Yesterday was a busy day in the world of MMA, and one of the major stories was the UFC on Fox 2 card getting re-shuffled when Mark Munoz was forced out of his bout with Chael Sonnen. Sonnen now faces Michael Bisping, and Demian Maia will now face undefeated prospect Chris Weidman on the main card. Not long after the changes were made, the betting lines came out for the new matchups and the Sonnen/Bisping like is pretty crazy at first glance (line via Bodog.ca):
While Chael should definitely be the favorite based on the style matchup, I never expected it to open with Bisping as such an underdog. As Brent stated yesterday, Bisping is tough to keep on the floor and is very active from the bottom. I'm not saying Bisping will win the bout, only that the line is off in my opinion. And as I said before, that's when I bet.
The third fight on the main card will feature prospect Chris Weidman taking Demian Maia, and while many are stating that it's too early for Weidman to take such a tough bout, the guys who set the lines (Bodog in this case) feel a bit differently:
While Weidman has looked very impressive so far in his short career and has excellent wrestling, this is Demian Maia we're talking about. My money's on Maia already, as this line is bound to move closer to even in advance of their January 28th bout in Chicago.