Diving into the Fight Pass Prelims for UFC 192

Islam_Makhachev_vsThe Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to Houston, TX for the fourth time in promotional history this tomorrow night (October 3, 2015) with UFC 192: Cormier vs Gustafsson. The action-packed and stacked 13-fight card kicks off on UFC Fight Pass at 6pm ET, with televised prelims following on FOX Sports 1 at 8pm ET and main card action getting going on Pay Per View at 10pm. If interested in wagering on any bouts for this fight card, all betting lines will be made available at Several Bookmakerss. Kicking things off for the preliminary card on UFC Fight Pass will be a lightweight contest between Legacy FC veterans Francisco Trevino and Sage Northcutt. Trevino looks to rebound from his first careet set-back, which came by way of unanimous decision against Johnny Case. Meanwhile, Northcutt looks to stay undefeated by extending his professional mixed martial arts record to 6-0. He makes his Octagon debut in a quick turnaround, after having just fought a month ago. There is a lot of hype behind him, of which he is fully aware and promises to live up to. Trevino opened as a +170 betting underdog in this bout, with Sage being favored to win at -230. The public has since come in on him heavily, with current betting odds being +335/-420. Next up on the Fight Pass prelims is a heavyweight contest between Texas’ Derrick Lewis and the Czech Viktor Pesta. Lewis looks to return to the win column following a second round knockout against Shawn Jordan in his latest outing, while Pesta aims to make it two in a row inside the Octagon following a unanimous decision win over Konstantin Erokhin back in January. This is a rare “winner vs loser” match-up in the UFC’s heavyweight division, but is one that makes plenty of sense. That’s because of how razor-thin the division is, and the fact that Lewis, despite coming off a loss, is a step up in competition from Pesta’s previous opponent. This battle of heavyweights is not expected to go the full three round distance, considering the fact that both men own a combined 19 of 22 professional mixed martial arts career victories by way of finish. Both big men will be entering the Octagon in hopes of securing a finish that will earn them ‘Performance of the Night’ honors. The betting odds for this heavyweight contest opened at a near coin-flip, with Lewis being -115 and Pesta being -125. The public however has since supported the Czech, making current betting lines +140/-160. Next up on the UFC Fight Pass preliminary card will be a flyweight match-up between veteran Chris Cariaso and surging prospect Sergio Pettis. Both 125-pounders enter this fight hungry and eager to get their hand raised. Cariaso looks to snap a two-fight skid, which includes a submission loss to UFC flyweight champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson in his bid for the title, and most recently a unanimous decision against Olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo. Prior to the setback, “Kamikaze” was enjoying a three fight winning streak. On the heels of a two fight winning streak in the UFC’s bantamweight division, “The Phenom” opted to make the move down to the flyweight division, where he was competing priot to signing with the UFC. Greeting him for his 125-pound debut inside the Octagon was Texas’ Ryan Benoit, who was the massive underdog heading into the contest. Pettis looked good in the early going of the bout but was ultimately knocked out by Benoit, and finding himself on a trip back to the drawing board. Now over half a year out of action, Pettis is ready to get back in there and make a run at 125-pounds. In a razor-thin division, he has the skills, the style and the name to earn him a title shot after strining only a few wins together. Cariaso opened as a +145 betting underdog heading into this flyweight affair, with Pettis being favored to win at -185. After some back and forth action, current betting lines are +160/-185. Wrapping things up for the final bout of the Fight Pass portion of the UFC 192 prelims will be a lightweight contest between the Brazilian Adriano Martins and the Dagestani Islam Makhachev. Martins hopes to make it three in a row, following a knockout of Juan Manuel Puig and an impressive upset split decision win over Rustam Khabilov. Makhachev impressed in his promotional debut with a dominant performance and second round rear naked choke submission of Leo Kuntz, and he will be aiming to make it two in a row inside the Octagon, while simultaneously remaining undefeated as a pro at 13-0. The betting odds for this 155-pound scrap opened at an even coin-flip, with both fighters being -120. It seems that there has been slightly more action coming on Makhachev, as current betting odds are +100/-120; a near coin-flip, slightly favoring the Dagestani. Editor’s Note: The UFC Fight Pass prelims will now begin at 6:30 pm ET and will only feature three fights. The Makhavhev vs Martins bout was moved to FS1 to replace the Benavidez vs Bagautinov bout, which was moved to the pay-per-view after the Hendricks vs Woodley fight was cancelled earlier today.

Written by Gabe Killian

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