The latest installment of the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s prizefight cards gets underway this Saturday at the Prudential Centre in New Jersey, as Canadian phenomenon Georges St. Pierre defends his Welterweight belt against Emglishman Dan Hardy at UFC 111.
To nobody’s surprise, St. Pierre comes into the fight as a heavy favourite, according to Mixed Martial Arts betting lines available at the Sports Interaction online sportsbook. Currently, GSP is listed as a 7/50 favourite while Hardy is listed as a (conservative) 4/1 underdog.
There is a small catch with all of this, of course. The UFC elected to have Hardy train with Matt Serra, the fighter best known for his shocking upset of GSP at UFC 69 back in 2007. Hardy (23-6, one N/C) seems to believe he can turn the upset trick again, suggesting that the tips Serra has given him will “shock the world” come Saturday night.
The other big fight on the card goes between Shane Carwin (6/5) and Frank Mir (61/100). The winner of this fight will earn the UFC’s interim heavyweight title, with all signs pointing to the winner also getting a shot at Brock Lesnar (assuming Lesnar is healthy) for the real deal. Most fight fans with a sense of prognostication will want to see Mir win this one, as his rivalry with Lesnar is one of the UFC’s most heated affairs. Carwin, though, is no slouch himself, registering big octagon wins against Christian Wellisch, Neil Wain and, most recently, a huge KO decision over Brazilian Gabriel Gonzaga.
UFC 111 also has some additional buzz to it as there will be a “Spike TV Card” where two fights will be shown to the general public — no PPV purchase necessary! The most intriguing of these bouts is the Nate Diaz vs. Rory Markham fight. Diaz, the former TUF Season 5 winner, has dropped three of his last four decisions (losses to Gray Maynard, Joe Stevenson and Clay Guida; win over Melvin Guillard) and desperately needs a win over Markham to get his career back on track.
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