UFC Fight Night: Barnett vs Nelson Odds

UFC Fight Night action returns this weekend from the Land of the Rising Sun and online sportsbook Bovada already has moneyline options available.

Headlining UFC Fight Night 75 will be a Heavyweight clash between Josh Barnett and Roy Nelson, and an interesting co-main event between Gegard Mousasi and Uriah Hall also offers MMA bettors some potential upset opportunity.

Josh Barnett will be entering the Octagon for the first time in nearly two years and will be coming off a KO loss to Travis Browne.

Considered one of the best Heavyweights in the world, oddsmakers at Bovada have him handicapped as the -250 favorite to beat Nelson. The Nelson upset is currently worth +195, but unless he lands that big right hand there is little chance that he will pay on that option.

We think that Barnett will do what he does best and will put Nelson against the fence and wear him down with dirty boxing and wrestling. In a five rounder we think that Barnett will likely submit his opponent in the later rounds.

Nelson’s toughness should prevent Barnett from getting the ground and pound KO win, and five rounds is a long time, making the Barnett decision win unlikely as well.

The co-main event features an interesting matchup of strikers when Gegard Mousasi meets Uriah Hall. Current MMA betting lines have Mousasi handicapped as the heavy -450 favorite and the Hall payday set at +325.

This matchup has lots of upset potential, especially if the best Uriah Hall decides to show up to fight in Japan.

We like the idea of putting a couple of units on the Hall upset. He has the capability to beat anyone in the Middleweight division, and at that payday this situation looks worth the risk. Hall has seemed to have improved his outlook on the fight game and seems ready to take the next step up the Middleweight ladder.

This could be a rare chance to take advantage of a ridiculously skilled fighter who is putting it all together before the betting public and the handicappers notice he’s for real as he takes his run at the title.

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