By JOHN SPECHT
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer
As it looks now, this is not going to be one of the better UFC's to place legal wagers on, but we will go over some of the bigger fights. Not all the fights on the card for UFC 114 are available to bet on yet, but we will cover the ones the are. I will address the others as the odds come out at a later time.
We will start with the biggest underdog that is out so far, Dan “The Upgrade” Lauzon vs. Efrain “Hecho en Mexico” Escudero. This also happens to be one of the televised preliminary fights on Spike before the PPV action starts. Dan Lauzon is coming of only his third loss in his young career, after reeling off a run of eight wins in a row. Escudero will be looking to get back to his winning ways after suffering the first loss of his 14 fight career. Escudero is a huge favorite, coming in at a -500, with Lauzon a +325. I like this fight, and it is worth risking 1-2% of your total bankroll. These are the types of bets, that if wagered on with the right amounts, will end up building your bankroll incrementally over time. But you have to stick to the plan and not give in to those impulses of the big, quick, easy win.
We will jump to the main event next, as that is the next best fight to cover of the ones available right now. No way you could have missed hearing about the long overdue showdown with Mr. T, errr… Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. known nipple grabber, Rashad “Sugar” Evans. Dana White recently announced the winner of this one will get a title shot versus current champion, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. This is a fairly close matchup.
Rampage will get you a little more return on your wager though, coming in at -105 and Evans at a -125. Quinton Jackson would net you $1 for every $1.05. Like the fight above, I like Jackson's chances based on the return compared to Evans. I could see Rashad getting KO'd in this one. I think “Rampage” has been in too many wars to let this one slip by as he looks to get one more title shot before the end of his career. Hard not to imagine the hype behind a second Jackson vs. Shogun, in the UFC nonetheless.
Remember, always stay within 3-5% of your total betting funds available, and try to find those “diamond in the rough” wagers, where the underdog in the given fight has a decent chance of the win. At least enough to wager the small amount on. Over time if consistent, these small incremental winnings will build up, thus raising what amounts to be your 3-5%.