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UFC 128 picks, Vegas-style: Iole and Cofield give out their winners

Steve Cofield
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Where's the respect for the champ? Mauricio Rua has been run over by the Jon Jones hype-train. The 23-year-old Jones has been active the last year and posting big wins on Versus, while Rua was recovering from knee surgery. Jones also has the look of a champion towering over the shorter Rua. The public loves "Bones" and the sportsbooks have installed the challenger as a minus-190 favorite.

Can Rua pull the upset and leave the Octagon with his title? Yahoo!'s lead MMA writer Kevin Iole is in Newark and joined us on the phone to break things down using the Las Vegas lines.

My recommended plays include Rua (+160), Ricardo Almeida (-155) and Anthony Njokuani (+210).

Update: There's heavy action on Faber. He's been bet all the way up to minus-700. Jim Miller has also jumped thirty cents to minus-240. Lots of folks have also wagered on Jones to score a second round finish at 7-to-1.

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UFC 128 betting odds (Courtesy Lagasse's Stadium):

Mauricio Rua (+160) vs. Jon Jones (-190) - Light heavyweight

Main event round prop bets:

Rua wins rd1 10/1
Rua rd2 12/1{ysp:more}
Rua rd3 8/1
Rua rd4 7/1
Rua rd5 10/1
Rua win by dec. 5/1

Jones wins rd1 5/1
Jones rd2 5/1
Jones rd3 7/1
Jones rd4 8/1
Jones rd5 12/1
Jones wins by dec. 4/1

Eddie Wineland (+325) vs. Urijah Faber (-450) - Bantamweight

Kamal Shalorus (+190) vs. Jim Miller (-240) - Lightweight

Dan Miller (+280) vs. Nate Marquardt (-360) - Middleweight

Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic (+200) vs. Brendan Schaub (-250) - Heavyweight

Eliot Marshall (+135) vs. Luiz Cane (-165) - Light heavyweight

Anthony Njokuani (+210) v. Edson Barboza (-270) - Lightweight

Mike Pyle (+125) vs. Ricardo Almeida (-155) - Welterweight

Kurt Pellegrino (+140) vs. Gleison Tibau (-170) - Lightweight

Ian Loveland (+280) vs. Joe Benavidez (-360) - Bantamweight

Raphael Assuncao (+135) vs. Erik Koch (-165) - Featherweight

Constantinos Philippou (+200) vs. Nick Catone (-250) - 195 lbs.

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