UFC 138 Chris Leben vs Mark Munoz Betting Odds

UFC arrives in the Birmingham England for UFC 138 and it features the very first 5 round non title fight when Mark Munoz faces Chris Leben, we have the latest live UFC Betting Odds and when they are released we list the latest Betting Odds for Fight, KO and Submission of the Night (UFC Prop Betting Odds), they usually go live shortly after the UFC 138 weigh-ins. (select the Preview Tab to continue reading and view the video)

UFC 138 will feature the first non-title, 5 round UFC main event as Middleweights Chris Leben and Mark Munoz will battle in Birmingham England. Since dropping to middleweight, Mark Munoz has gone 6-1, with his only defeat coming against former title contender Yushin Okami. Munoz holds notable victories over Demian Maia, C.B. Dollaway, Aaron Simpson and Kendall Grove. His win over Maia in his last appearance was his first victory over a top 10 contender in the UFC and he will attempt to build on that success at with win over Chris Leben.

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A veteran of 18 UFC bouts, Leben’s resume of opponents is impressive. The Crippler’s most recent matchup was a 27 second knockout victory over former Pride Champion Wanderlei Silva. Prior to that bout, he defeated Yoshihiro Akiyama, Aaron Simpson, Alessio Sakara, Jorge Santiago; submitting Akiyama and knocking out Simpson, Sakara and Santiago. On the negative side, Leben has struggled against the upper echelon of UFC Middleweights; falling in defeat to top contenders Michael Bisping and Brian Stann, along with serving as Anderson Silva’s first opponent inside the Octagon suffering a knockout inside the opening minute.

Both Munoz and Leben are incredibly explosive fighters, each possessing knockout power and the desire to finish their opponent. Together they have combined for 6 UFC fight bonuses; Leben has earned fight of the night twice along with three knockout of the night awards while Munoz’s tilt with Kendall Grove at UFC 112 garnered him the FOTN bonus. This matchup will be both historical and exciting, the addition of two more rounds serves to enhance the possibility that these octagon warriors will provide us with an epic confrontation on November 5th, 2011.

The co main event will feature a crowd favourite as England native Brad Pickett will clash with BJJ Black Belt Renan Barao. Pickett will be making his UFC debut following a successful WEC career. Pickett is arguably the most well rounded British fighter in the UFC. With a win, the former Cage Rage British Featherweight champion could earn himself an opportunity to battle for the UFC Bantamweight title.

Renan Barao suffered his loan defeat in his MMA debut and has gone undefeated in 27 fights since. In his first UFC bout, Barao defeated former WEC Featherweight Champion Cole Escovedo. Barao has shown an impress ability to finish opponents, with 12 submission and 6 knockout victories in 26 career wins.
Despite a lack of UFC mainstream exposure, these two combatants have been given the co-main event position which suggest this fight has the potential to steal the show and is most definitely a Fight of the Night candidate.

Taking a look at the rest of the card Thiago Alves will attempt to turn his recent a struggles around as he battles UFC newcomer Papy Abedi. Alves is a former title contender and has battle the elite of the division, while Papy Abedi was ranked by bloodyelbow.com as the #1 Middleweight prospect at the start of 2011 will be making his first venture into the welterweight division. Terry Etim will make his long awaited UFC return following a 19 month layoff, opposing him will be Edward Faaloloto who at 0-2 will tried to avoid a third defeat and the possibility of being cut from the company. Kicking off the main card talented strikers Anthony Njokuani will battle Paul Taylor will meet in another potential fight of the night candidate.

Looking quickly at the prelims. In a typical striker vs grappler matchup, Cyrille Diabate a K-1 Level striker meets second degree BJJ Black Belt Anthony Perosh. Talented British prospects Vaughan Lee and Che Mills will make their debuts along with Heavyweight Philip De Fries who will battle fellow countryman Rob Broughton. Ultimate Fighter alums Chris Cope and Just Edwards make appearances on the prelims, along with Japanese Standout Michihiro Omigawa.

UFC 138 is a free show, and it may not have the premier names like that of a Georges St-Pierre or an Anderson Silva headlining, but this event has all the makings of a great card. In fact, when lesser-known fighters are given an opportunity to perform on the big stage we are usually treated to some of the best fights of the year. Make sure you check out Kamikaze Overdrive MMA Predictions for UFC 138 to get the insight track on how these fights will turn out.
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