To the surprise of no one, fast-rising light heavyweight superstar Jon Jones is a significant favorite entering his August 1st scrap against veteran Vladimir Matyushenko.
Although Jones will likely exit the Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah with a convincing victory, -600 is a little too rich for my blood, but certainly not enough to hop on Vlady’s side of the fence.
My, how Takanori Gomi has fallen on some hard times …
Upset City Alert:
Understanding the event is still two months out and the lines are likely to change as gametime approaches, it was fairly surprising to see the Gambling Gods peg Yushin Okami more than a 2-to-1 favorite against Mark Munoz. While Okami is one of the most talented Japanese fighters to ever grace an Octagon canvas, his conservative style may not fare too well with Munoz’s relentless attack.
Here are the early betting lines for the freebie Versus broadcast:
Jake Ellenberger -155
John Howard +125
Joe Stevenson -240
Takanori Gomi +190
Yushin Okami -210
Mark Munoz +165
Jon Jones -600
Vladimir Matyushenko +400