posted 6 years ago
Those who bet on March Madness will likely run across a matchup of youth against experience at some point during Championship Week and the NCAA Tournament, and that’s what UFC betting players will encounter on March 19th at UFC 128. Jon Jones has torn through the 205-pound division, and thanks to an injury to a teammate, he’ll get a shot at champion Mauricio Rua in Newark, New Jersey.
Shogun Jones Betting – Saturday, March 19th, 10:00 PM ET
UFC Picks- Rua, Jones Set For Light-Heavyweight Championship Showdown UFC Odds - Rua (19-4, 16 KOs) also goes by “Shogun”, he has been an established figure since 2003, and he is a legend in PRIDE where he was noted for his lethal stomps and soccer kicks. Rua didn’t make his UFC debut until September 2007, when he was submitted by Forrest Griffin, but he responded with knockout wins over Chuck Liddell and Mark Coleman, although many argue those two were past their prime. He really proved himself to UFC betting players when he lost a decision to then-champion Lyoto Machida in October 2009 in a match that was awarded “Robbery of the Year”, and he got his revenge (and the belt) in the rematch over six months later, when the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt stopped Machida with punches in the first round.
Jones (12-1, seven KOs) was awarded the title match after dominating Ryan Bader on February 5th, and it was announced that teammate Rashad Evans hurt his knee in training and would have to pass on his championship shot. Jones shouldn’t have to worry about the short turnaround in fights, because he barely got a scratch against Bader, showing his full array of skills. Jones is an accomplished wrestler, but his strikes are deadly, especially with his elbows and knees as he improves his Muay Thai, and as he showed against Bader, he can slap on a submission at a moment’s notice. UFC Odds
If we’re going to bet 5dimes on anything, it’s that this fight won’t go the full five rounds, although both have the stamina to do so. Jones has gone to a decision in only two of his 13 UFC Picks fights, while three of Rua’s 23 fights have gone the distance. These are two of the most feared strikers not only at 205 pounds, but in all of MMA, so the possibility is there for an explosive ending. However, Jones, the favorite at -195, has the edge on the ground if he can get Shogun to the mat, and his submissions are much better than Rua, who is rated at UFC Odds +165 and depends on his explosive power. We also feel Rua may be rusty after sitting out since May 2010 after requiring knee surgery, while Jones has fought twice in that time. We’re going with a changing of the guard and taking Jon Jones at our online sportsbook.