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Frank MirUnnamed sources have confirmed that Frank Mir will fight Roy Nelson at UFC 130, which will take place on May 28th, 2011 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. While Roy Nelson is still feeding off the momentum from his win during The Ultimate Fighter, and found himself in a number-one contender’s matchup just three fights in to his short UFC career, it’s still questionable if he deserves to be mentioned amongst the stalwarts of the heavyweight division.

A matchup against Frank Mir, who decisively defeated Mirko Cro Cop at UFC 119 in September will determine whether Nelson is truly a contender for the strap, or if Mir is rightfully done in that respect. If you’re going to bet UFC 130, you’re basically hedging between two guys fighting to save their careers. Still, there is a chance for Mir to retain some relevancy in the division especially with major injuries rampaging the guys ahead of him.

The heavyweight division has been torn asunder by injuries, most notably to reigning heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez who is sidelined for the next 6-8 months because of shoulder surgery. Nobody is more frustrated by this than Junior dos Santos, who earned a shot at the title after beating Roy Nelson at UFC 117. Needless to say, it will be a very long wait for dos Santos.

Value to be Found Betting UFC/MMA

I read an interesting article this morning regarding the fact that boxing is still the sport that “major” gamblers bet in order to make profit. First, I’m not exactly sure what the definition of a “major” gambler is, and second the article correctly defined what I’ve been saying all along about value found in betting UFC/MMA.

If you wager $100,000 on any single event, then, yes, bet boxing. It makes more sense to take Floyd Mayweather Jr. at -600 to beat a guy with no shot, but if all you’re betting is around $100 bucks on each fight or so, like probably most of us who read the articles in the locker room are doing, then definitely turn to UFC/MMA in the online sportsbook.

Fabricio Werdum recently beat Fedor Emelianenko as a big long shot. Brock Lesnar beat Shane Carwin as a less than -200 favorite. Favorites lose all of the time in UFC/MMA. So, if you’re a gambler who likes to make wagers and get value for your money, then look to bet on UFC/MMA.

UFC/MMA wagering right now is more akin to betting on baseball or horse racing. Finding value is more important than putting a huge wager on a “sure thing” like Mayweather or Manny Pacquaio because most sports gamblers don’t have the type of bankroll needed to make $20,000 off of a $100,000 bet on Mayweather or Pacquaio

To me, that betting fact speaks volumes about how terrific MMA fighters really are and also how competitive the sport remains compared to the Hollywood-ization of boxing. Just like Hollywood, where anybody could probably name the 5 male actors that make almost all of the money in the film industry, boxing is made up of about 5 moneymaking fighters. Not in MMA. In MMA there are great fighters in every division. Case in point? Check out what’s coming up at both UFC 117 and UFC 118.


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