Well guys I really let you down with my predictions for UFC Fight Night 48 and 49. Of the four fights I gave predictions on I was right on just one of them. Hopefully I can redeem myself this week with UFC 177.

UFC 177 takes place this Saturday August 30, 2014 at the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, CA. The card is headlined by a much anticipated bantamweight title rematch between former champion Renan Barao and current champion T.J. Dillashaw.

For my fellow gamblers out there this card doesn’t feature that many great bouts to make a play on, but there are always opportunities to make a little extra scratch.

Renan Barao, +130 vs T.J. Dillashaw, -150

If you put money on Dillashaw to beat Barao at UFC 173 I want to shake your hand because you saw something no one else in the MMA community could see. In one of the biggest upsets in UFC history Dillashaw didn’t just win the title he took it from Barao, scoring a TKO over the Brazilian in the fifth round.

Heading into this bout the line is much tighter as the fight is essentially a “Pick’em.” Based on how handily Dillashaw beat Barao in there last bout, it is hard to see this fight going the other way. Barao is dangerous but it just appears that Dillashaw has his number.

The play – Take Dillashaw to win and pair it with a prop bet that he does it by decision.

Danny Castillo, +205 vs Tony Ferguson, -245

Ferguson is on a roll right now having won eight of his last nine bouts, including back-to-back first round finishes in his last two bouts. The TUF 13 winner has looked very tough thus far in his UFC career, but Castillo is no joke.

Ferguson is going to have to use his long reach to keep Castillo on the outside because if he gets in range he has some serious KO power. My head is telling me to play it safe and go with Ferguson on this one but I have a gut feeling that Castillo is going to pull this out.

The play – Take Castillo to win, and at +605 I would take him to do it by knockout.

Bethe Correia, -140 vs Shayna Baszler +120

Correia turned a lot of heads in the MMA community when she handed the much taller Jessamyn Duke at UFC 172. Correia controlled the distance well and used well placed combinations to win a unanimous decision, but Baszler is a whole different kind of animal.

Baszler is one of the true pioneers of women’s MMA and her ground game is the real deal; 14 of her 15 career wins have come by way of submission. Correia is a likeable fighter, but Braszler’s top notch ground game will prove to be the deciding factor.

The play – Take Baszler to win and at +475 take her to win by submission.

Betting Odds provided by BestFightOdds.com

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RJ Gardner
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RJ Gardner is a rabid sports fan and a long time MMA enthusiast. After watching UFC 1 at ripe old age of 11 RJ was hooked and his passion for the sport has continued to blossom over the years. RJ has been covering MMA since 2007 and has had work featured on Bleacher Report, SI.com, CBSSports.com and UFC.com. RJ is also a Petroleum Transportation Operations Manager during the day.