Strikeforce Diaz vs. Noons II Odds

Strikeforce rolls into San Jose Saturday for Diaz vs Noons II, a long-awaited rematch between current Strikeforce Welterweight champion Nick Diaz (22-7-1) and lethal striker and former EliteXC Welterweight champion K.J. Noons (12-2).

Diaz and Noons first met at EliteXC: Renegade for the Lightweight championship back in November 2007. The fight was stopped after the first round when Diaz suffered a couple of bad gashes on his face.

Both fighters have gone undefeated since that night, and now that Noons has joined Strikeforce, they can finally settle the score.

Diaz is the more well-rounded fighter and has big wins over some of the best fighters in the Lightweight and Welterweight divisions. Besides his MMA career, Noons is also a professional boxer with a lethal stand-up game.

He hasn’t lost an MMA fight since February 2007, but oddsmakers at Bovada are going with the champion in this one and have Diaz as a -230 favorite to retain his belt.

Despite carving up Diaz’s face in their first meeting, Noons will be a +180 underdog on Saturday night.

Undefeated Canadian Sarah Kaufman (12-0-0) will put her Welterweight belt on the line against the tough Marloes Coenen (17-4-0) in a Women’s Welterweight championship matchup. Coenen will be coming off a third-round KO loss at the hands of Strikeforce Middleweight champion Cristiane Santos last January, and has decided to drop down in weight class to take a shot at the Welterweight strap.

The line on the Women’s Welterweight championship fight doesn’t give Coenen much of a chance against the undefeated champ, and has Kaufman as the heavy -350 favorite. If Coenen can manage to get the champ into a submission and win the belt, she will pay +250 for the upset.

Another interesting line on the card is on the Josh Thomson (17-3-0) vs. Gesias Calvancante (15-3-1) fight. With the exception of getting outworked against Gilbert Melendez last December, Thomson has won every fight he’s had since June 2006. That streak seems to be enough to make him the -220 favorite over Gesias Calvancante, who will be a +180 'dog in his Strikeforce debut.

If you’re looking for an upset to bet on your best chance might be the Tyron Woodley (6-0-0) vs. Andre Galvao (5-1-0) matchup. Woodley is an accomplished wrestler and submission fighter, but he will be facing a world champion jiu-jitsu fighter in Galvao.

Woodley is getting the nod as the -240 favorite, but it’s entirely possible that Galvao eats him up on the ground, even from his guard. Galvao looks very lively at +190.

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