2014 has been an interesting year for the UFC; there were some highlights, but for the most part, this year is going to be remembered as the year injuries decimated UFC pay per views. For lesser organizations, 2014 could have been a death blow, but the UFC has been able to push through and they will end the year on a high note.

UFC 181: Hendricks vs. Lawler II will be the last UFC PPV of 2014 and it might end up being the organizations best event of the year. On Saturday, December 6, 2014, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, NV, UFC 181 will feature two title fights and a fight card stacked with interesting and exciting matchups.

This fight card should be fairly appealing to the gamblers out there as well. There may not be any major upset potentials, but there are some great plays to be made.

 

Abel Trujillo, +210 vs. Tony Ferguson, -250

The opening bout of the PPV main card is an intriguing one that features two talented lightweights looking to fight their way into the upper echelon of the UFC lightweight division. Trujillo and Ferguson are very similar fighters as both have good wrestling backgrounds and they both have knockout power; all three of Trujillo’s UFC wins have come by way of knockout. At the end of the day, Ferguson’s experience against higher caliber fighters will prove to be the difference.

The play: Take Ferguson to win and at +250, take him to win by TKO/KO

 

Anthony Hamilton, +265 vs. Todd Duffee, -325

Duffee has been sidelined with injury for nearly two years, so it will be great to see him back in the Octagon, but he is going to have his hands full with Hamilton. Hamilton is a heavy hitter who has already fought three times this year. Cage rust could prove to be a major factor for Duffee, but don’t bet on it. Duffee has come off of long layoffs in the past and has been successful.

The play: Take Duffee to win and at -160, take him to win by TKO/KO

 

Brendan Schaub, +270 vs. Travis Browne, -330

With champion Cain Velasquez sidelined once again with an injury, the UFC heavyweight division is wide open for contenders to earn a shot at Fabricio Werdum’s interim title. With Browne and Schaub both coming off of losses in their last outings, a win will be crucial in their hunt to remain a relevant contender. Given the athleticism of both of these fighters, this bout has potential to be great, but Schaub’s glass jaw will cost him this fight.

The play: Take Browne to win and at +120, take him to win in the first round

 

Anthony Pettis, -250 vs. Gilbert Melendez, +210

In the co-main event of the evening, UFC lightweight champion Pettis looks to defend his title for the first time against former Strikeforce lightweight champion Melendez. Pettis and Melendez are two of the most exciting fighters in the UFC today, so expect greatness from this bout. If Melendez can force Pettis into a gritty brawl, the title will be his for the taking, but don’t count on that. Pettis is simply too dynamic for Melendez to handle.

The play: Take Pettis to win and at +240, take him to win by unanimous decision

 

Johny Hendricks, -220 vs. Robbie Lawler, +180

In the main event of the evening, fans will be treated to a welterweight title rematch between champion Hendricks and number one contender Lawler. There first bout was an absolute war of attrition that saw Hendricks earn a unanimous decision victory. This time around though, look for Lawler to control the action with combinations and takedown defense. Their fight was so close the first time around that Lawler only has to make a few minor adjustments to create a different outcome.

The play: Take Lawler to win and at +475, take him to win by decision

 

The Big Play: +835 take Ferguson, Duffee, Browne, Pettis and Lawler for the parlay

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About The Author

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.