After a thrilling UFC 128 card that didn't feature one bad fight, the UFC follows it up this Saturday with UFN 24 which will air free on Spike TV.
There is no shortage of exciting fights on this one either. With the possible slugfest that will be the Dan Hardy versus Anthony Johnson fight, or the fight between upcoming UFC prospect, Phil Davis, and legendary Noguiera brother, Antonio Rogerio Noguiera.
Here they are, the UFN 24 betting odds and predictions for the three major fights.
Betting Odds courtesy of betus.com.
DaMarques Johnson (+200, 12-8-0)
Six wins by submission, five by knockout, one by decision.
Four losses by submission, three by knockout, one by decision.
Amir Sadollah (-260, 4-2-0)
Three wins by decision, one by submission.
One loss by knockout, one by decision.
It's a matchup between two Ultimate Fighter contestants and could be an exciting fight. Both fighters have exceptional stand-up and could provide fireworks, but both also have a good ground game.
What I think will help here is Sadollah's clinch game and him working Johnson. Sadollah has to be weary of Johnson's fast hands otherwise he could be in for a world of hurt. I don't think this fight will be finished before the final bell. Sadollah's better all-around skill set takes the fight.
Prediction: Sadollah by unanimous decision.
Dan Hardy (+155, 23-8-0, 1 NC)
Eleven wins by knockout, eight by decision, four by submission.
Three losses by decision, three by submission, one by disqualification, one by knockout.
Anthony Johnson (-190, 8-3-0)
Six wins by knockout, two by decision.
Two losses by submission, one by knockout .
This will probably be the most exciting fight of the night on Saturday. These two fighters are going to stand toe-to-toe with each other and both have great striking abilities. But when you take a closer look at it, you'll see Johnson has some serious knockout power and wrestling that could wear down Hardy if the fight gets to the ground (a big "if").
Johnson has the edge in striking by a little and will use that KO power to not only get the Fight of the Night bonus, but possibly also the Knockout of the Night bonus.
Prediction: Johnson by second-round TKO.
Phil Davis (-300, 8-0-0)
Three wins by submission, three by decision, two by knockout.
Antonio "Lil Nog" Rogerio Nogueira (+220, 19-4-0)
Eight wins by decision, six by submission, five by knockout.
Three losses by decision, one by knockout.
Originally I was looking at a third-round TKO win for Davis, but the fact of the matter is that Lil Nog has the chin of a rock. I'm not even kidding. At birth they must of infused Lil Nog and his brother, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, with rocks in their chin.
They can take a punch. Still even with that, I think Davis has outstanding wrestling and will be able to work Lil Nog on the ground and wear him out. Lil Nog is a great fighter and if this fight was still between him and Tito Ortiz, I would have him, but he's facing Davis a great up-and-coming prospect.
Not to mention, Lil Nog has had his problems in the past with wrestlers, like his last fight against Ryan Bader.
Prediction: Davis by unanimous decision.