UFC on FX 2, Strikeforce picks: Flyweight favorites are huge and Tate’s an underdog

Steve Cofield
March 2, 2012

MMA fans will be inundated with great fights this weekend and the show stealer could be a fight between two females.

The final note on the two big cards is the Miesha Tate-Ronda Rousey fight tomorrow night in Columbus, Oh. Or should it be called the Ronda Rousey fight? When was the last time a champion was such a huge underdog like Tate?

Rousey, a former Olympian in Judo, is getting a title shot after just four pro mixed martial arts bouts. The 24-year-old fighter has also never fought down at 135 pounds. With all that, amazingly she's a minus-300 favorite to take the Strikeforce title from Tate.

Kevin Iole, Frank Trigg and myself broke down the UFC and Strikeforce fights on "The MMA Insiders" show in Las Vegas.

UFC on FX 2 betting odds:

Thiago Alves (-120) vs. Martin Kampmann (+100)
Joseph Benavidez (-850) vs. Yasuhiro Urushitani (+575)
Demetrious Johnson (-290) vs. Ian McCall (+245)
James Te Huna (-320) vs. Aaron Rosa (+260)
Anthony Waldburger (-140) vs. Jake Hecht (+120)
Kyle Noke (-270) vs. Andrew Craig (+230)
Court McGee (-130) vs. Constantinos Philippou (+110)
Anthony Perosh (+130) vs. Nick Penner (-150)
Mackens Semerzier (-155) vs. Daniel Pineda (+135)
Cole Miller (-485) vs. Steven Siler (+385)
Shawn Jordan (-210) vs. Oli Thompson (+175)

Strikeforce betting odds:

Miesha Tate (+260) vs. Ronda Rousey (-320)
KJ Noons (+155) vs. Josh Thomson (-175)
Ronaldo Souza (-600) vs. Bristol Marunde (+450)
Sarah Kaufman (-510) vs. Alexis Davis (+405)
Scott Smith (+145) vs. Lumumba Sayers (-165)
Pat Healy (+160) vs. Caros Fodor (-185)
Paul Daley (-360) vs. Kazuo Misaki (+300)
Roger Bowling (-550) vs. Brandon Saling (+425)
Conor Heun (-290) vs. Ryan Couture (+245)