NHL fans have a busy Saturday planned with plenty of playoff action, but you can also find some MMA action as the UFC heads to Sweden for the first time ever for a Fuel TV show. Here is a look at the odds for the main card.
Thiago Silva vs. Alexander Gustafsson – Light Heavyweight
Gustafsson headlines in his native country, and he is also a -205 BetOnline favorite against Silva, who is rated at +175 and fighting for the first time since January 2011 because of a suspension. These guys both possess all kinds of knockout power, but Gustafsson is more versatile and the crowd will give him an extra gear.
Alessio Sakara vs. Brian Stann – Middleweight
Stann is a massive -395 favorite over the Italian, Sakara at +325, and Sakara had won three in a row before a loss to Chris Weidman. Stann also had a three-match streak snapped by Chael Sonnen, but he is a strong wrestler with heavy hands who was relatively close to a title fight. Sakara has a background in professional boxing, and it would be a surprise if this went the distance.
John Maguire vs. DaMarques Johnson – Welterweight
England’s Maguire is a -150 favorite in this tilt against Johnson at +130, and players that use price per head services watched Maguire earn a win in his UFC debut in November. Johnson has been up and down since coming to the UFC, but all six of his matches have ended in stoppages, so his fights are exciting, at least.
Paulo Thiago vs. Siyar Bahadurzada – Welterweight
Brazil’s Thiago is a -145 online betting favorite in this international match, with Afghanistan’s Bahadurzada at +125 in his first UFC bout. Thiago is trying to work his way back up the ladder at 170 pounds, but Bahadurzada has plenty of experience and won’t be an easy out for the Brazilian.
Dennis Siver vs. Diego Nunes – Featherweight
This could end up being the “Fight of the Night” as Germany’s Siver is a +150 underdog against Nunes at -170, and Siver is likely the underdog because this is his first fight at 145 pounds after losing to Donald Cerrone at lightweight. Nunes has always fought at this weight and his comfortable; he is also extremely versatile.
Damacio Page vs. Brad Pickett – Bantamweight
Finally, England’s Pickett is a -210 favorite against Page at +180, and both of these former WEC fighters lost in their UFC debuts, so motivation is high in their corners. Page has now dropped two in a row overall, while Pickett has lost two of three and this is going to be a tough pick for anyone who plans to bet on sports on Saturday.