Five MMA Betting Underdogs To Take A Look At This April

Gegard Mousasi There are a ton of great fights this coming April, and there are a ton of great betting opportunities, too. With four UFC cards, an Invicta FC event, as well as a Bellator card, there is lots of money to be made next month and is here to help you do it. Here are five MMA betting underdogs to consider laying a wager on this April at Several Bookmakers. Gegard Mousasi, +215 (fights Alexander Gustafsson at UFC on FUEL TV 9) Mousasi makes his UFC debut next weekend against Gustafsson in the five-round main event of UFC on FUEL TV 9. This is a fantastic fight between two of the best light heavyweights in the world, but although these are two of the best fighters in the weight class, that hasn’t stopped Gustafsson from holding steady as a -255 favorite (bet $255 to win $100), while the comeback on Mousasi is +215 (bet $100 to win $215). There’s no doubt that Gustafsson will have the hometown crowd advantage, as well as a height and reach advantage when he and Mousasi square off next week. But, as we saw in the recent Andrei Arlovski vs. Anthony Johnson fight, size sometimes doesn’t matter all that much. If Mousasi has put in this work this training camp, he has the chance to claim the upset and cash as a decent +215 underdog. Ryan Couture, +330 (fights Ross Pearson at UFC on FUEL TV 9) Couture makes his UFC debut next weekend against Pearson in the co-main event of UFC on FUEL TV 9. Pearson is coming off a huge TKO win over George Sotiropoulos, while recently Couture edged KJ Noons. The MMA odds currently list Pearson as a -410 favorite to win this fight, with the comeback on Couture being +330. Although Pearson is probably the better fighter and has more UFC experience, the line in this fight seems way off because Couture has the grappling advantage as well as a better chin. At the current price, there’s no way anyone should be bet on Pearson, and instead, if you’re feeling risky, Couture seems like a good spot to take a stab at a big dog. Gilbert Melendez, +210 (fights Benson Henderson at UFC on FOX 7) The former Strikeforce lightweight champ, Melendez will look to capture the UFC lightweight title in his first Octagon appearance when he takes on reigning champion Henderson in the main event of UFC on FOX 7. This is an extremely competitive matchup but Henderson, who is more well-known to the public, is currently a -250 favorite to win with the comeback on Melendez being +210. To me, this seems like a fight that is closer than the odds indicate. I do believe Henderson should be favored to win this fight, but considering it’s likely to go to a decision and considering that Melendez arguably stole a close decision over Josh Thomson in his last appearance at HP Pavilion, don’t be shocked if there’s an upset here, and at +210, Melendez is definitely worth a look. Josh Thomson, +160 (fights Nate Diaz at UFC on FOX 7) Thomson returns to the UFC this April when he takes on Diaz in a main card fight at UFC on FOX 7. Thomson hasn’t fought since losing a razor-thin decision to Melendez in Strikeforce last May, while Diaz is coming off a lopsided loss to Benson Henderson at UFC on FOX 5. The betting line for this fight currently sees Diaz as a -185 favorite, with Thomson as a +170 underdog. This fight, to me, will come down to whether or not Thomson wants to use his wrestling advantage. If he does, then he will win this fight. But if he chooses to stand and trade with Diaz, he will most certainly lose. This is a very intriguing matchup between two great lightweight competitors but at +160, Thomson looks like an underdog bet to target. Vinny Magalhaes, +250 (fights Phil Davis at UFC 159) Magalhaes and Davis will settle their feud later next month when they square off at UFC 159. A fight between two light heavyweights on the rise, Davis is currently a sizeable -325 favorite to win this fight, while the comeback is +250 on Magalhaes and counting. This is an interesting fight stylistically because Davis is a wrestler who likes to take his opponents down and Magalhaes is a BJJ expert who can submit anyone in the world off his back. And it’s arguable he might even have the better striking, too. Although Davis is the rightful favorite to win this fight considering his more impressive resume in MMA, don’t count Magalhaes out, and if his number keeps climbing closer to +300, he may be worth a bet.

Written by Adam Martin.

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