sam-alvey-2Your Best Bets for UFC Fight Night 47’s ‘Fight of The Night’ UFC Fight Night 47 will be live from Bangor, Maine for the first time in promotion history this Saturday night at 10pm ET on FOX Sports 1 with a six-fight main card to be headlined by a five round welterweight contest between Ovince St. Preux and Ryan Bader. The winner will likely take on Anthony “Rumble” Johnson in his next outing. Preceding the main card will be a four-fight preliminary card starting at 8pm ET on FOX Sports 2. After the fights have concluded, the promotion will be awarding a $50,000 ‘Fight of the Night’ bonus for the most exciting bout of the evening. To place a wager on this prop, or any others for this fight card, you may do so at 5Dimes Sportsbooks. I believe the best-value contenders for this prize are: Jouban/Baczynski +550 — Coming off a competitive yet impressive split decision victory over Ricky Legere Jr under the RFA banner, Jouban is finally headed to the big show, and he is taking on Seth “The Polish Pistola” Baczynski, who is coming of an impressive performance of his own right, though in losing effort to former UFC welterweight title challenger Thiago “Pitbull” Alves. The bout marked the first time in nine Octagon appearances that Baczynski took home the evening’s ‘Fight of the Night’ honors. In this bout against Jouban, I think he has a very good chance at pocketing another $50,000. I expect both of these 170-pounders to really bring the action, as Baczynski is eager to get back in the win column and Jouban desperately wants to make a good impression in his promotional debut. I think it would be a rare instance for this bout to prove to be uneventful. I am expecting a war here, and potentially some real fireworks. At +550, I do believe there is enough value to warrant a play. This is only one of two fights on the card I see value in for this ‘FOTN’ prop, and it is my favorite one. Alvey/Watson +600 — Watson’s back is certainly against the wall heading into this one. He is 1-3 in his four Octagon appearances and badly needs a win here if he intends on sticking around. After coming short on season 16 of The Ultimate Fighter, Alvey has gone 3-1 under the MFC banner and currently rides a four-fight winning streak into his official Octagon debut. Though both of these 185-pounders are finishers, with Alvey owning 14 of 23 professional mixed martial arts careers by way of T/KO and Watson owning eight of 16 in the same fashion, I expect this fight to play out for all 15 minutes of action. They will both be looking to put each other away, but I think their chins will hold up and we will see a lot of excitement until the closing bell. I think Alvey will end up getting the better of Watson, but I am expecting a compelling contest, nonetheless. Should this middleweight bout take home the evening’s ‘Fight of the Night’ bonus, it would of course mean the first time for Alvey, while being the second for Watson, who earned his first with a late second round TKO of Stanislav Nedkov in what was the Brit’s second Octagon appearance. At the current betting line of +600, I do like this prop for a little play.


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