UFC 168 Lines and Odds

UFC 168 Silva versus Weidman II Odds

12/24/13 in MMA   |   GeorgeMon   |   159 respect

Jul 6, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA;  Chris Weidman during the post fight press conference at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Weidman defeated Anderson Silva for the Middleweight Chamionship in a TKO in the second round. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Last July, at UFC 162, Anderson Silva dropped his hand and invited Chris Weidman to strike with him. The result, after Silva showed utter distain for Weidman’s punching power, was the knockout heard around the MMA world.
Anderson ‘The Spider’ Silva was knocked out cold. It may have been the most shocking moment in UFC history.
The fallout from the matchup had Silva apologist claiming everything from a conspiracy to a ‘lucky’ punch, but not acknowledging that Weidman took advantage of a situation many other fighters could not—Silva’s clowning in the ring. The former middleweight champion and MMA’s ‘greatest of all-time’ made a career out of dropping his hands and luring his opponents into a striking match they could not possibly win—hence the nickname ‘The Spider’.
That was until the undefeated Chris Weidman showed up.
This Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s year end card, UFC 168, the world will find out if Anderson Silva was simply caught by a ‘lucky’ punch or has simply met his match in a younger and hungrier fighter.
Silva is a -185 favorite over the champion Weidman and has become one of the few challengers favored in a title fight. Past occurrences include Jon Jones’ title fight against ‘Shogun’ Rua, Lyoto Machida’s fight against then champion Rashad Evans and both of Frankie Edgars’ second fights against BJ Penn and Gray Maynard.
Making a prediction in this matchup is difficult because no outcome would be shocking after the events of Silva/Weidman I. If Anderson came out and dismantled the champion within a round, no seasoned UFC observer would be shocked. But if Weidman comes out and out-grapples and submits or decisions Silva, that would not be shocking as either. Heck, Silva dropping his hands again and getting KO by Weidman in a repeat of their first fight isn’t out of the question either.
However, this matchup will probably end with the Champion imposing his superior wrestling and grappling skills on the Brazilian and either earning a decision or early fight submission. The +155 payout is too good of a price to pass up on. The Champion is younger, and wants this fight much more than Silva does. Here is a quick look at the odds for the rest of the pay-per-view card.
UFC 168 Odds
Anderson Silva (-185) vs. Chris Weidman (+155)
Ronda Rousey (-650) vs. Miesha Tata (+450)
Josh Barnett (-245) vs. Travis Browne (+185)
Jim Miller (-500) vs. Fabricio Camoes (+350)
Dustin Poirier (-240) vs. Diego Brandao (+180)
Uriah Hall (-275) vs. Chris Leben (+215)
Gleison Tibau (-155) vs. Michael Johnson (+125)
Dennis Siver (-275) vs. Manvel Gamburyan (+215)
Siyar Bahadurzada (-160) vs. John Howard (+130)
Bobby Voelker (-175) vs. William Macario (+145)
Robbie Peralta (-200) vs. Estevan Payan (+145)
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