Franklin Favored at the Sportsbook in UFC 115

December 1, 2010 Sportsbook

Rich Franklin is favored at the sportsbook as he takes on Chuck Liddell on Saturday in UFC 115 at General Motors Palace in Vancouver.

This will be the fourth UFC event held in Canada and perhaps the most popular one at the online sportsbook.  The event was the quickest sellout in UFC history.

Sportsbook odds list Franklin as a slight favorite at -150 over Liddell in this main event fight.  The bout is the feature one on an 11-fight card in UFC 115 on Saturday. Both Liddell and Franklin are very popular so the fight should get excellent action at the online sportsbook.   Liddell is a former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion while Franklin is a former UFC Middleweight Champion. Both fighters are coming off a loss as Liddell was knocked out by current Light Heavyweight Champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and while Franklin was knocked out by UFC Middleweight contender Vitor Belfort. Liddell was one of the first fighters to put the UFC on the map. From 2000 to 2006 he went 14-1 with his only loss to Randy Couture.  At 40-years old, many wonder if Liddell can still be a headliner so this will be a huge test for the Hall of Fame fighter. The UFC odds are close on this bout between Liddell and Franklin so the odds makers believe that Liddell has a chance to win.

Also on the main card in UFC 115 it will be Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic taking on Pat Barry. This fight should also be an excellent one as Barry is a slight -150 favorite at the sportsbook. Both of these fighters have excellent kickboxing skills so it should be a fun fight to watch.

The other three bouts on the sportsbook odds board on the main pay-per-view card have Paulo Thiago facing Martin Kampmann, Ben Rothwell vs. Gilbert Yvel and Carlos Condit vs. Rory MacDonald. There are six fights on the preliminary card, two of which will be televised on Spike TV.  Those two are Tyson Griffin vs. Evan Dunham and Mac Danzig vs. Matt Wiman.  The other four bouts on the preliminary card are David Loiseau vs. Mario Miranda, James Wilks vs. Peter Sobotta, Ricardo Funch vs. Claude Patrick and Mike Pyle vs. Jesse Lennox.

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