UFC 173: Picks

Updated: May 23, 2014

UFC 173: Recommended Plays by Boldtiger

This Saturday May 24, 2014 the UFC is having a PPV event, UFC 173 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The main event will showcase one of the very best pound 4 pound fighters in the world, Renan Barao as he defends his Bantamweight title against TJ Dillashaw. Last week, we earned back a small amount(+1.50) from Bellator 120 which still has us down -6.20 units after 2 events. Well this is your lucky day, this UFC 173 is delicious! You will be getting some really strong plays that don't come around that often. Time to step up and put some money on the line and you won't be disappointed.

Current Lines

Renan Barao -800 vs TJ Dillashaw +550

Daniel Cormier -900 vs Dan Henderson +600

Robbie Lawler -220 vs Jake Ellenberger +180

Takeya Mizugaki -165 vs Francisco Rivera +145

Jamie Varner -185 vs James Krause +160

Michael Chiesa -130 vs Francisco Trinaldo +110

Tony Ferguson -300 vs Katsunori Kikuno +250

Chris Holdsworth -340 vs Chico Camus +280

Al Iaquinta -365 vs Mitch Clarke +305

Anthony Njokuani -235 vs Vinc Pichel +195

Sam Sicilia -150 vs Aaron Phillips +130

David Michaud -150 vs JingLiang Li +130

I will be playing "big" on this card and here are a couple of my very best plays for this card. This is easily the best card I've featured at BSPT, look for an easy winning night. Total risk for UFC 173 will be 15.10 units.

Best Bets

Michael Chiesa -130 risk 9.10 to win 7.0

Happy to see a cheap mismatch like this. Chiesa is a big strong lightweight, very strong on the mat. Trinaldo is in his first fight outside of his homeland Brazil and he's shown to fade in fights. Absolutely no chance for Trinaldo, look for better striking by Chiesa and eventually this fight will go to the floor where Chiesa will OWN him. No worries in a fight is a beautiful thing.

Aaron Phillips +130 risk 2 to win 2.60

Oddsmakers got this one wrong. Sicilia is a brawler type with more experience as he's already had 5 UFC fights, having gone 2-3 in those bouts. Forget that, Phillips who is just 5-0 looks very impressive. Phillips has excellent striking with both hands and feet, and gets the perfect opponent who will stand in front of him and try to slug it out. Phillips is an enormous featherweight, and has considerable length on Sicilia. I think Phillips will be dominant and pound out a TKO win, take this juicy line to the bank!


Renan Barao -800, Daniel Cormier -900, Al Iaquinta -365, Chris Holdsworth -340 risk 4 to win 4.20

Throwing in the 2 big favorites so we can get even money, Barao is on a much different level and will take care of Dillashaw pretty easily. Same for Daniel Cormier who is in my opinion the best fighter in the world. Henderson is really slowing down and he won't be able to touch DC, nor will he be able to stop takedowns. Iaquinta gets a tuneup fight in Clarke who has no power and won't be able to handle the pressure. Holdsworth is a super prospect, Camus is a solid fighter but he will get overpowered and taken down to the mat, and submitted. Holdsworth by submission is a pretty strong play too.

For more MMA Analysis and Predictions, and to enter my FREE MMA Picks Contests please visit my site www.boldtiger.com. Good luck this weekend!


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