March melee: Four best MMA bouts to bet this month

Mar 13, 2013 |
March melee: Four best MMA bouts to bet this month
Nick Diaz is a +350 underdog in his return to action versus GSP.
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Nick Diaz is a +350 underdog in his return to action versus GSP.
Photo By - USA Today Sports
There are some absolutely fantastic fights that are scheduled to take place in March 2013, and as always MMAOddsbreaker has got you covered.

Here are four fights from all over the world of mixed martial arts that bettors should be excited for in March.

UFC 158: Georges St-Pierre (-450) vs. Nick Diaz (+350) - March 16

The main event of UFC 158 pits UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre against arch-rival Nick Diaz in a fight that will finally end their feud once and for all.

St-Pierre (23-2) is one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world and is currently riding a 10-fight win streak. He is an incredible wrestler, a talented striker, and has a black belt in BJJ to help him out on the ground. Most people believe that he should steam roll Diaz in this fight, but can Diaz shock the world?

Diaz (26-8, 1 NC) hasn’t fought in a year since a controversial decision loss to Carlos Condit at UFC 143, as he was later suspended after testing positive for marijuana metabolites. Still, St-Pierre asked specifically to fight Diaz and he got his wish. “The Stockton Badboy” will fight GSP in his hometown of Montreal in what is by far the biggest fight of his career.

UFC 158: Johny Hendricks (-135) vs. Carlos Condit (+115) - March 16

The co-main event of UFC 158 is a tremendous welterweight matchup between top contenders Johny Hendricks and Carlos Condit, with the winner likely earning a title shot.

Hendricks (14-1) has been nothing short of phenomenal in the Octagon, going 9-1 in the UFC with KO wins over Martin Kampmann, Jon Fitch and T.J. Waldburger and decisions over Josh Koscheck, T.J. Grant and Mike Pierce, among others.

Condit (28-6) got his shot at St-Pierre at UFC 154, but lost a hard-fought unanimous decision in a fight many considered to be “Fight of the Year” in MMA in 2012. “The Natural Born Killer” is one of the best strikers in MMA and has wins in the UFC over Kampmann, Nick Diaz, Dong Hyun Kim, Rory MacDonald and Dan Hardy.

Bellator 93: Dave Jansen vs. Marcin Held - March 21

Bellator 93 is headlined by Season 7's lightweight tournament final, as Dave Jansen will take on Marcin Held with the winner getting a title shot at Bellator World Lightweight Champion Michael Chandler. This fight has been scheduled before but was postponed, so knock on wood that doesn’t happen this time.

Jansen (18-2), a WEC veteran, has been very impressive in Bellator so far, going 5-0 and defeating Ricardo Tirloni and Magomed Saadulaev to reach the lightweight finals. The Sports Lab representative is a former NCAA Div-I wrestler and that skill has translated well to MMA as he’s able to dictate where his fights take place.

Held (15-2) is a submission specialist who is a heel hook master, finishing veteran Rich Clementi with one to advance to the finals. Held has already fought Chandler once, losing via submission after coming close to locking in a kneebar of his own. The 21 year old has improved a lot and a rematch would be interesting.

When they were previously scheduled to fight at Bellator 84, Jansen opened at -165 and Held was +135, but the line moved closer towards fight time.

WSOF 2: Anthony “Rumble” Johnson vs. Andrei Arlovski - March 23

WSOF has an absolutely tremendous main event for their second event, as former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski (19-9, 1 NC) will take on Anthony “Rumble” Johnson (14-4) in a heavyweight bout.

Both men are currently riding win streaks, with “Rumble” going a perfect 4-0 since being cut by the UFC last year and Arlovski going 4-0 with one no-contest since being cut by Strikeforce two years ago. With that in mind, it’s fair to say that the winner of this matchup will be under serious consideration to be re-signed by the UFC.

The odds for this fight haven’t come out yet but expect it to be close to a pick.

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