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Monday, 10/24/2011, 01:01 pm

Who is the betting favorite in the Penn vs. Diaz UFC 137 main event?


It seems like the MMA world is split down the middle in regards to the welterweight main event set for this Saturday’s UFC pay-per-view card.

While it would seem that the majority of MMA fans favor the Stockton California native over the proud Hawaiian, if you surf through the internet long enough you can see that the majority of MMA fighters are favoring Penn.

Quickly breezing through the plethora of MMA blogger sites will result in a very confused bunch of analysts. Some say that Penn is better in more aspects than Diaz and therefore give him the edge and others say that Nick will be able to put a pace on BJ that will be hard to deal with and eventually wear him down.

My take on it is that in a three-round affair, all doubts of BJ’s endurance should be out the door. BJ has been more than successful with keeping pace in many five-round fights, but still, fans and analysts always want to stake claim to the fact that BJ “gasses” out. The speed and power advantage also go to Penn as does the grappling and wrestling and not by a slim margin. Penn has more explosive power and is overall a better athlete with more natural gifts.

For Diaz, I believe his only chance is if Penn gets tired enough for him to capitalize, which again is highly unlikely especially in a three-round fight.

My pick here is obvious, but the odds makers on all the online betting sites also see the fight in favor of BJ Penn.

Over at BetUS.com they have the lines set as follows

BJ PENN: -100
NICK DIAZ: +135

It’s a slim margin between favorite and underdog, but they give BJ the edge.

With just five-days left until this welterweight showdown takes place, who is picking Penn and who is going “Team Stockton”. Say your peace and tell us why.

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