Ask Cousin Gabe: Late Summer 2017 Edition
"Ask Cousin Gabe" is an article at MMAOddsBreaker.com where I answer questions from readers. If you would like to ask me a question, regarding wagering, any upcoming fight cards, or MMA in general, please email it to and make sure to include your name and location.
”Thinking about going all in an Ngannou. What do you say?” -Rich, Miami, FL
He very well could win, but I think those of you paying -325 for Ngannou over Junior Dos Santos are simply out of your minds. The line should be -160, so while I also personally want to back Ngannou with my wallet in this spot, I can’t do so at these odds. I think we are looking at a “dog or pass” situation, and personally, I’m going to have a dilemma on whether to take a shot on the dog or not. I think he holds value, but I don’t like the fact that he is taking on a heavy hitter coming off a knockout loss.
”Are you going to have any plays for the Dana White Tuesday Night Contender Series fights?” -Rick, Ashford, WA
I’ve bet on a few fights in previous weeks but have not had the time to put any plays out, considering the lines come out Monday night and the fights are on Tuesday night. I will try, but won't be able to get it done this week either. The amount of work it requires and the time I have don't seem possible, especially considering I want want to put out at least two plays. While I won't be able to get an article out for it this week, I do like Tiffany Masters +115, as I think she should be a -170 betting favorite heading into her matchup versus Jamie Colleen.
”I’m visiting NYC next month. Do you have any restaurant recommendations?“ -Jim, Odessa, TX
For the best pastrami sandwich on the planet, go to Harry and Ida’s in the East Village.
For legit Brazilian acai (and Brazilian dishes), go to Berimbau du Brazil in the West Village.
For a great slice, my top two spots right now Joe’s on Carmine and Williamsburgh Pizza on Broome/Allen. Little Italy Pizza in the Financial District is a great 24-hour joint, as well, for a late night slice. For some good soup, The Original Soup Man in Hell’s Kitchen is the spot to hit up! You’ll remember it from “The Soup Nazi” episode of Seinfeld. The soup there is legit, as is their lobster roll, and sometimes you’ll find the actor who plays the Soup Nazi there taking pictures with customers/tourists.
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