Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women's bantamweight titleholder Ronda Rousey opened as a 15-to-1 betting favorite over undefeated 135-pound contender Bethe Correia for their upcoming UFC 190 pay-per-view (PPV) main event, scheduled to go down inside HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Sat., Aug. 1, 2015.
Not much has changed over the last few months.
"Rowdy" is probably as close as a lock as you can get these days, when you compare her formidable skill set against the anemic 135-pound division, but most casual bettors are likely to be chased off by her -1500 money line (Correia is as high as +1000).
There are plenty of other high-profile fights on the UFC 190 fight card, including the light heavyweight rematch between Mauricio Rua (22-10) and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (21-6), who first locked horns at the PRIDE: "Critical Countdown" event back in 2005.
Swinging Johnson at SportsbookReview.com has a breakdown of the aging warriors:
This could be Rua's swan song after getting starched in just 34 seconds by Ovince St. Preux in November of last year. Shogun has lost four of his last five and at 33-years-old has the mileage of a man much older. Though Rua is a BJJ black belt you can forget about him using his ground game to get Lil' Nog where he wants him. Shogun has only one submission to his credit and that happened in 2006 therefore this will be won or lost standing up because Nogueira doesn't mind standing and trading either.
Although Lil' Nog is rather long in the tooth at age 39 he possesses a more well-rounded attack and looked solid in wins over Tito Ortiz (TKO) and former light heavyweight champ Rashad Evans (UD) before getting blasted by top contender Anthony Johnson in his last fight. Look for Nogueira to get his revenge in this one and when the sportsbooks begin hanging their UFC odds on this one get down on Lil' Nog.
UFC Pick: Lil' Nog
Mauricio Rua: -185
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira: +145
That's not all.
The elder Nog, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, will face off against Stefan Struve in a battle that could end the career of either fighter. "Minotauro" (34-9-1) is coming off back-to-back losses, including a bone-crunching knockout defeat to Roy Nelson in Abu Dhabi.
"Skyscraper" (25-7), meanwhile, is also the loser of two straight. It should also be noted that prior to going to sleep against Alistair Overeem, the tallest mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter on the entire roster was pulled from his Matt Mitrione fight after a fainting spell.
But Swinging Johnson likes that reach.
Big Nog has dropped three of his last four and at age 39 does not look nearly as capable as his twin brother Lil Nog. Nogueira got pasted by Roy Nelson in his last bout at 3:37 into the opening round and before that fell to Fabricio Werdum by submission in the second. He has been relatively inactive fighting in only three events over the past four years.
Conversely the 7'0" Skyscraper Stefan Struve is entering the prime of his career at age 27 and though he was finished in his last two fights (Mark Hunt - TKO and Alistair Overeem - KO) he had four finishes in four fights prior to these most recent setbacks. Struve is simply too big and too lethal on the ground for Big Nog at this stage of his career. Struve will own a 7 ½ inch reach advantage and I cannot see Nogueira getting inside and doing any damage without first getting throttled. Struve will get back on track while retirement awaits for Big Nog.
UFC Pick: Struve
Stefan Struve: -195
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira: +155
That's just the tip of the UFC 190 iceberg.
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Less than a week to go!