UFC Fight Night 29 Betting Preview: Maia versus Shields
The Ultimate Fighting Championship has continued to put on quality mid-week fight cards in an attempt to grow the sport and broaden its fan base. The ratings might not immediately show it, but the UFC’s commitment to these events is part of the reason why the sport has outgrown and left boxing behind—outside of the two times Floyd Mayweather fights a year, of course. These mid-week cards will pay dividends down the road as the UFC tries to become the “fifth” major American sport. The fight card itself is filled with excellent matchups, a few of which could co-main event an actual pay-per-view card.
The main event between Demian Maia and Jakes Shields is kind of a dream matchup for grappling and jiu-jitsu fans. Shields has struggled quite a bit in his brief UFC tenure, but he is still an A-level grappler that can make things interesting for Maia, who is widely considered the best jiu-jitsu practitioner in the UFC—regardless of weigh class. The other matchups on the card include what should be a high-paced, exciting battle between Erick Silva and Dong Hyun Kim, as well as Thiago Silva vs. Matt Hamil. Here is a quick look at the odds for every fight on the free Wednesday night card.
The main fights
Demian Maia (-285) vs. Jake Shields (+225)
Erick Silva (-240) vs. Dong Hyun Kim (+180)
Thiago Silva (-340) vs. Matt Hamil (+260)
Fabio Maldonado (-155) vs. Joey Beltran (+125)
Mike Pierce (-290) vs. Rousimar Palhares (+230)
TJ Dillashaw (-240) vs. Raphael Assuncao (+180)
Ildemar Alcantara (-300) vs. Igor Araujo (+240)
Yan Cabral (-275) vs. David Mitchell (+215)
Iliarde Santos (-105) vs. Chris Cariaso (-125)
Allan Patrick (-225) vs. Garrett Whiteley (+175)