MMA betting fans will get a Strikeforce event to wager on this weekend when Middleweight champion Luke Rockhold defends his title against Tim Kennedy. Prop and moneyline action is available on the fight card, and so far action has moved around the prices quite a bit.
In the Rockhold vs. Kennedy fight, Rockhold was initially handicapped as a -210 favorite. That price got as high as -350 at one point, but has now settled in at -290. Rockhold is expected to be too much for his challenger and should make quick work of things on Saturday night.
The upset line on Kennedy has gone from +160 at 5Dimes up to where it sits currently at +245. Even at that payout the Kennedy upset option isn’t very tempting against a monster like Rockhold. He will have difficulty submitting a grappler like Rockhold, which greatly reduces his chances to finish and win the fight.
In prop action one can get +125 on the fight going the distance. Rockhold has a long history of finishing fights early, so the “doesn’t go to a decision” option at 5Dimes currently costs -165 and has some great value.
Despite a year-long suspension for testing with high testosterone levels, Nate Marquardt returns to the cage against an undefeated up-and-comer in Tyrone Woodley. Marquardt has fought the best in the world so it’s no surprise that he is currently a -115 favorite at 5Dimes.
Woodley has wrestled his way to 10 straight wins and will look to make a statement against Nate the Great. If he’s able to get Marquardt to the ground he could gain the edge in a fight that could make him champion. He will have to hold down a fighter known for getting back up after a takedown, but if he’s successful the title will belong to him.