According to noted oddsmaker Nick Kalikas of BetOnFighting.com, it's none other than former Light Heavyweight Champion Rashad Evans. "Suga" opens as a -150 favorite headed into his showdown against Phil Davis, which is scheduled for UFC on Fox 2 on Jan. 28, 2012, in Chicago, Illinois.
"Mr. Wonderful" comes in as the slight underdog at +105.
Anyone jumping on this line with wallets wide open? Or do you expect a dramatic shift as we get closer and closer to fight night?
These two were originally set to square off back at UFC 133 before an injury forced Davis to ride the pine until early next year. The line at that time was essentially a pick 'em with Evans around -125. Kalikas tells MMAmania.com that early action is coming in on Davis but he expects to see it move back to Rashad as we get closer to fight night.
Do you agree?
As noted, Evans vs. Davis was supposed to go down back in August until the latter injured his knee. Rashad went on to tango with Tito Ortiz but in a winning effort that was supposed to earn him a title shot, hurt his thumb. This forced the UFC to once again make a difficult decision, which it did by booking Jon Jones against Lyoto Machida.
"Bones" went on to win that bout with no problems and now awaits Evans.
And that's where Phil Davis comes in.
"Mr. Wonderful" has been recovering from the knee issue that kept him out of the first scheduled booking against Evans during the summer. Now, though, he's finally healthy and raring to get back inside the Octagon.
What better way to do it than against the number one contender to the 205-pound belt?
We're still about a month away from fight time, Maniacs, but who do you like for your money and who ya' got straight up?