The complete main card odds for UFC Fight Night 59 were recently revealed at 5Dimes Sportsbook, and for today’s MMA Odds and Ends I’ll give my quick thoughts on all of them. Conor McGregor vs. Dennis Siver The main event of UFC FN 59 sees Conor McGregor taking on Dennis Siver. McGregor opened at -600 with Siver at +400 and McGregor has since been steamed up to -1000. I fully expect McGregor to win this fight and 10-to-1 is pretty fair as he should realistically get a first-round knockout here. I’m not going to bet this fight because it’s MMA and you never know, but McGregor should absolutely win this one by stoppage. Benson Henderson vs. Eddie Alvarez The co-main event pits Benson Henderson against Eddie Alvarez. Henderson opened at -215 with Alvarez at +165, and there has been slight action in Alvarez’ direction so far. Overall I think the slight action on Alvarez is correct as I view this as a near Pick ’em fight with a slight lean to Henderson, but at the same time this isn’t an easy fight to bet on. Both fighters are very well rounded and I think these two match up pretty evenly, with a slight lean given to Henderson just for his experience in the Octagon. But he’s on a decline, and it’s possible Alvarez is catching him at just the right time in his career. Costas Philippou vs. Uriah Hall In a middleweight fight, Costas Philippou takes on Uriah Hall. Hall opened at -170 with Philippou at +130, and there has been slight action in Philippou’s direction so far. This isn’t an easy fight to call, but Hall should be favored just on the hype factor alone, although I’m not as high on him as most bettors are. One thing that’s interesting about this fight is that these two have already met once on the regional circuit, with Philippou squeaking out a majority decision win. Obviously both men are different fighters now, but that win makes me wonder. I have a slight lean towards Hall here, but I may end up picking Philippou by fight time. Gleison Tibau vs. Norman Parke In a lightweight fight Gleison Tibau takes on Norman Parke. Tibau opened at -210 with Parke at +160, and early action is all over Parke. I agree with that, as I actually think this is a really close fight and I almost favor Parke because he has more upside. I think the UFC likes him and wants him to get a name win on his resume, and Tibau is the perfect gatekeeper to get a big win off of. Remember, Tibau took this fight on short notice, filling in for Tibau’s ATT teammate Jorge Masvidal. This is a dog-or-pass situation for sure. John Howard vs. Lorenz Larkin One of the prelims sees John Howard taking on Lorenz Larkin. Howard opened at -125 with Larkin at -115, and the line has quickly flipped in Larkin’s favor. It’s a tough one to call because based on the styles Larkin should win this fight, but he has looked horrible lately and we have no idea how he will look at welterweight. This is a close fight to call, but I’m leaning slightly towards Howard as an underdog.
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