UFC Auckland Betting Preview

By Michael O’Shea (@knobs11)

Welcome back folks. Got a little lucky last week with our Diego Sanchez bet somehow cashing but we’ll take whatever luck we can get. Huge props to John Dodson also with a great performance to kill my bet on Nathaniel Wood. Onwards and upwards to this week’s card from Auckland, New Zealand.

As usual I’m keen on a couple so let’s see if my thoughts match up with yours.

Kai Kara France v Tyson Nam

Surprised this fight didn’t make the main card. Straight off the bat, I’m keen on Kai here.

Nam is probably a little too late to the UFC party. He’s a striker with legit knock out power but he’s a little one dimensional. Think that Kara-France is too well rounded overall and can win the battle everywhere it may go. He needs to avoid that big shot but Kara-France can bang too. Think it’s his fight to lose and especially with the home crowd on his side, I think he can win a decision here pretty easy.

Selection: Kai Kara France @ $1.43, -233

Ben Sosoli v Marcos Rogerio De Lima

I’ve not been impressed with Ben Sosoli. He doesn’t come across to me as UFC caliber athlete. He’s as durable as they come but I think he lacks a lot in his striking. Now De Lima is no world beater either but I think he’s the better striker and athlete here. I think he has the better weapons and with little ground game on show from Sosoli, I think De Lima is a good chance to get a TKO here. I feel that Sosoli’s cardio is an issue too and will wilt if the fight goes on after eating some big shots from De Lima. I know it’s heavyweight and anything can happen but I’m happy that De Lima has enough that we can fade Sosoli here.

Selection: Marcos Rogerio De Lima @ $1.68, -147

De Lima KO @ $5, +400

Jimmy Crute v Michal Oleksiejczuk

Not impressed with Jimmy Crute overall either. Think this is a step up in class from the Sam Alvey and Paul Craig types he’s fought before. Even Cirkunov to be honest. He came across sloppy in that loss to Cirkunov. He had plenty of chances to take advantage but didn’t.

“Lord Michal” is back after getting caught by sub master OSP.

I think we see a rejuvenated Oleksiejczuk back after that loss. He is overall better on the feet and in grappling for me than Crute. I think this fight starts fast as both come out to bang and I’m confident that Oleksiejczuk is the better striker and has the better chin. I think he either TKOs Crute or else beats him down to get the victory. Quite happy with prices on offer too.

Selection: Michal Oleksiejczuk @ $1.74, -135

Oleksiejczuk KO @ $2.50, +150

Dan Hooker v Paul Felder

Not going to say too much here. I wasn’t all that keen on a play but when I saw Felder at underdog odds I changed my mind. Overall, I see this fight as very even.

Both guys can bang and have a range of weapons on the feet. Hookers step in knee is a thing of beauty and Felder has some beautiful elbows.

I think it will come down to who is more durable and I’m keen that Felder can withstand everything that Hooker will throw his way. Felder has never been knocked out and I don’t see Hooker changing this stat. At the odds available, I’m happy to have a stab at the “Irish Dragon.”

Selection: Paul Felder @ $2.27, +127


Looking forward to a great night of fights. As always hope my options match up with yours. Best of luck!


Sports journalist based in CA, USA. Twitter: @ArionArmeniakos

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