UFC 153: Silva vs. Bonnar Betting Odds and Predictions
The UFC has been bit by the injury bug as of late. UFC 151 was completely cancelled, the main event at 152 changed three times and the two headlining fights for UFC 153 were both cancelled on the same day. In the wake of what was supposed to be Aldo vs. Koch, then Aldo vs. Edgar, we now have Anderson Silva vs. Stephan Bonnar. The big question heading into the event is whether Bonnar can pull of a ‘Rocky-like’ upset? Let’s take a look at the odds and make some predictions.
Anderson Silva will be a 12-1 favorite heading to his UFC 153 fight against Stephan Bonnar.
Anderson Silva (-1200) vs. Stephan Bonnar (+700): This is a fight that has been panned by many fight fans and MMA experts alike, but this is a dangerous match up for Silva. Bonnar is the bigger and stronger fighter. He has never been knocked out or submitted in a fight, and most importantly has nothing to lose. Of course Silva is a 12 to 1 favorite, as he should be, but this fight has all the ingredients of a major upset. Bonnar is a fighter that will not be afraid of the Champion and is going to stand in the center of the Octagon and trade blows. What ever happens in this fight, at least we know it will not be boring. Bonnar will either pull off the greatest upset in UFC history or Silva will add another spectacular knockout to his resume. Prediction: Silva is going to win this fight, but Bonnar has so much value at +700. If you are looking to gamble, betting Bonnar looks like a great spot.
Minotauro Nogueira (-310) vs. Dave Herman (+250)
: Nogueira is the better fight in every area. He is better standing and better on the ground, but can we really expect the 36 year old fighter, who is also coming off a gruesome arm injury to win this fight? This is a situation were the odds are completely off. Nogueria is the better fighter, but the value on the young and hungry Herman is just too good to pass up. Herman is a solid striker with power in his hands and will have a real shot at winning this fight. Prediction
: Herman pulls of the upset with a late fight TKO.
Erick Silva (-130) vs. Jon Fitch (+110)
: Erik Silva is a lightening quick and dynamic fighter. His fight against the methodical and smothering Jon Fitch will be an interesting style match up. Silva is the favorite here, and I can see why, but Fitch has only lost twice in his last 24 fights. Silva may be the new age of MMA but I will need to see him prove it before I jump on the boat. Prediction
: Fitch by decision.
Glover Teixeira (-400) vs. Fabio Maldonado (+325)
: Glover Teixeira is supposed to be the next big thing in MMA. He will have his chance to prove himself at UFC 153 when he takes on the dangerous former professional boxer Fabio Maldonado. Prediction
: Teixeira by early TKO.