The UFC goes Down Under for its biggest event so far for the new year on Saturday, February 20.
To whom much is given, much is expected, and that axiom certainly holds true when it comes to the UFC. The organization is stacked with perhaps the most talented lineup of fighters any league has ever seen in the history of MMA, and the pressure has been on the league to start producing great cards.
But recent UFC cards have been derailed by injuries and pay-per-view numbers have dropped across the board.
Now, the UFC is getting back to business with UFC 110, an event that should be hugely popular among both UFC fans and the UFC betting community.
What makes UFC 110 so appealing to the UFC and MMA betting communities is that it features a ton of big names. Guys like Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Mirko Cro Cop, and Wanderlei Silva among others are not just well-known in the US among MMA fans but also across the world since all three are former PRIDE legends.
Throw in a former Ultimate Fighter TV show star in Joe Stevenson, a hometown guy in George Sotiropoulos, and Britain's most popular fighter, Michael Bisping and UFC 110 has the makings of a pay-per-view and MMA betting success the likes of which the organization hasn't seen in months.
The UFC 110 betting highlight of the night is the much-anticipated Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogeuira vs. Cain Velasquez fight as two of the top five contenders to Brock Lesnar's UFC heavyweight crown will square in a fight that might land the winner and future title shot depending on how things go at UFC 111 with Frank Mir vs. Shane Carwin.
The BetUS.com Sportsbook currently has Nogueira and velasquez deadlocked at -115 odds. There might not be a true favorite among the oddsmakers going into this UFC 110 clash in Australia, but the MMA betting community has its own varying opinions on just who might take home the victory in this one.
Nogeuria excels as both the underdog and the favorite as he is the only man to hold both PRIDE and UFC titles at heavyweight. In his last fight at UFC 102, he took care of the favorite Randy Couture in dominating fashion.
Velasquez on the other hand hasn't faced a fighter of Nogueira's caliber, but the American Kickboxing Academy product is one of the best wrestlers in MMA and one of the true rising stars in the UFC.
The over/under for number of rounds in this one is two making for another intriguing betting option.
Another PRIDE legend will try to take home a big win at UFC 110 as well on the night as Wanderlei Silva will take on Michael Bisping.
Silva, aka “The Axe Murderer,” is a slight -145 to +115 favorite over “The Count” going in despite having lost five of his last six fights, although his most recent loss to Rich Franklin was highly questionable as a decision from the judges.
Bisping meanwhile would seem to be the favorite based on paper just going by the stats, but he lacks the power and big-time fight experience that Silva brings to the table as the UFC betting favorite at UFC 110.
Stevenson meanwhile will battle Australian rising star Sotiropoulos in a matchup between two excellent ground fighters.
Sotiropoulos enters the fight undefeated in UFC fights but Stevenson is still a big favorite on the BetUS.com Sportsbook at -300 to +220 for the underdog Sotiropolous.
Stevenson holds the edge in striking according to most UFC handicappers but Sotiropoulos might have a chance to pull the betting upset working off the ground as he is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt.
In other UFC 110, former Ultimate Fighter winner Ryan Bader is a slight favorite over light heavyweight veteran Keith Jardine at -155 odds to +125 for the underdog Jardine.
This one will be a matchup of the power and wrestling of Bader vs. the unorthodox striking and cardio of Jardine.
Finally on the night, former PRIDE legend Mirko Cro Cop takes on former IFL heavyweight champ Ben Rothwell.
Rothwell is a slight underdog at +120 to -150 for Cro Cop in what should be a competitive fight.
Cro Cop has looked awful lately but many handicappers still have confidence in him while Rothwell is still a bit of an unknown to the UFC betting community. But Rothwell remains a viable threat with his size and power.
The fights starts Feb. 20th at 10pm ET live from Sydney, Australia and will be available on PPV.