UFC 95 takes place this Saturday Feb. 21 in London, England. The card is headlined by Diego Sanchez (19-2, 8-2 UFC) making his lightweight debut against Joe “Daddy” Stevenson (29-9, 6-3 UFC). Odds-makers are placing Sanchez as the heavy favorite, however, this will be his debut at lightweight and it is often hard to tell how someone will adjust to the weight cut their first time. Stevenson would be a good play at +250 and considered a PRO MMA Best Bet.
There is a fight on the preliminary card between England’s Terry Etim (11-2, 2-2 UFC) and Palace Fighting Championship lightweight title holder, Brian Cobb (15-4, 0-0 UFC). Cobb took this fight on short notice, replacing Justin Buchholz (8-2, 1-1 UFC), who is out with a staph infection. The Odds-makers are banking on the fact Cobb will not be prepared coming in with about a week’s notice, but with his experience and underdog odds of +200, he is also considered a PRO MMA Best Bet.
Also in the prelims is a lightweight matchup between Sweden’s own Per Eklund (14-3-1, 1-1 UFC) and undefeated Evan Dunham (7-0, 0-0 UFC)). Although Dunham’s record is unblemished, he has only been fighting professionally since 2007, whereas Eklund has much more experience inside the cage and this is what they are thinking with Dunham sitting at +150. Dunham is on a very nice run and that momentum can go a long way. It is his UFC debut but it would probably be worth it to lay some down on Dunham although it does not deserve a ‘Best Bet’ status.
Here is how the entire card looks for UFC 95:
- Diego Sanchez -350 vs Joe Stevenson +250
- Demian Maia -300 vs Chael Sonnen +220
- Rory Markham -110 vs Dan Hardy -120
- Wilson Gouveia +220 vs Nate Marquardt -300
- Paulo Thiago +350 vs Josh Koscheck -500
- Junior Dos Santos -350 vs Stefan Struve +250
- Terry Etim -260 vs Brian Cobb +200
- Mike Ciesnolevicz -120 vs Neil Grove -110
- Paul Kelly -300 vs Troy Mandaloniz +220
- Per Eklund -180 vs Evan Dunham +150
By: Jack Bratcher