UFC 161: Last-Minute Odds for Main Card Fights

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistJune 15, 2013

Apr 27, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; Roy Nelson (white shorts)  celebrates defeating Cheick Kongo (not pictured) during UFC 159 at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
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With just a few hours until the UFC 161 pay-per-view from the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, many MMA fans are excited about betting on the event and are looking for the best last-minute odds.

If you’re looking to make a wager on Saturday’s bouts, these are the most up-to-date odds for the entire UFC 161 main card and the safest and riskiest picks for the night.


Full UFC 161 Main Card Odds

Rashad Evans (-140) vs. Dan Henderson (+110)

Roy Nelson (-275) vs. Stipe Miocic (+215)

Ryan Jimmo (-270) vs. Igor Pokrajac (+210)

Alexis Davis (-400) vs. Rosi Sexton (+300)

Pat Barry (-120) vs. Shawn Jordan (-110)

*Odds via Bovada.lv


Safest Bet: Roy Nelson (-275)

If you’re looking for the safest bet of UFC 161, look no further than heavyweight bruiser Roy Nelson. With three straight knockouts against serious competition, Nelson will be looking to earn a title shot by dominating Stipe Miocic on Saturday.

Miocic is a stellar fighter who has the power to do some serious damage on Nelson, but his main issue is his own chin. As seen from Miocic’s loss to Stefan Struve at the end of 2012, he can be knocked out.

This bout has been set up for Nelson to shine and knock Miocic out.

These two men are brutal fighters who look to stand in the middle of the Octagon and knock out their opponent. While Miocic deserves credit, Nelson and his 12 career KO victories will make it 13 on Saturday night in Canada.


Riskiest Bet: Rashad Evans (-140)

Rashad Evans is one of the best fighters in the light heavyweight division, but Dan Henderson can never be taken lightly. While Evans has the ability and skill to steal the victory, Hendo is too dangerous to bet against.

Evans is coming off two straight losses and hasn’t looked like the dominant star he once did earlier in his career. Henderson is also coming off a loss, but the 42-year-old has proven throughout his storied career he can win after a tough loss.

This will be an all-out war in the Octagon, and with two great wrestlers with even better striking ability squaring off in the main event Saturday, this bout could easily go either way.

Evans may win, but he is far from a safe bet.