UFC 148 Sonnen vs Silva Betting Odds

Most fans didn’t dish out the money to watch UFC 147, but this weekend UFC 148 could go down as the best fight card this year, as the card is absolutely packed with some sick fights up and down the list. The highly anticipated rematch between Sonnen and Silva for the UFC Middleweight Championship is the main event, but there are a few other intriguing fights as well.

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UFC 148 Main Event Odds & Predictions

  • Anderson Silva (31-4) -270 vs. Chael Sonnen (27-11-1) +230

Anderson Silva wanted this fight to be in Brazil, but he’ll be fighting Sonnen in Vegas instead. There has been a lot of trash talk in the lead-up to this fight, but I’m sure fans want to get straight to business. Sonnen “surprised” Silva last year when he was able to control Silva for nearly the entire 5-round fight. Silva was able to lock in a triangle armbar submission in the 5th round to win.

Sonnen wants his rematch, but will he be able to perform better than last time? Anything but a win will be disappointing and I’m not sold that Sonnen can hang with Silva now that Silva knows how to prepare. Don’t expect Sonnen to get as many takedowns in this fight and look for Silva to attack Sonnen more frequently. Silva is the type of fighter that will back up his trash talk in my opinion and I think Silva will win the rematch while retaining the UFC Middleweight Championship.

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  • Forrest Griffin (18-7) -310 vs. Tito Ortiz (16-10-1) +255

Two UFC veterans will battle it out against each other in the co-main event. Tito Ortiz is retiring after this fight and I’m sure he’ll want to go out with a bang. Forrest Griffin may also be flirting with retirement from the UFC soon. These two fought each other twice before and they both won once by split decision. Expect a close fight here, but my money is Griffin. Griffin pushes the pace and Ortiz will have trouble keeping up with that pace for 3 rounds. I’d only use Griffin on parlays though due to the high odds.

  • Patrick Cote (17-7) -260 vs. Cung Le (7-2) +200

The Canadian Patrick Cote will be back in the UFC after a long hiatus. Cote has strung together 4 consecutive wins in a few MMA promotions and will look to pick-up his UFC career again. Cung Le is an actor for those of you that didn’t know and Le is also 40, which leads me to believe he’s just about done in the UFC. Le lost to Wanderlei his last time out and Cote should beat Le. All of Le’s wins have been by TKO/KO, but Cote has a great chin. I’m betting on Cote to win by TKO/KO at UFC 148 this weekend.

  • Dong Hyun Kim (15-1-1) -135 vs. Demian Maia (15-4) +115

I already bet on Kim because I think his odds are going to go up by fight time. Kim is my top pick this weekend on the main card after looking at all of the fights. Kim is a tough welterweight and his only loss was against Condit last year. Maia is making a drop from middleweight to welterweight and this is his debut at the new weight class. The bigger weight cut and the fact that Kim has a better stand-up game in my opinion is the reason I’m all over him. Maia was threatening in the past, but not anymore.

  • Chad Mendes (11-1) -500 vs. Cody McKenzie (13-2) +350

Chad Mendes lost earlier in the year to Jose Aldo and needs a win here as a huge favourite. There is really no betting value, but I think Chad should win by decision. The problem with Mendes is he wins most fights by decision and that’s risky in the UFC. Cody shouldn’t win this fight, but he does have 12 submission victories (11 guillotine chokes) and that’s always worrisome when you bet on a big favourite that’s known to not finish fights. This is a huge step up in competition though, so I’m picking Mendes.

  • Mike Easton (12-1) -125 vs. Ivan Menjivar (24-8) +105

Ivan has tons of experience in the cage and his bantamweight record is actually 3-1. Easton is a couple years younger than Ivan and Easton is the better fighter here. Look for Easton to stand-up and swing initially, but don’t be surprised if he takes this fight down to the mat because he is a black belt in BJJ. Menjivar is a tough guy to fight because he rarely gets KO’d or submitted, but at the end of the day my money is on the small favourite here to edge out a decision victory.

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