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Saint Preux set to star at UFC Nashville

Thu, Apr 20, 4:39pm by Head Editor

The UFC heads to Nashville, Tennessee this Sunday morning (AEST) for a solid card of fighting, headlined by the featherweight battle between Cub Swanson and Artem Lobov.

Lobov heads in as a huge underdog at $5.10. His best chance of causing a boilover will be if he can draw his opponent into a brawl and unload one of his unorthodox power punches.

It won’t be easy for the Russian-Irishman though as Swanson is considered to be one of the best featherweight fighters in the sport. The American is on a three-fight winning streak that’s seen him ascend back into the title picture.

There has been plenty of smacktalk between these two fighters and now they get the chance to back it up in the octagon. Swanson should win the fight but the $1.16 about him is too short.

The supporting cast features the return of Al Iaquinta make his return after nearly two years away as he takes on Diego Sanchez.

The lightweight contest will be a difficult one for Sanchez. Although Iaquinta is coming in off a long layoff, he’s one of the finest the division has seen. A sharp puncher with a great counter.

Once again, I like the favourite to win at $1.24 and will be part of my multi.

A fight that offers a little more in the way of value is the slugfest between Ovince Saint Preux ($1.55) and Marcos Rogerio De Lima ($2.42).

This should be one of the better fights on the card, both men are great strikers with knockout power. I give the edge to Saint Preux due to his significant 12-centimetre reach advantage. If this is a stand-up fight, he’ll should be more successful.

Another fight that has the potential to steal the show is John Dodson ($1.24) vs Eddie Wineland ($4.10). Dodson is favoured to win this bantamweight battle between two knockout-artists, but will have to be on his guard as Wineland can land heavy blows.

Suggested Bet: Take Saint Preux and Iquinta to win: $1.92

Sportsbet Market

Hector Sandoval $1.81 v Matt Schnell $2

Bryan Barberena $1.29 v Joe Proctor $3.66

Alexis Davis $1.33 v Cindy Dandois $3.34

Jessica Penne $1.65 v Danielle Taylor $2.25

Scott Holtzman $1.27 v Michael McBride $3.82

Dustin Ortiz $1.48 v Brandon Moreno $2.66

Thales Leites $1.86 v Sam Alvey $1.94

Jake Ellenberger $2.61 v Mike Perry $1.50

Joe Lauzon $2.70 v Stevie Ray $1.45

John Dodson $1.24 v Eddie Wineland $4.10

Ovince Saint Preux $1.55 v Marcos Rogerio De Lima $2.42

Al Iaquinta $1.24 v Diego Sanchez $4.10

Artem Lobov $5.10 v Cub Swanson $1.16

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