The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale Date: December 11, 2015 Arena: The Chelsea at The Comsmopolitan City: Las Vegas, NV The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 22 Finale will be live from The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan on Friday, December 11, 2015. If interested in wagering on this parlay, or any bouts on this fight card, all betting lines will be made available at 5Dimes Sportsbooks. Here is my parlay: Feathereight bout: Chad “Money” Mendes (+145) vs Frankie “The Answer” Edgar (-165) Gabe’s Thoughts: It’s MONEY vs THE ANSWER! A championship-caliber match-up! I think their grappling is going to cancel each other out and this fight is going to play out on the feet, where I give the advantage to Edgar, who I believe has the superior boxing and footwork. Add superior cardio to the list and I think you get the recipe for a Frankie Edgar unanimous decision victory. I won’t be surprised if he scores a late finish of a fading Mendes, but I think Edgar gets this done on the scorecards more often than not. I think he should be a -210 betting favorite heading into this five round main event contest, so at his current offering price of -165, I like him for a leg in this two-way main card parlay. Gabe’s Call: “The Answer” by Unanimous Decision (49-46, 48-47, 49-47) Lightweight bout: Edson “Junior” Barboza (+140) vs Tony “El Cucuy” Ferguson (-160) Gabe’s Thoughts: I think this is going to be a popular parlay at the sportsbooks next Friday. Personally, I like “El Cucuy” here because I think he will have a slight striking advantage and a massive grappling advantage heading into this co-main event contest. The Brazilian unquestionably has the superior Muay Thai but I give the edge to Ferguson in the striking department because he packs more power in his punches and is generally the aggressor in his bouts, while Barboza prefers to counter-strike. Barboza is not as effective when he is moving backwards, which is what I think Ferguson is going to make him do. If the fight hits the judges’ scorecards for a decision, I favor “El Cucuy” to take the nod. That said, I could see him finishing the Brazilian with strikes, too, but I think he is going to get the job done by submission. I could see him dropping Barboza then going for a submission and I could also see him rolling for a leg and catching him, which I’ll go with for my official prediction for the fight. Gabe’s Call: Ferguson by Submission (kneebar, 2:41 round 1) Gabe’s Recommended Parlay: Edgar (-165) and Ferguson (-160) at +160 for 3.7u to win 5.95u
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