UFC Betting: Looking At The Best Bets For The UFC Fight Night: Barnett vs. Nelson



The UFC will make its return to Saitama, Japan and the Saitama Super Arena for the fourth time with the UFC Fight Night: Barnett vs. Nelson card that is expected to be headlined by a heavyweight bout between the former champion Josh Barnett and former TUF 10 winner Roy Nelson. Here is an early look at the best UFC bets on the board for the UFC Fight Night: Barnett vs. Nelson main card.

UFC Heavyweight Bout
(33-7-) Josh Barnett vs. Roy Nelson (20-11-0)

Barnett will be looking to bounce back from a knockout loss to Travis Browne that he suffered at the UFC 168 event in which he lasted just one minute in to the opening round before he was taken out. Barnett has shown he has the all-around talent to compete at the highest level as evidenced by his TKO win over Frank Mir in his previous bout but he is an aggressive fighter and was caught by Browne. His style might not exactly work in his favor when he takes on Nelson either as Big Country is known for his knockout power. However, Nelson has lost four of his last five fights including back-to-back losses over Mark Hunt and Alistair Overeem and is certainly well past his prime. Look for Barnett to take a more measured approach to this bout and do what it takes to rebound with a win regardless of whether it’s via stoppage or decision as he looks to get back on track.

Pick: Barnett

Featherweight Bout
(15-2-0) Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Chico Camus (14-6-0)

Horiguchi is coming off a submission loss to the UFC Featherweight champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson but he had won four straight UFC bouts up until that defeat and he will be expected to bounce back with a win over Camus. The 30-year-old Roufusport representative has lost two of his last three fights and the fact that all three of those tilts went the distance is a testament to his lack of finishing ability. Horiguchi is a very well rounded fighter that is still in the prime of his career at 24-years-old and he has all of the tools to get back in the win column as the crowd favorite versus Camus.

Pick: Horiguchi

Middleweight Bout
(37-5-2) Gegard Mousasi vs. Uriah Hall (11-5-0)

Mousasi was supposed to take on Roan Cameiro at this event but the latter was forced to pull out because of injury and he was replaced by Hall. Mousasi is coming off consecutive wins over Dan Henderson and Costas Philippou and he will be favored to string together a third consecutive win and continue his climb up the UFC middleweight rankings. Hall will provide a decent challenge and make this an entertaining bout but ultimately it will be Mousasi that finds a way to win.

Pick: Mousasi

Bantamweight Bout
(18-6-0) Norifumi Yamamoto vs. Matt Hobar (9-3-0)

The “Krazy Bee” is another crowd favorite that will be looking to break out of a considerable funk as he has gone four straight fights without a win including losses to Johnson and Vaughan Lee. However, even though Hobar hasn’t looked very good while losing two of his last three fights we still think he has the potential to steal a win as an underdog for this bout. Hobar doesn’t pack elite power but he is a smart fighter with decent submission skills and we think he will find a way to hand Yamamoto another loss in this bantamweight bout.

Pick: Hobar