According to noted oddsmaker Nick Kalikas of BetOnFighting.com, it's none other than the former Light Heavyweight Champion Mauricio Rua. "Shogun" opens as a -160 favorite headed into his showdown against Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion Dan Henderson at UFC 139 in San Jose, California, on Nov. 19.
"Hendo" comes in as the slight underdog at +130.
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?
Henderson just signed a new four-fight contract with the world's largest fight promotion and this will mark his re-entry into the major leagues of MMA. He wanted to unify the Strikeforce and UFC titles and claimed he wasn't particularly interested in a match-up against Rua. You can't get from Point A to Point C without going through Point B, though.
Surprised "Hendo" is the underdog after his recent run through San Jose? The lines will shift and move as betting dictates and many believe they'll settle around even odds. Agree?
Rua is fresh on the heels of finally gaining revenge against Forrest Griffin at UFC 134 on Aug. 27 in Brazil. It was his first fight -- and victory -- since getting assaulted by Jon Jones this past March.
There was plenty of doubt as to whether or not the Brazilian could ever truly recover from such a shockingly one-sided defeat but he proved the naysayers wrong in short order.
Now can he prove them right while avoiding the dreaded "H-Bomb" from "Hollywood" Henderson?
We're still a ways away from fight time, Maniacs, but who do you like for your money and who ya' got straight up?