|Written by Michael|
Bet on the UFCThe elbows will be big and most likely bloody, in short order as the UFC 146 Main Card events featuring all heavyweights, gets under way at the MGM Gardens in Las Vegas on Saturday night. The Pay Per View telecast will begin at 10:00ET.
When it comes to the big boys in this sport, we will probably see one of two scenarios in the ring. Two giant men struggling to their last ounce of energy before before falling to the floor exhausted at the last bell, or an all out war between two brutes who pummel each other fast and furiously. I vote for scenario number two.
First up is "Big" Lavar Johnson versus Stefan "Skyscraper" Struve. Struve was originally supposed to face Mark Hunt, until he was injured while training just two weeks ago. All things considered Johnson is a decent "stand in" with a mark of 17-5. Struve has a 23-5 record. Struve will tower over Johnson with a seven inch height differential. Struve is obviously favored in this one at -$135, while Johnson is +$115.
Next up, two undefeated heavyweights, Shane del Rosario at 11-0 against Stipe Miocic who is 8-0. del Rosario has been missing from the fight scene for a year after being involved in a serious car crash. He is obviously anxious to get back at it and Miocic was more than respectable in his first UFC event vs. Joey Beltran. He is favored at -$165 and del Rosario is +$145.
The third bout of the extravaganza is between Dave "Pee Wee" Herman (21-3) and "Big Country" Roy Nelson (16-7). This one could end quickly as both fighters are looking to rebound from losses in both of their last fights. Nelson is favored at -$225, while "Pee Wee" is at +$185.
This brings us to the co main event pitting two former champions in their own right. Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva who was the heavyweight champ of the EliteXC, now at 16-3 and Cain Velasquez (9-1), formerly a UFC champ. Velasquez is a prohibitive favorite in this one at -$400, while Silva stands at +$325.
This brings us to the finale, where unfortunately, one of the original entries, Alistair Overeem was pulled from the bout due to a failed drug test. So Junior Dos Santos (14-1) will be facing Frank Mir (16-5) who was initially slated to go in the co main event listed above, but will now do what he can against the highly regarded Dos Santos. Mir is also a prior UFC champion. We all know anything can happen in the UFC, so don't leave the action early.
That being said, the oddsmakers certainly are not giving Mir much of a chance in this one, with Dos Santos at -$550 and Mir at +$425. This bout also carries an over / under prop bet of 1.5 rounds with the over being set at -$125 and the under at -$115.