We're still about one month away from UFC 145, which takes place at the Philips Arena in Atlanta, Ga., on Sat., April 21, 2012. And as times ticks away, the odds for the main event between Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans appear to get wider and wider.
"Bones," the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight Champion, opened as a heavy favorite, but now it appears that sportsbooks have him as a 6 to 1 favorite over "Suga," his former friend and training partner.
It's a curious line, considering Evans' familiarity with Jones, as well as the fact that he has lost just once in his professional mixed martial arts (MMA) career. Jones is coming off the most impressive year on record, perhaps for any fighter in the history of the sport, which likely has much to do with current odds.
Unsurprisingly, it has a few fighters scratching their heads. On the flip side, some of them think it's justified. In the video above, Forrest Griffin, Mike Pierce, Kyle Kingsbury, Urijah Faber, Dominick Cruz, Quinton Jackson, Muhammed Lawal and Jay Hieron share their thoughts on the 6 to 1 odds.
Surprisingly, Jackson and Lawal agree on something: Evans will pull off the upset.
Agree or disagree?
In addition to the Jones-Evans 205-pound showdown, UFC 145 will also feature a welterweight match up that pits rising star Rory MacDonald against British banger Che Mills. Heavyweights Brendan Schaub and Ben Rothwell are also scheduled to collide.