While the odds may have Georges St-Pierre as a -312 favorite in UFC 167 in his welterweight title defence against Johny Hendricks, you wouldn’t know it without heading to the Sports Interaction odds board.
Right now all everyone wants to talk about is Hendricks’ knockout power, his wrestling skills, how he is the biggest test GSP has ever faced. All valid points. Hendricks deserves this title shot and has the skillset to walk out of the octagon with the belt. He’s that good.
But what about St-Pierre? He’s the guy looking set a record with his 19th victory in the UFC and the guy who has eight title defences to his credit. He’s the biggest draw in the UFC and hasn’t lost a fight since 2007. Though despite all that, all anybody wants to talk about is rumors of his retirement, or possible superfights down the road. Tons of analysts don’t think he has the power to hang around with Hendricks.
You never know, maybe GSP’s decline has already begun and maybe Hendricks will prove to be too much for the 32-year-old veteran. I like Hendricks as much as the next guy, trust me. Outside of him, there’s nobody close to GSP in this weight class.
But I’m in GSP’s corner for this one. I think all this retirement talk is premature and that St-Pierre wants to make a big statement to his critics in this one. I’m looking for St-Pierre to stuff Henricks’ takedown attempts more often than not and stay far away from the challenger’s big left hand. GSP will pick his spots and make the most of any openings Henricks leaves.
This one may not be pretty, but I’m taking GSP to win by decision at -139. If you can’t make up your mind for this one, give Sports Interaction’s piñata odds (+3000) a swing.
Chael Sonnen vs. Rashad Evans
Sonnen and Evans go from working together on the Fox Sports desk to trading punches in the octagon. While it’s a great fight from a marketing perspective, it may not live up to the hype as each fighter looks to out-wrestle the other. I like how Sonnen continues to reinvent himself as a fighter and the price is right at +160. I’ll go with Sonnen to win by submission in the third round.
Robbie Lawler vs. Rory MacDonald
This is my pick for Fight of the Night at +350. Lawler will come right at MacDonald looking to exchange standing strikes. You can’t blame him, but I think that opens him up for a MacDonald knockout in the second round.