UFC 137 Fight Card: Updated Main Card Betting Odds and Predictions

Robert GardnerSenior Analyst IOctober 10, 2011

UFC 137 Fight Card: Updated Main Card Betting Odds and Predictions

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    Now that UFC 136 is officially in the books it is time to shift our attention forward to UFC 137 where welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre will be looking to defend his title against former WEC welterweight champion Carlos Condit.

    Also featured on the card is a matchup between former Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz and former UFC lightweight and welterweight champion BJ Penn.

    UFC 137 is simply stacked from top to bottom and after all of the excitement fans were treated to at UFC 136 it will hopefully live up to expectations.

Hatsu Hioki vs Goerge Roop, Featherweight

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    No betting lines have been set for this fight yet.

    A former Shooto and Sengoku champion Hatsu Hioki will be making his UFC debut against the always game veteran George Roop.

    Roop is a fun guy to watch but he is too inconsistent to be seen as a real threat to a fighter the caliber of Hioki.

    Prediction: Hatsu Hioki via second round submission 

Mirko Cro Cop vs Roy Nelson, Heavyweight

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    No betting lines have been set for this fight yet.

    Many believe that this will be Mirko Cro Cop's swan song seeing as how he is coming off of back to back KO loses but Roy Nelson wasn't exactly impressive in his last outing and he to is coming off of back to back loses.

    That said Nelson has the most to prove because he needs this win more than Cro Cop does. Add that to his tremendous grappling ability and underrated striking game and Nelson should be able to pull off the victory.

    Prediction: Roy Nelson via unanimous decision

Cheick Kongo vs Matt Mitrione, Heavyweight

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    Cheick Kongo +105

    Matt Mitrione -135

    Matt Mitrione is one of the brightest prospects on the UFC roster. He is big, strong, athletic and he is continually showing marked improvements in every fight but this fight with Cheick Kongo will be the toughest test of his young career.

    Kongo is the ultimate gatekeeper of the heavyweight division and his job is to show whether or not Mitrione is ready to take the next step in his career.

    Kongo is a talented striker and he has only been knocked out once in his career but Mitrione has incredible power and he could give Kongo's chin a real test.

    Prediction: Matt Mitrione via unanimous decision

BJ Penn vs Nick Diaz, Welterweight

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    BJ Penn -125

    Nick Diaz -105

    This fight has the potential to be epic, both Penn and Diaz are excellent boxers and both are top tier grapplers.

    This is the kind of matchup fight fans dream of as both men love to scrap but are technically proficient in just about every aspect of the game. The only place where someone will have an advantage is wrestling as Penn is very underrated in that department.

    As good as Diaz is I feel that Penn is just a little bit better in every aspect of the fight game.

    Prediction: BJ Penn via unanimous decision 

Georges St. Pierre vs Carlos Condit, UFC Welterweight Championship

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    Georges St. Pierre -400

    Carlos Condit +300

    Georges St. Pierre is coming into this fight a huge favorite and rightfully so as he will be looking to defend his title for the seventh straight time but Carlos Condit is no slouch and he should not be taken lightly.

    Condit is currently riding a four fight win streak with the last three coming by way of stoppage and he may just be the most dangerous fighter St. Pierre has faced since BJ Penn at UFC 94.

    What is going to make Condit so dangerous in this fight is the fact that he is extremely confident when fighting off of his back so he won't be afraid to take some chances on the feet.

    That said St. Pierre is as close to a prototypical fighter as there is in MMA and it is hard to pick against him because he is so good at taking fighters out of their element.

    Prediction: Carlos Condit via third round TKO