UFC 170 is taking place this Saturday in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. To be honest this isn’t one of the better PPV events that the UFC has put on in recent history. At UFC 169 we had two title fights at the lower weights. UFC 168 was the biggest PPV event of all time with Rousey defeating Tate and Silva getting his rematch with Weidman. UFC 167, was of course the big GSP vs Hendricks fight that did not disappoint. With all of the top quality action the UFC has had on its PPV events of late it is normal to be a little bit disappointed with this UFC 170 card.
Rousey is already back in the cage defending her title, this time against Sara McMann. This could be an interesting fight, but Rousey is a huge favourite, which takes some of the interest out of it. The co-main event was supposed to be big with Daniel Cormier dropping down to 205 lbs and making his debut against Rashad Evans. Even with this fight though the card wasn’t as exciting as the past 3, but when Rashad went down with an injury 10 days before the event and a no-namer Pat Cummins is set to take his place and this card is a little depressing. Rory McDonald and Demian Maia are also a decent fight, but Rory often has fairly boring fights so this isn’t a card I’m looking forward to all that much.
Let’s get to the odds and picks. All the odds listed here are from online sportsbook BetOnline.
Rousey vs McMann
Rousey’s latest challenger is similar to her in that she is a medalist at the summer Olymipics. McMann won the silver in wrestling in 2004, while Rousey won the bronze in judo in 2008. It will be interesting to see how their styles match up and if Rousey can still do damage on the ground against a world class wrestler. I have learned not to bet against Rousey in her MMA career. She got into a fight finally with Miesha Tate, but handled it greatly still throwing Miesha to the ground on numerous occasions. I think Ronda is just too strong for this division. I expect her to once again get a W, but this could be one of her more difficult opponents. Pick: Rousey -485
Cormier vs Cummins
Cormier vs Evans would have been a very interesting fight. Cormier was still about a 2/1 favourite for that one, but now he is fighting a man who is 4-0 in MMA and has not yet fought in the UFC. His opponents also have a combined 10-15 record. Cummins got this fight because he said that he made Cormier cry and that he broke him when they trained together for Cormiers participation in the Olympics. I expect Cormier to not make Cummins cry, but to knock him out on Saturday. Pick: Cormier inside distance -140
McDonald vs Maia
Rory McDonald took a big step back in his MMA career with his split decision loss to Robbie Lawler at UFC 167. Now he will start to make his way back up the rankings against Demian Maia. GSP has left the sport for the time being, which means McDonald will not have to face his teammate for the title when he gets his shot. McDonald fights similar to GSP in that his fights may not be the most exciting, but he does score more points than his opponents. MMA fans are hoping that he becomes a little bit more aggressive and takes his wins rather simply playing it safe. That said a wins a win and Rory should get a W here and be back on track in the Welterweight division. Pick: McDonald -280