AVOID

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