UFC 127 betting handicappers are eagerly anticipating Penn’s matchup against Jon Fitch and are surprised that he is a dog with the UFC gambling line.
Jon Fitch will meet BJ Penn in a key welterweight matchup on February 26 at Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia. The winner of this bout will have the inside track to number one contender status in the welterweight division. Sports-Gambling opened with UFC 127 odds of Fitch -200 and Penn at +160.
This fight against Fitch will be one of the biggest in Penn’s long and successful career. Georges St. Pierre is the current champion of the welterweight division and Penn is coming off back to back losses against Frankie Edgar that were highly disappointing and major setbacks to his career and status as a top contender on the world stage of mixed martial arts.
Many handicappers and mixed martial arts experts believed that Penn was not surrounding himself with support staff that would push him to maintain his past standards of excellence and that Penn’s work ethic had slipped. Penn began to rely far too much on his natural ability rather than a combination of talent and development and he paid for it as a result as he was a favorite both times against Edgar and yet was defeated in embarrassing and frustrating fashion.
To get himself back on track Penn brought in Matt Hughes, a welterweight legend, to help in prepare for his matchup with Fitch. Hughes may not be what he was at his peak but he has a very similar fighting style to Fitch. Most UFC online betting handicappers commend Penn for his hard work and preparation efforts for this bout.
Penn is a past lightweight champion and is looking to regain a championship belt in the welterweight division. His extra effort and training changes make many handicappers believe that he is a very live UFC 127 betting dog for this matchup with Fitch as it has become apparent that Penn accepted the fact that he had to change and improve his overall portfolio in order to maintain true contender status in the bouts ahead.