UFC 126 Betting Preview: Belfort vs. Silva

UFC 126 posterIn a battle of Brazilians, Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort will challenge UFC middleweight champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva in the main event of UFC 126 on Saturday night at a sold-out Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas (10 p.m. ET, PPV).

Silva is currently listed as a -280 favorite at SBGGlobal.com; Belfort is a +210 underdog. The scheduled five-round championship bout will highlight a compelling 11-fight card.

Other fights include Forrest Griffin vs. Rich Franklin, Jake Ellenberger vs. Carlos Eduardo Rocha, Miguel Torres vs. Antonio Banuelos and Jon Jones vs. Ryan Bader.

The preliminary card features six bouts including two which will be shown on Spike TV with Donald Cerrone vs. Paul Kelly and Chad Mendes vs. Michihiro Omigawa. The fight between Norifumi Yamamoto vs. Demetrious Johnson will actually be streamed for free on Facebook.

The other three bouts on the preliminary card include Paul Taylor vs. Gabe Ruediger, Kyle Kingsbury vs. Ricardo Romero and Mike Pierce vs. Kenny Robertson.

It will be the ninth consecutive title defense for Silva (27-4-0). One of the big questions heading into this match is the champion’s motivation.

When he gives a full effort, there is no one better than Silva. Yet, we rarely get to see a full effort; Silva hasn’t lost in seven years and sometimes he simply looks disinterested in the Octagon.

Meanwhile, there is some debate as to whether Belfort (19-8) deserves a title shot. The former light heavyweight champ, who has lost to Chuck Liddell, Tito Ortiz and Randy Couture twice, has not fought since UFC 103 in September 2009.

Belfort beat Rich Franklin by TKO in that fight, his fifth straight win as a middleweight. However, while training for his first scheduled fight with Silva, he suffered a severe shoulder injury that required surgery.

Now fully recovered, Belfort has resumed his career and will finally get his long-awaited shot against Silva.

If Silva lacks motivation come Saturday, Belfort has the power to surprise the Champ. However, the reports coming out of Belfort’s camp suggest the fighter wants to turn this fight into a slugfest. If that happens, Belfort may just wake the sleeping giant and get crushed in the process.

Outside of the main event, the fight of the night may be Ryan “Darth” Bader vs. Jon “Bones” Jones. Bader (12-0-0) is an All-American wrestler with heavy hands, while Jones (11-1-0) is skilled in wrestling, Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai.

Jones is listed as a -325 favorite at SBGGlobal.com; Bader is a +225 underdog.

Here are the main event odds at SBG Global.com:

Franklin (-160) vs. Griffin (+120)
Torres (-370) vs. Banuelos (+270)
Ellenberger (-300) vs. Rocha (+220)

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