With a line of +200, hard-hitting Yushin Okami just might be worth the risk against a wrecking machine like Nate Marquardt when the two face off in Germany at UFC 122.
Marquardt (30-9-2) is the heavy -260 favorite at to beat Okami (25-5-0), but if you listen to his interviews on the fight, he just may be underestimating his opponent’s skill and power. Get all the UFC 122 odds here at OddsShark.com
The winner of that battle will become the UFC No. 1 Middleweight contender and will get a shot at the winner of the upcoming UFC Middleweight title fight between champion Anderson Silva and Victor Belfort. The fight promises to be a good one because both Marquardt and Okami are most likely looking at their last chance to fight for the title in a division thick with contenders.
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The well-rounded Marquardt is the natural choice to win this fight, but Okami has shown heavy improvement of late and could be capable of an upset. The price is definitely right when you consider that Okami not only has a puncher’s chance, but he also can defend against world class wrestlers like he did with his last opponent Mark Munoz.
Another fight with an interesting line is the Krzysztof Soszynski (21-10-1) vs. Goran Reljic (8-2-0) matchup. Sportsbook.ag has both fighters at -115 in a bout where the two of them are coming off losses their last time out. Both are heavy hitters and have excellent submission skills; which explains why they have the same -115 line. This matchup is the best choice on the card for fight of the night.
Reljic went undefeated as a Light Heavyweight before dropping down to Middleweight at UFC 110. After the move he lost two straight as a Middleweight and now returns to where he was successful, as a Light Heavyweight, to face “The Polish Experiment”. If he’s able to return to the form he showed before his losses to Kendal Grove and C.B. Dollaway he has a good chance to out-gun Soszynski and either win a decision or wear down his opponent enough for a submission victory.
What Krzysztof Soszynski has going for him in this fight is experience. With 32 MMA fights Reljic is not going to bring anything that Soszynski hasn’t seen before. Soszynski’s only losses in the last three years have come from big-name opponents, and his heart is never in question.
Look for Soszynski to wear down his Croatian opponent, who has yet to win since returning from a two-year absence.
Also on the main card will be local German UFC Lightweight poster boy Dennis Siver (16-7-0) taking on Andre Winner (11-4-1), and Ultimate Fighter winner Amir Sadollah (4-1-0) against Peter Sobotta (8-3-0) in a Welterweight matchup.