Every time Michael Bisping (19-3) steps into the Octagon in the U.K., like he will Saturday at UFC 120, he’s heavily favored to win.
This time he will face Korean sensation Yoshiro Akiyama (13-2) and oddsmakers have “The Count” as the -200 favorite this Saturday at the O2 Arena in London. Akiyama will pay +160 as the underdog, mainly because Bisping has shown in the past that he can be put to sleep if he ends up on the wrong end of a heavy shot to his chin.
The co-main event on the card pits the Welterweight local hero Dan Hardy (23-7-0) against the hard-hitting and well-rounded Carlos Condit (24-6-0). Hardy gets the nod in this one, and will step into the Octagon as the -170 favorite, while Condit will be a +140 underdog.
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This fight could easily go either way, and we can look forward to Condit to standing with Hardy looking to land leg kicks. Hardy will be looking to put on a show for the hometown crowd with a KO victory in a fight that will most likely resemble a Muay Thai bout.
Undefeated Brighton native John Hathaway (14-0) is heavily favored against U.S. fighter Mike Pyle (19-7-1). Hathaway will be a -550 favorite and is coming off an impressive decision win over Diego Sanchez, putting himself into the Welterweight contender picture.
This fight against Pyle, who is 2-2 in his last four fights and a +350 underdog, doesn’t really make sense for Hathaway as far as the road to a title shot is concerned. It looks like Dana White and the UFC are offering up a sub-par opponent to ensure a one-sided Hathaway victory for the U.K. fans. [ Betting the fights adds even more excitement to the action and fuels the money-making fire with up to $500 in free bonus cash! ]
Leicestershire, England native James Wilks (7-3-0) is the only U.K. fighter on the card that will enter the Octagon as an underdog on Saturday night. He will be a +135 'dog against the favored Canadian Claude Patrick (12-1-0). Patrick has not lost since 2002 and will bring an eleven-fight win streak into the Octagon with him against Wilks.
Patrick will pay -165 and will likely win by submission.
Also on the card is former heavyweight contender Cheick Kongo (14-7-1) taking on undefeated Travis Browne (10-0). Kongo’s experience is enough for him to be the -185 favorite against Travis Browne, who will be taking a huge step up in competition. If Browne’s boxing pedigree is enough to out-strike Kongo’s Muay Thai skills the upset will pay +155.
The UFC 120 odds for the undercard features six fights; lines courtesy of , home of superior UFC odds and superior bonuses such as $500 free with a $500 deposit.
Cyrille Diabate -105 vs. Alexander Gustafsson -125 at
Rob Broughton +140 vs. Vinicius Kappke de Quieroz -170 at
Steve Cantwell -165 vs. Stanislav Nedkov +135 at
Spencer Fisher -220 vs. Kurt Warburton +175 at
James McSweeney +200 vs. Fabio Maldonado -260 at
Paul Sass -210 vs. Mark Holst +165 at