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GSP, Couture and Machida can make UFC 129 a night to remember

| 21.04.2011

UFC 129 promises to be a massive event stacked with great fights and Georges St-Pierre’s sixth weltweight title defence looks to be the highlight of the bill.

St-Pierre has dominated the welterweight division since his last defeat in 2007 and has looked untroubled in one-sided victories over the likes of BJ Penn, Thiago Alves and Josh Koscheck since.

GSP’s frenzied pace over five rounds and accurate striking make him virtually impossible to live with and Jake Shields will have to rely on his impressive grappling ability if he is to have any chance of victory.

It is 2/9 that GSP collects what could be a last win at welterweight before potentially moving up to a middleweight clash with Anderson Silva, which would arguably bring together the two best MMA fighters competing today.

Shields is 7/2 to cause an upset and extended his unbeaten streak to 16 fights.

Another title fight is also on the card for UFC 129 as Jose Aldo defends his featherweight belt against Mark Hominick.

Aldo has already made two successful defences of his belt despite carrying niggling injuries and is confident of making another now that he is back to 100 per cent.

The Brazilian is 1/4 to make it 12 successive career victories, but Canadian Hominick will have the support of the Toronto faithful and is 2/9 in the UFC 129 odds to cause the title to change hands.

Elsewhere on the card, former UFC light-heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida looks to avoid a third successive defeat as he steps into the Octogon with legendary icon Randy Couture.

Couture has hinted that the fight may well be his last at the ripe old age of 47 and is the 13/5 underdog to triumph.

The pressure is certainly on Machida after his defeat to Shogun Rua and Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson and he is 3/10 to return to winning ways.

A £30 stake on Couture beating Machida would return £78. New customers can sign up here for a free £30 bet.



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.