Machida vs. Rockhold Free Pick

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NEWARK, NJ (The Spread) – Will Luke Rockhold be able to get past Lyoto Machida and establish himself as the No. 1 contender in the middleweight division at UFC on FOX tonight? Get our free pick here.

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Rockhold (13-2) and Machida (22-5) are two of the best in the 185-pound division in the UFC. Rockhold is a former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion and is riding a three-fight win streak in the octagon. Machida is a former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, but he is coming off a loss to middleweight champ, Chris Weidman, a year ago. He has since won in his last fight, but needs to string together a series of wins to get in the title hunt.

The latest odds according to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv have Rockhold as the favorite in this fight, as he is getting odds of -170 to win, while Machida has been given a money line of +140 to prevail. These two will meet in the main event of UFC on FOX tonight. These two will meet from the Prudential Center and air live on FOX at 8PM ET.

This should be a great fight between two dynamic strikers that are able to cover a lot of ground with their punches and kicks. The key to this fight could be activity. Machida is a passive fighter that relies on counter striking to win. That has hurt him in the past, as he hasn’t been as active as his opponents. Rockhold is a little more aggressive and likely will have a wrestling edge over Machida, so he could steal rounds with a late takedown. Ultimately, look for Rockhold to get the win due to his activity.

UFC ON FOX FREE PICK: Luke Rockhold -170

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