UFC On FOX 31 Odds, Under Dogs And Best Bets!

Get a detailed breakdown of the betting lines for UFC on FOX 31, which is set to hit Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisc., this weekend (Sat., Dec. 15, 2018), including best bets, underdogs, favorites and much more! Ultimate Fighting Champion…

Get a detailed breakdown of the betting lines for UFC on FOX 31, which is set to hit Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisc., this weekend (Sat., Dec. 15, 2018), including best bets, underdogs, favorites and much more!

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) hits FOX Sports one last time this Saturday (Dec. 15, 2018) before moving on to ESPN next year, bringing with it a rematch between Lightweight standouts Kevin Lee and Al Iaquinta. UFC on FOX 31’s main card, which will emanate from inside Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisc., will also see Dan Hooker square off with Edson Barboza, Sergio Pettis return to Bantamweight against heavy-handed Rob Font, and Charles Oliveira look to avenge the first loss of his professional career against Jim Miller.

Thirteen fights means 13 opportunities to fill your stocking with a little extra this Christmas. So, let’s dig in:

What Went Wrong at UFC 231?

It was mostly a success, but Eryk Anders lost in the most frustrating fashion possible. He showed that he could defeat Elias Theodorou, hurting and dropping “The Spartan” in the second round, then went back to doing the same jack and squat that let Theodorou run away with the first round. Christ, it’s obnoxious when someone loses because of their own unwillingness to push the issue.

UFC On FOX 31 Odds For The Undercard:

Dwight Grant (-290) vs. Zak Ottow (+245)
Andrea Lee (-250) vs. Jessica-Rose Clark (+210)
Drakkar Klose (-275) vs. Bobby Green (+235)
Jared Gordon (-155) vs. Joaquim Silva (+135)
Jack Hermansson (-200) vs. Gerald Meerschaert (+170)
Dan Ige (-175) vs. Jordan Griffin (+155)
Adam Milstead (-170) vs. Mike Rodriguez (+150)
Zak Cummings (-270) vs. Trevor Smith (+230)
Juan Adams (-400) vs. Chris De La Rocha (+325)

Thoughts: The line that really stands out to me is Mike Rodriguez as an underdog. As poor as “Slo-Mike’s” UFC debut was, he’s up against a willing striker over whom he has a half-foot reach advantage. Milstead has yet to show a strong wrestling game, and just being a physical specimen won’t be enough against a rangier and more versatile striker.

Chalk one up for “Contender Series.”

As far as the rest, putting my faith in Jack Hermansson worked out against Thales Leites against all odds, so might as well try it one more time. Meerschaert is a mediocre wrestler going up against a terrific ground-and-pounder who, unlike recent Meerschaert foes Eric Spicely and Oskar Piechota, won’t slow down after a dominant first round. Stick Hermansson in a parlay with Andrea Lee for positive odds.

UFC On FOX 31 Odds For The Main Card:

Kevin Lee (-310) vs. Al Iaquinta (+255)
Dan Hooker (-115) vs. Edson Barboza (-105)
Rob Font (-165) vs. Sergio Pettis (+145)
Charles Oliveira (-300) vs. Jim Miller (+250)

Thoughts: As much as I love Edson Barboza, Dan Hooker is a man on a mission. “The Hangman” is virtually indestructible, easily shrugging off spinning elbows and flying head kicks even when he was killing himself to make Featherweight. His last time out, he walked through the punches of Gilbert Burns, who has concrete in his fists. Barboza, meanwhile, is coming off of two life-changing beatings, and though Hooker isn’t likely to go for many takedowns, Edson’s issues with pressure are well-documented. Indeed, a pressure fighter Barboza can’t take out in one sudden burst of violence sounds like a good investment to me.

UFC On FOX 31 Best Bets:

  • Single bet — Mike Rodriguez: Bet $40 to make $60
  • Parlay — Jack Hermansson and Andrea Lee: Bet $40 to make $44
  • Single bet — Dan Hooker: Bet $60 to make $52.17

We’re going to get some quality trash talk and, ideally, some quality finishes as well. See you Saturday, Maniacs.

Remember that MMAmania.com will deliver live UFC on FOX 31 results on fight night, which is as good a place as any to talk about all the action inside the Octagon, as well as what you’ve got riding on the sportsbook.

Edson Barboza Dismisses Pressure Going Into UFC on FOX 31

Edson Barboza isn’t concerned with the risk he’s running of a third straight defeat. Barboza is set to share the Octagon with Dan Hooker this Saturday night (Dec. 15). Barboza vs. Hooker will serve as UFC on FOX 31‘s co-main event. Th…

Edson Barboza isn’t concerned with the risk he’s running of a third straight defeat. Barboza is set to share the Octagon with Dan Hooker this Saturday night (Dec. 15). Barboza vs. Hooker will serve as UFC on FOX 31‘s co-main event. This will be the UFC’s final event on the major FOX network before making […]

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Kamaru Usman Signs Bout Agreement To Fight Tyron Woodley

As he has many times before, Tyron Woodley has been mixing it up with his boss Dana White in the media. The polarizing welterweight champ recently claimed he’s treated differently than other champions. After his second-round submission win over Darren Till at UFC 228, Woodley underwent surgery for a dislocated thumb. The UFC supposedly still […]

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As he has many times before, Tyron Woodley has been mixing it up with his boss Dana White in the media. The polarizing welterweight champ recently claimed he’s treated differently than other champions.

