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UFC 144 picks, Vegas-style: Who’s still betting Quinton Jackson?

Steve Cofield
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Rampage speaks to Japanese fans and explains why he missed weight

As if the travel, near-silent crowd and incredibly early start weren't enough to factor into betting UFC 144, along comes the weight snafu of Quinton "Rampage" Jackson. The former UFC light heavyweight champ whiffed badly on making weight at 205 pounds.

He spoke about being injured in camp, not being able to do his roadwork and trying to cut over 21 pounds in the final days before the fight.

The severity of the injury is unknown. So is the location. One would have to guess Rampage is dealing with a leg issue. For a guy, who already lacks mobility that can't be a good thing against a wrestler like Ryan Bader. Is all of this enough to put you on Bader's side?

Yahoo! Sports' Kevin Iole, Frank Trigg and myself picked the fights on "The MMA Insiders" show.

You can also bet the over/under on rounds in the Jackson-Bader fight. It's currently minus-165 to go over 2.5 rounds. The main event between UFC lightweight title holder Frank Edgar and Benson Henderson has risen between 15 and 20 cents with the steam on side of the champ.

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Edgar looks up at a very slender Henderson

UFC 144 betting odds:
Best plays in bold

Frank Edgar (-150) vs. Benson Henderson (+130) - Lightweight
Yushin Okami (-360) vs. Tim Boetsch (+300) - Middleweight
Bart Palaszewski (+150) vs. Hatsu Hioki (-170) - Featherweight
Ryan Bader (+180) vs. Quinton Jackson (-220) - Light heavyweight
Cheick Kongo (-280) vs. Mark Hunt (+240) - Heavyweight
Takanori Gomi (-210) vs. Eiji Mitsuoka (+175) - Lightweight
Yoshihiro Akiyama (+270) vs. Jake Shields (-330) - Welterweight
Norifumi Yamamoto (-320) vs. Vaughan Lee (+260) - Bantamweight
Joe Lauzon (+210) vs. Anthony Pettis (-250) - Lightweght
Steve Cantwell (+260) vs. Riki Fukuda (-320) - Middleweight
Takeya Mizugaki (-240) vs. Chris Cariaso (+200) - Bantamweight
Tie Quan Zhang (-270) vs. Issei Tamura (+230) - Featherweight

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