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Steve Cofield

MMA & boxing battle for Sin City dollars

Steve Cofield

It's a big night in Las Vegas for fight fans with a mixed martial arts event and boxing card being held less than four miles apart. Xtreme Couture has a ton of its fighters on Night of Combat II at the Thomas & Mack Arena while Showtime has Chad Dawson and Antonio Tarver fighting at the Palms Pearl Theatre.

Both cards will fall short of a sellout. The MMA event has an excuse with 18,000 seats to fill but the boxing card is a bit perplexing with roughly 2,000 seats to sell at the Palms. There simply hasn't been a ton of buzz around town which is ridiculous because this is a very good light heavyweight bout with a lot on the line. If Chad Dawson wins, it could set up superfights against Kelly Pavlik or Joe Calzaghe or Roy Jones or Bernard Hopkins.

The boxing match is being booked all over town with Dawson favored at -250. You can find Night of Combat II odds in far away places.

The MMA event sounds like a helluva deal for the fans too. Most fighters affiliated with the Xtreme Couture gym in Las Vegas are expected at the arena for a huge autograph session. Candidates include Randy Couture, Forrest Griffin, Tyson Griffin, Gray Maynard, Phil Baroni, Gina Carano, Wanderlei Silva, Frank Trigg and even Mike Tyson.

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