(Nice t-shirt, Miguel. See? There are distinct advantages to being small enough to shop in the kids’ section at Wal-Mart.)
It may have slipped your mind with all the UFC 101 hype and Fedor/M-1/Strikeforce trash talk this week, but there’s also a WEC event this weekend. I know, right? We totally almost forgot, too. But as long as we’re talking about it we might as well take a look at the betting lines, courtesy of BestFightOdds.com:
Miguel Torres (-300) vs. Brian Bowles (+285)
Takeya Mizugaki (-185) vs. Jeff Curran (+160)
Joseph Benavidez (-250) vs. Dominic Cruz (+210)
Leonard Garcia (-400) vs. Jameel Massough (+375)
Ricardo Lamas (-170) vs. Danny Castillo (+160)
Marcus Hicks (-115) vs. Shane Roller (-115)
Ed Ratcliff (-300) vs. Phil Cardella (+300)
Fredson Paxiao (-165) vs. Cole Province (+140)
Diego Nunes (-360) vs. Rafael Dias (+300)
Rani Yahya (-700) vs. John Hosman (+550)
LC Davis (even) vs. Javier Vasquez (-115)
- There’s chatter around the MMA water cooler that Bowles might be the guy to put an end to Torres’ reign of terror. That, my friends, is what is known as crazy talk. Bowles only has seven pro fights, has never faced anyone as tough as Torres, and he isn’t about to waltz in there and beat one of the most consistent performers in MMA unless he has an answer for the magic mullet. He doesn’t, so forget about him as an underdog bet.
- A more reasonable underdog choice is Dominic Cruz over Joseph Benavidez. I know, Benavidez is Urijah Faber’s boy and his wrestling is ridiculous. But he’s still a little bit too much of a one-trick pony and he’s giving up several inches in height to a better stand-up fighter who knows all he has to do is thwart the takedown. That’s why I’m taking Cruz.
- Absolutely Don’t Bet Against: Leonard Garcia. He may not be championship material, at least at the moment, but he’s more than good enough to put Jameel Massough to sleep.
- Official Cage Potato Parlay: Torres + Garcia + Yahya + Davis. Sounds like one seriously fucked up folk rock band when you say it out loud, but looks like easy money on paper, son.