UFC 152 - Jones vs. Belfort Betting Odds
At UFC 152 in Toronto, Canada Jon Jones will face off against Vitor Belfort for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. Jones stands at 6’ 4”, weighing 205lbs with an unlisted reach and a 16-1-0 record. Belfort will come into this fight at 6’ 0”, weighing 205lbs, a 74” reach and a 21-9-0 record. Belfort is big on submissions with equal striking and takedown ratings; while Jones is big on takedowns and striking with a low but still dangerous submission rating.
Jon Jones is the reigning UFC light heavyweight champion. Jones has beat Rashad Evans (unanimous decision), Lyoto Machida (R2 submission), Rampage Jackson (R4 submission), Mauricio Rua (R3 KO/TKO) in his last for fights. He has held the title since beating Rua on March 19, 2011. The scheduled opponent for Jones was Dan Henderson but he had to withdraw from this fight due to injury. Dana White had difficulty finding someone next in line to fight Jones, as reports say no one wanted to take the fight. However, Vitor Belfort has fought at the middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight levels and was willing to take the fight as an opportunity of sorts and to challenge himself.
At age 35 Belfort sees himself as an old lion in a jungle of young lions. Dana White is betting that Belfort has not lost that explosive knockout power and will be a dangerous challenge for Jon Jones. Belfort has faced MMA greats such as Randy Couture, Chuck Liddell, Rich Franklin and Anderson Silva; he will certainly have the experience to take on the robust Jon Jones.
However, the bookmakers are not very optimistic about a Belfort victory. They have Jones the favorite at -750 and put Belfort at +475. Jones is Belfort’s junior by 10 years and at age 25 he has defended his title three times in the past year. Belfort will need to strike his way to a victory in this fight. Jones has a 100% takedown defensive rating; even having fought Rashad Evans who is a takedown master. If Belfort can strike Jones into fatigue, then he could knock him out or get a takedown to submission. If this fight goes the distance then Jones is the best bet. Jones will be looking strike hard with Belfort as strike defense is Belfort’s weakness.
Benavidez vs. Johnson
The tale of the tape is nearly identical for Joseph Benavidez and Demetrious Johnson as they prepare to meet at UFC 152. Benavidez is a balanced fighter with roughly equal submission, takedown and striking ratings; however, Johnson is predominately a takedown man with some striking power but very little submission rapport. This fight is for the first ever UFC Flyweight Title, the newly installed UFC division is inaugurated with this fight. The great thing about this new division will be the speed and mobility of these men. Benavidez is favored at -285, making Johnson the underdog at +225. Benavidez has won his last four fights but will have to improve his takedown defense to beat Johnson because Benavidez defends the takedown less than 50% of the time.
Bisping vs. Stann
Both Michael “The Count” Bisping and Brian “All-American” Stann are huge striking fighters. Their fight at UFC 152 should delight the crowd as the two fighters matchup well with the only significant difference being their records. Bisping is 23-4-0, while Stann is 12-4-0. If there’s a fighting edge it’s that Bisping’s takedowns are better than Stann’s and he has the experience edge (of note: the fighters are only two years apart in age). Bisping is favored to win at -175 and Stan is at +145. Bisping is looking to get a fight against Anderson Silva so he will need to have a strong fight to get his shot because he is one of four fighters who may be entertained as the next contender for the Middleweight Title. The other two contenders are Chris Weidman and Tim Boetsch who face off this December 29th in Las Vegas.
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