2013 UFC 157 Free Picks & Predictions for Rousey vs. Carmouche Print
Written by Drew Sharper   
Saturday, 23 February 2013 16:00

UFC 157 Free Picks

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LAS VEGAS, NV (The Spread) – UFC 157 takes place on Saturday night, featuring an anticipated championship bout. Here are some picks to consider for this card.

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UFC 157 will take place from the Honda Center in Anaheim, California with the main card bouts airing live on PPV at 10PM ET. All odds are according to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv.

UFC WOMEN’S BANTAMWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP BOUT - Ronda Rousey (6-0) vs. Liz Carmouche (8-2)

This bout doesn’t have much betting appeal. Rousey is the clear favorite for a reason. She is unbeaten with six wins coming in under a minute. However, her money line is -1100, which means low reward for high risk. In order to receive much of a payout, you have to put up a lot of money. Anything can happen in a fight. Carmouche probably makes more sense to bet on, since she has low risk for high-reward potential. Still, I am picking who I think will win, and that is Rousey by another quick submission. UFC 157 FREE PICK – RONDA ROUSEY -1100

UFC LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT BOUT - Lyoto Machida (18-3) vs. Dan Henderson (29-8).

This fight should be competitive, and since it is just three rounds, both fighters should bring their best right from the start. Machida is a patient fighter that likes to react to his opponent while Henderson is an outstanding wrestler and powerful puncher. Henderson also likes to counter with his striking, but Machida will force him to act first. Because of that, I see Machida getting the best of him. I think Henderson will be taken out of his game, which will allow Machida to hit some big strikes and takedowns. Look for Machida to win by decision. UFC 157 FREE PICK – LYOTO MACHIDA -225

UFC WELTERWEIGHT BOUT – Josh Koscheck (17-6) vs. Robbie Lawler (19-9)

This fight has a lot of explosive potential. Both men pack big power in their hands, but Koscheck is the better grappler. Koscheck can easily win this fight if he checks his ego at the door and goes with his wrestling. However, he doesn’t always fight a smart fight. Lawler will be relying exclusively on his punching to win this fight. But, he needs just one punch to land to end the fight. Koscheck has been knocked out by lesser fighters, and I think Lawler catches him in the later rounds to win in an upset. UFC 157 FREE PICK – ROBBIE LAWLER +350

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