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UFC Vegas 35 Barbosa vs. Chikadze: Coby's Best Bets


The UFC hosts UFC Vegas 35 tonight headlined by two of the promotions most exciting strikers in Giga Chikadze and Edson Barboza.



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Aside from the main event, which on paper has FOTY potential, tonight is the TUF 29 finale. Bryan Battle and Gilbert Urbina square off in the co-main event to determine the seasons middleweight champion and Ricky Turcios battles Brady Hiestand in the bantamweight final.


Some other standout bouts on the card are Kevin Lee vs. Daniel Rodriguez, Alessio Di Chirico vs. Abdul Razak Alhassan and Pat Sabatini vs. Jamal Emmers. A few names you also might recognize on tonights card are Sam Alvey, Gerald Meerschaert and Andre Petroski.


As always, DM me on twitter for my full card plays @_CobyW.


1. Mana Martinez by KO -110


First fight of the night, first play of the night. Martinez is making his UFC debut tonight. The Texas native is a knockout artist to say the least. Martinez is a guy who absolutely has the skillset to have a tenured UFC career. His only two losses are to TUF veteran, Dulani Perry, and UFC bantamweight, Drako Rodriguez. He has notable 1stround knockout wins over DWCS vet Jose Johnson and TUF 29 finalist Ricky Turcios. In fact, all 8 of his wins have come by way of knockout. In his 10 pro bouts, he has been to decision once and over 1.5 rounds once. All signs point to an early ending in this one.


2. Battle/Urbina ov2.5 -140


This fight comes down to two things: Urbina being hard to finish and Battle being a sizeable favorite. Yes, Urbina is hard to finish, Tresean Gore just hits like a Mac truck. Aside from the TUF 29 semifinal, Urbina hasn’t been finished in his pro career. His only loss is to, in my opinion, future welterweight title contender, Sean Brady. It’s safe to say Battle will have his hands full here, which is why I won’t lay any juice on Battle -180. Personally I was extremely shocked when Battle beat Petroski in the semifinal. Battle proved his worth to me in that fight and I think he wins tonight. I don’t think Battle has the power to knockout Urbina, but he has the skillset and ability to grind out a 15-minute sweep on the scorecards. Battle by decision pays more than 2/1, play that.


3. Petroski by Submission -110


Before I say anything else, you might want to play a hedge on Petroski by KO at +275. Petroski will close at nearly a 6/1 favorite on most books. As game as Gillmore is, I don’t think this is a good matchup for him at all. Petroski might’ve been the most talented middleweight on the show. His gas tank hurt him in the semifinal against Battle and that will be our only worry tonight. However, I don’t think this will get to the point in which Petroski gasses. Petroksi has all five of his pro wins by finish and has never been out of the second round. Gillmore has been submitted in every one of his losses. Petroski trains BJJ under Daniel Gracie. It would be the shock of the year if he loses this fight.


Honorable Mentions: Alvey/Turman u2.5 -110, Turman -130, Turcios -165

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