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stevequalude
01-19-2010, 12:59 AM
The UFC has had some great-looking cards devastated by injury in recent weeks. But MMA bettors should take note: the league is coming back stronger than ever in the coming months with some of the most stacked cards ever.

Adding to the fun for MMA and UFC betting fans is the re-emergence of big-name, experienced fighters who are proven performers on the big stage, making the betting action a little more skill-based than in recent weeks.

Here are my picks for the top 10 upcoming UFC fights for bettors to pay big attention to in the next few months:

10. Randy Couture vs. Mark Coleman, UFC 109-

This will be like watching a pro wrestling event between two massive, powerful old dudes. The only difference is that neither has a gimmick. MMA bettors should keep an eye on this one because Coleman should have good odds yet he has the style to match up with Couture.

9. Demian Maia vs. Dan Miller, UFC 109-

Also at UFC 109 on February 6, 2010, Maia and Miller is an intriguing upset bet pick for many in the betting community. Miller is an unknown but he has the skill on the ground to avoid being submitted by Maia for a little while at least and perhaps an advantage on the feet.

8. Wanderlei Silva vs. Michael Bisping, UFC 110

Silva is a solid betting favorite going into this fight on February 20, 2010, but Bisping has the technical boxing skills to frustrate him and perhaps win.

7. Ryan Bader vs. Keith Jardine, UFC 110

Jardine is the most inconsistent light heavyweight in the UFC. The young Bader is already a slight favorite in the Sportsbook but the big question is which Jardine will show up in this one.

6. Junior dos Santos vs. Gabriel Gonzaga, UFC Fight Night on Versus

This March 21 tilt on Versus is a battle of two heavyweight title contenders with equally well-rounded skills. Expect very close odds on this one going into the fight and many bettors riding the wave of good fortune that dos Santos seems to be on.

5. Frank Mir vs. Shane Carwin, UFC 111

Mir is using power lifting techniques to become the strongest physically we've ever seen him in anticipation for a rubber match with Brock Lesnar. He’ll gets the closest thing to Lesnar in Carwin, a fellow title contender. His jiu-jitsu should make Mir a solid betting favorite at BetUS.com, but can he win the stand up war with the powerful potential underdog Carwin?

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4. Thiago Alves vs. Jon Fitch, UFC 111-

Alves lost the first fight via up-kick to Fitch. But now, he should be the favorite when the two likely meet at a UFC event down the line (111 potentially). Fitch isn't exciting but all he does is win. Who will the MMA and UFC bettors side with on this one?

3. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueria vs. Cain Velazquez, UFC 110-

Prior to his fight with Randy Couture, many bettors thought “Minotauro” Nogueira was on the verge of retirement and another loss. But now, the tables have turned as Big Nog is a slight favorite against his younger, more athletic counterpart for their UFC 110 headliner.

2. Frankie Edgar vs. BJ Penn, UFC 112-

It seems every time Penn fights the next lightweight challenger, a new group of fans and bettors stands up and prematurely predicts his demise. Edgar has the boxing and wrestling to keep this one close and potentially pull a big upset in the minds of some bettors. This fight is likely to go down at UFC 112 in April from Abu Dhabi, UAE. Penn has been unbeatable at the 155-pound level, I wouldn’t bet against him.

1. Vitor Belfort vs. Anderson Silva, UFC 112-

“The Spider” is the kind of UFC fighter you simply don't bet against, ever. But Belfort is the kind of guy who can knock out any middleweight with one well-placed shot, and Silva's chin hasn't been tested in a while. Silva should be a solid favorite but there's a reason why they call his Brazilian countryman and ex-UFC champion “The Phenom.” This could be the most explosive MMA fight of the year for bettors and fans alike.

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