UFC 145 comes live tonight from the Phillips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. The main event will feature former friends Rashad Evans and current UFC World Light Heavyweight Champion Jon "Bones" Jones. The prelims will begin on FX at 8:00 p.m. Saturday before the main card begins at 10:00 p.m. on pay-per-view. Two matches on the under card will be shown live on the UFC's Facebook page.
The odds for the main event have Jones as a massive favorite of -440 (Risk $440 to win $100) and Evans is a major underdog at +360 (Risk $100 to win $360). The event was originally scheduled to take place back on March 24 but was canceled and moved to April 21 because of scheduling problems. UFC Primetime returned to air content as the fight came closer and closer to eventually taking place. Both Evans and Jones were friends at one point, but now will square off against each other for the right to be called the Light Heavyweight Champion. The event has been anticipated by millions for quite some time as the former friendship has made the bout personal.
Official preliminary UFC 145 cardFeatherweight bout: Marcus Brimage vs. Maximo BlancoWelterweight bout: Keith Wisniewski vs. Chris ClementsLightweight bout: Mac Danzig vs. Efrain EscuderoCatchweight (158 lbs) bout: John Makdessi vs. Anthony NjokuaniWelterweight bout: Matt Brown vs. Stephen ThompsonHeavyweight bout: Travis Browne vs. Chad Griggs
Official main UFC 145 card and odds
Lightweight bout: Mark Bocek (-350) vs. John Alessio Featherweight bout: Mark Hominick (-600) vs. Eddie YaginBantamweight bout: Miguel Torres (-125) vs. Michael McDonaldHeavyweight bout: Brendan Schaub (-285) vs. Ben RothwellWelterweight bout: Rory MacDonald (-545) vs. Che MillsLight Heavyweight Championship bout: Jon Jones (-460) vs. Rashad Evans
Most of the odds for the bouts in UFC 145 include heavy favorites. Mark Bocek is favored -350 (Risk $350 to win $100) over John Alessio, which means he has a 77.78% chance to win the match. In the featherweight bout on the main card, Mark Hominick is a -600 (Risk $600 to win $100) favorite over Eddie Yagin. The heavy juice on Hominick means he has an 85.71% chance of winning the bout. In the heavyweight matchup between Brenden Schaub and Ben Rothwell, Schaub is a -285 favorite, making him a 74.03% chance of winning the fight. Rory MacDonald is also a heavy favorite over Che Mills in their matchup at welterweight. MacDonald checks in at -545, meaning he has an 84.50% chance of winning his match over Mills.
Making picks for matches such as these with inflated prices, it's not safe money management. However, going on pure picking alone, it does give the bettor an idea into who should and probably will win the match. In dealing with the UFC at sportsbooks online, unless specified by the book, a fighter winning a match can happen in any way, whether it be decision, TKO or forfeit. The above odds are for the favored athlete to win the match, regardless of how it happens.
Official UFC 145 picks:
Blanco over BrimageClements over WisniewskiDanzig over EscuderoNjokuani over MakdessiThompson over BrownBrowne over GriggsTorres over McDonaldBocek over AlessioHominick over YaginSchaub over RothwellMacDonald over MillsEvans over Jones
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