Diving into the UFC Fight Night 73 Prelims on FS2

FrankieSaenzThe Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to Nasvhille, TN for the third time in promotional history this Saturday (August 8, 2015) for UFC Fight Night 73: Saint Preux vs Teixeira. The 13-fight card will get going with Fight Pass prelims at 6:30pm, with FOX Sports 2 prelims to follow at 8pm and main card action being live at 10pm ET on FOX Sports 1. If interested in wagering on any plays for this fight card, all betting lines will be made available at Several Bookmakerss. The featured bout for the televised portion of the UFC Fight Night 73 prelims will be a middleweight contest between The Ultimate Fighter season 17 finalist Urijah Hall and undefeated short-notice promotional newcomer Oluwale Bamgbose. This bout is a quick turnaround for Hall, who recently saw his three fight winning streak snapped by Rafael Natal at UFC 187. Looking to get things back on track, Hall aims to score an impressive victory on Saturday night. Standing in his way will be fellow knockout artist Bambgose, who owns all five of his professional mixed martial arts victories by way of T/KO. Wrapping things up for the FOX Sports 2 prelims, this 185-pound “striker vs striker” scrap could be a real contender for the evening’s ‘Fight of the Night’ honors. Hall opened as a -280 betting favorite in this contest, with the promotional newcomer being a the underdog at +200. The public has strongly supported the favorite in this one, making current betting lines -420/+335. Another middleweight contest is scheduled to precede that one, as Colorado’s Chris Camozzi and the Brit Tom Watson have signed on the dotted line in agreement to face each other inside the Octagon in what many expect to be a “loser goes home” match-up between the 185-pounders. Another “striker vs striker” scrap, this too could contend for the evening’s ‘Fight of the Night’ bonus. Camozzi won his first two bouts with the UFC but was released after one loss. After picking up a win on the regional circuit against Joey Villasenor, they brought him back to face Francis Carmont, to whom he was defeated by via unanimous decision. Following that bout, he went on a four fight winning streak, however he lost his next four bouts and was again released from the promotion. Back on the regional circuit, he strung together a pair of victories and stepped up to the plate for an injured Yoel Romero to take on Jacare Souza in a rematch. Unfortunately for Camozzi, the rematch did not play out any different than their initial outing, as he was submitted very quickly in the first round by the Brazilian. He is now looking to save himself from being cut for the third time by aiming to take out the Brit. With Watson being 1-3 in his last four, so this is “do or die” time for both fighters. Camozzi opened as a -175 betting favorite, with Watson being a +135 underdog. Betting lines have since tightened up a bit and sit at a current -150/+130. The preceding bout comes in the flyweight division and sees Duke Roufus-trained Dustin Ortiz aim to return to the win column as he takes on Willie Gates. Gates is taking this fight on short notice as an injury replacement for Ian McCall and he is doing so just weeks after picking up his first UFC win against Darrell Montague via first round TKO. Ortiz opened as a -350 betting favorite in this 125-pound affair, with Gates being a +250 underdog. The public has since backed Ortiz, as current betting lines are -440/+350. Getting the action started for the UFC Fight Night 73 prelims on FOX Sports 2 will be a bantamweight contest between Frankie Saenz and Sirwan Kakai. Both 135-pounders are undefeated inside the Octagon, having impressed as underdogs in their most recent bouts. This is a big fight for both Saenz and Kakai, as the winner would become relevant in the UFC’s bantamweight division, while the loser would have to go back for a good look at the drawing board. In a fight that many expect to go the full three round distance, these 135-pounders are likely to leave it all inside the Octagon in an effort to get their hand raised this Saturday night.

Written by Gabe Killian

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