UFC 117 Betting Action: Don’t Skip the Preliminary Card

December 2, 2010 UFC

When many sports betting fans see that Anderson Silva is highlighting the Main Card of the upcoming UFC 117 betting action they skip right past the preliminary fights and focus instead on the Main Event.

But the truth is, the Silva fight, while it’s a great chance to see the best pound for pound fighter on the planet it’s a terrible opportunity to be on the UFC 117 odds.  Silva, if he feels like engaging his opponent, will mop the mat the Chael Sonnen.

Not only will the Main Event likely be very anti-climactic but the payout on any bet on Silva, the reigning middleweight champion of the world and undefeated since 2006, will be minimal.  Instead, MMA fans should focus on the UFC 117 odds for the Preliminary Card.  These fights are loaded with up and coming talent, as well as a few greybeard punching bags, but the action should be fast and furious and there should be plenty of good betting opportunities.

Take for example the Ben Saunders vs. Dennis Hallman matchup, two welterweights on the opposite ends of their careers. Saunders and up and coming fighter with just 12 bouts under his belt (8-2-2) fighting against Hallman, who at 34 may not be the oldest dog in the fight, but with 57 career MMA fights to his name the guy obviously doesn’t have a lot in the tank.  Saunders ought to be the grizzled vet senseless but it should be entertaining no matter who comes out the victor in this UFC 117 betting matchup.

Another preliminary bout that has caught the eye of the more discerning UFC 117 betting enthusiasts is the Johny Hendricks vs. Charlie Brenneman match.  This is could very well be the most compelling match of the night with both of these fighters coming into the match with impressive records.  But the truth is Hendricks has fought much tougher competition and should turn the lights out on Brenneman.  This bout should be a thrilling clinic in destroying your opponent and great betting opportunity as Brenneman’s record is grossly inflated against poor competition.

When Saturday rolls around, skip the Main Card and focus on the better viewing and wagering opportunities on the Preliminary Card.