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Preview & Odds For UFC 170 Fights

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UFC 170: Rousey vs. McMann

Special to Chicago’s MMA

Saturday, February 22nd in Las Vegas will mark the biggest and best event of 2014 so far for MMA fans, with UFC 170 set to take place and boasting an appealing card. Rafael dos Anjos takes on Rustam Khabilov and Robert Whittaker will flight Stephen Thompson to kick off the main card, but it’s the three fights at the top that will have fans and analysts alike buzzing in the coming weeks. So without further ado, here’s a preview of these top three bouts, complete with betting odds and predictions for each fight.

Rory MacDonald vs. Demian Maia

The MacDonald-Maia fight actually has a chance to steal the show at UFC 170, because it features two fighters who are in dire need of a big win. Both MacDonald and Maia lost their last fights, which will make both fighters that much more determined to show up on the big stage in Las Vegas. As of now, sports betting/news platform Betfair has big hitter MacDonald listed as the favorite, with 2/5 odds to win the fight, while Maia is listed with 1/2 odds. This is far from a decisive betting margin, and further indicates that this could be a very tight and interesting fight. Prediction: Rory MacDonald takes the fight.

Rashad Evans vs. Daniel Cormier

Rashad Evans may be the better-known fighter, but he’ll have his hands full with former heavyweight Daniel Cormier, who’s a flat out physical beast. In fact, as of now the odds favor Cormier rather heavily. Cormier has 4/11 odds, as compared to 11/5 for Evans. This seems like too wide a betting margin, frankly, because Evans has the speed to give Cormier fits and can fight with the best of them on a good day. In fact, if you’re inclined to place a bet on UFC 170, the odds on Evans ought to look pretty appealing. Prediction: Cormier is a justifiable favorite, and Bleacher Report has a fairly convincing breakdown settling on him as the likely winner. But we’ll take Evans to pull off the upset.

Ronda Rousey vs. Sara McMann

Ronda Rousey will need to bring her A-game for the headline main card event, not necessarily because of her opponent but because UFC is looking to her to jump to a new level of superstardom in 2014. As for the fight itself, Rousey is a fairly heavy favorite, with 1/5 odds to win next to McMann’s 4/1 shot. That said, however, McMann shouldn’t be a pushover. She’s a former Olympic wrestler, the first American woman to ever receive a silver medal in wrestling. She’s also medaled at ADCC. No doubt the best thing for UFC would be for McMann to hang in there long enough to make it interesting before Rousey ultimately earns her victory. Prediction: No disrespect to McMann, but Rousey wins.

About Matt Lo Cascio

Matt Lo Cascio is a former TV producer who turned to new media in 2005, and he is the co-founder and editor of Chicago’s MMA. He is also the play-by-play announcer for the XFO. His work has been published by ESPN.com, DraftKings, The Comeback, FanSided and more.

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