Chris Weidman continues to make headlines, this time it’s due to his status as a favorite against UFC veteran Demian Maia. Bodog rated Weidman(-200) as a favorite over Maia (+160), which is surprising given that he accepted the fight on very short notice and this is the highest pressure he has ever faced, being showcased as the opening bout on Fox. However he has been very impressive in his three UFC wins and having an undefeated record at 7-0 also bodes well for the fighter. But do you think Maia isn’t getting enough respect given his long standing success in the UFC and amazing ground game?
In the second fight of the night, Chael Sonnen (-450) is a very high favorite compared to his opponent Michael Bisping (+325) in their clash to see who will fight for the UFC middleweight title next. It’s not a big surprise that Sonnen is the favorite but those odds make Bisping look like he shouldn’t even share the same cage with Sonnen.
Well Bisping says the naysayers are in for a shock because if Sonnen takes him down like he has other fighters, he’ll get submitted.
“I’m going to get the best Chael Sonnen possible I know that. But his jiu-jitsu won’t be too slick. Chael Sonnen can take me down if he likes, because I know I can submit him off my back. I know I can. That’s his big weakness. I may not have a black belt, but I consider myself a black belt. I’ve been rolling with Jake Shields, Dean Lister and a wash of other world champions. Believe me, if Chael Sonnen takes me down, he better be prepared to get submitted. Working with these guys recently, these top level jiu-jitsu guys, has really brought on my game and I am so comfortable on my back right now. In the past I have stood fights up a lot but the way I am training right now, I will be delighted if Chael takes me down. If he does, then it will be a short night for him.”
Two great fights to start the night at UFC on FOX 2 on January 28th. We’ll see if the betting odds hold any merit when these fighters actually step in the cage.