Jose Aldo may not be on the card but New Year’s Day should still present plenty of entertainment for MMA fans as UFC 125 sees Frankie Edgar defend the Lightweight title against Gray Maynard.
Edgar can outlast Maynard The UFC Lightweight title fight between Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard tops the bill and promises to deliver a battle of wits between these two well-matched fighters. Maynard is not the most exciting of fighters but he is undoubtedly one of the most effective in the division. He’s a tough challenge for Edgar, and not just because Maynard won the last time these two met in 2008. Maynard’s greatest asset is his ability to not allow opponents find their comfort zone. The challenge for him now is to find a way to do that over five rounds. Edgar has matured over the past two years and was dominant in two decision victories over B.J. Penn. Now he must prove that he can banish his past demons. I like the champion to show the kind of control he showed against Penn again and beat Maynard by decision. Bet on Frankie Edgar to win at +110 with Sports Interaction.
A Leben fight guarantees entertainment Chris Leben’s willingness to take fights at the kind of short notice other fighters shy away from has earned him the respect of Dana White. His tendency to run his mouth, often far more than his talents deserve, has earned him the attention of MMA betting fans. Now he’s looking to get back in the discussion for the UFC Middleweight title. With Jose Aldo’s defense of the Featherweight championship off the card, Leben’s fight with Brian Stann looks like it will be the co-main event at UFC 125. That gives both these fighters a chance to make their cases for a crack at Anderson Silva. While Stann has shown an ability to entertain, he hasn’t enjoyed the same run of form as Leben in recent months. In a close fight, I have to back the competitor with momentum on his side. Bet on Chris Leben to come out on top as -208 favorite with Sports Interaction.
Silva can topple Vera Brandon Vera and Thiago Silva meet in a match-up both fighters need to win to remain relevant in UFC’s deep Light Heavyweight division. Silva has lost two of his last three while Vera enters this fight on the back of two straight defeats. Silva looks the more capable of mounting a charge back up the ladder and he should have the talent to force a stoppage. Bet on Thiago Silva to win as -189 favorite with Sports Interaction.