Silva tops list of native favourites at UFC 153
Anderson Silva is the biggest odds-on favourite at UFC 153, as the Brazilian fighter aims to justify a 1/12 price to beat Stephan Bonnar in Rio de Janeiro.
Bonnar is a 7/1 chance to cause an upset, but would appear to have precious little chance of doing so, with a Silva win via knockout the most tempting option.
That outcome seems most plausible at 8/13, and would be the perfect result to send the Brazilian crowd home happy.
Elsewhere on the card meanwhile, a number of other intriguing clashes are in prospect.
Demian Maia, who has recently transitioned into the welterweight division, kicks off proceedings as 4/6 favourite to overcome Rick Story.
Maia can make it back-to-back victories at welterweight, and could prove value at 3/1 for a submission win, thus inflicting Story’s third defeat in his last four bouts.
In the next fight on the card, 5/19 Phil Davis can overcome Wagner Prado, providing he makes use of the significant advantage he has on the ground.
Davis is a former national champion wrestler, and as such the American could be worth investment to win by submission at 3/2.
In what could prove a show-stealing clash, Jon Fitch hopes to quell fast-rising star Erick Silva at 6/5.
Silva is 2-1 thus far, but was unlucky to be disqualified in his one UFC defeat to date, and will be popular with some punters at 20/29.
He faces his toughest test yet here though, and Fitch’s superior experience could prove the difference.
Meanwhile, Glover Teixeira can make his mark on the event, by besting Fabio Maldonado at 5/19 in his native Brazil.
Teixeira was originally billed to face ‘Rampage’ Jackson here, but instead will turn his attentions, and immense punching power, to Maldonado.
At 9/4 for a knockout triumph, Teixeira should be seriously considered.
And Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira can be expected to emerge victorious from the card’s other fight, as a 3/10 hope to see off Dave Herman.
Nogueira counts a victory over UFC legend Randy Couture amongst past ventures, and should have too much class for Herman on home soil.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.