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Gambling Addiction Enabler: UFC Fight For The Troops


(‘Whatever, bro.’ Photo courtesy of Combat Lifestyle.  Check out the full weigh-in gallery.)

So it’s not the greatest fight card ever assembled.  That much is obvious.  But it’s on Spike TV, we’ll be liveblogging it, and you don’t have anything else happening in your life on Wednesday night besides some old “Roseanne” re-runs and a couple Hot Pockets that you’ll be too lazy to heat up all the way.  Given those grim prospects, this is actually a bright spot in your week, plus it’s for a good cause.

To see how the betting odds are shaping up, we turn to BestFightOdds.com.  For help figuring out what these numbers mean, you should turn here.   

Josh Koscheck (-215) vs. Yoshiyuki Yoshida (+220)
Jonathan Goulet (+328) vs. Mike Swick (-358)
Razak Al-Hassan (+275) vs. Steve Cantwell (-294)
Matt Wiman (+117) vs. Jim Miller (-125)
Brodie Farber (+308) vs. Luigi Fioravanti (-325)
Johnny Rees (-109) vs. Steve Bruno (+105)
Brandon Wolff (+326) vs. Ben Saunders (-355)
Nate Loughran (+145) vs. Tim Credeur (-131)
Dale Hartt (+265) vs. Corey Hill (-277)
Justin McCully (+161) vs. Eddie Sanchez (-170)

Thoughts…

- The Main Event: Leave it to the oddsmakers to arrive at a sober conclusion void of any attachment to emotion.  -215 is probably the right line on Koscheck, even though his hateable quotient is so high many people might like to think it’s closer.  Yoshida’s no joke, but if Koscheck does what he does best (read: takedowns followed by moderately effective ground-and-pound) he’ll win.

- Underdog picks:
Maybe Razak Al-Hassan is truly a bad-ass and we have no clue.  Maybe the crowd will realize that he’s not a terrorist after all, that he’s really a dude who works at Wells Fargo in Iowa.  Maybe if they can change, and he can change, everybody can change!  But probably not.  More likely Cantwell will knock him out, so Nate Loughran may be your best shot.  The line isn’t as profitable, but he has a solid chance of beating Tim Credeur.  Dale Hartt is the second best prospect, mainly due to Corey Hill’s inexperience.

- Closest Fight Between Guys With Terrible Nicknames: I’m tempted to pick on McCully (“The Insane 1”) and Sanchez (“The Manic Hispanic”) one more time today, but instead I have to go with Steve “Hollywood” Bruno against Johnny “The Hater Hurter” Rees.  Bruno’s nickname is bad for being so cliché, while Rees’ is worse for being so unbelievably dumb.  I have to pick Bruno here.  No way I can side with “The Hater Hurter.”  You take away hate, and what have I got?  Mild dislike?  Indifference?  Love?  Fuck that.

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The Eye- December 10, 2008 at 5:59 pm
You make a good point, seldom does a card live up to its hype.
Anonymous- December 10, 2008 at 3:39 pm
Goulet will beat swick.
Me- December 10, 2008 at 2:22 pm
Dont be decieved by Dana Whites expression, there is only one thing ever on his mind.

"Fuck."
drew- December 10, 2008 at 1:56 pm
Whoever picks the photos for Cage Potato has a crush on Josh Koscheck. Christ... his picture is all over the place here.
Please replace his pictures with that of quality fighters who aren't gatekeepers.
Though I bet the person who selects these pictures called in sick for work today and left with a stack of Koscheck weigh-in photos.
Blitz- December 10, 2008 at 1:54 pm
@Horror fighter:

Almost right, instead of thinking why he doesnt have curly golden locks he's actually holding a hatchet behind his back and is not only going to fire kos if he loses, but scalp him, indian style. Personally im not sure which of those ideas im happier with.
Anonymous- December 10, 2008 at 12:35 pm
Matt Wiman is the underdog? After he just KTFO'd Tavares? Really?
Bill C.- December 10, 2008 at 12:23 pm
What are the odds on McCully and Sanchez fighting to a draw, and then BOTH getting fired by Dana?
Nick- December 10, 2008 at 12:14 pm
Is Joe wearing a "Dexter" shirt?...good taste Mr. Silva!
Goulet Vs Swick- December 10, 2008 at 10:49 am
Swick has won 4 out of his last 5, and needs to make a statement in this fight, while Goulet has won his last 2 and hasnt fought in 8 months. With the payout the way it is...Goulet is the good bet.
Geriatric Peon- December 10, 2008 at 10:30 am
That pic must be from Halloween when Dana went as Bas Rutten.

www.thunderfightgear.com/images/BasPoster.jpg
Kaibo- December 10, 2008 at 10:25 am
Man, I hope Koscheck gets booted out of the UFC. The sooner he leaves the happier I’ll be…

Mostly because of my two-part plan to also kick out Diego Sanchez so they can get together and form a brilliant Simon & Garfunkel cover band.
Horror Fighter- December 10, 2008 at 10:15 am
Is Dana admiring Kosh's hair? "It's so blonde, so lustrous. I want to run my fingers through it. Why am I bald? Why?"
Ouch! That hurts- December 10, 2008 at 10:13 am
Hey CP,

You should set up a contest where we get to come up with a fighter's nickname. Use your considerable influence and get a fighter to agree to it. I'm sure somebody with a nickname like the "_______ assassian" would give it up for something better.
Justin- December 10, 2008 at 10:13 am
I hope that people will donate instead of gamble. Or at least donate your winnings...
Anonymous- December 10, 2008 at 10:10 am
Actualy, now that I really look at his history, he only has 2 wins in the ufc via lnp that I can find. Dave Menne and Jeff Joslyn. So why don't we give the lay n pray shit a rest? There's plenty of other reasons to hate kos anyway.
Anonymous- December 10, 2008 at 10:07 am
I still don't get all the lay n pray comments on kos. The last time kos won by lnp was 2 years ago. Even in the begining of his career he had a good number of finishs. In his first 5 ufc wins, 4 were 1st round finishs. Considering he came on the ultimate fighter 1 with absolutley no fight training other than his college wrestling, I think he deserves a little more slack than he gets.
justin- December 10, 2008 at 10:06 am
Wiman is the best looking underdog by far.
imjustadudeman- December 10, 2008 at 9:33 am
I am going to be sitting in front of my computer and cheering for Razak Al-Hassan louder than the fraternity girls at my school root for Urijah Faber.
Jugger- December 10, 2008 at 9:32 am
Remember how we all bitched and moaned about how lame UFC 91 looked on paper? It turned out to be one of the best, well-rounded, decision-free cards of the year. Sometime these hungrier, less-known fighters put on the best shows (Especially if their contracts are on the line. Tee-hee!)

In other words, I no longer judge whether a UFC card is good or bad until the event is over. The ones I get excited about always suck and the ones I think will be snoozefests usually overachieve.
kazanski- December 10, 2008 at 9:31 am
If koscheck loses this will be the greatest day in MMA history. 2 lossess = I dont have watch this boring cauliflower headed douche bag pretend to be a bad ass and then lay and pray or in his case the layin gay.

I hate him he sucks and he needs to go away. he is undercard material at best.
Clozer- December 10, 2008 at 9:28 am
The Hater Hurter? Come the fvck on! I hope he gets ktfo for having such a gay nickname! I am a hater, please come hurt me.
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