Written By Garrett Kerman
What’s going on everyone? We are back at it again for a third straight week with another Take It To The Bank segment here at The MMA Takeover. Saturday we get to witness history at UFC 208 where the first ever woman’s featherweight champion will be crowned since the company has started. Former woman’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm will take on dangerous striker Germaine de Randamie in which looks to be an exciting main event. In the co-main event we have the return of #10 Anderson “The Spider” Silva taking on #8 Derek Brunson. To round out the main card we have Ronaldo Souza vs Tim Boetsch, Glover Teixeira vs Jared Cannonier and Dustin Piorier vs Jim Miller. We have yet another exciting fight night on our hands, on that note let’s get right down to business.
These are the plays that I have the most confidence in. These are max wager plays.
Jarred Brooks -125
Just like UFC Houston the wave of newcomers coming onto the scene have a ton of talent. Jarred Brooks is one of those talented newcomers with a 12-0 record coming into the UFC on short notice trying to make a statement by taking on a savvy veteran in Ian McCall. Brooks likes to be the aggressor taking the fight to his opponent, he tends to strike first. By being the aggressor against an opponent like McCall, helps to defend his takedowns. McCall fights from a distance to avoid the heavy strikes of his opponent to then capitalize on his opponent’s missed strikes with a takedown. With Brooks pushing the pace pressuring McCall to fight with his back against cage will help neutralize the takedowns. The way I see this fight going is Brooks will be the aggressor, pushing the pace, landing some heavy strikes to gain inside position to take McCall down and neutralize him on the mat. Brooks will grind him out to the point where he will be able to transition to a submission or grind him out for a 3 round decision.
Randy Brown -130
This is a battle between two exciting up and coming fighters. Randy Brown will be taking on Belal Muhammed in what should be a very underrated fight on the card. Brown is a very fast and technical striker which will help against the flat footed Muhammed. Muhammed is a counter striker, he just waits for his opponent to make a mistake and counter. By being a counter striker it makes you be susceptible to fighters with strikes just like when Vicente Luque knocked Muhammed out in the first round. On top of Brown being a quick striker he is also a great grappler, giving him the advantage wherever this fight takes place. Brown has the all-around better tools than Muhammed and he should get the win in what should be an exciting fight as Brown loves to put on a show for the fans.
Germaine de Randemie -130
This Saturday UFC makes history crowning the first ever woman’s featherweight champion since the company started. Former woman’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm will be taking on dangerous striker Germaine de Randamie. This should be one exciting fight between two women who love to stand up and strike. Germaine isn’t a household name like Holm is but that doesn’t negate the skills that she possesses. She can knock anyone out that is put in her path just like three of the seven opponents she has faced in the UFC. Germaine is coming off of two knockout wins with her most recent knockout coming in the very first round.
Holm at bantamweight had the size, reach and strength advantage over her opponents. Holm at featherweight doesn’t have those advantages which will put her at a disadvantage in this fight. Holm is a kickboxer that needs to be in kickboxing range to do her damage. Whereas Germaine is a Muay-Thai kickboxer that loves to be the aggressor and push the pace against her opponents. If Germaine is able to keep the pressure on Holm right out the gate and make Holm fight with her back against the cage Germaine could quite possibly end Holm’s night early with her heavy hands. This fight is going to be one for the record books and my vote is for Germaine to get the job done whether it is by way of knockout or a grinded out decision victory.
These are my upsets on the night. Don’t break your bank on these plays, remember there are odds so you get more bang for your buck.
Nik Lentz +255
In this one we have the veteran Nik Lentz taking on Islam Makhachev in an intriguing matchup. Lentz is fighting in his 40th fight against Makhachev looking for his 30th win. Lentz has so much experience that there is nothing that Makhachev can throw at him that he has never seen. Makhachev is a great wrestler but lacks the striking ability to stand up with most of his opponents. In Mackhachev’s only loss he was knocked out which bodes well for Lentz who is on a two fight win streak knocking out his most recent opponent Michael McBride. If Lentz can use his takedown defense to keep the fight standing he has a great chance to steal this win from Makhachev.
Jim Miller +355
This is arguably the best fight on the card. Jim Miller is taking on Dustin Poirier in what looks like to be the most exciting fight in my opinion on the entire main card. Both fighters possess the skills to put on a great show for the fans. I believe the line is a little disrespectful towards Jim Miller. Miller is a much better fighter than the odds show coming off of three straight victories all against top level opponents (Takanori Gomi, Joe Lauzon and Thiago Alves). Dustin Poirier was on a roll with four straight victories before suffering a disappointing knockout loss to Michael Johnson. Miller has the tools to steal this win away from Poirier. Miller is a great wrestler and has good enough stand up to hold his own against Dustin. Dustin has shown that he can get dropped with just the right punch. This fight is a lot closer than Vegas is making it out to be. If Miller executes his game plan he can come through with the upset of the night.
Jared Cannonier +170
In this fight we got Jared “The Killa Gorilla” taking on crowd favorite Glover Teixeira. This could be the upset that no one sees coming. The power and technical striking that Cannonier possesses will give Teixeira a ton of trouble. Teixeira is going to have to move a lot to stay out of range of Cannonier’s lethal heavy hands. I see this being an exciting back and forth brawl right from the beginning and it ending before the fight getting to the third round. Cannonier is going to connect with a clean shot and take Teixeira out and make a real statement in the Light Heavyweight division.
That about wraps up yet another Take It To The Bank segment here at The MMA Takeover. As I would suggest grab some wings and some beer and sit back and watch history this Saturday night at UFC 208, it is going to be one for the record books.
Always remember to place wagers responsibly, don’t wager outside of your means and have good bankroll management. Also go follow me on Twitter @GarrettKMMA and don’t forget to listen to my weekly show “The Odds Show” on the Pure Evil MMA (@PureEvilMMA) podcast. Good luck and let’s have another profitable fight night.