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Friday, August 26, 2011

UFC 134 FIGHT CARD

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The betting lines are out for UFC 134, and there aren't any real surprises. The lines for the top four fights have been out for a while, and among those four it seems that the Mauricio Rua vs. Forrest Griffin line has seen the most movement. The line opened up much closer, but Shogun has steadily crept out to becoming a rather large favorite in the fight. Brendan Schaub has also become a larger favorite over Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira lately. Of the undercard lines, the Yves Jabouin vs. Ian Loveland line is about the only one that could be a little bit off. That fight seems a lot closer than the line indicates.
Here are the lines for the full card. You can catch the undercard lines after the jump.
Aug 27th, live on Pay-per-view from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil:
Main card:
Anderson Silva (30-4) -525 vs. Yushin Okami (26-5) +375 [Middleweight title]
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Mauricio "Shogun" Rua (19-5) -240 vs. Forrest Griffin (18-6) +190
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Brendan Schaub (8-1) -250 vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (32-6, 1 NC) +200
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Ross Pearson +250 (12-4) vs. Edson Barboza (8-0) -310

Luiz Cane (11-3) -245 vs. Stanislav Nedkov (11-0) +195

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Spike TV Card:
Thiago Tavares (15-4-1) -215 vs. Spencer Fisher (24-7) +175

Rousimar Palhares (12-3) -255 vs. Dan Miller (13-5, 1 NC) +205

Preliminary Card:
Paulo Thiago (12-3) -400 vs. David Mitchell (11-1) +300


Erick Silva (12-1) -285 vs. Luis Ramos (19-6) +225

Yuri Alcantara (25-3) -435 vs. Felipe Arantes (13-4) +335


Yves Jabouin (14-7) +160 vs. Ian Loveland (14-8) -200


Raphael Assuncao (20-4) -170 vs. Johnny Eduardo (25-8) +140

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Forrest at +190?
This is tempting after seeing Shogun’s workout video.
It's tempting
after watching Shogun’s career and his historic weakness to pressure fighters.
Xtreme Couture- The best never rest! The girl in my av is Kari Sweets (you're welcome).
"I swear it upon Zeus an outstanding runner cannot be the equal of an average wrestler."
-Socrates
That's true
but if you haven’t seen the video yet, Shogun looked really sluggish. Not sure how long ago they filmed it though but it did not look good for him.
I rewatched it,
and he does look pretty lumbering. His injuries have only hurt him over time, but since his loss to Babalu back in the day, he’s always had trouble with grinders. Especially those with a mind to take top control. His best wins over top specialists are over a shot Coleman and an exhausted Arona.
Xtreme Couture- The best never rest! The girl in my av is Kari Sweets (you're welcome).
"I swear it upon Zeus an outstanding runner cannot be the equal of an average wrestler."
-Socrates
And Forrest’s dragging Franklin to the ground and grinding out a decision
"You should work for 15 minutes to knock your opponent out, submit him, or improve your position to give yourself the best chance of doing either." - Dan Hardy
Griffin is definitely worth a play
I think Pearson is probably a pretty live dog too.
‎"My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we'll change the world."
- Jack Layton
Stanislav Nedkov
He was that guy who always wore the crazy Jesus shirts on Sengoku? I hope he rocks one on Saturday.
Some surprising lines...
Forrest and Pearson, for sure, and possibly Fisher.
I’m a little surprised to see Okami at +375, too. Seems high to me.
Am I the only one that thinks Okami stands no chance here??? Silva fighting in front of his home crowd? I expect to see the unexpected from him!!!
Be a man, not a child-Phil Anselmo
I really like
The Paul Harris line.I think he is going to send Miller back to America on crutches.
I’m nervous this event is going to be depressing. I don’t want to see Nog ko’d and Shogun tapping after gassing hard.
Nog getting ko’d is a pretty good chance….sucks…
Be a man, not a child-Phil Anselmo
hes just too slow for todays young heavyweights. I watched the Randy fight couple days ago and it was really fun but damn he got hit a lot by Randy Couture. No wonder Cain destroyed him easily.
Add to that the fact that Brendan is a hard-punching beast. They shoulda put Nog against Crocop in front of his home crowd. That woulda been fun to see.
Be a man, not a child-Phil Anselmo
Big Nog only Brazilian that is fighting a foreigner as an underdog
I call you, I talk to me - Anderson Silva
First card in a while I probably will not bet. Shaub should win, but I just cant root against Nog. Anderson should win, but not betting it at that line, not even worth a parlay. Griffin and Okami have a little value, but not enough for me to bet them.
Actually, Griffin might be worth a small play. I could see Shogun tiring if the pace is pushed.
laying some money on yves, i think he will tko the barn owl
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVtwkIvcT_g
It pains me to say this,
but I’m gonna put some money on Forrest. And I’m a huge Shogun fan.
I’m a huge Spider fan but I don’t think Okami should be +400 as he is most places online. He’s really strong, his stand-up and chin are good enough to allow him to close the distance and he can take Anderson down. Also, unlike Chael, Okami has good submissions and submission defense so he’s much less likely to get caught by a triangle or armbar from the top.
"You should work for 15 minutes to knock your opponent out, submit him, or improve your position to give yourself the best chance of doing either." - Dan Hardy
Ross Pearson
I know I’m in the minority of fans intersted in the career of Ross Pearson, but I was just thinking……..
If Pearson wins he’ll be 4 – 1 in the UFCwith decent wins in Siver and Barboza (by no means a foregone conclusion) so who should he fight next?
I was thinking maybe Cerrone/Miller
Thoughts anyone?
P.S. I know I am biased and am probably bigging hi up way too much by proposing Cerrone/Miller if he wins, but fuck it.

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