UFC 104 Betting Odds Preview

Jack RollaContributor ISeptember 24, 2009

UFC 104 invades Los Angeles, CA on Oct. 24. It is an event that is surely going to make up a great night for both the fighters and MMA fans alike.

Lyoto Machida is headlining the card, putting his Light-Heavyweight Championship on the line for the first time against Maurico Rua. This card features a total of 10 fights, five of which the "must-see" tag is written all over them.


Josh Neer (- -) vs. Gleison Tibau (- -)

With Sean Sherk sidelined because of an injury, Neer-vs.-Tibau has been made official for UFC 104.

Neer is coming off a UFC 101 loss via unanimous decision to Kurt Pellegrino and is a mediocre 2-2 in last four fights. Tibau is coming off the heels of a close split decision defeat at the TUF 9 Season Finale this past June against Melvin Guillard.

While both fighters are desperate for a victory, this is more of a must-win fight for Neer who may need a win just to keep in his spot in the promotion.

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Cain Velasquez (-260) vs. Ben Rothwell (+200)

With Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar slated to face the beastly Shane Carwin at UFC 106, Cain Velsquez will now step into the octagon against Ben Rothwell, one of the UFC’s latest acquisitions.

Velsquez can breathe a little easier with the “Engineer” out of the picture but shouldn’t take Rothwell lightly. A standout fighter in the heavyweight divisions of both the IFL and Affliction, Rothwell is a beast in his own right and hungry for blood in the coveted UFC ring.

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Joe Stevenson (-200) vs. Spencer Fisher (+160)

Joe Stevenson makes his return to the octagon after a dominating victory over Nate Diaz at the TUF 9 Finale in June. Stevenson controlled Diaz through all three rounds in route to unanimous decision win and co-winner of the Fight of the Night award.

He must now put his skills up against Spencer Fisher who convincingly beat MMA vet Caol Uno, marking is third straight UFC victory. Stevenson will surely have his hands full against an impressive Fisher who has won six of last eight fights.

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Anthony Johnson (-300) vs. Yoshiyuki Yoshida (+220)

In an intriguing matchup of two talented welterweights, Johnson and Yoshida will battle it out to determine just who will climb to the top of their division.

Johnson looked very dominant in his last two fights, coming off knock-out victories against Kevin Burns and Luigi Fioravanti, rebounding nicely after a rather controversial defeat to Burns the first time around.

Yoshida scored a submission win against Brandon Wolff at UFC 98, which saw him bounce back from a brutal knock-out loss to Josh Koshcheck last December. Both fighters look to extend on their winning streaks in what should be a very entertaining bout.

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Lyoto Machida (-450) vs. Maurico Rua (+325)

Machida and Rua is the battle of the “Dragon” vs. the “Shogun.” Both are coming off convincing victories as Machida captured the Light Heavyweight crown from the previously undefeated Rashad Evans and Rua made short work of Chuck Liddell.

Rua’s record of 18-3 is noteworthy but isn’t nearly as impressive as Machida who stands at 15-0. Look for these two Brazilian standouts to be bring the pain in what could easily be the Fight of the Night.


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