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Friday, 01/20/2012, 08:21 am

UFC NEWS – Chael Sonnen A Huge Favorite Over Bisping, Maia Underdog To Weidman


In the most recent betting odds for next week’s UFC on FOX 2 event, odds makers have Chael Sonnen pegged as more than a 4-1 favorite over his counterpart Michael Bisping.

Additionally, longtime division standout Demian Maia is the underdog to last minute replacement opponent Chris Weidman, who is currently unranked in the division.

Smart money is on Maia based on statistical information and rankings, but one cannot overlook the good money bet in Bisping to pull the upset and yield a huge return on your investment.

Sonnen is the favorite for obvious reasons and one can hardly argue against that point. But playing devil’s advocate, in Bisping you have a fighter that since dropping to middleweight has only tasted defeat at the hands of Dan Henderson and Wanderlei Silva. He has taken out top prospects like Chris Leben, Dennis Kang and Dan Miller.

After starting his career with a 14-fight unbeaten streak Bisping eventually tasted defeat for the first time in a decision loss to former champion Rashad Evans. The loss prompted his departure from the UFC’s light-heavyweight division for a move to 185 pounds where he has put together an impressive 8-2 run which includes his most recent four-fight win streak.

Is Bisping a lock to beat Sonnen? No, he is not, but he has much more of a chance than odds makers are putting out there. If you’re a gambler throwing a small chunk on Bisping for the upset will pay dividends should he pull it off.

- Fight odds from bodog.ca

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