1 Santiago and Magomedsharipov to finish early
This fight shouldn't last fifteen minutes.
Zabit Magomedsharipov (12-1) is one of the most highly-regarded UFC prospects and will finally get a chance to prove that he is worthy of the praise when he steps into the UFC octagon with Mike Santiago this weekend in Rotterdam. Magomedsharipov has won all three of his previous bouts via way of first round stoppage and proves to be capable of finishing a fight early.
If it seems like Mike Santiago (21-9) fought just last week, you're correct. Santiago competed at Dana White's Contender Series 7 and picked up an impressive first-round victory against Mark Cherico. While unlucky not to be awarded a contract then and there, he received a call not long after to fly over to Rotterdam and compete against Magomedsharipov. Santiago has managed five first round finishes in his last six bouts, three via submission and two by way of KO/TKO.
Considering their previous performances and the fact that Santiago is extremely under prepared for the likes of Magomedsharipov, this one should end relatively fast.
Bet: Total Rounds - Under 1.5
2 Reneau to make short work of Bernardo
UFC newcomer Talita De Oliveira Bernardo will be pushed to the limits against experienced women's bantamweight Marion Reneau.
Marion Reneau was originally scheduled to battle Germaine De Randamie in front of the Rotterdam fans until De Randamie withdrew from the bout. Fortunately for Reneau, the UFC found her an opponent for UFC Fight Night 115. Somewhat unfortunately, however, she'll be matched against a relatively unknown fighter in the world of mixed martial arts.
While we don't know a whole lot about Talita De Oliveira Bernardo, her resume doesn't sit well next to Marion Reneau's. Reneau holds an impressive victory over top UFC women's bantamweight Jessica Andrade.
Despite what seems to be a remarkably mismatched fight, the bookmakers believe this one will go the distance. For us, that means there is plenty of value in betting that the fight doesn't go to the scorecards in the hope that Reneau can finish Bernardo in the allotted fifteen minutes.
Bet: Total Rounds - Under 2.5
Read more: Marion Reneau vs Talita de Oliveira Bernardo
3 Volkov to put Struve to sleep
The main event of UFC Fight Night 115 could have giant ramifications on the UFC's heavyweight division. Not really, I just wanted to write "giant" because the seven-foot Stefan Struve will be facing 6'7" Alexander Volkov in a battle between two of the tallest fighters to compete in mixed martial arts.
Alexander Volkov's claim to fame is an impressive victory over Roy Nelson at UFC on FOX 24. Volkov pushed his jab into Nelson's face for fifteen minutes and scored a decision victory against "Big Country".
Stefan Struve has been a member of the UFC's roster since 2009 and remarkably is still making waves in the division. His two-fight winning streak could be the start of bigger and better things for the heavyweight, especially considering he holds a victory over Stipe Miocic on his record.
Struve has tremendous height and reach advantages over all of his opponents. This time, it's negated ever so slightly against Alexander Volkov, who usually holds a height and reach advantage, as well. Volkov is excellent at fighting at optimal range and Struve still relies on his height as his primary way of defending punches. Expect Volkov to catch Struve moving backward with his chin up and end the fight with a series of brutal punches.
Bet: Alexander Volkov to win
Read more: Alexander Volkov vs Stefan Struve
4 Edwards ends Barberena
Leon Edwards and Bryan Barberena find themselves in a battle of almost completely opposite operating styles. Bryan Barberena likes to move forward and make the fight ugly. Leon Edwards prefers to keep his opponent at the very edge of his range so that he can launch effective and well-timed strikes.
When UFC Fight Night 115 swings around, you can expect Edwards' fast footwork and distance management to keep him away from Barberena's mad rush. He'll pick Barberena apart when they are standing up and he'll also keep him thinking twice about the takedown by using his forward momentum against him by shooting for double-leg takedowns. Edwards wins this one either on the feet or on the mat.
Bet: Leon Edwards to win
Read more: Leon Edwards vs Bryan Barberena
5 Khabilov and Green not to see the scorecards
Rustam Khabilov and Desmond Green nearly always fight to a decision. Strangely enough, this is the best reason to bet on it not making the distance. The bookmakers released the odds heavily in favor of this fight lasting over 2.5 rounds.
Here's a case for the opposite:
Rustam Khabilov (21-3), although dominating his last four opponents, still finds himself short of a matchup against a higher ranked opponent. Whether Khabilov likes it or not, the UFC simply aren't rewarding his 'boring' manner of fighting; a style that has resulted in four consecutive unanimous decisions. If he wants to move up the rankings fast, Khabilov needs impressive stoppage victories that garner attention from fans and media.
Desmond Green is in a similar situation. His victory over Josh Emmett was an impressive one, but it isn't as exciting or decisive as it could have been if he finished his opponent.
Khabilov has heavy hands and definitely packs the power required to stop this fight early.
Bet: Total Rounds - Under 2.5
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