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Gambling Addiction Enabler: UFC 102

(Between the Frank Mir fight and "Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot," I’d say some apologies are in order. I’ll let you gentlemen decide who would like to go first.)

Gambling ain’t what it used to be in the city of Portland.  The dogs don’t run at the old Multnomah Greyhound Track anymore, so you’ll have to find somewhere else to get stabbed with a pocketknife.  The Oregon lottery just doesn’t give you that sweet, out-of-control feeling you crave.  Even the place where I used to go and watch the occasional cockfight has closed its doors.  Thankfully, UFC 102 is coming down this weekend and bringing plenty of action with it.  Let’s take a look, shall we?

Betting lines come to us courtesy of

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (+150) vs. Randy Couture (-160)
Keith Jardine (-140) vs. Thiago Silva (+130)
Demian Maia (+157) vs. Nate Marquardt (-160)
Brandon Vera (-190) vs. Krzysztof Soszynski (+175)
Chris Leben (-135) vs. Jake Rosholt (+125)
Chris Tuchscherer (+301) vs. Gabriel Gonzaga (-345)
Justin McCully (+249) vs. Mike Russow (-260)
Tim Hague (+145) vs. Tom Duffee (-150)
Ed Herman (-130) vs. Aaron Simpson (+119)
Mark Munoz (-200) vs. Nick Catone (+190)
Evan Dunham (+120) vs. Pat Barry, and I’m betting a cool ten bucks that he’ll deliver here.

Absolutely Don’t Bet Against: Mike Russow.  The UFC knows what they have in this guy, which is why they’re giving him an easy one against McCully first.  Gonna be a quick one.

Official Cage Potato Parlay: Couture + Marquardt + Gonzaga + Russow + Munoz.  That’s all you need to know.

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Seoul Brother- August 28, 2009 at 1:41 pm
It's good to see that Mario & Wario finally are huggin' it out.
High Left Kick- August 28, 2009 at 1:30 pm
damn, no one's giving Minotauro a chance eh? fuckin A. Just hypes me up more to see this fight go down tomorrow

ReDx- August 28, 2009 at 10:41 am
$200 in beer just for yourself? You a fish?

Kellenavalanche- August 28, 2009 at 9:51 am
blah blah

Don't think i can bring myself to put up the $45 dollars for this one (plus $200 on beer for myself).
Might have to mosey on over to BWW which seems so depressing, fuck it.
Frank Mur- August 28, 2009 at 9:19 am
ReDx- August 28, 2009 at 9:14 am

That had to be one of the most retarded comments ever. Midlife crisis don't happen in the middle of your life. Its a term coined when a person realizes youth is passing and they are getting old so they make a dramatic change. Average age is 40-60, Stallone got the tats in 2007 making him 61 years old.
portland mma- August 28, 2009 at 7:49 am
I like Ed Herman because he trains out of here at Quest but if anything I've heard about Aaron Simpson is true he's gonna wreck Herman.
ianisthewalrus- August 28, 2009 at 7:26 am
oh hey. look its Nogueira vs. Couture. the fight i wanted to see this time last year...
LoneWolf- August 28, 2009 at 6:17 am

I second that.
LoneWolf- August 28, 2009 at 6:15 am
Is it just me or is the site now resizing properly when making the window smaller? How am I suppose to follow whats going on while pretending to do my job!?!?!
ArmFarmer- August 28, 2009 at 5:02 am
oc what the fuck are you rambling on about?? CP you guys need to have some kind of screening process before anyone can sign up.. like you must prove that you can form a coherent thought that other people can understand before you are allowed to post.
oc in this bitch- August 28, 2009 at 1:20 am
the article writer is garbage and really has no idea what the fuck hes talkin about.mccully junk ?thats funny shit,your moms pussys junk,your car/house is junk,your boyfriends put some money up bitch you got my email 100 200 500 whatever,lets make it happen so i can take your got balls or your stupid cuz he aint the one to talk shit on tuff guy.
cloiselle- August 27, 2009 at 10:40 pm
Mike Russow host's and promotes fights in my hometown , kankakee IL.

he's a standup guy with a intelligence and diligence inside and outside of the ring,

everyone show a guy promoting the sport he and we share a love for , some love.

War Russow !
LAS- August 27, 2009 at 9:37 pm
Agreed with the guy who pointed out Rosholt is a stupid pick here. With the exception of Jason MacDonald, who has much better jiu-jitsu than Rosholt, all of Leben's UFC losses have come against people who outstruck him. Rosholt doesn't have a chance in hell of outstriking Leben, and it's pretty hard to set up takedowns if you can't land a punch first.
Peppermint Nightmare- August 27, 2009 at 9:37 pm
Maia's going to wreck your parlay.
cagefightmon- August 27, 2009 at 9:02 pm
Not worth PPV. Not enough bigtime fights . . . . agreed!
Koeikan- August 27, 2009 at 8:32 pm
I dunno... I think the card looks pretty solid top to bottom.

The main event isn't super-"hypable", but I think all the matchups are intriguing.
KidDinomite- August 27, 2009 at 8:16 pm
Yeah I'm thinking they should've shown this card on Spike instead of PPV. Me, I'm spending my cash on Hot Wings and drinks while watching this for free at the bar.
phantom151- August 27, 2009 at 7:40 pm
This is the first UFC event in a while I havent been stoked for, just doesnt seem to have the hype or interest.. the main event is 2 fighters way out of thier prime and the Thiago Silva will likely be the best of the night as he is just gonna destroy fur shure !!!!
tallkitchenbags- August 27, 2009 at 7:25 pm
totally HGH and prolly some other junk in there too. he looks like he's had too much plastic surgery. bitch ought reconsider those eyebrows. the tats might be for his new movie. in the poster he's covered with them.
Seoul Brother- August 27, 2009 at 7:03 pm
HGH: Horny Guido Hump
Koeikan- August 27, 2009 at 6:53 pm
^^ HGH
Meohfumado- August 27, 2009 at 6:45 pm
Mid-life?!? I think that's a 2/3rds-life crisis at least. Sly's in damn good shape for his age, but he ain't living 120+.

Koeikan- August 27, 2009 at 6:39 pm
Randy Couture (-160)
Thiago Silva (+130)
Demian Maia (+157)
Brandon Vera (-190)
Chris Leben (-135)
Chris Tuchscherer (+301) (crazy pick, I know... just a bad feeling)
Mike Russow (-260)
Tom Duffee (-150)
Ed Herman (-130)
Mark Munoz (-200)
Marcus Aurelio (-140)

J Akuma- August 27, 2009 at 6:13 pm
Gonzaga looks like he might eat your face. I totally understand not betting against him.