2014 UFC 173 Free Picks & Predictions for Barao vs. Dillashaw Print
Written by Drew Sharper   
Saturday, 24 May 2014 15:00

UFC 173 Free Picks

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LAS VEGAS, NV (The Spread) – UFC 173 will go down tonight, with the UFC Bantamweight Championship on the line. Here are some fighters to consider for tonight.

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UFC 173 will take place from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada with the main card bouts airing live on PPV at 10PM ET. All odds are according to oddsmakers at BetDSI.

UFC BANTAMWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP BOUT - Renan Barao (32-1) vs. T.J. Dillashaw (9-2)

The odds for this bout are quite lopsided and it is understandable why. Barao has been unbeaten for nearly a decade and Dillashaw is a bit of a surprise challenger, not really defining himself as a clear No. 1 contender. Barao can win anywhere, while Dillashaw will likely have to out-wrestle Barao to win, which I don’t see happening. UFC 173 FREE PICK – Renan Barao -800

UFC LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT BOUTDan Henderson (30-11) vs. Daniel Cormier (14-0)

The odds for this fight are the same as the main event, with Cormier the clear favorite. However, Henderson has a fighting chance due to his big right hand. He has knocked out many men bigger than him with that punch, and he only needs to land one to finish Cormier. I expect Cormier to win this fight. He has the conditioning, the smarts and the skills to handle Henderson, but the odds are not too attractive. If you are looking for a big cash in, you may want to consider Henderson and hope for the lucky punch. UFC 173 FREE PICK – Daniel Cormier -800

UFC WELTERWEIGHT BOUTRobbie Lawler (22-10) vs. Jake Ellenberger (29-7)

Lawler is the favorite in this one, as he has looked great since returning to the UFC, but I like the upset in this one. He is coming off a loss last July to Rory MacDonald and is in desperate need of a win to stay in contention for the title. He is a strong wrestler with quickness and powerful hands. Lawler relies on his punching to win and has some good takedown defense, but I expect Ellenberger to push an incredible pace that will tire Lawler out. Look for Ellenberger to have his best performance to date and score a big victory. UFC 173 FREE PICK – Jake Ellenberger +180

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