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Gambling Addiction Enabler: WEC 42

(Nice t-shirt, Miguel. See? There are distinct advantages to being small enough to shop in the kids’ section at Wal-Mart.)

It may have slipped your mind with all the UFC 101 hype and Fedor/M-1/Strikeforce trash talk this week, but there’s also a WEC event this weekend.  I know, right?  We totally almost forgot, too.  But as long as we’re talking about it we might as well take a look at the betting lines, courtesy of

Miguel Torres (-300) vs. Brian Bowles (+285)
Takeya Mizugaki (-185) vs. Jeff Curran (+160)
Joseph Benavidez (-250) vs. Dominic Cruz (+210)
Leonard Garcia (-400) vs. Jameel Massough (+375)
Ricardo Lamas (-170) vs. Danny Castillo (+160)
Marcus Hicks (-115) vs. Shane Roller (-115)
Ed Ratcliff (-300) vs. Phil Cardella (+300)
Fredson Paxiao (-165) vs. Cole Province (+140)
Diego Nunes (-360) vs. Rafael Dias (+300)
Rani Yahya (-700) vs. John Hosman (+550)
LC Davis (even) vs. Javier Vasquez (-115)

The breakdown…

- There’s chatter around the MMA water cooler that Bowles might be the guy to put an end to Torres’ reign of terror.  That, my friends, is what is known as crazy talk.  Bowles only has seven pro fights, has never faced anyone as tough as Torres, and he isn’t about to waltz in there and beat one of the most consistent performers in MMA unless he has an answer for the magic mullet.  He doesn’t, so forget about him as an underdog bet.

- A more reasonable underdog choice is Dominic Cruz over Joseph Benavidez.  I know, Benavidez is Urijah Faber’s boy and his wrestling is ridiculous.  But he’s still a little bit too much of a one-trick pony and he’s giving up several inches in height to a better stand-up fighter who knows all he has to do is thwart the takedown.  That’s why I’m taking Cruz.

- Absolutely Don’t Bet Against: Leonard Garcia.  He may not be championship material, at least at the moment, but he’s more than good enough to put Jameel Massough to sleep.

- Official Cage Potato Parlay: Torres + Garcia + Yahya + Davis.  Sounds like one seriously fucked up folk rock band when you say it out loud, but looks like easy money on paper, son.


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danomite- August 9, 2009 at 8:32 pm
Crazy talk, huh? The two dollars and thirty cents I just won says otherwise.
Payday- August 7, 2009 at 5:36 am
That t-shirt is tight!
Casa de los pantelones- August 6, 2009 at 8:01 pm
Nobody can rock the "dirty sanchez" quite like miguel!
LAS- August 6, 2009 at 7:26 pm
Rani Yahya is way too one-dimensional to be favored at -700 over anyone who actually has WEC level talent. Chase Beebe beat that dude like a redheaded stepchild for 5 rounds.
Meohfumado- August 6, 2009 at 4:52 pm
No...I was joking....although it may not be so far off from the truth.
Clyde- August 6, 2009 at 4:51 pm
@ Meohfumado: Did frank actually say that? I can't tell if you're taking the piss because from his comentary during the Mizugaki fight, it doesn't sound far off.
RJeezy- August 6, 2009 at 3:56 pm
Chicago Parlay: Curran + Lamas + Hosman
Iron Fist- August 6, 2009 at 3:36 pm
Miguel rocking the old school Stormshadow t. I guess he is a nerd. Nice.
omunto- August 6, 2009 at 3:25 pm
Man I'm almost tempted to put $10 down on Hosman even though Yahya is my Jiu Jitsu trainer. Wonder if I can talk him into throwing the fight!
mikerip- August 6, 2009 at 3:23 pm
I don't know if I've ever seen someone favorited like Rani Yahya (-700). No idea who that guy is he's fighting. If he's got decent standup he might be a good underdog bet. Looks like all Hosman's wins come from subs though--and I really doubt he'll sub Yahya.
clutchy hopkins- August 6, 2009 at 3:15 pm
stoked for this card. good weekend lots of shit happenin in my town weeeeo
Meohfumado- August 6, 2009 at 2:46 pm
"I got Torres winning 50-40."
--Frank Mir