MMA betting fans will finally get to see the finals of the Strikeforce Grand Prix tournament this weekend when former UFC Heavyweight champion Josh Barnett faces undefeated Daniel Cormier for the trophy and a likely invite into the UFC Heavyweight ranks.
Action is also available on the co-main event rematch between Strikeforce Lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez and Josh Thomson. Thomson is looking to take back the title he lost to Melendez in 2009.
Barnett has not lost a fight in over five years and has looked impressive in his two Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix bouts. He’s currently a 5Dimes -120 favorite to beat Cormier and that line looks like a real bargain when one considers the experience Barnett has in big fights.
Cormier has been a wrecking machine in the Strikeforce Heavyweight ranks and will be coming off an impressive KO win over Antonio Silva. He’s a +100 underdog at but should probably be worth a little more when one considers that he only has nine MMA fights.
Melendez is considered to be one of the top three Lightweights in the world and should be fighting in the UFC right now. He will defend his Lightweight title against Thomson and is currently a heavy -450 favorite at . Even that price is a bargain on Melendez, who should have his way with Thomson.
Thomson lost a unanimous decision to Melendez back in 2009 and has fought his way back to a title shot with a recent win over K.J. Noons. He will come into the fight as a heavy underdog and will currently pay +385 at 5Dimes.
Even at that generous payout betting against Melendez is a tough call to make. The only thing that could come into play as an edge for Thomson is if Melendez looks past his opponent and underestimates what he can do.