UFC Betting: Taking A Look At The Best Bets For UFC 190 Main Card

The Ultimate Fighting Championship makes its return to Brazil and the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro for the UFC 190 event to begin the month of August with an absolutely stacked main card headlined by UFC Women’s Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey defending her title against Bethe Correia. The main event is the feature fight of an absolute stacked card that features former, current and potentially future champions and there is no doubt there is some money to be made by those watching the fights. Here is a quick breakdown of the main card for UFC 190 as well as the best bets for every bout.

UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship Bout
(11-0-0) Ronda Rousey vs. Bethe Correia (9-0-0)

The 32-year-old Correia is a native-Brazilian and will undoubtedly be a crowd favorite when she steps in to the Octagon looking to extend her undefeated MMA record to 10 straight victories but she will be taking on a very different animal than she has ever faced before in Rousey and anybody that has taken a glance at the Las Vegas lines for this fight understands how lopsided they expect it to be. Rousey is listed as a -1500 favorite in a tilt they don’t even think will be close not because Correia isn’t a talented fighter but because Rousey is so incredibly dominant. The toughest test for the UFC moving forward will be finding an opponent that is actually capable of giving Rousey a substantial test and while Correia fits the bill nicely as a hometown favorite she will have a tough time getting out of the first round.

UFC Betting Pick: Ronda Rousey -1500

Light Heavyweight Bout
(22-10-0) Mauricio Rua vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (21-6-0)

Shogun Rua and Minotouro Nogueira are no longer the legitimate title contenders they once were but they are both native Brazilians with an incredible pedigree looking to give the hometown fans something to cheer for at UFC 190. Shogun is coming off consecutive TKO losses to Dan Henderson and Ovince Saint Preux and as the loser of four of his last five bouts he is clearly not the same fighter he was earlier in his career. The 39-year-old Nogueira is coming off a knockout loss to Anthony Johnson in which he lasted just 44 seconds so don’t be surprised if this bout ends via knockout with Shogun getting the nod here based on age and the fact that he should have the slight edge over Nogueira inside the Octagon at this point in their careers.

Pick: Maurico Rua

Lightweight Bout
(15-2-0) Fernando Bruno vs. Giaico Franca Moreira (12-3-0)

After such a long delay the fans in Brazil will be happy to see The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 4 finally come to an end with a pair of tilts to determine the winners for the lightweight and bantamweight divisions. Bruno has undoubtedly held his own as a smart, submission fighter but we have this bout going to Moreira via decision.

Pick: Giaico Franca Moreira

Bantamweight Bout
(15-2-0) Dileo Lopes vs. Reginaldo Vieira (12-3-0)

Two rising stars in the UFC bantamweight division will clash in a bout that will have major implications as the finals for The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 4. Vieira might be the more well-rounded fighter because of his submission skills but Lopes packs some incredible power and speed so look for him to find a way to win this fight with a good chance we see another knockout victory.

Pick: Dileo Lopez

Heavyweight Bout
(34-9-1) Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Stefan Struve (25-7-0)

Even before the TUF: Brazil 4 finales get underway there will be some intriguing heavyweight action as four absolute monsters throw down in a pair of bouts. There is no doubt Big Nog will be the hometown favorite in this bout but he is now 39-years-old so we will side with the more desperate Struve as he attempts to bounce back from consecutive knockout losses to Mark Hunt and Alistair Overeeem to get his career back on track.

Pick: Stefan Struve

Heavyweight Bout
(18-7-1) Antonio Silva vs. Soa Palelei (22-4-0)

Palelei bounced back from a loss to Jared Rosholt by knocking out Walt Harris with a flurry of punches and now the veteran fighter will try to and showcase his power against Silva in a battle that likely won’t make it out of the first round. Each of Palelei’s last 12 wins have come via knockout and now he gets the opportunity to extend that streak against a fighter in Silva that is 0-3-1 over his last four bouts including three first-round knockout losses to Cain Velasquez, Andrei Arlovski and Frank Mir. Silva is the native Brazilian but he likely won’t last very long in the Octagon with Palelei.

Pick: Soa Paleleli

Women’s Strawweight Bout
(19-4-0) Jessica Aguilar vs. Claudia Gadelha (12-1-0)

The UFC has to be hoping that Aguilar and Gadelha can give them at least a couple of rounds in order to make up for the fact that Rousey is likely to dominate her main event fight. Gadelha is coming off her first-career loss via split decision to Joanna Jedrzejczyk so look for her to bounce back with a win in her native Brazil against a talented opponent in Aguilar that could very well push this fight the distance.

Pick: Claudia Gadelha