If you've been hesitant to order any of the UFC's 2014 pay-per-view offerings due to underwhelming fight cards, UFC 171 might be the cure for the thing that ails you.
If three bouts featuring some of the top welterweights in the company aren't enough to whet your appetite, then surely the main event will be enough to plop you on the couch in front of the television on Saturday night. After all, a new welterweight champion will be crowned, and reigning kingpin Georges St-Pierre is not involved.
Yes, the UFC is moving on with the business of finding a new champion after St-Pierre lost his smile and decided to take an extended hiatus from the sport in December. And as luck would have it, the two combatants who were chosen to determine the next champion just happen to be two of the most exciting fighters in the division, not to mention two of the heaviest punchers.
It's a recipe for a good time. But what better way to add even more intrigue to a stellar fight card than by throwing down some hard-earned money on the fights?
As usual, I am here to break down the betting odds and give you my plays for the UFC 171 main card. And I'll give you the same speech I usually do: a big part of betting on sports is money management. If there is no value in betting on a particular fight, I'll tell you so.
But I know some of you want to bet on everything under the sun. For you, I'll suggest interesting prop bets that might be worth a small play. And as always, I'll close out the proceedings with my patented "Just for Fun (and $5) Parlay," where I give you a six-fight parlay with a big payout for a small investment.
After all, what is life without a good parlay to root for?
Let's get started.