UFC Fight Night 135 Betting Preview: Gaethje vs. Vick
Posted by: Mike Davis
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.
Preliminaries & UFC Fight Night 135 Betting Odds
Early Prelims & UFC Fight Night 135 Betting Odds