UFC 77 betting picks

My picks for UFC 77. I did very well on UFC 76, however we had a publishing problem and they didn’t get posted so I’m not counting them on the record. From top to bottom, I’m very excited about this card.

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Tim Sylvia (+125) vs. Brandon Vera (-155)

  • This bout has received a lot of attention from bettors. Vera is the new golden boy, with an 8-0 record and some great kicking power. Sylvia is coming off surgery, but from what I’ve read it really hasn’t affected his training as much as we thought. From a betting point, I really think almost everything has to go right for Brandon Vera to win this match. He could be much better than we all thought and blow Sylvia away. However, he also could get rattled very easily on such a large stage and buckle under the pressure. With a veteran like Sylvia as an underdog, I’ll take him in this spot.

My bet : $200 on Tim Sylvia at +125 at Bodog

Anderson Silva (-210) vs. Rich Franklin (+170)

  • How can anyone go against Silva right now? He’s the hottest fighter in the middleweight division and has shown no signs at all of slowing down. This is precisely why, i’m not backing him in this bout. There is an overwhelming amount of people betting on Silva in this bout and at -210, that seems a bit fishy to me. In most other sports a scenario like this spells doom for everyone on the Silva ship. I’m actually going to lay off this fight totally, but if I had a gun to my head I’d take Franklin for a small amount.

Kalib Starnes (-130) vs. Alan Belcher (+100)

  • This is probably going to be a very close fight that goes all three rounds. I have some serious questions about Kalib Starnes, and from talking with a few other knowledgeable UFC fans, they all feel the same way. I’m going to place a value bet on Alan Belcher here at +100.

My bet : $100 on Alan Belcher at +100 at BetUS

Yushin Okami (-240) vs. Jason Macdonald (+190)

  • I really like Okami in this bout, but I just can’t force myself to lay a lot of money on him with the odds this high. Yushin will probably win this bout via technical knockout in the 2nd or 3rd round. I’ve seen a lot of people talking about Macdonald to win this fight, but I think there are a lot of question marks with him. I think his submission ability is very good, but is that enough to beat someone as strong and versatile as Okami?

My bet : $120 on Okami to win $50 at BetUS

Other bouts for the night

Many of the undercard bouts on UFC 77 have some really unflattering odds on them. I can’t really pick out any of the fights that I would even want to put money on, let alone a good chunk of money. I’m going to lay off the other fights for now. If I do add a bet or two, I will make sure to post it tomorrow before 4 PM ET.

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