UFC on Fuel TV Las Vegas Odds: Mark Munoz vs Chris Weidman
Monday, July 09, 2012
by Bovada Sportsbook
UFC betting action returns for a second week in a row at Bovada Sportsbook when Mark Munoz faces Chris Weidman in the main event at UFC on Fuel TV on Wednesday night. It may not be officially announced, but based on the fighter rankings and timing of this headliner the winner of this fight will be in a prime position to get the next shot at Anderson Silva’s title.
Munoz has been out of action since his second-round TKO of Chris Leben last November. He was first scheduled to fight Chael Sonnen but had to bow out with an injury, and now he has to get past the undefeated Weidman to get a date with Silva. Despite dominant wins over Leben and Demian Maia his last two times out, oddsmakers at Bovada Sportsbook currently have him handicapped as the +115 underdog.
Munoz is the current underdog for one major reason - the wrestling skills of Weidman. An undefeated two-time NCAA Division I All-American, Weidman has dominated every opponent he’s face thus far and oddsmakers at Bovada Sportsbook are offering UFC odds of -145 that he does the same to Munoz.
Munoz will be a real test for Weidman because he is also a decorated collegiate wrestler with back-to-back Division 1 All-American honors at 197 pounds. If Munoz can nullify Weidman’s takedown game his power could be the difference and end up paying upset action.
Where Weidman has an undisputed edge is in age and aggression. Munoz’s two UFC losses have come against Yushin Okami and Matt Hamill, both elite grapplers who were able to dictate how the fight progressed. If Munoz is forced to spend any extended time on his back his dreams of a UFC Middleweight title shot will slip out of his hands once again.
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