UFC 126 betting handicappers will have their choice of two top shelf mixed martial arts experts who are among the most respected in all of UFC online betting.
Anderson Silva will defend his middleweight title against Vitor Belfort at UFC 126 on Saturday night from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, NV. Fight time on pay per view TV is set for 11:59 PM ET and Sports Gambling opened with Silva as a -280 favorite with Belfort as a +210 dog.
Silva has 12 wins in his last 12 bouts entering action with the UFC126 odds and yet he has the reputation of having lackluster efforts as of late that have concerned some handicappers looking over this championship fight. The 12 bout winning streak is a UFC record for most consecutive wins, so despite the recent reputation for lethargic fights, Silva is still bringing home the cash for his backers.
Silva also has a string of seven consecutive title defense wins which also a UFC record that is 2 better than the trio of Tito Ortiz, Georges St. Pierre, and Matt Hughes. Silva is still considered by many handicappers who are evaluating the UFC 126 betting line as the best pound for pound fighter in the game.
What concerns many gamblers is Silva’s last outing in August against Chael Sonnen, which was a scare. Sonnen came very close to pulling off a stunning upset over Silva that has garnered everyone’s attention, including Silva himself, who could very well be more focused and sharp because of that near miss.
Sonnen dominated their bout for over 22 minutes and was ahead on all 3 score cards before he got reckless as he left himself vulnerable for “The Spider” to triangle choke him for a bail out title defense win.
Silva’s win was a reminder to all UFC 126 betting fans of just how dangerous he is and that no lead is ever safe against him. It also demonstrates just how difficult it will be for Belfort to beat Silva as “The Spider” will exploit any mistake with ruthlessness. It will take a perfect performance by Belfort to rip the belt off Silva.