UFC 120 is taking place this Saturday night in London, England. This is one of the weaker cards that the UFC has put out and it seems like it is more of a warm-up for the stacked UFC 121 card that is set to take place the following week. That being said there are still three very interesting fights taking place and we have the sports betting odds and predictions for you right here. The odds listed for each fighter are the best available from our recommended online bookies.
John Hathaway vs. Mike Pyle
John Hathaway (14-0) is taking on Mike Pyle (20-7-1). Hathaway will try to retain his undefeated record as he takes on the veteran.
Hathaway has won each of his 4 fights since entering the UFC. He recently defeated the highly touted Diego Sanchez at UFC 114. Hathaway, a heavy underdog in the fight, managed to beat Diego Sanchez with ease. Before the fight many people were unaware of John Hathaway, but his impressive performance changed that. The former rugby player is now a force to be reckoned with in the Welterweight division.
Mike Pyle is a veteran of the sport and is 2-2 since entering the UFC. The 35 year-old is coming off a win over Jesse Lennox via triangle choke at UFC 115. The submission specialist will be hoping for the young Hathaway to make a mistake in this fight, because that may be his only chance. He will be in tough as Hathaway is very well versed in Jiu Jitsu.
Hathaway is heavily favoured in online odds and it is not a good idea to go against them. Go with the sure thing.
Dan Hardy vs. Carlos Condit
The UFC 120 co-main event will feature a bout between the English born Dan Hardy (23-7, 1 NC) and Carlos “The natural born killer” Condit (25-5). Both will be looking to get a big win to move up in the Welterweight ranks.
Dan Hardy is coming off a humiliating loss to GSP at UFC 111. Before that he was on a 7 fight win streak that included 4 finishes. Hardy has earned himself a reputation as being a hard-hitter. His last 3 wins have been over Mike Swick, Marcus Davis, and Rory Markham; all good competitors in the Welterweight division. Expect Hardy to try and keep it standing and go for the knockout.
Carlos Condit is coming off a pair of wins over Rory MacDonald and Jake Ellenberger. In both fights he was down early. Against Rory MacDonald he had lost the first 2 rounds and came back in the third with a late round knockout. Condit showed his resilience and that earned him and MacDonald fight of the night. Jake Ellenberger had Condit beat in the first round and the starting of the second. Condit came back midway through the second to steal the round, and in the third he took control and dominated Ellenberger.
Hardy is the hometown boy and is the favourite in this fight. I expect it to be a great bout, but if you are looking to take an upset, pick this fight. There are great betting odds for Condit.
Michael Bisping vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama
In the main event the English hero Michael Bisping (19-3-2) will take on Yoshihiro Akiyama (13-2, 2 NC). Expect this to be a great fight as both fighters are finishers. 16 of Bisping’s 19 wins have come by stoppage, while 12 of Akiyama’s 13 wins have.
Bisping has done well in the UFC since winning TUF 3. He has gone 8-3 since and is coming off a win over Dan Miller. Bisping started off his UFC career with 4 straight wins, but has not been the same since. In his last 4 fights he is 2-2 with loses to Dan Henderson and Wanderlei Silva. If he looks to get ahead in the Lightweight division he is going to need to have a strong performance.
Akiyama is 1-1 since coming to the UFC. He was a star in Japan and is showing why. His first 2 fights earned fight of the night and if he did not get caught in a late third round triangle he just might be 2-0. He dominated Chris Leban for much of his last fight, but his cardio fell short which led him to lose by submission. This was Akiyama’s first loss in over 5 years. Expect him to be ready to go as he will be eager to get another win on his resume.
Bisping is the favourite in this fight and it may be because he is fighting at home. I expect Akiyama to control this fight and if his cardio does not give out he should be able to finish Bisping. You will get good odds with Akiyama in this fight.
Written by: Chris Enouy
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