MMA betting fans aren’t quite sure how the UFC will be able to follow up their breathtaking card at UFC 205, but making their second trip to Northern Ireland in 11 years is one way to do it. This upcoming weekend the UFC will be heading to Belfast for the second time ever to hold UFC Fight Night 99. The UFC is on a mission to increase viewership across the globe and visiting the home country of their biggest star is certainly bound to have results. UFC Fight Night 99 won’t have the same raw star power that 205 did but it will still have plenty of hard-blows, high-kicks, and fighting action for fans to tune into. Let’s take a look at the scheduled card as well as the UFC betting odds each fighter is facing.
MMA Odds – UFC Fight Night 99 – Saturday, November 19th
Gegard Mousasi 2½ (EV) -600
Uriah Hall 2½ (-120) +450
Ross Pearson 2½ (+175) -120
Stevie Ray 2½ (-210) EV
Timothy Johnson 1½ (+155) -130
Alexander Volkov 1½ (-175) +110
Artem Lobov 1½ (-155) +230
Teruto Ishihara 1½ (+135) -270
As is all too common in the UFC, this is not the fight card that the promotional company had promised fans. But as Dana White often says, all he can do is arrange the fights, it’s up to the fighters to show up and earn their pay. Unfortunately for MMA betting fans, Gunnar Nelson was not interested in showing up. The bout between Dong Hyun Kim and Gunnar Nelson was supposed to be the headlining match, but on October 21st, Nelson announced that he had sustained an injury and was forced to pull out. This type of behavior is the reason that White always speaks so well about Conor McGregor. McGregor never pulls out of fights, always shows up, will take any fight on a whim’s notice, and is more active than any other fighter in the UFC. But once Nelson pulled, the only thing left to do is prepare to watch another fight.
Instead of the scheduled bout, fans will now get a chance to watch former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion Gegard Mousasi duke it out with Uriah Hall. This fight will be a rematch of their September 2015 contest at UFC Fight Night 75. Hall ended up coming away with that fight via second round TKO in what was generally considered a huge upset. The MMA betting odds are once again painting Hall as the heavy underdog and it will be interesting to see if Mousasi can avenge his loss from last year. Mousasi has had a year to tune up his skills, but will it be enough to avenge the fighter who beat him so defiantly?