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Lamb to the Slaughter: Daniel Cormier Opens as an Astonishing -2000 Favorite Over Dion Staring

(Cormier, seen here after placing his life savings on Staring while wearing his lucky spandex.) 

Well, it’s official, Strikeforce is planning to go out with a bang, and by “a bang” we mean “a public execution.” From the very first moment they announced that newly appointed heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier would be facing complete unknown Dion Staring in a non-title affair, we knew that the odds would be astronomically in Cormier’s favor, but -2000?!! MMAFighting’s Shaun Al-Shatti first broke the news via his Twitter:

Wow. Daniel Cormier opens as a -2000, I repeat, -2000 favorite over Dion Staring. Not quite the same as Frank Mir, is it?

This begs one to ask: Is Staring coming into this fight following a recent amputation? He’s a no-namer, sure, but the man also sports a 28-7 record compared to Cormier’s 10-0. Sure, Cormier’s fought a far higher level of opponents in those 10 fights, but at these odds, Staring has a better chance of knocking himself unconscious in the sauna than he does of beating Cormier. Hell, I have a better chance of knocking out Cormier in the sauna then this poor bastard does.

For a little perspective, consider this: Anderson Silva — that would be ten time defending UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva – was favored at around -1350 over Stephan Bonnar. The highest discrepancy in Strikeforce history came when Cris Cyborg fought Jan Finney at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Werdum, which also topped out around -2000. The highest discrepancy in MMA history (to my knowledge) came when Antonio Rogerio Nogueria fought Sokoudjou at Pride 33 (-2500) — a fight the former ended up losing, by the way.

But seriously, don’t use that last bit of information to justify placing a bet on Staring. Just don’t. It would be like eating that last wilted 7-11 hot dog at 3 a.m. because you were that drunk. Sure, it will satisfy you carnal needs for the time being, but as soon as your body digests the decision you’ve made, you’ll be feeling much, much worse for doing so.

-J. Jones

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chloefish- January 11, 2013 at 2:29 am
I just got paid $6784 working off my laptop this month. And if you think that's cool, my divorced friend has twin toddlers and made over $9k her first month. It feels so good making so much money when other people have to work for so much less. This is what I do,
Mr_Misanthropy- January 9, 2013 at 7:16 pm
cman- January 9, 2013 at 9:52 am
Wait, there's something wrong with 3 am convienence store hot dogs? Why am I ALWAYS the last to know? * eats last bite from last nights on night stand*
anderson wanderlei paulo thiago alves silva- January 9, 2013 at 9:41 am
Emelianegro is was too small for a hw. I hope he loses
Autopsy- January 9, 2013 at 9:12 am
he isn't +2000, cormier is -2000
MorningwoodII- January 9, 2013 at 8:52 am
@JJ are you saying you never knocked one out in a sauna? I bet the community hot tub is a different story...
Fried Taco- January 9, 2013 at 8:29 am
So if I bet a dollar on Staring and he wins, I get back $2000, right? Count me in!