There’s a corker of a match coming up with Junior Dos Santos v Tai Tuivasa. UFC Fight Night 142 comes to us from the Adelaide Entertainment Centre in Adelaide, Australia on Sunday 2 December with UK Mixed Martial Arts supporters able to follow the action live on BT Sport. With the main event scheduled to start at 5am, it’s a big ask, but the card promises to be one worth staying up for.
Junior Dos Santos v Tai Tuivasa tops the bill at heavyweight but there’s also a stacked supporting act with the Main Card bringing Mark Hunt v Justin Willis at heavyweight; Tyson Pedro v Mauricio Rua at light heavyweight; Jake Matthews v Tony Martin welterweight; Paul Craig v Jim Crute light heavyweight; Suman Mokhtarian v Sodiq Yusuff featherweight; Yushin Okami v Alexey Kunchenko welterweight; Wilson Reis v Ben Nguyen flyweight; Mizuto Hirota v Christos Giagos lightweight and Keita Nakamura v Salim Touahri welterweight.
There has already been a couple of changes made to the programme and that serves as a reminder that we are open to more swaps before the sounding of the buzzer on fight night.
Get involved in the betting
As well as a fascinating fight card that has fans of the sport excited, there’s also plenty to grab your attention in the betting, making a good night of UFC entertainment even more gripping. Watching MMA is a joy, but with a few well-placed bets you could be paid for the privilege. That sounds about perfect, but where should you invest your cash to ensure a profit?
That’s where our dedicated team of tipsters come in. We have trawled through the facts, figures and form of each fighter involved on the night and, concentrating on the main event, return with our preview and advise on the bets worth having.
There’s certainly no lack of markets available to bet on. Have your say on the outright winner of Junior Dos Santos v Tai Tuivasa, choosing your side and sticking with it, or aim for a bigger price and play one of the specials. There’s better to be had in the method of victory betting where you are asked to pick the fight winner and also how your man will prevail – KO, Submission or Points. More of a risk, of course, but the returns make it well worth shooting for.
Read on as we look to beat the bookies together…
Santos is an All-Rounder
Junior do Santos is a former UFC heavyweight champion and a man who fancies himself good enough to return to the top of the division. He certainly has the skills to again rule the top category. However, to do so, he must rediscover the form that put him at the top of the tree in the first place.
The Brazilian, fighting out of Salvador, is a genuine all-rounder’ He boasts experience in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, where he is a blackbelt, and boxing, which shows in his stand-up fighting game. He is a man as comfortable on his feet as he is with his back to the mat; that makes all the difference at this level of the game.
The former ruler has endured a stop-start career of late, however. A mixed bag of results have dampened his progress and sent him down the rankings. The 34-year-old’s recent form reads win, loss, win, loss, win, loss, win, loss, win. If sticking to that trend it would be easy enough for punters to back against him here.
The victories included in that run came over Frank Mir on UFC 146 in Vegas; Mark Hunt UFC 16O Vegas; Stipe Miocic UFC in Arizona; Ben Rothwell UFC Zagreb and, most recently, Blagoy Ivanov on the UFC card at Idaho back in the summer.
The same run includes defeats to Cain Velasquez UFC 155 in Vegas. This is where he lost the heavyweight title by decision, again to the same opponent who made sure of the result on UFC 166 with a KO result; Alistair Overeem on UFC Fox 17, where he was again halted inside the distance under heavy fire. Then, in May of last year on his penultimate start, he suffered a rematch defeat to Stipe Miocic in Dallas where he went down by TKO.
Taking a closer look at that nine-fight run, two of his five wins came by knockout; however, each of his last three were on the scorecards and backers will see that as their best chance at landing a winner if trusting their cash to dos Santos on fight night.
He is favourite with all major betting firms and that will come as little shock to those who like to keep a close eye on the careers of both men, and the division as a whole. If looking to get your cash down on Dos Santos nailing a second win on the bounce you will find 888Sport’s 4/7 as the standard quote; having said that, there are a few firms going shorter. Watch your step as there is bits and pieces of 8/15 out there.
We advise backing the Brazilian to finally put a run of wins together and get himself back into contention for a spot at the head table. We certainly wouldn’t put anyone off backing him for the win in their accumulators. The 4/7 will do a job if building a multiple on the night with a few fights included. If preferring to aim for a super single we’d suggest taking Dos Santos to win on decision for a higher return.
Tuvasa Targets the Upset
Australian fighter Tai Tuivasa will enjoy the backing of the home support in the arena. He will see that as key to helping his chances of pulling off what would be the biggest win of his career on a special night of sport in the city.
The 25-year-old from St Marys is a 6ft 1inch fighter with experience in boxing and kickboxing. In the latter he amassed a fearsome record of 14 wins from 16 starts with 10 of his victories coming by way of knockout. He has carried that form over to the octagon where his MMA record reads eight fights, eight wins, seven knockouts and one by decision. He is a fighter on the rise; however, if he is to go any further, he must defeat Santos.
Bam Bam picked up the spare points win on his CV last time when battling to a decision over Andrei Arlovski on UFC 225 in Chicago over three rounds back in June. It was the first time he had been forced all the way to the final bell, but the victor looked in control for large periods of the bout and would’ve learned more about his game from that one fight than all the KO wins that went before it.
Going for the KO
Despite impressing the scoring judges that night, Tai Tuvasa will know a KO win is his best chance against dos Santos who has been stopped a couple of times himself lately. Bookies have the Aussie marked at 13/10 (888sport) to get the win he craves, and that price will appeal to value hunters. That’s certainly a decent offer but there is an eye-catching price to be had if you back Tuivasa to KO dos Santos. A big ask, of course, but it wouldn’t be an outright shock if it happened.
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Best Odds Odds
**Dos Santos: 4/6 at William Hill
Tai Tuivasa: 10/13 at Ladbrokes
Method of Victory
Tai Tuivasa by TKO, KO or disqualification: 15/8 at Betstars
Dos Santos by TKO, KO or disqualifications: 2/1 at Betstars
Tuivasa by decision: 8/1 at Betstars
Dos Santos by decision: 11/4 at Betstars
Draw: 50/1 at Betstars
Tuivasa Round 1: 4/1 at Betstars
Dos Santos Round 1: 5/1 at Betstars
Tuivasa Round 2: 17/1 at Betstars
Dos Santos Round 2: 17/2 at Betstars
Tuivasa Round 3: 16/1 at Betstars
Dos Santos Round 3: 11/1 at Betstars
Tuivasa Round 4: 25/1 at Betstars
Dos Santos Round 4: 16/1 at Betsars
Tuivasa Round 5: 25/1 at Betstars
Dos Santos Round 5: 22/1 at Betstars
Draw: 50/1 at Betstars
Fight Go The Distance
Yes: 4/9 at Betstars
No: 12/5 at Coral