UFC 217 at Madison Square Garden is this Saturday and I am more excited than Kevin Spacey at an all boys Summer camp. Too soon? It is the return of George St-Pierre which is exciting for Canadians but not so much for us Americans. I would like GSP so much better if he changed his nickname from “Rush” to “Robocop” it is far more accurate. Let’s get to the picks.
Ovince Saint Preux (-145) OSP is a slight favorite over Corey Anderson. I like how close this line is because I think OSP should win big time. Anderson is a solid wrestler and OSP has done with wrestlers. I like OSP at $100 straight or add him to a parlay.
Stephen Thompson (-185) should win a competitive fight. Masvidal is solid but I don’t think he has what it takes to beat Thompson. Thompson is very light on his feet and has such good distance that he won’t be there for Masvidal to hit. Another close line which only works in our favor. ( More Money!) Bet $150 on Thompson.
Johny Hendricks (+250) is a very curious under to me. He is outsized, slower and is not as good-looking as Borrachinha but something tells me he can take this fight. He is training at Jackson’s for this fight which hopefully will improve his fight IQ. I always thought he was talented, but he either never got in shape or fought dumb. I like his line and Borrachinha hasn’t been proven yet. Bet $50 straight on Hendricks.
James Vick (+145) is a really good line. He has a boxing background just like his opponent Duffy. He is longer, bigger and I think hits harder. I think this will be a close decision. New York has had some weird score cards over the years so I would roll the dice with Vick either straight or put him in an over parlay.
Rose Namajunas (+475) is a real deal fighter. I think she has potential to be Champion. I personally believe this fight might be a little too soon for her but during the lead up I have had a pit in my stomach that she could get the huge upset. Joanna is doing a ton of talking and weird statement speeches, that usually means defeat. If you’re a wild one, I’d bet $100 on Rose and make your wallet just a little fatter.
Take Vick, Harris, GSP and Gall and bet $40 to make $287.