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Best Bets: UFC 71

It’s that time of the month again to put your money where your mouth is, make some “smart” picks, and root your fighters onto a win in hopes of making some money. No bet is guaranteed but some careful research into the fights can give you the edge in making the right choices. All of the following odds are through my favorite betting site Bodog. If you would like to support this website please sign up for an account on Bodog (by clicking on the image to the right) and deposit $20. We thank you in advance!

Here are you “best bets” for UFC 71:

  • Chuck Liddell (-170) – It is hard to go against Light Heavyweight Champion Chuck Liddell. Liddell’s been on a tear since his loss to “Rampage” in 2003 winning 7 straight fights. The lines on this fight are real right but a $100 bet on Liddell returns nearly $160 dollars. If you were looking to bet on Jackson your time has come and passed as he was once +200 and now sits at +140. Liddell’s the way to go.
  • Josh Burkman (+210) – I like Parisyan to win this fight but Burkman still has a great chance to pull of fan upset. At +210 it’s worth putting a small upset bet on Burkman. At the current odds a $10 bet returns $31 so the small investment could mean a big payout.
  • Terry Martin (+140) – Martin is known to have heavy hands and pure knockout power and Salaverry hasn’t shown consistency. Current rumors point to Salaverry retiring after this fight so he will put it all on the line but Martin as an underdog in this one is a good pick.
  • Keith Jardine (-600) – Most would think a fight with this lopsided of odds wouldn’t be a smart move but Jardine is a huge favorite. Alexander is outmatched in this bout after the UFC had a difficult time finding an opponent for Jardine making him a good pick. I think Houston will surprise a lot of people but not Jardine.
  • Kalib Starnes (-200) – I think Starnes will pull the upset over TUF alum Leben. The lines are great for us on ths fight tripling the money we put on Starnes.
  • Sean Salmon (-140) – Sean Salmon showed he was a superior wrestler in his first UFC fight against Rashad Evans. After winning the first round Salmon was caught with a kick but I like the former Ohio State wrestler against late replacement Alan Belcher in this bout.

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