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Gambling Addiction Enabler: UFC 93

(Anyone else feeling suddenly very uncomfortable?)

Odds for the five televised bouts at UFC 93 are out on all the big betting sites.  Since the undercard (with the possible exception of the Martin Kampmann-Alexandre Barros bout) is made up mostly of guys you don’t know well or at all, it’s probably best that the off-shore experts don’t entice you to guess your money away.  Then again, maybe you have a hot tip on Tom Egan that you’re just dying to act on.

The most favorable odds on the ‘net are compiled, as usual, from our friends at  

Rich Franklin (+115) vs. Dan Henderson (-125)
Mark Coleman (+320) vs. Mauricio "Shogun" Rua (-336)
Alan Belcher (+275) vs. Denis Kang (-271)
Jeremy Horn (+275) vs. Rousimar Palhares (-455)
Marcus Davis (-131) vs. Chris Lytle (+121)


- Is Rich Franklin, at slightly better than even odds, worth a small risk against Dan Henderson?  Yes, he is.  Let’s be clear: no one is arguing for “Ace” to be the favorite in this fight.  It’s very easy to imagine Henderson wedging his head against the cage and elbowing him in the face for three rounds.  But it’s also not so far-fetched that Franklin might find a little of the old magic and keep things standing long enough to pick Hendo apart.  Don’t forget, Franklin hasn’t been beaten by anyone not named Anderson Silva in over five years.  Though there is the distinct possibility that he’ll throw the fight just to avoid coaching “The Ultimate Fighter."

- The nostalgic voice in your head is telling you that Mark Coleman is your ticket to a big payday at better than 3-1 odds.  After all, he already beat “Shogun” once, right?  Wrong.  He won by freak injury, which is not the same thing as winning by being a better fighter.  The fact is, as loveable as Coleman is, it’s like my man Stankie says: “You can dress up Mother Nature, but you can’t fool Father Time.”  In other words, it ain’t worth the risk.

- Of the three big underdogs on the night: Jeremy Horn, Alan Belcher, and Coleman, your best bet is probably Belcher.  That’s mostly due to process of elimination, of course.  Horn isn’t going to submit Palhares, which leaves him with no arrows in his quiver.  Coleman is, as we’ve already discussed, too far past his prime.  Belcher at least he has a shot at upsetting Kang, even if it’s not much of one.

- Oddsmakers slightly favor Marcus Davis in the planned epic stand-up brawl with Chris Lytle.  We might have put it closer to even, though we’d love to see odds on whether this recipe for an instant classic will result in a first-round KO for somebody.   

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Jason Statham- August 21, 2011 at 7:36 pm
the gambling is totally not good!
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lilpo0ts- January 16, 2009 at 2:14 pm
lol yall are freaking out over a pic of a lil girl, that could very well be flexing and pulling in her stomach. just like all the myspace and facebook geeks do..flex without looking like your flexing. my nephew has a solid six pack and all he lifts it power ranger figure and food to his lips. its easy for lil boney kids to look like they are ripped.

she gonna hit puberty and fill out and her abs arent gonna be that defined. you guys are really starting to weird me out..
Cap'n- January 14, 2009 at 6:54 am
and........ i'm spent.
Richard Wad- January 13, 2009 at 6:18 pm
Well, Mark Coleman is "The Hammer" after all...
And his daughter pictured is a world-class gymnast, in case you didn't know. He said so in a recent interview; Reckon I saw it on youtube.
Bill C.- January 13, 2009 at 4:07 pm
What do you figure the odds are on either Davis or Lytle breaking their promises and taking the fight to the ground?
dude guy- January 13, 2009 at 3:15 pm
who knew kids that young even had abs
MMA Wannabe- January 13, 2009 at 2:40 pm
@ Tyler

Like drooling at that picture.

I KNOW someone did! No, not me you assholes!
Tyler - January 13, 2009 at 2:15 pm
Some "Anonymous" poster stated "i was going coleman over rua...but now i hope he gets his ass kicked."
Why? because you were so turned off by this picture. You got to be fucking kidding me. Coleman's a meathead yes, but I don't think the picture is so appalling that all of a sudden he hope he gets his ass kicked.
C'mon people there are so many other things in this world FAR more inappropriate than this.
Tbadora- January 13, 2009 at 1:55 pm
Looks like something out of an Alien movie.
Anonymous- January 13, 2009 at 1:48 pm
Yeah, Mark, and she's got your nose, too. Poor kid...
LukeTheDuke- January 13, 2009 at 1:43 pm
Jesus guys, its not like hes making his kids squat 2x their body weight, in the personal training world abs like that on a kid are acceptable, uncommon...yes...But not unhealthy or anything. Trust me shes not on steroids. Nor is Mark a bad father for having his kids swing around on bars/do core strengthening.
@sneaky pete- January 13, 2009 at 1:39 pm
.5 body fat is not possible. Internal organs have fat on them. shes probably about 11-12%
Xrow- January 13, 2009 at 1:38 pm
This week on Dateline: To Catch A Predator, man's lolita abs obsession leads him right into our trap.
Anonymous- January 13, 2009 at 1:00 pm
i was going for coleman over rua... but now i hope he gets his ass kicked
nakampootah- January 13, 2009 at 12:54 pm
Coleman sure teached her kids to juice up at a very early age
Sneaky Pete- January 13, 2009 at 12:53 pm
Yea, Egan's a sentimental favorite to be sure.

As far as Davis is concerned, I haven't been disappointed by any of his performances to date. I'm looking for a stand up battle, but I wouldn't be surprised if Davis wins on the ground.

Now about that picture, I know what you're all thinking: OBESE! What is that, like a 0.5% body fat? The US is going to hell in a hand basket, and it's a basket with fries and a coke.

On a related note, I'll take the Coleman kid to KO Gina Carano in ten years.
brandon- January 13, 2009 at 12:02 pm
shitwhistle ftw
Myles Kilometers- January 13, 2009 at 11:54 am
It's getting harder and harder to jerk off to the images you guys pick for your postings.
Turd Ferguson- January 13, 2009 at 11:51 am
I spit my Diet Coke all over my keyboard when I read shitwhistles comment...
Comment of the week by far!
jesus frijoles- January 13, 2009 at 11:25 am
Man, could you imagine some short eyes, pedo trying to perve on that little girl. After she got through crippling him then her daddy the Hammer would show up.
Dagnut- January 13, 2009 at 11:25 am
I don't know if Tom Egan has a shot a decent career he's only 20 and hasn't fought anyone with any of calibre..but he will be pumped for sure. Lets hope he does the business for Ireland. The crowd will be going bananas you can count on that.
Anonymous- January 13, 2009 at 11:23 am
"Jeff" RELAX! There are a helluva lot of people growing up in hell. I wouldn't put Coleman's daughters in that group.
Jesus Christ people are really fucking dumb!
jesus frijoles- January 13, 2009 at 11:16 am
Yeah, I remember that Wyatt, that picture of his little girls crying looking at his hamburger face was...............really effin sad. Why in gods name would you bring your kids to watch you get stomped. Yikes.
abenormal- January 13, 2009 at 11:06 am
Kaibo- January 13, 2009 at 11:05 am
hahahahhaha Wyatt , i remember that and just busted out laughing.