UFC 156 odds: Rashad Evans opens as big favorite over Antonio Rogerio Nogueira

Paul Abell-US PRESSWIRE

Opening odds are out for Rashad Evans' return to the cage against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC 156 on Feb. 2, 2013, in Las Vegas, Nevada, and the former light heavyweight champion is favored big.

This wasn't the Brazilian he was looking for, but at least Rashad Evans has a fight booked.

The former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight Champion will return to the Octagon on Feb. 2, 2013, at UFC 156 in a 205-pound scrap against longtime veteran Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in Las Vegas, Nevada.

And he's opened as a big favorite at -345, according to MMAOddsbreakers.

"Lil' Nog," who put Tito Ortiz back on the road to retirement at UFC 140 in Toronto, has struggled mightily against the wrestlers in his division, sharing losses to Ryan Bader at UFC 119 and Phil Davis at UFC Fight Night 24. And his split decision win against Jason Brilz, another wrestler, was about as close as they come.

That's probably why he's a heavy underdog at +265 for the Super Bowl weekend. That and the fact that he will have gone over a full year in between bouts.

Nogueira will be looking to avoid his third loss in four fights while Evans is highly motivated to make a successful return to action following just the second defeat of his mixed martial arts (MMA) career at UFC 145 this past April to his former teammate Jon Jones.

Anyone think "Minotoro" has a shot at the upset and is worth putting some money on? Or will Rashad take care of business like he's expected to?

For more on UFC 156 click here.

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