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UFC Fight Night 135 Betting Preview: Gaethje vs. Vick

Posted by: Mike Davis
UFC Fight Night 135 Betting

After watching TJ Dillashaw dominate Cody Garbrandt at UFC 227, UFC betting online fans had to undergo a brief hiatus. But with this weekend’s UFC Fight Night 135 betting looming overhead, it’s obvious that hiatus is over. Not only that, it’s looking like this weekend’s headlining fight between Justin Gaethje and James Vick will be one for the record books. Let’s mulch over some pertinent phone betting information before taking a look at the odds.

UFC Fight Night 135: Gaethje vs. Vick – Saturday, August 25th  

When: Main Card: 10 pm ET || Prelims: 8 pm ET || Early Prelims: 6:30 pm ET

Where: Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln, Nebraska

TV: Main Card: FS1 || Prelims: FS2 || Early Prelims: UFC Fight Pass

Stream: Fox Sports Go, UFC TV

While Justin Gaethje had an opportunity to come into the UFC and rise up the lightweight ladder, a string of high profile losses have now paired Gaethje against James Vick. Vick isn’t as well known as the other fighters that Gaethje has faced so far. But considering that Gaethje has won just one fight since coming into the UFC, it’s easy to see why he’s being paired against some weaker opposition. But given his recent track record, can Gaethje afford to take Vick lightly?

Considering that Vick enters this weekend’s action boasting a 13-1 professional MMA record, it’s clear Gaethje cannot afford to do so. Vick joined the UFC back in 2013 but despite winning fight after fight, the American has had a hard time making a name for himself. His only career loss came against Beneil Dariush at UFC 199. There Dariush knocked out Vick in the first round. However, since that loss, Vick is undefeated through 4 important fights. This weekend’s pairing gives him an opportunity to burst onto the scene by defeating a more recognizable name.

Main Card & UFC Fight Night 135 Betting Odds

Gaethje comes into this weekend’s action sporting an 18-2 professional record. Interestingly enough, Gaethje was actually undefeated before stepping into the UFC. Afterwards, he quickly added two losses to his record. However, his first ever fight in the UFC was a TKO win over Michael Johnson. This helped him land a fight against Eddie Alvarez for what Alvarez claimed was a bout to determine the baddest man in the UFC. Well Alvarez won the fight with a brutal knee that knocked Gaethje out and brought him much closer to retirement. Subsequently, we saw Gaethje get knocked out once again by Dustin Poirier at UFC on Fox: Poirier vs. Gaethje.

The reason Gaethje was so dominant before joining the UFC was because he wasn’t facing the best fighters in the world. Gaethje is a tremendous brawler, but his technique isn’t that sharp. This gives more technical opponents  an edge as they just have to play it safe and pick Gaethje off. We could see Vick do this very thing this sports betting weekend.

Fighter Odds Fighter Odds
Justin Gaethje 2½ (+115) +120 James Vick 2½ (-135) -140
Michael Johnson 2½ (+155) EV Andre Fili 2½ (-175) -120
Cortney Casey 2½ (-550) +110 Angela Hill 2½ (+425) -130
Jake Ellenberger 1½ (-110) +335 Bryan Barberena 1½ (-110) -420
John Moraga 2½ (-260) +135 Deiveson Figueiredo 2½ (+220) -155
Eryk Anders 1½ (-150) -1135 Tim Williams 1½ (+130) +725
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Preliminaries & UFC Fight Night 135 Betting Odds

Fighter Odds Fighter Odds
James Krause 2½ (-120) +285 Warlley Alves 2½ (EV) -345
Cory Sandhagen 2½ (-120) -220 Iuri Alcantara 2½ (EV) +180
Andrew Sanchez 2½ (-185) -115 Markus Perez 2½ (+160) -105
Mickey Gall 1½ (-110) -335 George Sullivan 1½ (-110) +275
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Early Prelims & UFC Fight Night 135 Betting Odds

Fighter Odds Fighter Odds
Joanne Calderwood 2½ (+375) -170 Kalindra Faria 2½ (-470) +150
Drew Dober 2½ (+195) -210 Jon Tuck 2½ (-235) +175
Rani Yahya 2½ (-120) -125 LukeSanders 2½ (EV) +105
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