MMA bettors will be in for a treat this weekend when Olympic bronze medalist Ronda Rousey and Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight champion Miesha Tate step into the cage for what could be an historic night.
Rousey is the first elite world-class athlete to enter women’s MMA and thus far she has stood up to all the hype, submitting all four of her opponent’s in less than 50 seconds.
There’s no secret that she has been fast-tracked to a title shot, and oddsmakers at 5Dimes her as a -300 favorite to become the next Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight champion.
Tate is on a six-fight win streak and is coming off a submission win over Marloes Coenen. However, oddsmakers at 5Dimes don’t seem to think that she’ll be able to do anything against Rousey. She’s currently listed as a +250 underdog to retain her title and will need to keep her distance and land strikes to have a chance to win.
Former Strikeforce Lightweight champion Josh Thomson will look to get back to his winning ways against K.J. Noons in what should be a heated battle between two fighters that are predominantly strikers.
MMA odds on this fight are close at 5Dimes with Thomson handicapped as the slim -170 favorite, while Noons will pay +150 for the upset. Noons could be a good choice for the upset payout, especially if Thomson is not fully recovered from his leg injuries.
Paul Daley continues on his mission to finally win a title when he steps into the cage against former Pride standout Kazuo Misaki. Daley is currently a 5Dimes heavy -360 favorite and will likely cost more by Saturday. A Misaki upset will pay +300 and might be worth the risk if the Japanese fighter can take the action to the ground.
Other MMA betting lines for Strikforce: Tate vs. Rousey . . .
Bristol Marunde (+450 @ 5Dimes) vs. Ronaldo Souza (-600 @ 5Dimes)
Lumumba Sayers (-170 @ 5Dimes) vs. Scott Smith (+150 @ 5Dimes)
Alexis Davis (+375 @ ) vs. Sarah Kaufman (-540 @ 5Dimes)
Caros Fodor (-170 @ ) vs. Pat Healy (+160 @ 5Dimes)
Conor Heun (-300 @ ) vs. Ryan Couture (+230 @ )
Brandon Saling (+375 @ ) vs. Roger Bowling (-530 @ 5Dimes)