On Saturday, October 4, 2014 the UFC will once again be hosting a doubleheader for fight fans around the world with UFC Fight Night 53 taking place in Stockholm, Sweden and UFC Fight Night 54 taking place in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

With two events taking place on the same day there will be plenty of action available to all of the MMA gamblers out there.

UFC Fight Night 53

Ilir Latifi, -250 vs. Jan Blachowicz, +210

Poland’s Jan Blachowicz will be making his UFC debut and he could not have gotten a worse matchup. Since losing his UFC debut to Gegard Mousasi, Ilir Latifi has racked up back to back wins by stoppage inside the Octagon. Fighting in front of his countrymen Latifi is going to be hard to beat.

The play – Take Latifi to win

Akira Corassani, +475 vs. Max Holloway, -650

Akira Corassani is a talented fighter and he will have the advantage of fighting in front of a home crowd, but Max Holloway is simply out of his league. Holloway is only 22 and he will be making his 10th Octagon appearance. Holloway is a talented striker and Corassani has a suspect chin.

The play – At -121 take Holloway to win inside the distance

Gunnar Nelson, -330 vs. Rick Story +270

This one might just be the most interesting matchup of both cards as battle tested veteran Rick Story takes on undefeated up and comer Gunnar Nelson. Nelson is as a tremendous grappler and his future is very bright, but Story is just a bad matchup for him. Story is a powerful wrestler with a suffocating top game.

The play – Take Story to pull the upset

UFC Fight Night 54

Bryan Caraway, +191 vs. Raphael Assuncao, -287

Bryan Caraway is good…really good. His ground game is a thing of beauty and he goes for the finish but Raphael Assuncao will just be too much for him to handle. Assuncao has not lost since dropping down to 135 and that includes a win over current UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw.

The play – Take Assuncao to win

Rory MacDonald, -500 vs. Tarec Saffiedine, +400

Rory MacDonald is one of the best fighters in the world but he always seems to come up a little short when there is a title shot on the line; either he loses or he plays it safe in a lackluster performance. MacDonald has all the tools to win this bout on top of having a six inch reach advantage, but I believe in Tarec Saffiedine. Saffiedine just keeps getting better and better and his striking is brilliant. Saffiedine is a live underdog here and I think he can pull this off.

The play – Take Saffiedine to pull off the upset

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.