|Wanderlei Silva vs. Chris Leben UFC 132 Preview & Free Pick|
|Written by Drew Sharper|
|Saturday, 02 July 2011 14:00|
Silva vs. Leben Free Pick
According to oddsmakers from online sportsbook Bodog Silva is the favorite in this matchup with odds of -180 while Leben has odds of +150. UFC 132 takes place from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, and airs live on PPV, starting at 9PM ET.
WHY PICK SILVA
Silva (33-10-1) is one of the all-time legends of MMA as he has some of the best knockouts in the history of the sport. He is a great striker with powerful punches, knees, and kicks. Silva is not afraid of any opponent and he will attempt to stalk them until he can get them into a slugfest, where he believes he will win. His opponent, Leben, has struggled at times with stamina and has been beaten recently by solid technical strikers.
WHY PICK LEBEN
Leben (25-7) is a fighter with a lot of heart that has snatched victory out of the jaws of defeat on more than one occasion. He seems to do better in the underdog role, as he isn’t afraid to really leave it all in the cage. Leben has big power in his hands and does have some respectable submission skills. Leben has one-punch KO power, which will come in handy against Silva, who has been suspect to knockouts in his recent career.
WHO TO PICK?
This fight is a toss up and is will likely come down to which fighter lands the big punch first. There should be some explosive exchanges, but my pick for the fight goes with Silva. He tends to show a little more poise while Leben will swing wildly and leave himself open. Look for Silva to land the big punch in the second round, which will lead to a TKO finish.
UFC 132 FREE PICK: WANDERLEI SILVA -180