UFC 116 Odds and fight card preview. One of the most anticipated heavyweight fights in the history of MMA will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena Saturday. The undisputed UFC heavyweight championship will be on the line when Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin face off in the octagon.
The UFC is bringing us the most intriguing main event we have seen in a long time at UFC 116 in Las Vegas this weekend. After a string of main events that either haven’t made any sense or haven’t lived up to their potential we now have one that should not only be thrilling to watch, but which also will conclusively determine the pecking order in a division. When Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin meet late on Saturday night they will not only determine who is the heavyweight champion of the organization – Lesnar is the champion and Carwin is the interim champion – but quite likely they will determine who the best heavyweight in the world is right now. That title has long belonged to Fedor Emelianenko, but the Russian giant was shockingly beaten by Fabricio Werdum last weekend, so the spot at the top of the heap is wide open.
So, when did the NFL become less competitive than non-conference college football? Six of the 12 games played yesterday were decided by at least four touchdowns. That’s preposterous. It makes for ridiculously uncompetitive action, and therefore mostly uninteresting football. The good news, I guess, is that at least we aren’t taking bets on the games – books are getting absolutely killed by favorites covering monster spreads like this. The favorites were 8-3-1 ATS this week, and the three biggest spreads, usually the public money magnets that the books feast on, all covered. Ouch. The disparity in the league this year is amazing. For the first time ever we have three undefeated teams through seven weeks of the season. On the flip side, we have three teams that could quite conceivably not win a game, and for a couple more it seems impossible to believe that they have already won one (or more). I thought salary caps were supposed to bring competitive balance?
1. The Florida Gators have been voted as the most overwhelming preseason number one in college football history. I don’t see it. I could see the team going undefeated and adding a third title in four years, but I could just as easily see them lose a couple of games. They aren’t dominant enough to justify this kind of attention.
The UFC is celebrating an anniversary of sorts tonight, and they are doing it with one heck of a card. UFC 100 has not one but two titles fights – one featuring one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world, and the other featuring the biggest name to make a transition to MMA from another sport – perhaps ever. As if that wasn’t enough, you also have a great fight between the latest coaches on The Ultimate Fighter, a match featuring an undefeated fighter and anopponent desperate for another title shot, and the UFC debut of a highly touted Japanese fighter that could be the closest thing to a challenger for Anderson Silva that is out there. That’s all the ingredients for a good night. Let’s take a look at those top five fights:
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