Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar: Last-Minute Betting Guide to UFC 156 Main Event

Alex Ballentine@Ballentine_AlexFeatured ColumnistFebruary 2, 2013

August 11, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Benson Henderson (right) fights Frankie Edgar (left) during UFC 150 at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
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If you miss Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar, there's a good chance you'll miss out on the fight of the year. These two are going to put on a show when they close out UFC 156.

Those who want to add a little intrigue to an already awesome matchup have the option of doing so with a variety of wagering options from the good folks at Bovada. 

The Las Vegas-based site is offering the traditional money line on the fight but also offers more specific prop bets for the title fight. Here's a look at some of the most intriguing options along with the latest odds from Bovada.


Money Line: Jose Aldo (-170), Frankie Edgar (+140)

This is the closest line on the main card, and it should bear that out when these two are in the Octagon.

On paper this is about as close a fight as you can get. The slight edge in the line comes from the fact that Aldo is the champion and Edgar is the challenger. 

This is the most straightforward way to bet on this fight. If you think you know beyond the shadow of a doubt who will win, this is probably the best way to make your money. 


Method of Victory

Bovada allows you to wager on who will win and in what fashion. The site sets odds for nearly every possible outcome. These are the ones with the best value.

Aldo Wins in First Round (5/1)

If you're a firm believer in Aldo, this is a good bet to make. He's shown the ability to put opponents away in the first round. If he shocks Edgar with his power early on, 5/1 is a nice payout. 


Edgar Wins by Decision (+250)

Edgar by decision pays out about half as well as Aldo in the first round, but it's much more likely to happen. Edgar will look to use his excellent cardio and could take the fight in the later rounds. If Edgar pulls off the upset, it's most likely going to be by decision. This could be the best value on the whole card.


Over/Under: 4.5 Rounds

Over: -155

Under: +110

Essentially, this boils down to whether the fight goes to decision or not. If Edgar's past is any indication, we'll have to rely on the judges to sort this out. He's been to a decision 11 times in 19 career fights including five of his last six. 

Aldo is always capable of landing a flash-knockout blow, but he's been to a decision in two of his last three fights. It would certainly appear this one is destined to go the distance.