UFC 99: THE COMEBACK takes place this coming Saturday, June 13, at Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany. Headlining the card will be former UFC Middleweight Champion Rich Franklin taking on former Pride Middleweight Champion Wanderlei Silva.
According to the betting odds at BetUS.com Franklin is considered the favorite. It will be Silva’s aggressive “axe-murderer-style” striking against the technical striking and footwork of Franklin. Franklin will have the size and reach advantage and with the way Silva has looked recently, it is difficult to imagine how he could win the fight. It is probably best to leave this one alone.
Rich Franklin -155 vs. Wanderlei Silva +115
Spencer Fisher -225 vs. Caol Uno +175
Marcus Davis -225 vs. Dan Hardy +175
Mike Swick -225 vs. Ben Saunders +175
Terry Etim -350 vs. Justin Buchholz +225
Paul Taylor -500 vs. Peter Sobotta +300
Denis Stojnic -110 vs. Stefan Struve -130
Paul Kelly -550 vs. Rolando Delgado +325
Mirko Filipovic -450 vs. Mostapha Al Turk +275
The first fight that sticks out for a potential money winner is Taylor vs. Sobotta. It is Sobotta’s UFC debut and he is pretty much an unknown commodity and for this reason he is a +300 underdog. Sobotta’s record stands at 8-1 with 4 wins by submission and 4 by (T)KO, so he is well-rounded.
Taylor has lost 3 of his last 4 fights so it is a little hard to understand even why they have him at -500. That is pretty insane actually. This fight is definitely worth taking a shot on. Depending on your budget, a minimum of $50-$100 on Sobotta is a good play.
There are a number of heavy odds differences on this card which makes for interesting wagering and really opens up the potential to earn quite a bit of money if you play it smart and of course get a little lucky.
Justin Bucholz at +225 is a decent bet. His record stands at 8-2 and his opponent Terry Etim is 12-2. Most of Etim’s finishes come from submissions and Bucholz is skilled enough on the ground that he is not likely to become another one of Etim’s victims. Bucholz has a good chance of winning this one and it is a worthwhile pick.
Marcus Davis vs. Dan Hardy is an interesting match up and the bad blood adds a new dimension to it. Hardy has a real chance of beating Davis. Hardy is on a five fight win streak, whereas Davis is on a two fight win streak. Putting some money down on Hardy could very well pay off.
By: Jack Bratcher