On Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, the UFC heads to the Ginasio Gigantinho in Porto Alegre, Brazil, for UFC Fight Night: Bigfoot vs. Mir. While this card is far from being the UFC’s finest offering there are some interesting matchups that should be worth the watch.

The main event between heavyweight veterans Antonio Silva and Frank Mir has some potential to be off the charts. But the lightweight co-main event between Edson Barboza and Michael Johnson is sure to be entertaining as well. Barboza and Johnson are two of the best talents in the lightweight division and they are both looking to ascend to the upper echelon of the division.

While this card may not be the most fan friendly card, it does have some potential for the gamblers out there; specifically in the final three bouts of the evening.

Sam Alvey, +185 vs. Cezar Ferreira, -265

The fourth bout on the main card features a classic grappler vs. striker bout in the form of Sam Alvey vs. Cezar Ferreira. Even though Ferreira has power in his hands and a solid striking base, he needs to stay away from the standup game against Alvey; 15 of Alvey’s 24 professional victories have come by way of knockout. Alvey isn’t an elite wrestler, but he has a good enough wrestling base to keep this bout standing and that mean trouble for Ferreira.

Play: Take Alvey to win

Edson Barboza, -170 vs. Michael Johnson, +130

The co-main event lightweight bout between Barboza and Johnson should be a good one. Both guys are super athletic and hungry to prove they are elite lightweights. Since he began training with the Blackzilians, Johnson’s striking game has improved greatly and that pared with his wrestling game have made him a formidable opponent. As good as Johnson has become on the feet, Barboza remains light years ahead of him. Barboza is truly one of the most dynamic strikers in the sport today and he’s going to prove that once again on Sunday.

Play: Take Barboza to win

Antonio Silva, -240 vs. Frank Mir, +200

Remember with UFC main events mattered? Obviously those days are long gone because UFC Fight Night 61 is headlined by Mir and Silva; two fighters who are winless in their last seven combined fights. As terrible as this fight is as a main event, it’s a pretty good fight from a gambler’s perspective because of the upset potential. Mir is a tough and gritty former champion with knockout power and a killer ground game. Silva should win this fight on paper, but Mir will win this fight.

Play: Take Mir to win

Big Play: At +1258 take Alvey, Barboza and Mir to win for the parlay

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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.