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UFC 179 Free Picks

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RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (The Spread) – UFC 179 will take place on Saturday night in South America with a UFC title on the line. Here are some picks to consider for this event.

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UFC 179 will take place from Maracanazinho Gymnasium in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil with the main card bouts airing live on PPV at 10PM ET. All odds are according to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv.

UFC FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP BOUT - Jose Aldo (24-1) vs. Chad Mendes (16-1)

This is a rematch of a bout from a few years ago in which Aldo earned a first-round KO. I don’t see the fight ending that quickly, but I do see the same winner. Mendes has improved his striking a great deal, but it is still not as good as Aldo’s. If Mendes wants to win, he needs to use his wrestling, but Aldo will have an answer for that with his leg kicks. Look for Aldo to ultimately break down Mendes and earn a TKO finish in the third. UFC 179 FREE PICK – Jose Aldo -210

UFC LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT BOUTPhil Davis (12-2) vs. Glover Teixeira (22-3)

Both men need a win in this fight, but the key will be Davis’ athleticism. Teixeira is a great striker, but Davis has been able to neutralize strikers with his grappling ability and elusiveness. Look for Davis to avoid Glover’s big strikes and earn takedowns during each round to pick up a decision victory in enemy territory. UFC 179 FREE PICK – Phil Davis +260

UFC LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT BOUTFabio Maldonado (21-7) vs. Hans Stringer (22-5-3)

This should be a bit of a slugfest, as Maldonado has proven the ability to take a lot of punishment and find a way to win. Stringer hasn’t been in a high-profile fight like this yet in the UFC, and that should lead to some nerves and second guessing. Look for Maldonado to be aggressive and pick up a TKO finish. UFC 179 FREE PICK – Fabio Maldonado -125

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