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Strikeforce odds: KJ Noons vs Jorge Masvidal

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Strikeforce: "Overeem vs. Werdum" represents the second leg of the promotion's heavyweight grand prix tournament, commencing this Saturday night (June 18) from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.

In main card action, former professional boxer Karl Noons will try to rebound from a welterweight loss to Nick Diaz and stake his claim as 155-pound number one contender by taking on Bellator veteran Jorge Masvidal.

"King Karl" is royalty with oddsmakers, who've crowned him as a -150 favorite.

That leaves "Gamebred" as a +130 underdog despite his experience in regional and international competition. Masvidal is currently 3-0 under the Strikeforce banner, having last defeated Billy Evangelista via unanimous decision back in March.

Are the oddsmakers calling it like they see it? Or playing it safe? Take a look at how these two lightweights stack up after the jump and decide for yourself.

155 lbs.: Karl "KJ" Noons (10-3) vs. Jorge "Gamebred" Masvidal (21-6)

Backgrounds (last five fights):


Record: 4-1
Notable wins: Punishing victories over Yves Edwards and Jorge Gurgel
Notable losses: Beaten at his own game when he moved up to 170 to challenge Diaz
Strengths: Fantastic hands, great cardio, aggressive
Weaknesses: One-dimensional, overconfident


Record: 3-2
Notable wins: Snapped Billy Evangelista's undefeated streak
Notable losses: Dropped decisions to Paul Daley (at 170) and Luis Palomino
Strengths: Decent hands, good cardio, hard to finish
Weaknesses: Decision monster, will play to opponent's strengths

KJ Noons (-150) vs. Jorge Masvidal (+130) at Strikeforce: "Overeem vs. Werdum." Who ya' got and why?

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