When the Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to Brazil, it won't be the card they were expecting it to be, but the fans at Estadio Jornalista Felipe Drumond in Belo Horizonte will be excited anyway. The same might not hold true for fans in the United States tuning in on pay-per-view, but fights inside the Octagon mean for plenty of gambling. Who do the odds makers favor at UFC 147?
Rich Franklin -165 vs. Wanderlei Silva +145
When these two men fought at UFC 99 in June 2009, it was Franklin who got the edge via unanimous decision. Franklin was originally scheduled to fight Cung Le, but took this fight after Vitor Belfort was forced out due to injury. It isn't exactly the main event the UFC was hoping for when they first announced this card (Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen 2), but W. Silva is so loved in Brazil that he will get the crowd to the arena and on their feet.
Franklin is just 2-3 in his last five fights with wins against W. Silva and Chuck Liddell and losses against Dan Henderson, Belfort and Forrest Griffin. His opponent is riding the same 2-3 streak in his last five fights, making this one of the unlikeliest of main events in recent memory. He defeated Le and Michael Bisping, while losing to Quinton Jackson, Franklin and Chris Leben.
This fight really is a toss-up for me. I think Silva has the power to knock Franklin out, but as we saw in their first fight, it wasn't the easiest thing to pull off. I would keep away from betting on this main event.
Fabricio Werdum -500 vs. Mike Russow +400
Many think that Werdum may be a win or two away from competing for the UFC heavyweight title. In his last fight in Strikeforce, he was defeated by Alistair Overeem, but beat Roy Nelson in his return to the UFC. He holds a 15-5 professional record and will likely want to avenge his loss to Junior dos Santos that knocked him out of the UFC.
Russow is 15-1 and is coming into this fight on an 11-fight winning streak, including four in a row in the UFC. He hasn't fought anyone with the talent of Werdum, but has been impressive during his current streak. The only loss he has on his record is a submission to Sergei Kharitonov at Pride 33 in 2007.
I never like to see the odds this much in favor of a veteran against someone trying to make a name for himself, but I still think Werdum wins.
Yuri Alcantara -270 vs. Hacran Dias +210
Cezar Ferreira -260 vs. Sergio Moraes +200
Rony Mariano Bezerra -305 vs. Godofredo Castro +235
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Hobson Lopes has been a fan of mixed martial arts since the days of Tank Abbott and can be followed on Twitter @HobsonLopes.
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