UFC 175 Picks – Champions Weidman, Rousey Set To Defend Their Titles

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The Ultimate Fighting Championships come back to Las Vegas, Nevada and the Mandalay Bay Events Center for UFC 175 Picks. The UFC Middleweight title and UFC Women’s Bantamweight title will undoubtedly be on the line in the co-main events, however not until after Stefan Struve battles Matt Mitrione in a very anticipated heavyweight bout.

UFC 175 Picks the LineupUFC 175: Weidman vs. Machida

Saturday July 5, 2014

Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, Nevada

Originally scheduled for UFC 173, the UFC Middleweight title fight between champion Chris Weidman and former light heavyweight champion Lyota Machida was pushed back once the former needed minor knee surgery. Weidman is back at 100-percent, and you can bet that Machida is prepared after having a supplementary couple of months to have ready.

UFC Middleweight Championship

Chris Weidman vs. Lyota Machida

Machida made the proceed to the middleweight division after a tough loss to Phil Davis, and after assembling consecutive wins, it looks like it absolutely was the proper decision. Machida earned Knockout of the Night honors when he KO’d Mark Munoz with a vicious kick to the pinnacle, and then survived a Fight of the Night winner with a unanimous decision victory over Gegard Mousasi the 2009 February. As impressive as those wins were, Weidman will be the toughest test to date for Machida. Weidman improved to 11-0 with back-to-back wins over Anderson Silva to solidify himself as champion and the undisputed No. 1 middleweight, and he will undoubtedly be relentless in his pursuit of a stoppage win.

Pick: Chris Weidman – 187

UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship

Ronda Rousey vs. Alexis Davis

As hard while the UFC has tried to develop the women’s brand with Rousey, the truth is that her dominance has ultimately worked against that plan. Rousey needed just over a moment to knock out Sara McMann at UFC 170, and it could not take much longer for her to cope with Davis after she barely scraped by Jessica Eye via split decision at UFC 170.

Pick: Ronda Rousey – 700

Heavyweight Bout

Stefan Struve vs. Matt Mitrione

Struve has missed greater than a year when they discovered he had a heart condition, but just 1 day after he was cleared to come back, this bout with Mitrione was announced. Struve has had plenty of time to prepare for this fight, and the opportunity to bounce back from the knockout loss he suffered against Mark Hunt in March of 2013. Mitrione is coming off a first-round knockout win over Shawn Jordan in his last bout, but he’s really struggled against top competition, and Struve will undoubtedly be ready to create a statement in this one.

Pick: Stefan Struve – 150

Middleweight Bout

Uriah Hall vs. Thiago Santos

Hall bounced back from consecutive losses to beat Chris Leben via TKO in his last fight, but he might be somewhat overrated as such a big favorite heading in to this bout. Santos wasted very little time knocking out Ronny Markes just 53 seconds in to their UFC Fight Night bout the 2009 March, and his aggression and power make him a good value play. UFC 175 Picks: Thiago Santos + 30

Bantamweight Bout

Marcus Brimage vs. Russell Doane

Doane made a successful UFC debut with his second-round submission win over Leandro Issa the 2009 January, and his versatility could make the difference once again in this bout. Brimage is coming off a first-round TKO loss to Conor McGregor that can temper his aggression, and allow Doane the opportunity he needs to finish this bout. UFC 175 Picks: Russell Doane + 110

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