UFC 144 Betting Preview
UFC 144 Betting: Edgar vs. Henderson Bout Highlights Tokyo Card
by Bovada Sportsbook Staff
Saturday night’s UFC 144 will bring the next chapter for one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the UFC. Frank Edgar will be defending his UFC Lightweight title for the fourth time, and he’s coming at great price.
Other moneyline action already available at Bovada for UFC 144 includes a Light Heavyweight matchup between Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Ultimate Fighter winner Ryan Bader, and a Lightweight contender fight between Anthony Pettis and Joe Lauzon.
In total MMA bettors can currently get action on eleven UFC 144 fights at Bovada.
Can Henderson catch Edgar?
Since he beat B.J. Penn the first time almost two years ago Frank Edgar has dazzled MMA fans with his boxing skills, cardio, and sheer toughness. Now one of the top five pound-for-pound fighters in the sport, Edgar presents a tough puzzle to solve for any fighter at 155 pounds.
Oddsmakers at Bovada currently have the champion as a slight favorite to retain his title on Saturday night. However, at UFC odds of only -130 it seems that Edgar still has something to prove to handicappers against a dynamic fighter like Henderson.
The upset line of +100 on Henderson isn’t exactly a big payout when one considers he’s stepping into the Octagon against a top-five pound-for-pound champion, but the former WEC champ has only suffered one loss in his career and continually shows the ability to adapt in the Octagon regardless of the fighting style of his opponent.
Can Bader take down Rampage?
A little over a year ago Ryan Bader looked like he was the future of the UFC Light Heavyweight division. However, back-to-back losses to Jon Jones and Tito Ortiz halted his progression towards a title shot. A recent first-round KO of Jason Brilz was enough to earn him another fight with another big-name Light Heavyweight, but oddsmakers at Bovada are not giving Bader much of a chance at UFC 144.
Bader is currently handicapped as the +205 underdog against Jackson, who currently sits as the -265 favorite. Bader’s best chance to win will have to involve finding a way to get Rampage on his back and then wearing him down with control and ground-and-pound. However, taking down the former UFC Light Heavyweight champion is not an easy thing to do, and if Bader is unsuccessful he will eventually feel the power of Jackson’s strikes.
Can Lauzon get the upset again?
Since he first entered the UFC Joe Lauzon has been cashing in post-fight bonuses like they’re regular paychecks, with eight of his eleven fights coming with a fight bonus. Even in his three losses, all were Fight of the Night winners. And if there’s one thing about Lauzon MMA bettors can count on it’s that he’s stepping into the Octagon to finish the fight, and not leaving the outcome in the judges' hands.
Once again he will be stepping into the Octagon against one of the top contenders in the division, and once again he comes in as the underdog. Currently Bovada will pay +195 if Lauzon can upset the former WEC Lightweight champion, while a Pettis win bet currently comes with a reasonable price of -250.
Other UFC 144 moneyline action currently available at Bovada:
- Tie Quan Zhang (-300) vs. Issei Tamura (+230)
- Takeya Mizugaki (-200) vs. Chris Cariaso (+160)
- Steve Cantwell (+230 vs. Riki Fukuda (-300)
- Norifumi Yamamoto (-400) vs. Vaughan Lee (+300)
- Yoshihiro Akiyama (+230) vs. Jake Shields (-300)
- Takanori Gomi (-225) vs. Eiji Mitsuoka (+175)
- Cheick Kongo (-300) vs. Mark Hunt (+230)
- Bart Palasszewski (+155) vs. Hatsu Hioki (-195)
- Yushin Okami (-475) vs. Tim Boetsch (+325)