UFC 181 Odds and Predictions

UFC 181, one night two UFC Titles Johny Hendricks vs. Robbie Lawler for the UFC Welterweight title & Anthony Pettis vs. Gilbert Melendez for the UFC Lightweight title.

UFC 181: Johny Hendricks vs. Robbie Lawler 2 Fight Card

Main Fight Card (Pay-per-view 10pm ET / 3am BST)
Johny Hendricks vs. Robbie Lawler (Welterweight Title)
Anthony Pettis vs. Gilbert Melendez (Lightweight Title)
Travis Browne vs. Brendan Schaub
Holly Holm vs. Raquel Pennington
Tony Ferguson vs. Abel Trujillo

Prelim Fights (FOX Sports 1 8pm ET / 1am BST)
Urijah Faber vs. Francisco Rivera
Eddie Gordon vs. Josh Samman
Corey Anderson vs. Gian Villante
Todd Duffee vs. Anthony Hamilton

Early Prelims (UFC Fight Pass 7pm ET / 12am BST)
Matt Hobar vs. Sergio Pettis
Clay Collard vs. Alex White

UFC 181 Betting Odds

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UFC 181 Predictions

I don’t want to get too excited yet, but if the UFC 181 fight card can hold up it’s going to be insane. Hendricks and Pettis will both be putting their title on the line. The rest of the main card is stacked and Faber will even be on the free televised prelims on Saturday.

To see the video picks for this event click here to skip to Kamikaze Scotties and click here for Mike Waz’s picks.

UFC 181 Betting Predictions

  • Bet on Travis Browne TKO/KO –160 (5Dimes) vs. Brendan Schaub

Travis Browne (16-2-1) comes into this fight against Brendan Schaub (11-4) with a considerable size advantage. Browne lost a tough 5-round decision to Werdum last time out, but this fight is perfect for him, as Schaub is susceptible to being knocked out.

Schaub will look to take this fight to the mat, but Browne has 85% TD defense. Browne is a powerful striker that likes to use his kicks and elbows to his advantage as well. If Browne keeps this fight standing he’ll hand Schaub his fourth loss by TKO/KO.

  • Bet on Over 4.5 Rounds –108 (Pinnacle) in Hendricks vs. Lawler

Johny Hendricks (16-2) hasn’t fought since winning by decision against Lawler back in March. Lawler on the other hand has bounced back with two wins over Ellenberger and Brown. The big question in this fight is whether Lawler has improved his TD defense.

In the first fight Hendricks landed 158 strikes compared to Lawler’s 150 strikes plus Hendricks landed two takedowns. I expect that Hendricks will win by decision again in a similar fashion, but just in case I think the best bet is to take the O4.5 rounds instead.

  • Bet on Todd Duffee TKO/KO –160 (5Dimes) vs. Anthony Hamilton

Todd Duffee (8-2) hasn’t fought since 2012, but he has some experience against top competition in his career. If Duffee is healthy coming into this fight and can shake off the cage rust quickly than he’s simply much better than Anthony Hamilton (13-3).

Hamilton is 1-1 in the UFC with a TKO win over Potts in his last fight, but Oleinik handled him easily prior to that. Duffee has won all of his fights by TKO/KO and Hamilton has been knocked out once. I’ll take a shot on Duffee being 100% after a lengthy layoff.

  • Bet on Browne / Duffee / Ferguson / Faber Parlay +219 (BetDSI)

Tony Ferguson fights Abel Trujillo and Urijah Faber fights Francisco Rivera. Both favorites should get the win. I really like Trujillo, but this is a bad match-up for him. Ferguson is simply the better fighter and it’s likely he comes out on top with a big win.

Faber likes the exposure he gets from fighting on the headline fight on the prelims, as it’s on cable. Faber is the easiest pick on this parlay in my opinion against Rivera. I may also add a parlay with Browne TKO/KO, Duffee TKO/KO, Ferguson and Faber at big odds.

Anthony Pettis is fighting Gilbert Melendez in the co-main event for the lightweight title and I’m not sure which way I’m going on this fight yet. Pettis has looked great when he has fought lately, but Melendez has the wrestling to cause Pettis some problems.

UFC 181 Johny Hendricks vs Robbie Lawler 2 Predictions – Mike Waz

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