Six of the Best: Betting Tips – UFC 197: Jones vs Saint Preux

By Owen Phillips     23/4/16     Betting

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MMA Files will try to find you 6 winners from each UFC event with ‘Six of the Best: Betting Tips’. UFC 197: Jones vs Saint Preux take place on Sunday morning (Australian time) so let’s get at it!

Jon Jones ($1.16) vs Ovince Saint Preux ($5.50)

This should be a fun fight and it’s good to see Jones back. Saint Preux has a lot of talent and is strong on the feet but I think that Jones has all the answers to any questions that Saint Preux will pose.

Winner – Jon Jones

Edson Barbosa ($2.50) vs Anthony Pettis ($1.57)

Some vicious kicks are expected in this fight with the sweetest switch-kick in the game Edson Barbosa. He will need to be on point to take out the well-rounded and desperate Anthony Pettis. Pettis was ground down by Eddie Alvarez in his last fight but will have more room to move in this one. I feel he can create enough openings to get the victory.

Winner – Anthony Pettis

Rafael Natal ($3.50) vs Robert Whittaker ($1.30)

Robert Whittaker has been on a tear recently at middleweight, has been looking fantastic and only getting better. Natal is very crafty and knows how to get the job done. I don’t think he will enjoy standing with Whittaker and will try to take him down. Whittaker has good takedown defence and will wear out Natal and get his hand raised.

Winner – Robert Whittaker

Andre Fili ($2.10) vs Yair Rodriguez ($1.72)

Fili looked very good in his last fight against Gabriel Benitez to get his confidence back. He is quite inconsistent and it’s hard to tell what you will get on fight night. Rodriguez has an array of skills that he showcased in his last fight against Daniel Hooker. All sorts of kicks and a solid ground game make Rodriguez a tough test for anyone. I’m expecting the best version of Andre Fili to show up and get his hand raised against Rodriguez in an upset.

Winner – Andre Fili

Carla Esparza ($1.53) vs Juliana Lima ($2.62)

Esparza has been matched up with another Muay Thai stylist after losing the straw-weight title to Joanna Jedrzejczyk in her last fight. Juliana Lima has good wrestling also but would be no match in that area with Esparza. I think that Esparza can get back in the win column with in a hard-fought battle with Lima.

Winner – Carla Esparza

Glaico Franca ($2.50) vs James Vick ($1.57)

Franca is a solid fighter with good submissions. He faces unbeaten James Vick who manages get the job done with a style which gives his opponents trouble. Vick is able to capitalise when opponents make mistakes, his length makes him good with submissions, kicks and his boxing is handy. I think it will be too much for Franca.

Winner – James Vick


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