Tuesday, January 13, 2009

UFC 93 - Betting Odds from Bodog

UFC 93: Franklin vs. Henderson will take place on January 17th at The O2 in Dublin, Ireland. This will mark the first UFC event to be held in Dublin, and it’s also the first UFC event of the new year.

In the main event, former middleweight champ Rich “Ace” Franklin will move up to light heavyweight to challenge former PRIDE champ, Dan “Hondo” Henderson. According to reports, the winner of this match will be paired against Michael Bisping as coaches for the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter.

In the co-main event, light heavyweight Mauricio “Shogun” Rua will return to the octagon after a shocking loss to Forrest Griffin. He’ll take on Mark “The Hammer” Coleman, a former UFC heavyweight champion and member of the UFC Hall of Fame. There‘s some bad blood between these two, but we‘ll discuss that later in the article.


Below is the full card for UFC 93. I’ve also included the current betting odds from Bodog, just in case you want to wager a little cash on your favorite MMA superstar. Check back with Bodog daily, as odds will be offered on all fights prior to Saturday’s event.

Preliminary Card

Welterweight bout: Martin Kampmann vs. Alexandre Barros

Light Heavyweight bout: Eric Schafer vs. Antonio Mendes

Light Heavyweight bout: Tomasz Drwal vs. Ivan Serati

Welterweight bout: Thomas Egan vs John Hathaway

Lightweight bout: Nate Mohr vs. Dennis Siver

Main Card

Middleweight bout: Jeremy Horn vs. Rousimar Palhares

Welterweight bout: Marcus Davis -135 vs. Chris Lytle +105

Middleweight bout: Alan Belcher +240 vs. Denis Kang -300

Light Heavyweight bout: Mark Coleman +300 vs. Mauricio Rua -450

Light Heavyweight bout: Rich Franklin EVEN vs. Dan Henderson -130


On paper, this would appear to be a huge mismatch, but so did Griffin vs. Rua. While Coleman is a member of the UFC Hall of Fame, he’s also 44-years-old, hasn’t fought in over two years, and his last match was a thorough beating at the hands of Fedor Emelianenko. Still, he does hold a win over Mauricio Rua.

At PRIDE 31, Coleman and “Shogun” Rua faced one another. Coleman, with Phil “The New York Badass” Baroni is his corner, quickly took his opponent down. Rua got up a short time later, but Coleman managed to grab his legs and trip him. Rua landed awkwardly and dislocated his elbow.

That’s where the trouble started. While the fight should have been over, Coleman followed up by punching Rua repeatedly. Once the ref had stopped the contest, an overly-psyched Coleman pushed the referee aside and started yelling at Murilo “Ninja” Rua, who had entered the ring to check on the condition of his fallen brother.

All hell then broke loose when members of the Chute Boxe Academy (which Rua was part of) entered the ring. Chute Boxe member Wanderlei Silva began struggling with Baroni, but Baroni punched Silva and tackled him to the ground. Before the melee was stopped, Coleman managed to stomp on Silva’s throat.

Coleman later apologized backstage, but the members of Chute Boxe refused to accept. Both sides vowed to settle the score at a later date.

Looks like that day is finally here.

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