Who let the dogs out?!

UFC Fight Night 88: Almeida vs. Garbrandt is upon us, and Rear-Naked Choke Radio hosts Joe Rizzo (@RearNakedChoke) and Jay Kelly (@JayKellyMMA) looked at the plethora of live underdogs, betting lines, betting angles, parlays and other ways to strategically wager bets on the event. Also, sticking with the theme as of late, Rizzo dropped knowledge on intelligently betting.

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Thomas Almeida and Cody Garbrandt headline the event, as the two undefeated bantamweights will look to disrupt one another’s perfect record. Former UFC 135-pound champ Renan Barao makes his featherweight debut in the Octagon, when he takes on former lightweight Jeremy Stephens. Veteran Josh Burkman meets Paul Felder, female bantamweights Sara McMann and Jessica Eye are set to meet on the televised preliminary portion of the event, and Aljamain Sterling vs. Bryan Caraway headlines the Fight Pass card to kick off the night.

Rizzo explained what is known as “balloons,” while using Kelly’s picks, which all happened to be underdogs. Rizzo’s explanation went further than parlaying and straight betting, as he elaborated on a “trixie” and how if the strategy cashed, his co-host would be booking a flight to New Jersey. The same logic can be applied to your wagers and flight to a destination of your choice if your picks come through. Be sure to thank Rizzo if they do, and tell your travel agent to do the same.

Rizzo and Kelly also discussed the marquee names on UFC Fight Night 88, and how the lesser-known names may be where the money lies when betting. Along with pointing out the live underdogs, the hosts also explained profitable parlays with maximized potential for cashing in a winning ticket.

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About The Author

Radio Host

Jason Kelly has been a lifelong fan of martial arts and was instantly hooked on MMA after watching the pay-per-view broadcast of UFC 1 at 12 years old. The Canadian dabbled in martial arts and MMA over the years, but the sport he excelled at was basketball. Jason’s introduction to MMA media started at MMA Religion, which led to his position as a feature writer on MMA DieHards. Jason eventually became the Feature Content Manager at MMA DieHards. His duties at MMA DieHards led to hosting MMA DieHards Radio and MMA Cypher Radio with Corey Charron, before going on to join Joe Rizzo's longtime-running show, Rear Naked Choke Radio. Following a short hiatus from covering the sport he loves, Jason joined the staff at Combat Press. Aside from his interest in MMA, Jason has a passion for hip hop, especially battle rap. He considers himself a hip hop connoisseur and is always up for a conversation on the subject.

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