UFC Betting – Young Stars Will Be Asked To Play Bigger Role In UFC

by Dirty on June 20, 2012

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With the injuries that have played a role in the UFC scrambling to book changes for a long list of online betting events over the past year, a lack of depth within the promotion at the top of the MMA ladder has been exposed, leaving hardcore online betting fans upset and wanting more. Brock Lesnar retired following a loss to Alistair Overeem, who is now suspended for nine months following a failed drug test in March, and with Georges St. Pierre, Minotuaro Nogueira, and Michael Bisping all on the list of big names out with injuries, the UFC will have to look to its young talent to fill the gaps. UFC 147 will feature a pair of veteran fighters in the main event with Rich Franklin stepping in for an injured Vitor Belfort to take on Wanderlei Silva, and there has been a lot made about Tito Ortiz’s final fight against Forrest Griffin, but the bottom line for the UFC is that continued success will rely on the next generation of stars stepping up, with UFC Light Heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones leading the way.

 

At just 24-years old, Jones is the youngest UFC titleholder in history, and the thought that he still hasn’t reached the prime of his career is a scary one. Jones has looked absolutely dominant in the octagon, among the rarest blends of pure size and physical ability as well as extreme dedication to his craft. The only loss to his name is a DQ for illegal elbows, and he has won six-straight fights since 2010, including three consecutive successful title defenses against Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Lyota Machida, and his one-time mentor and former champion Rashad Evans. With four fights scheduled in a span of 12 months, the workload has been heavy for Jones, and while he has been able to handle it so far, there is no reason for all of the sports betting pressure to be on him to carry the load.

 

The current UFC Featherweight champion Jose Also is 25-years old, and hasn’t lost a fight in six betting years now, but it isn’t just about the champions since the UFC needs challengers to push them and provide entertaining main events. Rory MacDonald is the 22-year old Canadian that could be next in line to challenge for a title, with his upcoming bout against BJ Penn a major test of his abilities. MacDonald has trained out of the TriStar Gym in Montreal with St. Pierre, and with three-straight wins under his belt, many consider him one of the next big things in the UFC. Another fighter with big expectations is Stefan Struve, who at 24-years old already has eight victories in the UFC octagon. At nearly seven-feet tall, and with a ridiculous 84.5-inch reach, Struve has the potential to gain the same type of edge as Jones in terms of his incredible pure physical advantage in addition to his skill. With the UFC enduring a period of transition marred by injuries, young fighters like MacDonald, Struve, Renan Barao, Alexander Gustafsson, and Demetrious Johnson will be asked to carry a bigger load and continue to give the fans reason to tune in every sportsbook event.

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