Michel Prazeres v Bartosz Fabinski Betting Tips & Predictions
Lovers of mixed martial arts have another enthralling evening of action ahead. UFC Fight Night 140, including Michel Prazeres v Bartosz Fabinski is scheduled to take place at the Estadio Mary Teran de Weiss in Buenos Aires, Argentina on November 17. UK fight fans can follow a blow-by-blow account live, courtesy of BT Sport from 3.00am on Sunday.
The main event sees Neil Magny face-off against Santiago Ponzinibbio in the welterweight division. It’s a clash that has the attention of followers, many at a loss to predict which of the two talented fighters will come out on top.
This will be the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s first visit to Argentina. To celebrate the occasion, as well as a competitive headline, there’s also an action-packed list of supporting acts that will keep dedicated fans, armchair viewers and punters glued to the coverage.
A Busy Night of UFC Action
The main card is made up of Ricardo Lamas v Darren Elkins at featherweight; Khalil Rountree v Johnny Walker light heavyweight; Cezar Ferreira v Tom Breese middleweight; Guido Cannetti v Marlon Vera bantamweight and Cynthia Calvillo v Poliana Botelho, a women’s strawweight bout.
A stacked preliminary card can be followed by subscribing to the UFC Fight Pass. Some of the fixtures of note are Michel Prazeres v Bartosz Fabinski; Alexandre Pantoja v Ulka Sasaki and Devin Powell v Jesus Pinedo.
As you would expect, bookmakers haven’t been slow in getting in on the action and have priced up a number of markets on the top fights from the bill.
How Bookies Rate the Main Event
Santiago Ponzinibbio is favourite with the traders to win the main event and backers looking to support the 32-year-old local will find him available at 3/10 with Bet365. That’s fairly convincing; however, it’s actually one of the better prices you’ll get on Rasta doing the business. After a bit more? We wouldn’t blame you.
Play the method of victory market and the prizes increase if you can correctly predict how he’ll achieve the victory – points, submission or knockout. It’s worth knowing he has claimed 14 of his 26 wins by KO and we wouldn’t be in a rush to put anyone off a repeat.
Prefer to take a shot on the upset? The current market has opponent Neil Magny as underdog but there’s no doubt he has the ability to cause an upset on foreign soil. The 5/2 available at Bet365 says otherwise, but don’t let that fool you. Combat sports rarely follow the thinking of sports traders, and that’s exactly why we love them. MMA is a game littered with big name giant-killings and there’s no reason why we won’t see another in Argentina.
31-year-old New Yorker, Magny, – nicknamed Black Ernie – brings a CV showing 21 wins from 27 contests and 11 of those have come on points. That tells us if the away fighter can avoid the power of his opponent in the early rounds, he’ll have a chance of impressing the judges. The longer the fight goes on, the more hope he has of winning. Backing him by decision in the method of victory market wouldn’t be the worst approach in what should be a tactical affair.
Exciting Bout on the Undercard
It’s not often we dive down into the preliminary card fights for our interest of the evening, but our team are more than happy to make an exception on this occasion as there’s a supporting bout that has caught our attention. Michel Prazeres v Bartosz Fabinski looks a real 50/50 and, for that reason, we thought it deserved a bit more attention than it has been getting in the build-up.
The welterweight contest pairs Brazilian Prazeres with Pole Fabinski; predicting the winner will be no mean feat. Prazeres – nicknamed Tractor – has campaigned in both the lightweight and welterweight categories in the past; he can be found fighting out of Para in his home country, representing the Frankiko Team. He’s an accomplished Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fighter and has enjoyed success since transferring his skills to the octagon.
Bringing an MMA record of 25 wins from 27 starts, Michel has claimed 14 by decision and 10 by submission, only one so far coming by way of knockout. Of his two defeats, each have come on the scorecards. Given his fighting style, that’ll come as no shock to fans. He’s a quality operator on his feet and skilled on the mat, making him extremely difficult to beat inside the distance. It’s unlikely Fabinski will be the first man to achieve that.
Prazeres On a Winning Run
Prazeres travels to the venue on an eye-catching winning run, having claimed each of his last seven starts. The last defeat on his card came at the hands of Kevin Lee in UFC Fight Night Colorado back in February 2015. However, he had little trouble bouncing back, setting his career on the right path.
Of his seven comeback wins, he has won four by decision, including each of his last two. The latest was a split over Zak Cummings in May of this year in Santiago, Chile upon his return to welterweight. In a bout that swung this way and that, he eventually got the nod from the judges . Although it was tight, there could be no major argument about the final result.
Michel is sure to be popular with punters keeping that winning run in mind when placing their bets; however, there’s more than a few who will back him to continue his trend of scoring on points. That brings a higher return for your investment and can be found in the method of victory market.
Pole Promises a Top Performance
Bartosz Fabinski fights out of his home city of Warsaw and has won 14 of his previous 16 starts in MMA. It’s interesting to know that he has claimed six by decision; that’s sure to hold weight with backers, especially with his opponent taken the distance in the majority of his recent outings. What ‘The Butcher’ does possess over his rival, however, is genuine knockout power and he has taken eight wins by KO. That really shouldn’t be overlooked when planning your assault on the bookies.
Despite bringing dynamite power, Bartosz has been pulled over the three-round distance in each of his last four MMA bouts, including points wins vs Garreth McLennan on UFC Krakow Poland; Hector Urbina UFC Monterrey, Mexico and, most recently, Emil Weber Meek UFC Hamburg, Germany.
He too enjoys an extended run of winning form that can be traced back to March 2014 when dropping a unanimous points decision to Wendres Carlos da Silva in his home nation on a Pro MMA Challenge card. Since then, he has won his seven return bouts, with no less than five of those results coming on the scorecards.
That’s difficult to ignore and this bout travelling the distance is our main bet, with those hoping for a bigger price advised to back Prazeres to get the nod when the scores are returned. Regardless of who you choose to support, this will be one for the sport’s purists and the most exciting aspect is it’ll launch the career of the winner, while leaving the loser’s future unclear. Choosing between the two is tough, so we’d go for the fight going the distance.
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