Silva vs. GSP: Betting Odds List Anderson Silva as Slight Favorite

McKinley NobleCorrespondent INovember 20, 2012

Jul. 7, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; UFC fighter Anderson Silva (right) celebrates after defeating Chael Sonnen during a middleweight bout in UFC 148 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE
Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

Does Georges St-Pierre stand a chance in a superfight against Anderson Silva?

According to BestFightOdds—a well-known website that aggregates gambling odds for mixed martial arts bouts—the potential battle between the top two pound-for-pound MMA fighters in the world only pegs Silva as a slight favorite ahead of St-Pierre.

Online gaming group Bovada, one of BestFightOdds' usual sources, is the first to list the following odds for the Silva vs. GSP match-up:

  • Anderson Silva (-185)
  • Georges St-Pierre (+150)

At a glance, that barely sets up Silva as a 2-to-1 favorite against the welterweight champion, although betting lines can shift wildly in the build to a fight.

Notably, Silva has not been listed at odds that low since a 2008 UFC/PRIDE title unification bout with Dan Henderson at UFC 82. Silva was listed as high as a -160 favorite for that match, while Henderson was a +140 underdog at the lowest.

St-Pierre also hasn't been given odds this close since his UFC 94 title defense against then-UFC lightweight champion B.J. Penn. Additionally, this is the first time GSP has ever been the underdog in a fight since BestFightOdds began archiving matches in 2007.

UFC president Dana White has been adamant that he can sign both fighters to a lucrative main event superfight that could potentially take place in Canada, Brazil or (most likely) the massive Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. St-Pierre himself has shown little interest in a catchweight bout, while trainer Firas Zahabi insists that Silva must cut down to 170 in order for the match to be fair.