We’ll have some official selections on UFC 103 later this week, but for now here are the current UFC 103 betting odds with a brief comment on each fight. While some mainstream media types have panned the UFC 103 fight card for lacking a ‘marquee matchup’, MMA hardcores have praised the card as top to bottom one of the most solid and competitive of the year. MMA betting enthusiasts, meanwhile, will find no shortage of attractive underdogs on which to wager.
Rich Franklin -155
Vitor Belfort +125
Rich Franklin remains at a high level, but you gotta love the value in this catchweight fight with the underdog Vitor Belfort. Belfort has some of the fastest hands in the sport and the ability to knockout even tough SOBs like his Affliction: Day of Reckoning victim Matt Lindland. Franklin has looked very sharp of late, but this line may reflect the general public’s greater familiarity with Franklin relative to Belfort than it does any qualitative advantage in the fight.
Mirko Cro Cop +110
Junior Dos Santos -140
Another live dog in Croatian striking machine Mirko Cro Cop. Cro Cop’s career has had its ups and downs since leaving PRIDE for the UFC, and the question now is simply: ‘Does he have anything left’? We’re thinking he does, and you’re getting one of the most feared strikers in the history of MMA as an underdog. Dos Santos is a nice young fighter, but his biggest wins have been over Stephan Struve and Fabrico Werdum. Cro Cop has fought the best of the best and won the PRIDE Open Weight GP Title by beating Josh Barnett and Wanderlei Silva. On the same night. Cro Cop looked fairly decent in his last UFC fight, though he competed without using his legendary kicks due to recent knee surgery. Now he says he’s 100% physically. Cro Cop may not be the fighter he was in 2006 but that line about ‘right leg—hospital, left leg—cemetery’ is no joke. Don’t be surprised if Cro Cop wins by KO here with Dos Santos introduced to his trademark high left kick.
Martin Kampmann No line
Paul Daley No line
Paul ‘Semtex’ Daley is a late replacement for Mike Swick, who suffered an injury in training. Fight is currently off the board.
Frank Trigg +290
Josh Koshchek -360
Another attractive underdog in veteran Trigg, who is getting nearly 3/1 against Sideshow Bob…er…Josh Kosheck. Koshcheck one of the best wrestlers in MMA, while Trigg has lost only to the best of the best (GSP, Matt Hughes, Hayato ‘Mach’ Sakurai, Robbie Lawler, Carlos Condit).
Tyson Griffin -305
Hermes Franca +245
Franca enters having lost two of his last three fights, and may need a win here to remain in the UFC. He’ll have a tough opponent against one of the UFC’s ‘human highlight films’, Tyson Griffin. Much like Clay Guida (whom Griffin defeated by split decision in a ‘fight of the year’ candidate bout), you’re not going to outwork Griffin.
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