UFC 125 Odds: Edgar, Maynard in title bout
By: Joe Freda
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Thiago Silva will meet Brandon Vera on the UFC 125 Resolution card.
UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar has won five straight battles, with two “Fight of the Night” awards in that stretch. The 29-year-old makes his second title defense in Saturday’s UFC 125 from Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena against Gray Maynard, who enters the five-round matchup with an 11-0 record.
Sports books have listed Maynard as a 145 favorite to continue his unbeaten streak, while setting the duel’s ‘total’ at 4 ½ ‘over’ (minus 280). The rivals are squaring off in a rematch from a 2008 fight, when Maynard handed Edgar his sole career loss with a three-round unanimous decision.
Edgar’s last outing came in August’s five-round title defense against former champion B.J. Penn. The headlining clash for UFC 118 saw Edgar outpoint Penn, 50-45, on all three scorecards.
Maynard fought on the same night’s slate, notching his latest victory in a three-round unanimous decision against Kenny Florian. The win guaranteed a title shot for the Phoenix native, who specializes in takedowns with a 75 percent success rate.
Maynard has gone the distance in seven straight fights, while Edgar has needed the judges’ decision in five of his last six encounters. Edgar’s only exception in that span was a submission win in last December’s victory against Matt Veach, using a rear-naked choke in the second round.
Both combatants expect to tip the scales at 155 pounds, with the official weigh-in scheduled for Friday.
Saturday’s card is slated to begin at 7 p.m. (PT), available on pay-per-view television.
Middleweights collide in co-feature
UFC 125’s slate has middleweights Chris Leben and Brian Stann facing each other in the event’s co-feature, leading a 10-fight undercard.
Leben is listed by sports books as a 165 favorite, with a ‘total’ of 2 ½ ‘over’ (minus 125) for the three-round duel. The veteran southpaw has won three straight fights, bringing his record to 25-6.
Leben has not entered the octagon since July’s submission victory against Yoshihiro Akiyama. “The Crippler” applied a triangle choke in the third round, ending the fight at the stanza’s 4:40 mark.
Stann also won his latest fight with a triangle choke submission, gaining victory against Mike Massenzio, last August. The triumph was Stann’s debut at middleweight, concluding at 3:10 of the third round.
Stann improved to 3-1 in his last four fights, with the only defeat coming by unanimous decision in February’s UFC 109 against Phil Davis.