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UFC 111 Betting Odds Preview

UFC Welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre puts his title on the line against challenger Dan Hardy this weekend when the UFC invades the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey for UFC 111: St-Pierre vs. Hardy.

Considered one of the best pound-for-pound MMA fighters in the world, St-Pierre will be making his fourth title defense on Saturday night. If you want to believe the oddsmakers for the bout it should be another successful one. St-Pierre is a huge -700 odds favorite at Bovada, while Hardy is a +475 underdog.

St-Pierre last stepped into the octagon at UFC 100 in July. He put his title on the line against Thiago Alves, and after the fight went the distance he won by unanimous decision. That was St-Pierre’s sixth straight win during which he’s gone through the list of who’s who in the welterweight circuit, including Matt Hughes, Matt Serra, Jon Fitch, and B.J. Penn. St-Pierre enters his fight with Hardy sporting a 19-2 record with eight wins by knockout and five by submission.

Hardy made his way up the welterweight ranks by winning his last seven fights. In his last bout at UFC 105 in November he defeated Mike Swick by unanimous decision to earn his shot at GSP and the title. Since joining the UFC Hardy is a perfect 4-0 and his lifetime MMA record stands at 23-6 and one no contest with 11 wins by KO.

The welterweight title isn’t the only championship bout on the schedule at UFC 111. The interim UFC heavyweight championship will also be on the line and go to the winner of Frank Mir versus Shane Carwin. The winner is expected to get a unification fight against reigning heavyweight champion Brock Lesner in the future when Lesner’s health allows it.

Mir, who has been the interim heavyweight champion before, is the favorite in the bout at -160. He last fought at UFC 107 in December where he defeated Cheick Kongo by submission in the first round after applying a guillotine choke. Mir, a submission specialist who can also throw punches with the best fighters, is a lifetime 13-4 with eight wins by submission.

Carwin is a +130 odds underdog in the bout at Bovada despite heading into UFC 111 undefeated. Carwin is 11-0 in his MMA career with six wins by KO and five by submission. It’s been more than a year since he’s fought due to a scheduling nightmare due to Lesner’s health problems. Carwin was scheduled to fight Lesner twice, but both times the fight had to be cancelled.

His last fight was at UFC 96 in March 2009 where he took care of Gabriel Gonzaga with a first-round knockout. None of Carwin’s fights have gone past the first round, which makes him an intriguing pick for bettors hoping to make some cash on an upset at UFC 111.

UFC 111 Odds at Bovada

Welterweight championship bout:
Georges St-Pierre -700
Dan Hardy +475

Interim Heavyweight championship bout:
Frank Mir -160
Shane Carwin +130

Lightweight bout:
Jim Miller -500
Mark Bocek +325

Welterweight bout:
Ben Sauders -150
Jake Ellenberger +120

Welterweight bout:
Rousimar Palhares -225
Tomasz Drwal +185

Welterweight bout:
Ricardo Almeida -160
Matt Brown +130

Welterweight bout:
Matthew Riddle -250
Greg Soto +190

Light Heavyweight bout:
Rodney Wallace -130
Jared Hamman Even

Lightweight bout:
Kurt Pellegrino -250
Fabricio Camoes +190

Welterweight bout:
Nate Diaz -300
Rory Markham +240