Saturday night’s UFC 167 pay-per-view features several main-event caliber fights between huge names, and bettors are eager to place a last-second wager on these bouts as the odds continue to fluctuate.
Here is all the vital viewing information for UFC 167, the full card featuring odds and predictions for each fight and the safest bets of the event.
Where: MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas
When: Saturday, November 16 at 10 p.m. ET
Watch: Pay-Per-View (call local service provider)
Live Stream: UFC TV
|Georges St-Pierre (c)||-250||Johny Hendricks||+195||St-Pierre via Decision|
|Rashad Evans||-200||Chael Sonnen||+160||Evans via TKO|
|Rory MacDonald||-400||Robbie Lawler||+300||MacDonald via Submission|
|Tyron Woodley||-130||Josh Koscheck||EVEN||Woodley via TKO|
|Tim Elliott||-160||Ali Bagautinov||+130||Elliott via Decision|
|Donald Cerrone||-130||Evan Dunham||EVEN||Cerrone via Decision|
|Thales Leites||-210||Ed Herman||+170||Leites via Submission|
|Rick Story||-225||Brian Ebersole||+175||Story via TKO|
|Erik Perez||-450||Edwin Figueroa||+325||Figueroa via Decision|
|Jason High||-310||Anthony Lapsley||+240||High via Decision|
|Sergio Pettis||-450||Will Campuzano||+325||Pettis via TKO|
|Gian Villante||-365||Cody Donovan||+275||Donovan via Decision|
Odds via Bovada.lv. All other info via UFC.com
* (c) denotes champion.
Safest Bets of the Night
Rashad Evans (19–3–1) vs. Chael Sonnen (29–13–1)
Chael Sonnen and Rashad Evans are two of the most dangerous light heavyweights in the UFC today, each possessing elite wrestling skills, but the duo's evenly-matched grappling abilities will force a stalemate in that aspect of the fight. That will force these combatants to lean on their other strengths.
That’s where Evans has the distinct advantage.
Sonnen may have solid striking power and the ability to submit his opponents if presented the right situation, but Evans has the power and strength edge in this bout and will impose his will on the challenger Saturday night.
Sonnen has been knocked out in two of his last three fights, and there is no question that doubt will begin to creep into his mind, especially against a heavy-handed fighter like Evans. The accuracy and power Evans packs into his punches will open up the potential for another abrupt finish.
For Sonnen, his aggressive nature could be his ultimate downfall as Evans will be looking to catch him with a flurry of knees and fists as he moves forward to shoot for the takedown.
With an elite combination of power and strength, Evans will outclass Sonnen Saturday and earn the second-round TKO victory.
Predicted Winner: Evans via TKO.
Josh Koscheck vs. Tyron Woodley
Both Josh Koscheck and Tyron Woodley sit at a crossroads in their respective careers.
Koscheck is trying to rebuild his reputation by getting back into the win column after two-straight losses, but he will have to go through a fighter in Woodley that is trying to prove he belongs in the discussion for a welterweight title shot.
The real winner in this potential slugfest will be the fans.
Which fight is the safer bet?
Koscheck has always been known as a wild striker that will take unnecessary risks to land the one-punch knockout. That offensive game plan may have worked when he was fighting other challengers, but Woodley will not play into Koscheck’s scheme.
Woodley is coming off a tough split-decision loss of his own to Jake Shields and will be looking to prove that he deserves to be catapulted into championship contention by exploiting his challenger's porous defensive abilities.
Using a combination of striking accuracy, unmatched power in the division and Koscheck’s aggressiveness against him, Woodley will bring the battle to his challenger and end the bout early with a first-round TKO.
Predicted Winner: Woodley via TKO.