Below are the UFC betting odds for the Sam Sicilia versus Gavin Tucker bout at UFC Fight Night 105 this Sunday at the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia for the consideration of fans who bet on UFC:
Sam Sicilia – 1½ (-190) +140
Gavin Tucker – 1½ (+165) -160
Sicilia was all the rage in the cage in the Northwestern circuit in the2011, picking up victories at Combat Caged Warriors 4, Lords of the Cage 5 and 7, Caged Combat 4, CageSport 16, Caged Conflict, and Conquest of the Cage 10. But it’s like they say; caged today, octa-gone tomorrow. In the year of our lord 2012 Sicilia was cast in The Ultimate Fighter: Live and made his UFC debut at The Ultimate Fighter 15 Finale on June 1, 2012 in Las Vegas, a winning effort against Cristiano Marcello. Despite that auspicious beginning, Sicilia dropped back-to-back fights in late 2012 and early 2013 following a move to featherweight. The Spokane native has not been able to hit his UFC stride, losing 6 of 11 fights – including straight losses to Doo Ho Choi in November 2016 and Gabriel Benitez in September 2016. Which pretty much brings fans who bet on UFC up to speed on Sicilia. One advantage that he certainly does have over his Sunday night opponent is experience and motivation. Two advantages he has over his opponent. Another loss might just be Sicilia’s third UFC strike – and if so, his MMA dreams will have octa-gone down the drain.
Gavin Tucker will be making his UFC debut as well as his UFC betting debut. This will be the first time that fans who bet on UFC will be able to gamble money on or against Tucker. The native of Newfoundland started his MMA career in 2011 with a unanimous decision win over Ryan Connor at ECC 11: Redemption and remains undefeated in nine fights – four by submission and another four by KO. Tucker originally hails from Ship Cove but moved to Nova Scotia seven years ago to attend St. Francis Xavier University (not affiliated to the Xavier Institute for Higher Learning) as well as join the Titans MMA gym. Tucker is a former Extreme Cage Combat featherweight champion in Atlantic Canada and signed with UFC in late January. Speaking about his first time of the octagon, Tucker is “sure with the lights and the cage, it’s going to be a jolt the night of … but that’s going to last all of 30 seconds.” Just like CM Punk (zing!). Tucker managed to leave ECC on top; his last match with the promotion was a successful title defense against Chris Coggins in July of last year. the UFC is in the midst of a pre-Spring cleaning so Tucker’s “dream come true” UFC contract is all that more meaningful – unfortunately for Sicilia it might come at his expense, even if indirectly. For the latter the opposite of this paragraph’s beginning might be true; it might be the last time that fans who bet on UFC will be able to gamble money on or against Sicilia. It could very well be his UFC betting swansong.