UFC 125 Picks & Predictions: Silva vs. Vera Print
Written by Drew Sharper   
Saturday, 01 January 2011 12:30
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Vera vs. Silva Pick

2011 UFC 125 Picks Thiago Silva Brandon Vera

LAS VEGAS, NV (TheSpread) – One of the featured bouts of UFC 125 on Saturday is a light heavyweight throw down between Thiago Silva and Brandon Vera. Here is a breakdown of my pick for this fight.

UFC 125 takes place from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada and will air live on Pay-Per-View at 10PM ET. Silva enters the fight as the favorite according to oddsmakers from online sportsbook Sportsbook.com as he has betting odds of -145 while Vera comes into the fight with odds of +115.

Thiago Silva (14-2)

Silva is a ruthless attacker that will stalk his opponents at every moment of the fight. He possess good power in his hands and is skilled with his grappling and submissions, but he is also not elite at any one area. His two losses in his career come against two former champions in Rashad Evans and Lyoto Machida, but he was competitive with both men. With Vera not being a strong wrestler, Silva should be in good shape for this bout.

Brandon Vera (11-5)

Vera has lost his last two bouts and in danger of being cut by the UFC with another loss, so his motivation to win shouldn’t be lacking. Vera is a good Muay Thai striker that uses kicks and elbows to win fights. He has a thin frame, which doesn’t bode well against grapplers and his boxing is lacking. In his most recent losses, Vera has been overwhelmed by an aggressive opponent and he is facing a similar opponent on Saturday night.

Who To Pick?

Despite both men having close to even odds, I feel this fight is really Silva’s to lose. He will be the aggressor and should give Vera problems as Vera likes to keep space from his opponents to utilize his kicks. I like a pick Silva as I expect him to smother Vera and earn a decision win. UFC 125 FREE PICK: THIAGO SILVA -145

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