During the span of this crazy week, the UFC has already set up shop in Indianapolis and Milwaukee for Fight Night 27 and UFC 164, respectively. Now they’ll be heading back down to Brazil as UFC Fight Night 28 caps the week off in Belo Horizante. While the card as a whole is definitely a drop off from the previous efforts we’ve seen on Fox Sports 1, the fact that so many shows have taken place in such a short period of time indicates that the UFC may be looking to put on weekly events for their new network, which could be a phenomenal development as long as the roster doesn’t become too bloated because of it. As far as Fight Night 28 goes, there are three top shelf fights, and then a whole lot of Brazilians trying to make names for themselves, which is to be expected on these types of cards. The lines for the top three fights have been out for quite some time, as Glover Teixeira and Joseph Benavidez are both big favorites over their opponents, while ‘Jacare’ Souza is a healthy favorite over Yushin Okami. Today, MMA Oddsmaker Nick Kalikas rounded out the main card lines over at 5Dimes Sportsbook. The odds for the prelim fights will also be released soon. As always, the new additions are in bold: ——————– Glover Teixeira -285 Ryan Bader +205 Ronaldo Souza -210 Yushin Okami +160 Joseph Benavidez -350 Jussier da Silva +250 Francisco Trinaldo -260 Piotr Hallmann +180 Rafael Natal -210 Tor Troeng +160 Ali Bagautinov -260 Marcos Vinicius +180 ——————– Brad’s Analysis: With so many excellent fights that have taken place (or are about to) over the past little while, some of these are quite difficult to cap. Initial reaction is that a Brazilian being a sizeable underdog to a fighter debuting in the UFC would be a spot to bet, and it could be given that Marcos Vinicius will have a size and experience advantage coming into this fight. The UFC doesn’t usually set Brazilians up to lose in their home country. However the more events that take place in Brazil, the harder it will be to find those easy matchups, and Bagautinov certainly is no pushover. The fact that it is his UFC debut and he’s coming over from Russia do concern me about how well he’ll perform, but if he’s at 100% I think he can TKO Vinicius. Don’t just blindly bet the Brazilian in this one, because it could come back to bite you.
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