The UFC is in Cincinnati Ohio this Saturday with a full slate of fights as they present UFC Fight Night 40: Brown vs. Silva live on Fox Sports 1. But before the fox sports 1 card kicks off, FS1’s sister station Fox Sports 2 will show 4 preliminary fights. Here’s our quick break down of each FS2 preliminary bout and their current UFC betting odds.
Ed Herman +115
Rafael Natal -145
Ed Herman (21-10, 8-6 UFC) comes in as a relatively small underdog against Rafael Natal (17-5-1, 5-3-1 UFC). Herman had a run of 3 straight victories before coming back to earth with one win, two losses and one no contest in his last four. Natal has a nice streak going, as he’s won three straight and five of his last six. Natal is looking for a statement win to move further up the rankings in the crowded UFC middleweight division. Natal’s Ju-jitsu should cause trouble for Herman, as Herman traditionally has trouble against BBJ practitioners.
Darrell Montague +145
Kyoji Horiguchi -175
In a flyweight battle, two fighters who are making their second appearance in the octagon. Darrell Montague’s (13-3, 0-1 UFC) UFC debut was one he’d rather forget as flyweight contender John Dodson iced him in the first round. It won’t get easier for Montague as he’ll take on 23 year old Japanese prospect Kyoji Horiguchi (12-1, 1-0 UFC). Horiguchi is the betting favorite here but both fighters should come out swinging and don’t be surprised if this fight us up for a performance of the night award.
Yan Cabral -400
Zak Cummings +300
The odds on the Yan Cabral (11-0, 1-0 UFC) and Zak Cummings (16-3, 1-0 UFC) fight are lopsided enough that make it a risky bet. Cabral should grind out a win with his excellent grappling but he’s only had one fight in the past 2.5 years. Has he shaken all the rust off or will Cummings score an upset victory. It’s not worth the risk.
Eddie Wineland -500
Johnny Eduardo +350
Eddie Wineland (21-9-1, 3-3 UFC) is a huge favorite coming into his fight with Johnny Eduardo (26-9, 1-1 UFC). Wineland is on a roll, he’s won three of his last four fights and his only loss was to Bantamweight Champion Renan Barao. Eduardo is a long time veteran with 35 fights to his credit albeit against lesser opponents than Wineland and at 35 years of age, he’s running out of time to make a statement. Wineland should take this but his long-term career outlook doesn’t say champ, he’s a very good Bantamweight but when against the best, he comes up short. Thankfully for Wineland, Eduardo is not among the best.