UFC Betting: The Best Bets For The UFC 192 Main Card



The Ultimate Fighting Championship is set to make its return to Houston, Texas with the UFC 192: Cormier vs. Gustafsson card set to go down at the Toyota Center on October 5th, 2015. It has been a long time since Cain Velasquez knocked out Junior dos Santos with the UFC Heavyweight title on the line back at UFC 166 the last time the promotion went to Houston and MMA fans will be hoping for another exciting main event this time around when UFC Light Heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier puts his title on the line against Alexander Gustafsson. Here is a look at the best UFC bets on the board for the UFC 192 card.

UFC Light Heavyweight Championship Bout
(16-1-0) Daniel Cormier vs. Alexander Gustafsson (16-3-0)

Gustafsson was so shaken up following his loss to Anthony Johnson at the UFC on Fox 14 event that he actually considered retirement but he has rallied back with the support of his family, friends and family and really feels like he can take down Cormier for the title. The champion has talked trash about Gustafsson’s retirement consideration and what that says about his confidence level but that doesn’t mean he won’t get a tough challenge in this bout. Cormier had gone the distance in his loss with the former champion Jon Jones went he lost via decision but he bounced back with a submission win over Johnson with the title on the line and his well-rounded approach will be important heading in to this bout. The 28-year-old Gustafsson is still in his prime and he has both the power and pure MMA skills to handle his own with Cormier so it will be interesting to see how both fighters approach this tilt. Maybe we aren’t giving Cormier enough credit but Gustafsson is the only fighter we have seen nearly take out the former champion Jones and we like him to bring his best to this championship fight and upset Cormier for the UFC Light Heavyweight title.

Pick: Gustafsson

Light Heavyweight Bout
(19-3-1) Rashad Evans vs. Ryan Bader (19-4-0)

Bader has put together four straight wins since his loss to Glover Teixeira at the UFC Fight Night event back in September of 2013 and now he gets the opportunity to prove himself against a former champion that has looked pretty good in his own right lately in Evans. Suga Rashad is coming off consecutive wins over Dan Henderson and Chael Sonnen but we weren’t overly impressed with either victory and we think that Bader will vault himself in to contention as a No. 1 contender in the UFC light heavyweight division with a win.

Pick: Bader

Welterweight Bout
(17-3-0) Johny Hendricks vs. Tyron Woodley (15-3-0)

Hendricks has alternated between wins and losses in each of his last four fights but he was unfortunate that his last fight against Robbie Lawler ended via split decision when he lost the UFC Welterweight title and now he has to prove he deserves a rematch. Hendricks actually beat Lawler with the title on the  line in their first bout and he rebounded from his most recent loss with a unanimous decision win over Matt Brown. Woodley is coming off consecutive wins and wants a shot at the title but we like Hendricks to put together a second straight victory and get another opportunity at the UFC Welterweight title.

Pick: Hendricks

Heavyweight Bout
(18-6-0) Shawn Jordan vs. Ruslan Magomedov (13-1-0)

The 28-year-old Magomedov has put together eight straight wins including unanimous decision victories over Viktor Pesta and Josh Copeland in his first two UFC bouts and now he gets to prove himself against another rising heavyweight in Jordan. Jordan has strung together three straight knockout wins and there is no doubt about his punching power and ability to make opponents pay if he gets the opportunity. Jordan will throw everything he has at his opponent in order to try and catch him with a decisive blow but look for Magomedov to largely keep himself out of harms way and push this bout the distance looking for the decision win.

Pick: Magomedov

Women’s Bantamweight Bout
(6-2-0) Julianna Pena vs. Jessica Eye (11-3-0)

The women’s bantamweight division needs an obvious boost from somewhere and the UFC has to be hoping that Pena can put together a third straight win over consecutive TKO victories over Jessica Rakoczy and Milana Dudieva. Eye was 10-1 when she entered the UFC but she has gone 1-2 with a no contest in four UFC bouts and she will be in tough against a rising star in Pena, who will be looking for a third straight win.

Pick: Pena