UFC 149 Las Vegas Odds: Urijah Faber and Renan Barao
Thursday, July 19, 2012
by Bovada Sportsbook
As a coach on The Ultimate Fighter 15, Urijah Faber thought he was going to get the chance to settle the score against Dominick Cruz and finally win a UFC title. However, an injury to Cruz forced the champ to bow out of the UFC 149 grudge match, temporarily changing the UFC Bantamweight championship picture.
Now Faber must face one of the hungriest young up-and-comers in the division in Renan Pegado for an interim belt, and oddsmakers at Bovada Sportsbook have the former WEC champ listed as the underdog for Saturday's fight in Calgary. Currently handicapped at +160, Faber will need all his speed and experience to pay off against an aggressive opponent who will be taking the fight to him.
Barao has been an absolute wrecking machine at Bantamweight, compiling a record of 28-1-1 including a 27-fight unbeaten streak. He’s a combination of vicious striking and world-class jiu-jitsu skills with 19 finishes in 28 wins.
Originally handicapped as the Bovada Sportsbook +130 underdog, MMA bettors have been all over the Barao action so far and have moved the line all the way down to currently make him the -200 favorite. He’s expected to be too much for the aging Faber to handle at this stage in his career.
Barao also gains an edge with UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo in his camp. Aldo soundly beat Faber two years ago, and will surely share some secrets with his teammate.
The Faber option does have some value. Originally handicapped as the -160 favorite, Faber could prove to be a big step up in competition for Barao. The Brazilian has never faced a top-tier opponent the caliber of Faber, and if the big stage gets to him Faber will take quick advantage.
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