The UFC 163 card that was once supposed to feature a title fight in the featherweight division between Jose Aldo and Anthony Pettis still features the title fight, just with a different opponent: Chan Sung Jung. Otherwise known as The Korean Zombie, Jung is one of the most popular fighters in the division and is often remembered as a fighter with one of the most amazing submission victories in the history of the sport. UFC 163 will also feature fights between Lyoto Machida and Phil Davis, as well as a fight between Vinny Magalhaes and Anthony Perosh.
What are the current odds for UFC 163 and who do we think will be the best bets?
UFC Featherweight Championship: Jose Aldo vs. Chan Sung Jung
This might be one of the most anticipated fights on any Ultimate Fighting Championship card in the next few months. It isn’t because more fans of mixed martial arts are excited to see zombie fighting Aldo instead of Pettis, it is simply that the MMA community has been waiting for someone to pose a serious challenge to Aldo and his title. That is exactly what the main event at this event will provide the MMA world.
The first and only featherweight champion in the history of the UFC is 4-0 inside the Octagon after going 8-0 in World Extreme Cagefighting. Since entering the UFC when the promotion absorbed the contracts of all WEC fighters, Aldo has defeated Mark Hominick, Kenny Florian and Frankie Edgar via unanimous decision and Chad Mendes via vicious first round knockout. He is one of the most talented fighters and many fans are hopeful that he will retain his title and compete for the UFC lightweight championship against Benson Henderson.
His opponent is riding a three fight winning streak. The first win in that streak ended with a move that the MMA world is still talking about today as one of the most impressive of all time. Fighting the talented Leonard Garcia, zombie got the win with the infamous Twister submission. It was his premier fight in the promotion and is one that secured his ability to keep his job. Following the Garcia victory, he knocked out Hominick and submitted Dustin Poirier before getting the call to fight Aldo.
UFC Betting Tip prediction: Zombie has the talent to walk away from UFC 163 as the champion and while it wouldn’t be as big of an upset as Chris Weidman beating Anderson Silva, it would still rank highly. Our pick in this fight is Aldo with 1/8 at Bet365.
Lyoto Machida vs. Phil Davis
This light heavyweight showdown is crucial when it comes to determining the next contender in the light heavyweight division. With Alexander Gustafsson getting the next crack at the world title held by Jon Jones, the winner of this fight might be the next in line to get a chance.
In Machida, we are getting a fighter that has won two in a row after losing his first title chance to Jones. He knocked out Ryan Bader and followed that win up with a split decision victory against Dan Henderson. Machida would love to avenge his first loss to Jones and may be able to reach that goal by beating Davis.
Davis is also riding a two fight winning streak of his own. After getting his first career loss to Rashad Evans, he fought Wagner Prado to a no contest after an incidental eye poke, but rebounded in their rematch by submitting Prado in the second round. He followed up the Prado win by getting the unanimous decision ruling against Magalhaes. Not many people think he can be a real threat to Jones and the title, but a huge win against Machida could push him there.
UFC Betting Tip prediction: Davis has great wrestling skills, but Machida is a better-rounded fighter that is capable of ending the fight with Davis in any style. We here at UFC Betting Tip are going with Machida and his 2/7 at Ladbrokes.
Vinny Magalhaes vs. Anthony Perosh
After his long-awaited return to the Octagon and the UFC, Magalhaes could very well be on his way out of the promotion should he suffer another defeat. This will be his third fight of his return and after losing his previous fight to Davis, is taking a step down in competition with Perosh. Perosh is certainly hoping Magalhaes takes him lightly when they step inside the cage together.
Perosh is a fighter that is in a similar position as Magalhaes as this is his second tenure in the UFC. He was 0-2 in 2006 and has gone 3-2 since returning to the promotion in 2010. In his last fight, he lost to Ryan Jimmo in just seven seconds and another devastating defeat could make this his final UFC fight.
UFC Betting Tip prediction: This is an intriguing fight that could go either way. Magalhaes has the edge in the submission game, but Perosh may have the striking edge. After getting shocked by Jimmo in his last fight, we are going to go with Perosh and his 7/4 odds.
Other fights to watch:
The Amanda Nunes vs. Sheila Gaff fight in the women’s bantamweight could be a fun fight to watch. Nunes will be making her UFC debut after losing two of three fights in Invicta and Strikeforce. She has great talent, but so does her opponent, 23-year-old Gaff. Gaff has a lot of experience at a young age going 10-5-1. The German born fighter was riding a three fight winning streak before losing to Sara McMann in her UFC debut. I think Graf will get the win in this fight, but no matter what the outcome, it will be another positive move for women’s MMA.