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This event will take place on April 30th in Toronto, UFC betting players will get in on the action in the literal sense of the word. UFC 129 features a pair of championship matches, as well as a light heavyweight bout between two former champions looking to move back up the ladder. Here is a look at the early odds for this massive card north of the border.
Georges St. Pierre vs. Jake Shields (Welterweight)
GSP is a -450 UFC Odds favorite to defend his welterweight title against Shields, who didn’t look impressive in his UFC debut against Martin Kampmann. However, that was his first fight in two years at 170 pounds as he moved up to middleweight, so obviously cardio was going to be an issue. The larger problem for Shields isn’t the champion, who put on a clinic against Josh Koscheck in his last fight, but a crowd that will be 95% pulling for GSP. This will be the toughest fight of Shields’ career as GSP looks to defend his title for the sixth time.
Jose Aldo vs. Mark Hominick (Featherweight)
The Brazilian Aldo is favored at -400 UFC 129 Odds against Hominick, who should also have the crowd on his side as a native of Ontario. Aldo won the WEC featherweight title in November 2009 and has defended it twice, bringing it with him when the UFC bought out the WEC, while Hominick has a lot of experience to draw from, although this will be the biggest fight of his career. He knocked out George Roop in the first round of a card in January to put himself in this position, but he may want to use his submission skills against Aldo, who may be the most powerful man on the planet at 145 pounds. As far as entertainment goes, this could be the fight that is worth the price per head for ticket and PPV customers.
Randy Couture vs. Lyoto Machida (Light Heavyweight)
Machida is a -320 UFC Odds favorite in this meeting of former champions, and he looked pretty good in bouncing back from a knockout loss to “Shogun” Rua, losing a controversial split decision against Quentin “Rampage” Jackson in November in a fight that everyone thought he had won. Couture hasn’t fought since August, and that’s a loose sense of the word after what he did to James Toney. Couture has won his last three fights, but one was against Toney, one was against a Mark Coleman that was way past his prime, making the 47-year-old look 20 years younger. Finally, he beat up on Brandon Vera, who we discovered just wasn’t a good fighter. This will be a tough task for Couture as Machida has a lot to prove, but “The Natural” is definitely worth a consideration in your online sports UFC picks.
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