UFC 99 airs tomorrow from Cologne, Germany.
UFC 99 Main Card Bouts:
-Wanderlei Silva vs. Rich Franklin
-Cheick Kongo vs. Cain Velasquez
-Ben Saunders vs. Mike Swick
-Dan Hardy vs. Marcus Davis
-Caol Uno vs. Spencer Fisher
-Mustapha Al-Turk vs. Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic
UFC 99 Preliminary Bouts:
-Justin Buchholz vs. Terry Etim
-Dale Hartt vs. Dennis Siver
-Paul Taylor vs. Peter Sobotta
-Roli Delgado vs. Paul Kelly
-Stefan Struve vs. Denis Stojnic
-Rick Story vs. John Hathaway
Here are some notable betting odds; I got these from bodoglife.com
Cain Velasquez -155
Cheick Kongo +150
Analysis: A little strange to see the UFC veteran Cheick Kongo the underdog in this fight, but he did take the bout on short notice and Cain Velasquez is steam rolling through the heavyweight competition. Kongo is hungry for a win because he feels a win would put him directly in line for a heavyweight title shot.
Kongo has steadily improved, and will be Velasquez’ toughest test to date.
If you like betting the underdog, this is a pretty good fight to drop a few bucks on.
Mike Swick -205
Ben Saunders +165
Analysis: No surprises here. Swick, the more experienced of the two fighters, is favored. This fight has fight of the night potential, as both guys are explosive and fast and are hungry for the knockout. In these types of fights, anything can happen, so , again, if you like to bet on the underdog…
Marcus Davis -215
Dan Hardy +175
Analysis: I love a good grudge match. This will be a stand up war, as both of these guys are predominately stand up fighters and really want to knock the other guy out. I wouldn’t bet against Marcus Davis. I think he is going to be a little too much for Hardy to handle.
Mirko Cro Cop -500
Mostapha Al Turk +300
Analysis: This fight has upset of the night written all over. Cro Cop has claimed he has rededicated himself to fighting and wants to make a run at the UFC heavyweight title. He has also faced very sub par competition since leaving the UFC. Mirko has virtually no ground game what so ever, and Mustapha likes to ground and pound his opponents.
I’d love to see a vicious old school Cro Cop knockout, but who knows.
NOTE: As i was typing this analysis, bodog just changed the odds on this fight significantly. Mirko is now at -375 and Mustapha Al Turk is at +285. Every 1 dollar spent on Mustapha will pay out 2.85.
Rich Franklin -150
Wanderlei Silva +120
Analysis: After losing 4 of his last 5, It’s no surprise Wanderlei is the underdog here. Still, he is Wanderlei Silva and has the ability to knock your head into the 28th row at any given time. I am really anxious to see this fight. The +120 isn’t enticing enough for me to drop serious dough on Wanderlei.