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UFC 140 picks, Vegas-style: Tito Ortiz looks for another sizable upset

Steve Cofield
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Tito Ortiz shocked the world by saving his job at UFC 132.  The veteran fighter pulled the upset on Ryan Bader. He looks to do it again today against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. He has a much better shot time around because, for once, he's not facing another wrestling specialist.

Ortiz avoided the chopping block with the win over Bader and also impressed his bosses in a loss against Rashad Evans less than two months later. Over the course of six months Ortiz successfully altered the mentality of his boss Dana White.

"I actually called Tito and said 'It's over.' Tito begged me for a fight and he got that Bader fight and pulled it off," White said. "And in my opinion had an awesome fight with (Rashad) Evans. We'll see what he does Saturday night."

What "Lil' Nog" brings to the table in terms of takedown defense is anyone's guess. He was very solid in his fight against Phil Davis after a terrible fight against Jason Brilz.

Adam Hill from the Las Vegas-Review Journal joined me on ESPN1100/98.9 FM's "MMA Insiders" show to break down the card using the Las Vegas odds.

UFC 140 betting odds:

Best bets in bold

Jon Jones (-550) vs. Lyoto Machida (+375) - Light heavyweight

Frank Mir (-260) vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (+200) - Heavyweight

Claude Patrick (-115) vs. Brian Ebersole (-115) - Welterweight{ysp:more}

Chan Sung Jung (+350) vs. Mark Hominick (-500) - Featherweight

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (-260) vs. Tito Ortiz (+200) - Light heavyweight

Igor Pokrajac (+210) vs. Krzysztof Soszynski (-270) - Light heavyweight

Jared Hamman (-225) vs. Constantinos Philippou (+175) - Middleweight

Dennis Hallman (+175) vs. John Makdessi (-225) - Lightweight

Yves Jabouin (-160) vs. Walel Watson (+130) - Bantamweight

John Cholish (-450) vs. Mitch Clarke (+325) - Lightweight

Rich Attonito (-225) vs. Jake Hecht (+185) - Welterweight

Mark Bocek (-165) vs. Nik Lentz (+135) - Lightweight

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