What are the odds for the Cain Velasquez vs. Junior dos Santos fight?
Velasquez, despite being out of the cage for over a year after undergoing surgery, is currently the favorite over his hard-hitting foe, checking in at -155 for Saturday night's (Nov. 12, 2011) UFC on FOX main event at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
Dos Santos marches in as a slight underdog at +125.
Both fighters are undefeated through seven bouts under the Zuffa banner. Velasquez usurped the throne from Brock Lesnar at UFC 121 in October 2010, shake, rattling and rolling the former WWE star en route to a first round technical knockout stoppage.
"Cigano" punched his ticket to Saturday night's main event by traumatizing Shane Carwin at UFC 131 last June, bloodying the persnickety power-puncher across three rounds and putting an exclamation point on his violently improbably title run.
The "X" factor for this weekend's network television extravaganza will be not just the health of Velasquez, but the takedown defense of Dos Santos.
Can Cain return to form after undergoing major surgery on his shoulder? Can the Brazilian challenger stop the takedown or work effectively from his back?
With so many unknowns, this heavyweight brouhaha has become one of the more compelling match-ups of 2011. Add to that the natural appeal of two giant men trying to beat the crap out of each other and we have a terrific headliner for the UFC on FOX debut.
But as much as your anticipating this fight, do you feel strongly enough to put money on it in either direction? Why or why not?