The UFC 102 fight card that will take place next weekend is being touted by some MMA betting fans as being a much better card than UFC 100 or 101, and the main bouts are being headlined by the fighters who are 205 pounds and over.
UFC 102 Odds â€“ Saturday, August 29, 10:00 PM ET
Randy Couture (16-9) vs Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (31-5-1-1)
This heavyweight bout features two of the legendary fighters in MMA history, and both are coming off losses. Couture is a -180 favorite despite losing his belt to Brock Lesnar at UFC 91, but that was a bad fight for him as Lesnar was too big for the â€œNaturalâ€ to control with his wrestling skill. Nogueira was beaten by Frank Mir at UFC 91 for the interim heavyweight title, but it was revealed that â€œMinotauroâ€ had a staph infection which hospitalized him in the run-in to the fight. That, combined with being a +150 underdog, should be more than enough motivation for Nogueira to prove that heâ€™s still a draw in the UFC. If youâ€™re a betting management player, take Nogueira in the upset pick.
Thiago Silva (13-1) vs Keith Jardine (14-5-1)
Silva is coming off a loss to Lyoto Machida in a match for Machidaâ€™s light-heavyweight belt, as he was knocked out just before the end of the first round. Jardine, as known as the â€œDean of Meanâ€, has lost three of his last five fights, but he canâ€™t be counted out. Jardine has racked up wins over guys like Chuck Liddell, Brandon Vera and Forrest Griffin, which is the only reason I can come with for him being a -160 favorite against Silva, who will be hungry to make his way back up the 205-pound ladder after losing to Machida. He has devastating power, as 10 of his 13 wins have come by knockout, and heâ€™s well versed in the ways of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai. Jardine is in an unfamiliar spot as a favorite, and that could stand to hurt him in the long run. Go with Thiago Silva as a +130 underdog in your UFC sports picks next weekend.