WEC Odds and WEC Betting info

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WEC 30 Odds   BOF
Rich Crunkilton   +175
Rob McCullough   -215
Rani Yahya   even
Chase Beebe   -130
Jer. Billington   +185
Brian Stann   -225
Miguel Torres   even
Jeff Bedard   -130
Marcelo Brito   +280
John Alessio   -350
Scott McAfee   +205

Marcus Hicks                                                                    -255

Of the fights listed, I see 3 mismatches. Marcus Hicks is a dynamo that lets it all fly from start to finish. He’s got a lot of power in both hands and wants to stand about 2 inches from your nose and throw all he’s got. McAfee hails from the same organization that Doug Evans came from, Evans damn near upset Huerta. I’m not dismissing McAfee’s chances, but I think he will most likely be overwhelmed by Hicks. What I don’t like is the -255 beside Hicks’ name. That’s a little to risky for my taste, so unless the odds move to a more favorable number (less than -200) I will pass on this one.

Rob McCullough is tough dude with a solid game. He’s well rounded with a lot of KO power. I like the fact that he’s been fighting in the WEC for a couple years, he’s really in his element there and will be very difficult to beat. McCullough is on a major win streak and should soon find himself in a UFC octagon. Crunkilton’s only loss came in to Hermes Franca several years ago and just by looking at the records you would have to say this fight is a toss up. Crunkilton fits the mold of underdogs that I like to bet on. He’s a three dimensional fighter who’s been fighting/winning on a regular basis, he’s got his head screwed on right and he’s still improving. If you have seen both guys fight though, it’s apparent that McCullough is a notch above Crunkilton. This should be a competitive scrap, but in the end McCullough is slightly better in all aspects and should hold onto the title. Once again, I don’t like the odds placed on him and there is not enough value in Cleat’s +175 for me to take a shot on him.

WEC 29 Aftermath

Its been a few days since WEC 29, so now is the time to evaluate what was learned about our heros.

Brock Larson– He suffered a disappointing loss and you could see his anguish after the fight. He should tapped, but did not give in and possibly took a serious injury to that elbow. When he recovers he’ll be a better fighter. He was imposing himself on Condit until he got caught in the armbar. Larson is a good fighter and this loss should not diminish his value, in my opinion. Hopefully the elbow will be good to go soon.

Carlos Condit– Another impressive fight from Condit. He was obvisiouly overmatched by Larson’s strength but adapted well and dealt with the pressure perfectly. Condit showed that he’s a dangerous fighter from his back, with good sub attempts and some dangerous strikes too. It will take a very good fighter to beat him, most likely a crisp puncher that can punch his way in close.

Bodog Fight

Paulo Filho– Filho beat a good veteran fighter while coming back of a considerable layoff. Filho’s vaunted ground game was shut down by Doerkson. Both guys looked slow in my eyes. Filho could have some real trouble with a quick and technically sound puncher. He is open to straight shots and his punching was sloppy. For a highly ranked fighter, his stand up is very suspect.

Joe Doerksen– Seem slowed, but defended TD’s well against the BJJ king. Doerksen still should be able to handle guys at his level and below, but will struggle against the top rung guys-particularly strikers that defend takedowns. A qwik, young guy with some power should really give him fits.

Jeff Curran– Showed he can handle a guy he should beat. Curran looks like he will struggle against the top tier guys. He’s got a well rounded game.

Stephan Ledbetter– Young fighter had a good showing against a solid vet in Curran. He’s tough and has some ability. He was unable to mount much of an attack against Curran and should do much better if he gets matched up against someone closer to his current ability. Could pull of an upset against the type of fighter that throws “caution to the wind.”

Tiki Ghosn– Early loss is hard to learn much from. Was Tiki terrible or his opponent very good? I will lean towards Avena being good. Ghosn came forward, where he ran into trouble and did not deal with it well. His defense needs to improve when he runs into adversity.

Blas Avena– looked impressive. He was quick and powerful, once he got the advantage he was all over Ghosn. Avena has the look of a quicker more aggressive Okami. Watch his progress, he needs another fight in three months.

Jamie Varner– very impressive against a solid fighter. Varner is strong on the ground and capable standing. He definitely moves up off this performance, which reminded me a little of Sherk.

Sherron Leggett– Ran into an awesome looking Worm, but don’t throw him under the bus yet. He was resilient and managed some effective attacks against Varner, who might be near the top of this divison right now. Leggett need to work on his jui-jitsu, but he will be back winning fights soon. I don’t see him being overmatched by anyone.