On less than 4 weeks notice, Rich Franklin slides into the co-main event slot at UFC 147 against Wanderlei Silva. Find out what the line opened at and who’s favored for the rematch. Plus, info on Garcia vs. Grice and Jorgensen vs. Wineland.
Rich Franklin steps in for Belfort
These two originally met back in '09 at a catch-weight of 195 lbs. Their fight at UFC 99 earned fight of the night honors
and ended in a controversial decision where the judges seemingly favored Franklin’s activity and output over Silva’s aggression and harder shots landed.
The line opened at +110 on Franklin
as many were surprised to see him released as an underdog. The expected action since then has heavily swayed the line over 40 cents in Rich’s favor to the point where he’ now hovering around -145 at most shops.
All this of course puts Franklin’s prior scheduling against Cung Le on hold. Cung will likely remain on the UFC 148 card but will now instead face long time UFC veteran Patrick Cote on the maincard.
TUF Finale Results
Once again, Martin Kampman came back from the brink of defeat to dethrone one of the welterweight division’s top contenders on Friday.
After getting clipped in the first round from a reeling left hook, Martin managed to survive the first round onslaught and tie Jake up for the rest of the round.
At the start of round 2, Martin was still getting swarmed, but a short right hand on the inside managed to change all that as Jake was thoroughly rocked against the cage. From there, Kampman was able to unload with a few knees before securing the stoppage midway into the second round.
Our ultimate-fighter prediction, meanwhile, came up just short as Mike Chiesa went on to choke out Al Iaquinta in the first round. Chiesa impressively battled through the death of his father to become perhaps the most unassuming TUF champion in the history of the series.
UFC on FX 3: Undercard Betting Wrap-up
Everyone’s favorite featherweight brawler returns to action this Friday as Leonard Garcia attempts to snap a 4 fight losing streak against Matt Grice.
Garcia is one of the few fighters on the roster who you’re automatically looking to fade even without the release of a betting line. His refusal to adapt and evolve from a low level brawler has created some of the greatest betting opportunities in the last few years.
Grice is certainly playable at any dog price here and I’d even lock him up a slight favorite --no higher than -150.
The one betting line on this card that did get released over the weekend was Scott Jorgensen at-210 over his fellow WEC veteran Eddie Wineland.
Watching how poorly Wineland faded in a recent bout with Faber, and taking into consideration Jorgensen’s wrestling advanatages, the line for this fight seems fair.
Wineland will likely have his moments on the feet, and he may even steal the first round, but ultimately Scott’s pace and grind should be more than enough to secure the last two rounds, if not a clean 30-27 sweep.