Each of the four remaining weekends in November will feature a UFC event — spanning four continents — and UFC 193 will be the biggest of those cards. Ronda Rousey has indisputably become a massive star for the organization, and her presence alone should make UFC 193 one of the more successful cards commercially for the UFC in 2015. As shown by the numbers from her title defense against Bethe Correia, it doesn’t necessarily matter who Rousey is in the cage with, people want to watch her. Given that her next opponent, Holly Holm, hasn’t exactly lit the UFC on fire, that bodes well for UFC 193. In a second title bout, strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk will look to continue her dominance at 115lbs as she takes on surprise challenger Valerie LeTourneau. This card may mark the first time in UFC history where an event features two title fights, and both challengers for the belts are larger than +1000 underdogs. The remainder of the main card features some of the best talents from Australia and New Zealand including Robert Whittaker taking on Uriah Hall, and Mark Hunt rematching Antonio Silva. Jake Matthews, Kyle Noke, and Anthony Perosh are all featured on the undercard and have lines released for their fights already. MMA oddsmaker Nick Kalikas opened the remaining five betting lines for UFC 193 today at 5Dimes Sportsbook. Take a look at the full UFC 193 opening odds below. ——————– UFC 193: Rousey vs. Holm November 14, 2015 | Etihad Stadium | Melbourne, Victoria, Australia MAIN CARD (PPV, 10pm ET) *Women’s Bantamweight Title Holly Holm +950 Ronda Rousey -1450 Over 1.5 +280 Under 1.5 -400 — *Women’s Strawweight Title Valerie Letourneau +675 Joanna Jedrzejczyk -1425 Over 2.5 -115 Under 2.5 -125 — Antonio Silva +150 Mark Hunt -190 Over 1.5 +135 Under 1.5 -175 — Robert Whittaker +145 Uriah Hall -185 Over 2.5 -115 Under 2.5 -125 — Jared Rosholt +100 Stefan Struve -140 Over 1.5 -140 Under 1.5 +100 — ——————– PRELIMINARY CARD (Fox Sports 1, 8pm ET) Akbarh Arreola +335 Jake Matthews -505 Over 2.5 -125 Under 2.5 -115 — Kyle Noke +125 Peter Sobotta -165 Over 2.5 -230 Under 2.5 +170 — Anthony Perosh +225 Gian Villante -305 Over 1.5 +125 Under 1.5 -165 — Richie Vaculik +110 Danny Martinez -150 Over 2.5 -210 Under 2.5 +160 — ——————– PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6:15pm ET) Anton Zafir +210 James Moontasri -290 Over 1.5 -190 Under 1.5 +150 — Daniel Kelly +190 Steve Montgomery -270 Over 1.5 +120 Under 1.5 -160 — Steven Kennedy +250 Richard Walsh -350 Over 2.5 -170 Under 2.5 +130 — Ryan Benoit -105 Ben Nguyen -135 Over 2.5 -130 Under 2.5 -110 — ——————– Brad’s Analysis: I think this is finally the fight where Danny Martinez gets a Zuffa win. He’s gone 0-4 up to this point, but Vaculik is a good matchup for him. The Aussie is primarily a grappler, but Martinez is a far better wrestler and should be able to control where this fight takes place. Martinez is also dropping back down to flyweight, where he won’t have to worry about being outsized like he was against Sirwan Kakai. Steven Kennedy took his UFC debut on short notice, and that’s the only reason to excuse his performance. The problem is, I don’t think we can expect much more out of Kennedy. Like many Australian fighters, his best attribute isn’t a technical one, it’s his toughness. Richard Walsh should give him plenty of opportunity to show that off, as he bullies Kennedy up against the cage and stays on him for 15 minutes or less with dirty boxing. Dan Kelly has made me some money, and I’ve made money betting against Steve Montgomery, but I can’t bring myself to support Kelly here. Montgomery’s big weakness is his chin, but Kelly hasn’t shown much in the way of punching power, and shouldn’t have the speed to get past Montgomery’s guard or close the distance. That means Kelly will be stranded on the feet against a much longer, more dangerous, and more varied striker, and I don’t think it ends well for the Olympian. I’m hoping that the public remembers Ryan Benoit’s knockout of Sergio Pettis, and nothing else about that fight, because that would make it so much easier for me to bet on Ben Nguyen. Benoit has power, but isn’t the type of striker who will rack up points if he’s not able to land the knockout blow. Nguyen has finishing power as well, but is far more technical than Benoit. If Benoit uses his wrestling, it could be an avenue to victory, but I think he’ll struggle to control Nguyen even if he takes that approach, and Nguyen will do enough on the feet to tired Benoit out and eventually score a finish.
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