David Mannion takes a look at this past weekend’s UFC results, notable wins and next week’s odds.
<h2><strong>Post-Fight Analysis / Recap</strong></h2><p>Oh how I love a UFC event in Europe, they always seem to deliver us with some great martial arts action including this past weekend’s event in Prague as we watched Thiago Santos continue his winning streak in devastating fashion beating Blachowicz via TKO. Round one both fighters were exchanging well, continuously staying level with each other’s significant strikes tally. Well that didn’t last long entering the second round, as we saw Blachowicz come at Thiago with a flurry of strikes leaving his chin wide open for Santos to land a beautiful counter punch on the back foot to then putting Jans lights out whilst he was rocked on the canvas.</p><p>What’s next for Thiago Santos? Considering he beat current number 1 contender ‘Anthony ‘Lionheart’ Smith in the middleweight division, a successful night for Anthony would surely give Thiago the perfect claim for title contention, even still... No matter who wins next week’s title fight I think Thiago can argue his case either way and see himself as the next number 1 contender for the light heavyweight championship of the world.</p><p>In last week’s <a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tips/more-sports/fighting-recap-ngannou-vs-velasquez-results-and-week-preview/89444/">UFC recap</a> I mentioned Santos odds at <strong>1.73 with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18" target="_blank">Bet365</a> </strong>might suffer at the hands of public betting but I was wrong. They didn’t move much at all going up and down throughout the week finally closing at <strong>1.80 with Bet365</strong>.</p><h2><strong><u>Thiago Santos def. Jan Blachowicz via second-round TKO</u></strong></h2><p>Stefan Struve proved the doubters wrong one last time in Prague when locking up a beautiful second round arm triangle which also gave him a performance winning bonus. “One last time you say?” sadly, yes. Struve gave an emotional speech after his victory and decided to leave the gloves inside the octagon on a high note.</p><p>If you took my advice in this week’s <a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tips/more-sports/the-dogs-and-their-odds/89453/" target="_blank">‘Dogs and their odds’</a> article I suggested taking Struve at <strong>2.32 – 38/25 with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=b2e07733-b156-44ba-bdcb-83e67b8f8c27" target="_blank" title="Best UFC Odds">SportingBet</a></strong> was a nice opportunity to cash given de Limas history of submission losses against such a skilled BJJ technician Struve has proven to be throughout his career. Well done to anybody who cashed on Stefan Struve for the last time ever. Already a solid statue in the history books, I wish Stefan all the best in his future endeavours.</p><h2><strong><u>Stefan Struve defeats Marcos de Lima via second round submission</u></strong></h2><p>Both ‘<a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tips/more-sports/fighting-recap-ngannou-vs-velasquez-results-and-week-preview/89444/" target="_blank">UFC recap’</a> and my ‘<a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tips/more-sports/the-dogs-and-their-odds/89453/" target="_blank">Dogs and their odds’</a> articles from this past week mentioned Damir Hadzovic and how he was mispriced. So when Damir came out and dominated Marco for two rounds which finally ended in a ground and pound TKO stoppage I was not surprised.</p><p>I leaned Damir on two occasions and also made him one of my personal bets for my paid subscribers over at tipstersclub.com which I can now see was a good move on my behalf. I did think Marco would of put up more of a fight but Damir was pretty dominant from the outset. It will be interesting to see who the UFC match up Damir with next and I’ll be eager to see how the bookies handle his odds this time round.</p><p>Congrats to the early backers who got an overly generous price on Hadzovic at <strong>2.30 with Bet365</strong>.</p><p><strong><em><u>Damir Hadzovic defeats Marco Polo Reyes by Second Round TKO</u></em></strong></p><h2><span style="font-size:17.4px"><b>Other Main Card Results</b></span></h2><p><span style="font-size:17.4px">Michal Oleksiejczuk defeated Gian Villante via KO – Round 1, 1:34</span><br />Liz Carmouche defeated Lucie Pudilova via unanimous decision<br />Petr Yan defeated John Dodson via unanimous decision<br />Magomed Ankalaev defeated Klidson Abreu via unanimous decision</p><h2><strong>Preliminary Card</strong></h2><p><br />Dwight Grant defeated Carlo Pedersoli Jr. via TKO – Round 1</p><p>Chris Fishgold vs. Daniel Teymur via submission, Round 2<br />Gillian Robertson defeated Veronica Macedo via submission, Round 2<br />Ismail Naurdiev defeated Michel Prazeres via unanimous decision<br />Diego Ferreira defeated Rustam Khabilov via unanimous decision<br />Damir Ismagulov defeated Joel Alvarez via unanimous decision</p><p><em>(All opening and closing odds for this event are available </em><a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/fighting/?dt=20190223"><em>HERE</em></a><em>.)</em></p><h2><strong>A Quick Look into Next Week’s Odds That Stand Out</strong></h2><p> </p><p><strong>Diego Sanchez (3.75 – 11/4 @ </strong><a href="http://www.bet365.com/"><strong>Bet365</strong></a><strong>) vs Micky Gall (1.28 – 7/25 @ Bet365)</strong></p><p>Diego has certainly been through the trenches with some of the UFC’s elite but I can still see him having enough in the longevity tank here to handle a very green prospect in Micky Gall. Gall has only ever won by submission and Diego through a 39 fight professional career and has never been submitted. I’m not usually one for following trends amongst the sports betting world but this right here is a trend I can’t ignore and one that will continue for ‘The Nightmare’ Diego Sanchez.</p><p><strong>Ben Askrem (1.36 – 9/25 @ </strong><a href="http://www.bet365.com/"><strong>Bet365</strong></a><strong>) vs Robbie Lawler (3.25 – 9/4 @ </strong><a href="http://www.bet365.com/"><strong>Bet365</strong></a><strong>)</strong></p><p>The long awaited and overdue debut of former wrestling and ONE FC world champion Ben Askrem takes place this weekend in Vegas. Although never a competitor in the UFC, Ben has impressed MMA critics with his wrestling repertoire keeping an undefeated record at 18-0.</p><p>Most of Bens toughest competition came within the Bellator organization which gave viewers a lot of gritty wrestling decision wins by Ben. This will be Bens toughest competition of his life, despite Robbie Lawler not being in his prime, I still think he has the wrestling defence to give Askrem some problems he’s never had to face before, not only that… but I believe Robbie is the more respected and well-seasoned striker in this matchup.</p><p>I would put Ben Askrem as the favourite but not by a margin this high, and with Robbie packing some power in those fist’s I see some huge value in this line.</p><p>For the rest of next week’s odds and opening lines please visit our odds checker section of the website <a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/fighting/">https://www.oddsmarket.com/fighting/</a></p>