OAKLAND CA - AUGUST 06: (L-R) UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva refuses to face off with opponent Chael Sonnen at the UFC 117 weigh-in at Oracle Arena on August 6 2010 in Oakland California. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
It's July 4th. I'm in New Orleans. The last thing you're worried about are the betting lines for UFC 148, but I came back from a very nice (okay, a very sleazy) bar just to write this up. Why? Because it's raining, that's why. And because it's my job to keep y'all informed. And I had to drop off my tablet because everyone was making fun of it.
Anyway, let's get down to business. On the main card, I'm not sure what to think. Nothing jumps out at me as a "sure bet", though I'd probably nibble at Le at +200 and Maia at +115. The undercard is where it's at though. Nurmagomedov at +160 is nice, and Fukuda at +165 is a steal. I also like Oliveira at +150. If you're planning on betting on this card, I'd focus there for the real value.
Anyway I gotta get back to the bar, so here's what you're lookin' at (prelims after the jump).
Lines via Bookmaker.eu
July 7th, live on PPV from Las Vegas, NV:
Anderson Silva (31-4) -285 vs. Chael Sonnen (27-11-1) +225
Tito Ortiz (16-10-1) +250 vs. Forrest Griffin (18-7) -310
Patrick Cote (17-7) -250 vs. Cung Le (7-2) +200
Dong Hyun Kim (15-1-1, 1 NC) -145 vs. Demian Maia (15-4) +115
Chad Mendes (11-1) -575 vs. Cody McKenzie (13-2) +425
Ivan Menjivar (24-8) -105 vs. Mike Easton (12-1) -125
SBN coverage of UFC 148
Fabricio Camoes (14-6-1) +240 vs. Melvin Guillard (29-10-2, 1 NC) -300
Khabib Nurmagomedov (17-0) +160 vs. Gleison Tibau (25-7) -200
Riki Fukuda (18-5) +165 vs. Constantinos Philippou (10-2, 1 NC) -205
John Alessio (34-15) +180 vs. Shane Roller (10-6) -220
Yoislandy Izquierdo (6-1) -180 vs. Rafaello Oliveira (14-5) +150