UFC Fight Night 48 is the second event off the UFC’s August 23rd doubleheader. While it is not the best card of the year, it does have some interesting matchups and a few opportunities for you degenerate gamblers out there.

Benson Henderson, -300 vs Rafael Dos Anjos +250

Unless you know in your heart of hearts that Dos Anjos is going to win this bout, don’t play this fight on a straight win action. Henderson is the best lightweight in the word not wearing UFC gold right now and he has proved time and time again that he is on another level.

Don’t get me wrong, Dos Anjos is game and he has some good wins under his belt, but Henderson is a tough matchup for him. Henderson is a skilled striker with a top tier MMA wrestling game. His ability to mix things up keeps opponents off balance and guessing.

At +365 for a Henderson win inside the distance, that is a prop bet worth making a play on.

Jordan Mein, -210 vs Mike Pyle, +175

While this fight may not really be co-main event worth,y it is an interesting matchup that I am really looking forward to. Pyle is as crafty a veteran as there is in the UFC and Mein, at just 24-years-old, has some real potential. This bout has the potential to steal the show and be the “Fight of the Night.”

As much as I like Mein’s potential, I think Pyle is a good play here. Pyle is tough matchup for young fighters because he has been in every situation imaginable in the cage and he knows how to exploit opportunities.

Take Pyle for the win and prop bet that he does it inside the distance for a nice payoff.

Francis Carmont, -150 vs Thales Leites +130

Carmont vs Leites may just be the most difficult fight to pick on this card; it’s hard to tell just how good both of these guys are right now. Carmont has lost his last two bouts after racking up six consecutive UFC victories and Leites is currently riding a six fight win streak with his last three coming in the UFC. Both guys are good fighters, but neither are truly elite.

I expect Carmont to come in to this bout extremely motivated because a third consecutive loss would likely mean a pink slip from the UFC. That said, Leites has a hot hand right now and that is enough to play him as a slight underdog.

For the more ambitious out there take Leites, Pyle and Henderson for a three fight parlay.

Odds provided by bestfightodds.com

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