If fight fans have any faith in the strength of Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira's comeback story, the oddsmakers don't share their enthusiasm.
Well, that and who can forget the blowout knockout loss he suffered in his first fight against Frank Mir?
The odds opened recently for the upcoming fight between the two scheduled for UFC 140 on Dec. 10 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and Mir is the favorite at -255 while "Minotauro" comes in on his heels at +205.
That line will shift and move as the betting dictates but consensus opinion seems to be that it will hold steady right around where it is. Unless you Maniacs plan on dropping some coin on Nogueira, of course.
"Minotuaro" made the decision shortly after to take an extended vacation from the Octagon to get the necessary treatment, which included several surgeries, in order to come back healthy enough to get his career back on track after two knockout losses in three fights.
And that's exactly what he did, returning this past Aug. 27 in his native land of Brazil to knock out Brendan Schaub inside the very first round.
For his part, Mir was last in action in May, picking up a dominant decision victory over Roy Nelson, who, admittedly enough, was suffering from walking pneumonia at the time.
The powers that be weren't altogether pleased with Mir's performance that night, all things considered. In fact, one of the last times he truly turned heads was when he battered and beatdown Nogueira all those years ago.
Of course, "Big Nog" claimed he had suffered from an extended -- and particularly -- troubling case of staph in the time leading up to the fight. If healthy, he said, the fight would have gone down much differently.
Time to find out how true that may be.
The oddsmakers don't seem to think a healthy Nogueira can defeat a healthy Mir. Do you? Who are you putting your money on, Maniacs?