Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE
UFC 161 will feature a pair of big light heavyweight fights, and oddsmakers have both fights pegged as pretty close.
UFC 161 goes down on June 15th in Winnipeg, and while the main event is a title fight where the champion is heavily favored, the other two featured bouts announced thus far are very close odds-wise. The first one is a battle between former Pride and Strikeforce champ Dan Henderson and former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans. Both are coming off of losses, and it appears the betting line is exactly even at the moment.
There are six sites offering lines, and all of them are dead even. I can't remember the last time I saw that. The other big fight is a rematch between Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Mauricio Rua, and Shogun is the early favorite (but not by much):
I would probably lean towards betting on Evans and Shogun right now. Rashad looked horrible in his last fight, but he's got better wrestling than Hendo and can probably avoid the H-Bomb if he fights smart. And Shogun is just a great bet at -150. He didn't look bad against Gustafsson who is way bigger than him, and Nogueira didn't really have to do much to beat Rashad. Anything under -200 for Shogun is a steal in my eyes.