The next Ultimate Fighting Championship event to be telecast on Fuel TV will emanate from Fortaleza, Brazil on June 8. The card features a Brazilian-heavy card which is sure to deliver a good show for fans in attendance and watching at home. On the card are powerhouse heavyweight contenders Fabricio Werdum and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, light heavyweights Thiago Silva and Rafael Cavalcante and several young stars like Erick Silva, Daniel Sarafian, and Rony Jason.
The event is eight days away and there are a few fights ready for those looking to make a few wagers. What are the odds and who do we at UFC Betting Tip think is the best bet in those fights?
Fabricio Werdum vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
Werdum will enter the Octagon for the seventh time in his career. He is 4-2 through the first six fights of his UFC career and 16-5-1 overall. He has fought just four times since 2010 and while he is 3-1 during that time, at 35-years-old, time is running low for Werdum to finally make a run at a world title. If he can get past the former interim UFC heavyweight champion, he might finally be next in line for a title shot after Junior dos Santos. If that wasn’t enough incentive for Werdum, these two men fought in 2006 with Nogueira claiming the unanimous decision win.
Big Nog has also fought just four times since 2010 and is entering the Octagon for the ninth time in his career. He is 5-3 in those fights and 34-7-1-1 NC overall in his career. In 2008, he became the interim heavyweight champion by beating Tim Sylvia, but lost his first defense of the title to Frank Mir. Since that fight, Nogueira has beaten Randy Couture, Brendan Schaub, and Dave Herman, but has suffered defeats to current UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez and another loss to Mir.
UFC Betting Tip Prediction: Both fighters are in the later years of their professional careers and need a victory to ever gain a chance at the gold. Werdum is the favorite with 1/3 odds at WilliamHill and should get the win against his legendary opponent.
Thiago Silva vs. Rafael Cavalcante
At one time, Silva was a man believed to be a top contender in the UFC light heavyweight division. He was once 13-0, but will be entering the UFC at this event with a 14-3-2 NC record. Since 2009, he has gone 1-3-2 NC with two victories overturned for failed drug tests. After his win at UFC 125 against Brandon Vera, he falsified a urine sample and had the decision reversed. In his last fight against Stanislav Nedkov, he won via Arm Triangle Choke, but had that decision reversed due to a failed marijuana test. Silva still has the talent to be a top contender in the division, but if he ever wants a chance to compete against Jon Jones for the title, he needs to get a win and not get it reversed because of a failed drug test.
In Cavalcante, UFC fans will get a chance to see a talented fighter that was once the Strikeforce light heavyweight champion. “Feijao” is going through much of the same issues as Silva when it comes to failed drug tests and suspensions. Cavalcante was 4-1-1 NC in his Strikeforce career and 11-3-1 NC overall. In his last fight against Mike Kyle, the 32-year-old Brazilian got the win via Guillotine Choke, avenging a 2009 loss, but the decision was overturned by the California State Athletic Commission after he tested positive for stanozolol, a banned substance. He was suspended for a year and will be entering the Octagon for the first time after a year-long break.
UFC Betting Tip Prediction: In Strikeforce, Cavalcante beat Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal to win the light heavyweight title, but lost to Dan “Hendo” Henderson in his lone defense. He bounced back from that defeat and will look to begin his UFC career with a big win against Silva. Favored at Ladbrokes at 15/8, Cavalcante should get the victory against Silva.
Erick Silva vs. Jason High
This will be one of the most entertaining fights on the UFC on Fuel TV card. A year ago, Silva was one of the brightest stars in the UFC welterweight division and was primed to make a run to the top of the rankings. He suffered his first career loss to Carlo Prater at UFC 142 in a disputed disqualification ruling in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He rebounded from that defeat to win the Submission of the Night honors at UFC on FX when he caught Charlie Brenneman with the Rear Naked Choke. In his last fight, he lost to Jon Fitch via unanimous decision after Fitch mauled him for 15 unexciting minutes. This will be Silva’s first fight since October and will look to welcome High back to the UFC with a loss.
High is an experienced fighter that has competed around the world. This is his second stint with the UFC and he has also fought for Affliction, DREAM, and Strikeforce. In his career, he is 16-3 and is entering this fight with a seven fight winning streak. The last time he lost was his only fight in the UFC when Brenneman got a unanimous decision ruling in 2010. He has since defeated several tough fighters including Hayato Sakurai, Jordan Mein, and Nate Moore to get back into the UFC.
UFC Betting Tip Prediction: The 14-3-1 NC Silva is the heavy favorite in this fight and will need to rebound from his loss to Fitch or else risk being cut much like Fitch was. If High gets the win, it’s because he caught Silva with a punch. Silva is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt and should be able to thwart any submission holds from High. Our pick here is Silva at 3/10 odds at WilliamHill.
Other main card predictions:
Rony Jason defeats Mike Wilkinson via first round KO
Daniel Sarafian defeats Eddie Mendez via decision
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