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UFC 180 odds: Fabricio Werdum opens as -230 favorite over Mark Hunt (+180)

From underdog to favorite in the blink of an eye.

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Fabricio Werdum went from underdog to instant favorite in his upcoming Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight title fight, which goes down at UFC 180 on Nov. 15, 2014 in Mexico City, Mexico.

That's because an unfortunate knee injury to division champion Cain Velasquez, one that forced him to bow out of the much-anticipated championship contest, sent "Vai Cavalo" into a showdown against last-minute replacement, Mark Hunt.

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That little switch was good enough for the odds makers over at Bovada to make Werdum the -230 favorite against Hunt, who will be coming in as the +180 underdog when the two talented big men tango south of the border.

Werdum (18-5-1, 6-2 UFC) racked up four straight victories under the UFC banner to earn his shot at the strap, including wins over Roy Nelson, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and more recently at UFC on FOX 12, Travis Browne.

That run was good enough to shoot him up the rankings and into the No. 1 spot and to finally give Cain a different opponent not named Antonio Silva or Junior dos Santos.

As for Hunt, he was last seen knocking out Roy Nelson in the very first round at UFC Fight Night 52 in Saitama, Japan -- something Werdum couldn't do -- on Sept. 20, 2014.

Prior to his impressive victory over "Big Country," Hunt won four of six contests inside the Octagon with one of them being a draw against Antonio Silva at UFC Fight Night 33. His lone loss came at the hands of Junior dos Santos, who ended "Super Samoan's" Cinderella run at UFC 160 with a devastating spinning-kick knockout.

Now, if Hunt can manage to get his weight in check in time for the fight, the longtime veteran will look to capture his first-ever mixed martial arts (MMA) title before he puts a bow on his storied combat career.

A word to the wise, though, if you're planning on putting some coin down on Werdum, it would behoove you not to bet the house, as Hunt -- who is no stranger to the underdog role -- has more than enough skill and power in his hands to send you to the poor house in the blink of an eye.

You see the numbers, question is, do you agree with them?

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