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UFC 139 Betting: Shogun vs. Henderson

The joyful overdose of MMA action and betting continues Saturday as UFC 139 odds begin hitting the sportsbook menus.


This week it’s a Light Heavyweight contender matchup between Dan “Hendo” Henderson and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua headlining UFC 139. The co-main event will pit Urijah Faber against former WEC Bantamweight champ Brian Bowles.

Mauricio Rua bounced back from his one-sided title loss to Jon Jones with a dominant win over Forrest Griffin in his native Brazil. Now he will face MMA legend Henderson and will need a win if he hopes to get a shot at the UFC Light Heavyweight title anytime soon.


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As the Bovada -125 favorite, Rua’s mix of Muay Thai and jiu-jitsu skills should be enough for the win over the aging Henderson.

Henderson may have put an end to the premiere fight career of Fedor Emelianenko to earn a new contract in the UFC, but he’ll be in against some very stiff competition in Rua. Hendo will need to utilize his wrestling and ground-and-pound skills to be victorious, but if he can do that the upset win will pay UFC odds of +120 at 5Dimes.

Two former WEC champions will battle in the Bantamweight division when Urijah Faber steps into the Octagon against Brian Bowles. Faber is 4-4 in his last eight fights yet is still handicapped at Bovada as a -210 favorite. The Bowles upset bet will pay UFC odds of +190 at 5Dimes and could be the best MMA betting pick on the card.

If Wanderlei Silva has one more brawl left in him he could prove profitable as the +120 underdog at 5Dimes against Cung Lee. Lee makes his Octagon debut as the -140 favorite.

More UFC odds on the UFC 139 fight card: courtesy of 5Dimes and Bovada:


Matt Brown    -145
Seth Baczynski    +125

Danny Castillo    -325
Shamar Bailey    +265

Miguel Angel Torres    -360
Nick Pace    +300

Gleison Tibau     -175
Rafael dos Anjos +155

Michael McDonald    -400
Alex Soto    +325

Ryan Bader    -425
Jason Brilz    +340    

Brian Bowles    +195
Urijah Faber    -235

Tom Lawlor    +265
Chris Weidman    -325

Stephan Bonnar    +130
Kyle Kingsbury    -150

Wanderlei Silva    +130
Cung Le        -150    

Martin Kampmann    +115
Rick Story    -135

Mauricio Rua    -130
Dan Henderson    -110   

Martin Kampmann (+115 Bovada) vs. Rick Story (-130 5Dimes)
Chris Weidman (-360 5Dimes) vs. Tom Lawlor (+300 5Dimes)
Kyle Kingsbury (-130 5Dimes) vs. Stephan Bonnar (EV 5Dimes)
Jason Brilz (+250 5Dimes) vs. Ryan Bader (-325 5Dimes)