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Junior dos Santos odds against Cain Velasquez: Who opened as the -125 favorite?

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Photo by Donald Miralle/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

According to linesmaker Nick Kalikas of, it's number one contender Junior dos Santos, who was immediately inserted as the -125 favorite in his still unscheduled upcoming bout against Cain Velasquez.

The heavyweight champion stands 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, whenever that may be?

There are obviously a few factors at play here.

Dos Santos just blasted past Shane Carwin, emphatically putting a stamp on his status as the second best heavyweight in the division with a convincing win at UFC 131.

Add that with Velasquez coming off a long layoff and a serious shoulder injury, which required even more serious surgery, and it's easy to see why the oddsmakers have inserted "Cigano" as the early favorite.

The lines will shift and move as the betting dictates, of course, but the consensus opinion seems to be that they'll hold steady right where they are now.

Here's what both competitors think of their pending match-up against one another:

The heavyweight champion scouts his opponent:

"(Dos Santos) is really good with his stand-up, he's hard to take down, has really good movement. His whole stand-up and his boxing is, I think, one of the best in the whole division. I'm excited."

The number one contender does the same:

"I think my biggest challenge is coming because Cain Velasquez is the champion and he deserves that. He proves he's very good so I will be ready for him. I think the best of Cain is his cardio. He's very good in wrestling too, so I have to train a lot in this. I'm learning very fast in wrestling and I will try to make the defense of his takedowns and use my boxing. All the time I'm looking for the knockout and it's not going to be different (against him)."

There you have it, Maniacs.

Who do you like for your money and who ya' got straight up?