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Despite smashing through every opponent placed in front of him in the UFC octagon and crushing Cain Velasquez in their first meeting, Junior dos Santos is only considered a slight favorite to win the rematch between them.
In the first line released on the fight, noted oddsmaker Nick Kalikas installed the reigning UFC heavyweight champion as a -150 favorite over the ex-champ, who is a +120 underdog.
dos Santos (15-1) was also considered a slight favorite in the opening line of their first fight, though just barely, at -125 to Velasquez’s -105.
The Brazilian striking phenom has yet to lose a round in the UFC, winning all nine of his fights, including six by KO or TKO. In his most recent, of course, he finished Frank Mir due to strikes in the main event of UFC 146, marking his first title defense after beating Velasquez last November.
dos Santos has been favored for every fight in his UFC career except for his debut, when he came in as an unknown and starched Fabricio Werdum in just 81 seconds.
Velasquez (10-1) also looked outstanding at UFC 146, mauling Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva in a first-round TKO that took just 3:36. It was a quality rebound win for him after losing for the first time in his career, but notably, he also looked healthy. In the fight against dos Santos, he was fighting after a 13-month layoff due to shoulder surgery and was also said to have a knee problem.
The fight against Silva looked like vintage Velasquez, aggressive and powerful in looking for the early finish, a development that should bode well for any chance of regaining the heavyweight championship.
No date has yet been set for the anticipated rematch.
If it wasn’t for a back and forth, split-decision loss to Martin Kampmann in his UFC debut, Carlos Condit would be riding a 14 fight win streak as he enters into his next title fight. The current interim champ ideally would like to unify the belts in a fight with current champ, Georges St-Pierre, but …
Are you ready for some non-stop flyweight action? Jon Anik and Kenny Florian got together to discuss the upcoming 125lb rematch between Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson and Ian “Uncle Creepy” McCall. These two are poised to put on an epic show that should be even better than the first!
Check the official fight card after the jump
Main Card (FX)
Flyweight Tournament Semi-final bout: Demetrious Johnson vs. Ian McCall
Welterweight bout: Erick Silva vs. Charlie Brenneman
Welterweight bout: Mike Pyle vs. Josh Neer
Bantamweight bout: Eddie Wineland vs. Scott Jorgensen
Preliminary Card (FUEL TV)
Welterweight bout: Seth Baczynski vs Lance Benoist
Welterweight bout: Mike Pierce vs. Carlos Eduardo Rocha
Featherweight bout: Leonard Garcia vs. Matt Grice
Bantamweight bout: Dustin Pague vs. Jared Papazian
Lightweight bout: Tim Means vs. Justin Salas
Light heavyweight bout: Buddy Roberts vs. Caio Magalhaes
Lightweight bout: Henry Martinez vs. Bernardo Magalhaes
Welterweight bout: Jake Hecht vs. Sean Pierson
Mixed martial arts (MMA) fans just breathed a collective sigh of relief.
After reports from Brazilian news outlet Globo stated that Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight champion Anderson Silva suffered a knee injury during training, “The Spider” confirmed that the bout against arch-nemesis Chael Sonnen will go on as planned at UFC 148 on July 7, 2012, in Las Vegas, Nevada, and that the injury is nothing to worry about.
In what will be a rematch of their 2010 contest, which saw Sonnen dominate Silva for 4.5 rounds only to have victory snatched from his grasp in the final minutes, fans can relax knowing that one of the most anticipated rematches in MMA history will go on as planned as the Brazilian explains via his official Twitter account:
Gennnteeee my knee is doing very well thank you! , Stay calm day on July 7 will be doing my trabalho.osss
On a stacked card that has already suffered a major blow because of injury as the trilogy fight between Urijah Faber and UFC Bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz, which was set to serve as the evening’s co-main event, was nixed due to an injury to “The Dominator.”
Ironically enough, in their first encounter, which went down at UFC 117, “The Spider” revealed after his win that he was fighting through injured ribs, to which Sonnen obviously didn’t take to kindly. Perhaps the “American Gangster” won’t appreciate this bit of news, either.
For now, the 185-pound kingpin assures fans that everything is fine and that come Fourth of July weekend, he will be doing work.
Praise the MMA Gods.
Junior dos Santos had a big night in his first title defense at UFC 146. He was able to nullify his opponent Frank Mir’s offense and finish the fight in the second round emphatically, as he predicted. According to UFC boss, Dana White, the champs next fight will likely be against a familiar opponent. Former …