Mixed Martial Arts Upcoming Bouts

Betting on MMA is now very big business and bookmaker Betfair has a range of markets on the upcoming fights in this sphere. There are a number of top fights taking place in August, as well as a couple in the month of September. UFC Fight Night will take place on Saturday 16th August and features some of the very top fighters in the game.

One of the most anticipated matches of the evening will be the five round light heavyweight bout between Ovince Saint Preux and Ryan Bader. Betfair are struggling to split these two men, with Preux on offer at odds of 5/4, while Bader can be backed at the 5/8 mark. While Ryan Bader does rank as the slight favourite to score the win this weekend, I think Ovince Sait Preux will prove a very tricky opponent and I can definitely see this one going all the way. Ryan Bader got his UFC break as a contestant on season 8 of the The Ultimate Fighter, where he ultimately won a contract with the company. Ultimate Fighting Championship didn’t become a part of the Ultimate Fighting Championship roster until 2013 when the company he was working for, Strikeforce, was shut down. 

The Ultimate Fighting Championship is the number one mixed martial arts organisation in the world and since being founded in November 1993, has put on over 250 MMA events. UFC can now be seen in over 150 countries and now the company even has its own offices in the United Kingdom with the vision now to expand the business throughout Europe. With the introduction of female fighters in 2012, the UFC now truly has mass appeal and looks set to continue to thrive in the coming years. There are currently eight different weight classes in UFC, ranging from 8st 13lbs, right the way up to 18st 13lbs. Fighters must wear approved shorts when taking part in a bout, but shoes and shirts are not permitted to be worn.

There are a number of fighter who have been priced up at odds of 1/3 by Betfair to be victorious in Bangor this Saturday evening, and the first of those to do battle is female brawler Sarah McMann as she faces off against Lauren Murphy. Murphy is thus far unbeaten during her eight professional MMA bouts but she still ranks as the underdog here, available at the 9/4 mark at betfair.com. Some punters will definitely consider those odds value and be backing the bantamweight too maintain her undefeated streak. Sarah McMann was beaten in February of this year by Ronda Rousey and will obviously be keen to get straight back to winning ways. The loss to Rousey was the first of her pro career but she had looked to be going all the way to the top until that point. 

This weekend’s UFC Fight Night looks set to be a cracking evening of entertainment and you can enhance your enjoyment by having a wager on any of the bouts on the card. Simply visit betfair.com to get all the latest odds on this MMA event.

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