The Ultimate Fighting Championships 120 is ready to start in a few days. MMA fans are expecting an exciting round of matches between title contenders and seasoned veterans throughout the duration of this event. One match that should be on your list of must-watch bouts is between welterweight contenders John Hathaway and Mike Pyle. UFC watchers are expecting a blowout by John “The Hitman” Hathaway, but Mike “Quicksand” Pyle should still pose a serious threat to the British slugger.
Quick rise to title contender
John Hathaway isn’t an intimidating fighter off the ring, but give him a pair of MMA gloves and he immediately morphs into a world-class mixed martial arts athlete. Since his professional MMA debut in 2006, he has yet to be defeated in any of his UFC matches and has even produced some impressive wins against some of the giants in his division, most notably Tom Egan and Diego Sanchez.
Hathaway seamlessly mixes his boxing and wrestling skills during his matches. He is equally capable of bringing down his opponents through submission or knockouts, although most of his matches were won either by TKO or unanimous decisions. He should have the advantage though in terms of reach and athleticism against Pyle.
Mike Pyle is a veteran of mixed martial arts events, specializing in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai. His professional record highlights this fact, as most of his notable wins were by submissions. If age was the only consideration, he is practically in the twilight of his professional career. A win against John Hathaway should prove otherwise.
John Hathaway was originally scheduled to fight against Dong Hyun Kim at UFC 120. When Kim announced that he was injured and could not fight, Pyle was immediately dispatched as his replacement. This fact should not take anything away from this bout, as both players will have something to prove when the match starts. While for Hathaway it’s obviously his determination to stay unbeaten in this sport, for Pyle it is a chance to prove that he still has what it takes to take on younger athletes such as Hathaway.
Expecting a decisive victory
John Hathaway is expected by experts to win this match. It simply boils down to his youth, athleticism, unbeaten record and his reputation as a fighter who can take down more experienced fighters in his weight class. Mike Pyle, on the other hand, is here simply by a stroke of good fortune. By most standards, he is outclassed by his younger opponent, but you can be sure this fact won’t be in his mind come the first bell.
John Hathaway vs Mike Pyle Odds
Bodog sportsbook predicts an immediate -600 win odds for The Hitman Hathaway and +400 for Quicksand Pyle. You really can’t argue with this prediction, unless of course Pyle is your sentimental favorite. Another top bookie named intertops sportsbook have predicted this fight with an odds for John Hathaway at -500 and Mike Pyle +330.
Other online bookies with betting odds to consider
Party bets list John Hathaway at -500 and Mike Pyle +340.
Titan Bet with following numbers John Hathaway at -588 and Mike Pyle +350.
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