After his second-round submission win over Darren Till at UFC 228, Woodley underwent surgery for a dislocated thumb. The UFC supposedly still wanted him to headline January’s UFC 233 against former interim champion Colby Covington, but he wasn’t ready. That card was postponed earlier today due to it not having a suitable headliner. 

And while Woodley was expected to meet his rival ‘Chaos,’ apparently something else is cooking behind the scenes. Surging contender Kamaru Usman posted on social media that he had already signed a bout agreement to fight Woodley. Check it out:

Usman didn’t name a date nor a location for the perceived title fight. The rising star has won nine straight fights in the Octagon. His most recent bout was a dominant unanimous decision win over former champion Rafael dos Anjos at November 30’s The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) Finale. 

It’s somewhat of a surprise to not see Covington get the fight nonetheless. He appeared to have talked his way into a fight with Woodley, but that ship seems to have sailed for now. Perhaps it due in part to White’s suggesting that “Chaos” turned down his opportunity to fight for the title. 

Either way, Usman is ready to take on “The Chosen One,” and that would be a huge title fight at 170 pounds. Who would you pick to emerge on top?

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Lee: Lightweights Too Big, Too Strong For Holloway

Max Holloway made an emphatic statement on his current Featherweight run last Saturday night (Dec. 8, 2018) after dominating Brian Ortega en route to a fourth-round technical knockout win (doctor stoppage) at UFC 231.
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Max Holloway made an emphatic statement on his current Featherweight run last Saturday night (Dec. 8, 2018) after dominating Brian Ortega en route to a fourth-round technical knockout win (doctor stoppage) at UFC 231.

With it being “Blessed’s” thirteenth straight win at 145 pounds, talks of a jump up to Lightweight quickly started to surface, with former interim 155-pound champion Tony Ferguson throwing his name in the hat to welcome him.

One man who isn’t feeling Holloway’s trip north is Kevin Lee, who says he considers Max a friend, but he isn’t about to just step aside and give up his spot in the title race after putting plenty of work in at 155 pounds.

“I feel like in time maybe people will stop doing that. We are talking about something bigger than that. I feel like people are too short-sighted. You win one fight and all of a sudden you are the GOAT,” he proclaimed on The MMA Hour.

“And this is no disrespect to Max at all. Max is one of the very few fighters in the game that I got a lot of respect for and actually consider a good friend. He looked amazing, really. We are all kind of the same generation. I feel like me and him both are in the new generation of fighter. He set the bar last week and it has given me a bit more motivation, a bit more fuel to go out there and put a show on,” he added.

“But, I feel like that’s not the way you get it done. That’s not the way you become a superstar by automatically let’s just bump up. You see the same thing with Khabib. I told this to Ali, you win one fight and all of a sudden you want to fight Floyd Mayweather for $100 million. Come on, this is not how this game works. It’s a marathon. Keep putting in the work, keep taking out No. 1 contenders and then maybe you will get there eventually. You talk about guys like Georges St-Pierre who had to defend the title nine or ten times before they started saying that. I feel that is the way the sport should really be. Let’s get back to the real sport, let’s get back to, we’ve already seen it.”

“Why do you want Khabib to fight Floyd? It’s not even a great fight. Why do you want Max to come up and fight somebody like Khabib or like me? It’s unfair for him to even have to, that’s a lot of weight. People do not understand, we are competitors. We are just too big and too strong. It’s too big of a disadvantage. I feel like it needs to be a clear playing field, and then that’s when you really see the best fight.”

Some say Max is getting too big for 145 pounds, so a move up to Lightweight seems inevitable at this point.

Nevertheless, it seems Holloway’s work at 145 pounds isn’t done yet, as Frankie Edgar is looking to become the man to hand the Hawaiian his first loss in over four years. As for Lee, he will look to jump up a few spots in the title hunt when he faces Al Iaquinta this Saturday (Dec. 15, 2018) at UFC on FOX 31.

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Oscar De La Hoya Reveals Reason He’ll Keep Promoting MMA

Despite what many may assume, Oscar De La Hoya doesn’t plan on stopping promoting mixed martial arts (MMA) events anytime soon. Last month Golden Boy Promotions decided to get into the MMA business. Their inaugural event was focused around a trilogy bout between two former UFC champions. Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell headlined the event […]

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Despite what many may assume, Oscar De La Hoya doesn’t plan on stopping promoting mixed martial arts (MMA) events anytime soon.

Last month Golden Boy Promotions decided to get into the MMA business. Their inaugural event was focused around a trilogy bout between two former UFC champions. Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell headlined the event form The Forum in Inglewood, California. Ortiz picked up the first-round knockout victory over Liddell, who looked absolutely terrible from the opening bell.

The event received a lot of criticism, especially for the fact that Liddell was allowed to compete. UFC President Dana White came out against the fight, blasting Oscar De La Hoya for promoting the event. Reports then began to surface indicating that the PPV’s numbers weren’t doing too hot. It was suggested the PPV didn’t even make 50,000 buys, and numbers were as low as between 25,000 to 30,000.

Speaking to TSN recently, De La Hoya responded to White’s recent criticisms, and denied reports that his PPV buys were that low (via Bloody Elbow):

“I mean look, first of all the LA Times is wrong. And second of all, they didn’t count our digital buys, which far exceeded the linear buys that we did. So, those reports are false.

“If Dana White wants to criticize the fact that I put a show together for Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz. It’s because they wanted to get paid. They wanted to make money. If Dana White is going to keep criticizing me, then pay your fighters so they won’t have to be fighting when they’re 49-years-old. It’s as easy as that.

“And so, as long as Dana White’s not paying his fighters, I’m going to continue promoting MMA.”

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