Lightweight Fighters Play Big Role in UFC 119 Betting Action

December 2, 2010 UFC

In boxing and MMA it’s always the heavyweight division that the fans pay the big money to see and in the upcoming UFC 119 betting action there is plenty of great heavyweight action.

But the real star attraction of this month’s event in Indianapolis, IN is the lightweight division.

In fact these two weight class’s form the meat and potatoes of the UFC 119 odds lineup but the there is little doubt this event belongs to the lightweights.          

Two bouts share top billing on the Main Card, one a heavyweight battle the other a lightweight heavyweight battle.  Frank Mir and Cro Cop will beat each other’s brains in to see which of these veterans will remain relevant in a UFC heavyweight division that’s being flooded with young blood.

And that’s the extent of the heavyweight influence in the UFC 119 betting action.

The other Main Event is a light heavyweight matchup between Antonio Nogueira and Ryan Bader.

But that’s the end of the heavyweight influence and the point where the lightweight start to carry their weight, so to speak.

In the first of the two lightweight bouts on the schedule former UFC champion Sean Sherk will take on Evan Dunham in what should be a thrilling matchup.  Sherk is no longer the fighter he once was and at age 37 he’s nearing the end of the road.  But he still has some fight left in him and Dunham will have to bring his A-game to get a victory. 

Dunham is one of the most exciting young light weights in the UFC and has a perfect 11-0 record heading into the UFC 119 odds action.  He’s never faced an opponent of Sherk’s quality and this will be his first true test to see if he belongs in the upper echelon of MMA fighting.  After a convincing win over Tyson Griffin in his last match it would seem like he does. 

The second light weight bout on the Main Card features Melvin Guillard and Jeremy Stephens.  Neither of these fighters is among the top challengers in the weight class right now but with a win Stephens can put his name out there among the top contenders.  He struggled a bit last year but seems to have gotten back on track with a 2 match win-streak entering the Indy event.

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