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Aussie punters rally behind Whittaker ahead of UFC bout

Thu, Apr 13, 3:38pm by Head Editor

It may not be the main event, but Australians will have their eye on the middleweight bout between their own Robert Whittaker and Brazil’s Ronaldo Souza on Sunday at 10:30 (AEST).

The Aussie is unbeaten in the middleweight division, with a record of 5-0, and has three knockouts to his name, Clint Hester, Brad Tavares and of course Derek Brunson who he fought in Melbourne in November.

This is a step up in class for the 26-year-old though, Souza is a world-class grappler that has added some very good striking in recent times. He is 7-1 in the UFC, with his only defeat coming in a close loss to Yoel Romero.

Thus, Sportsbet has the man they call Jacare at $1.44 with the man fighting out of Menai, New South Wales at $2.75. 

Current champion Demetrious Johnson will have the home support on his side when he takes on Brazilian challenger Wilson Reis for the UFC Flyweight Championship on Sunday (AEST) in Kansas City, Missouri.

The 13-fight card will be staged at the Sprint Centre and is the first time that the UFC has hosted an event in the state of Missouri.

The 30-year-old American is one of the most dominant champions in the sport and is almost unbackable at $1.11 to defend his title for an unbelievable tenth time.

The Brazilian is a worthy contender and has shown he can contend with the best in the flyweight division. However, he is mostly a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fighter and getting Johnson to the ground will be a huge challenge.

Johnson has the longest active championship reign in the sport and he will continue that record here.

The strawweight battle between Michelle Waterson and Rose Namajunas will be a much tighter fight than the Flyweight Championship. The winner of this bout will likely go on to face the winner of the Joanna Jedrzejczyk-Jessica Andrade for the title.

Both fighters are good strikers, with Namajunas being the more flashy and Waterson being the more technical. Grappling is where Namanjuas has the upper hand, and I’m taking her to win in a close decision at $1.71.

Suggested Bet: Namajunas to win: $1.71.

Sportsbet Market

Ashlee Evans-Smith $1.62 v Ketlen Vieira $2.31

Zak Cummings $1.24 v Nathan Coy $4.10

Anthony Smith $3.34 v Andrew Sanchez $1.33

Devin Clark $1.71 v Jake Collier $2.14

Aljamain Sterling $1.40 v Augusto Mendes $2.90

Louis Smolka $3.23 v Tim Elliot $1.35

Bobby Green $3.62 v Rashid Magomedov $1.29

Patrick Williams $4.20 v Tom Duquesnoy $1.23

Alexander Volkov $1.69 v Roy Nelson $2.18
Jeremy Stephens $1.43 v Renato Moicano $2.86

Ronaldo Souza $1.44 v Robert Whittaker $2.75

Michelle Waterson $2.14 v Rose Namajunas $1.71

Demetrious Johnson $1.11 v Wilson Reis $6.70

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