Roles Reversed For UFC 91 Betting Odds: Lesnar Now Favored To Defeat Couture

Brad BarrettCorrespondent IOctober 31, 2008

In a reversal of roles, Brock Lesnar is now even or more heavily favored than Randy Couture among most on-line betting sites.

I'm not a gambler, but like any other fan of MMA, I like to take everything into account before I look into my own crystal ball and put my predictions out there. Certainly on-line betting sites have accuracy in their best interest, as their living depends on it. I'd like to ask a few questions to those of you who know a little more about how these betting lines work and how they change. 

Why have the odds reversed? When this fight was first announced, Lesnar was the underdog. What's different now? Does it have more to do with sharp money coming in on Lesnar or are there intangibles that the rest of us aren't privy to? Does it have anything to do with under-the-radar news from training camps, further evaluation of the stylistic match-up or is reality simply setting in that Couture simply HAS to be in the twilight of his career?

Perhaps it doesn't have anything to do with Couture. Is it because Brock is starting to look more and more like he really will be a force to be reckoned with?

If I was a betting man, I'd guess the lines merely fluctuate by how much money is coming in on each fighter. If this is the case, why do you think Lesnar is such a favorite in the minds of those folks brave enough to put their money where there mouth is?

Lastly, does this play right into Randy's game? How often have we seen Couture win when he wasn't supposed to? If memory serves, it's something like... every time.