On Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, the UFC heads to the Staples Center in Los Angeles for UFC 184: Rousey vs. Zingano.

On the surface, UFC 184 is a tough sell; outside of UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey there are no true stars competing on this card. There are some really good fighters and some great matchups, but this PPV has essentially no star power outside of Rousey.

In addition to the lack of star power, this card lacks opportunities for the gamblers out there. Unless you just have a gut feeling about a major upset, there is little appeal to this card from a gambling perspective. But if you are smart and if you play the prop bet angle, there are a few plays to be made.

Tony Ferguson, -215 vs. Gleison Tibau, +170

Kicking off the main card is a lightweight bout between Tibau and Ferguson. Both these fighters have been on a roll as of late; Tibau has won three in a row while Ferguson has won four in a row. Ferguson is the much better striker and he will have a five inch reach advantage. As long as Ferguson doesn’t let Tibau close the distance, he will win this fight.

Play: Take Ferguson to win

Alan Jouban, -400 vs. Richard Walsh, +310

The second bout of the evening features a welterweight bout between Jouban and Walsh. Both fighters are currently 1-1 in the UFC and both men are looking to rebound from losses. Jouban trains with a better team and he should be more equipped heading into Saturday night.

Play: Take Jouban to win

Jake Ellenberger, -215 vs. Josh Koscheck, +170

The third bout of the evening features a welterweight clash between Ellenberger and Koscheck. Both fighters have lost three straight with the only difference being Koscheck has not competed in over a year. Koscheck and Ellenberger both need a win to keep pace in the UFC welterweight division.

These fighters have similar background and styles, so this fight comes down to who will be able to impose their will. Given that Koscheck is coming off of a long layoff, he is going to be at a major disadvantage.

Play: Take Ellenberger to win

Raquel Pennington, +600 vs. Holly Holm, -900

The co-main event of the evening features a women’s bantamweight bout between Pennington and Holm. The UFC debut for Holm has been a long time coming and now finally fans get to see firsthand what all the hype is about. Pennington is a tough opponent who is game for the challenge, but everyone knows this is a showcase fight for Holm.

Play: Take Holm to win and +265 play under 2 ½ rounds for your prop bet

Ronda Rousey, -950 vs. Cat Zingano, +625

In the headlining rolem UFC women’s bantamweight champion in Rousey puts her title on the line against fellow undefeated fighter in Zingano. To date, no one has been able to compete with Rousey inside the cage; all of her wins have come by way of stoppage. Now that her striking game has begun to take shape, the Olympic bronze medal winning Judoka is even more dangerous.

Zingano is one of the best female fighters in the world and her comeback has simply been amazing, but Rousey is a bad matchup for her. Even if Zingano does have a significant advantage on the feet, Rousey has the ability to dictate where this fight takes place; with eight armbar finishes Rousey knows what to do on the mat.

Play: Take Rousey to win and at +385 take Rousey to win in round 2

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.