With the UFC’s next pay-per-view event just more than three weeks away, it is time to start taking a look at the betting odds for your card. Two streaks on the card have lines introduced, and they are about as different as can be. At the primary event, T.J. Dillashaw will defend his newly won UFC bantamweight title against the guy he took it from, Renan Barao. In their first fight, Barao closed as a enormous -910 favorite (wager $910 to win $100) over Dillashaw. The Team Alpha Male manhood ruled that first battle, scoring a fifth-round TKO in among the biggest anti upsets in UFC history. This moment, the odds are much closer, with Dillashaw sitting at -140 and Barao the small underdog in +120 (bet $100 to win $120). There are eight additional bouts on the card which up until now did not have betting lines posted. MMA oddsmaker Nick Kalikas altered that now as he released the full UFC 177 gambling odds at 5Dimes Sportsbook. ———— MAIN CARD (PPV, 10pm ET) UFC Bantamweight Title TJ Dillashaw -140 Renan Barao +100 Tony Ferguson -265 Danny Castillo +185 Bethe Correia -160 Shayna Baszler +120 Carlos Diego Ferreira -280 Ramsey Nijem +200 Yancy Medeiros -135 Damon Jackson -105 ————– PRELIMINARY CARD (Fox Sports 1, 8pm ET) Lorenz Larkin -140 Derek Brunson +100 Henry Cejudo -185 Scott Jorgensen +145 Anthony Hamilton -210 Ruan Potts +160 Joe Soto -125 Anthony Birchak -115 ————– PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Night, 7:30pm ET) Chris Wade -140 Cain Carrizosa +100 ————– Brad’s Analysis: I actually want Bethe Correia to win this fight, so that I never have to listen to anything about the absurd”Four Horsewomen” ever again. That said, Correia hasn’t confronted anyone of Baszler’s skill level, particularly when it comes to grappling. I believe Baszler can wade through Correia’s striking and drag this battle to the floor where she’ll have a distinct advantage. The greatest worry for me is about Baszler’s long layoff and harm woes of late, and it can be more than enough to keep me from betting her. Tony Ferguson seems like a nightmare matchup for Danny Castillo. Castillo has been tagged on the toes several times prior to, and unlike his charms against Tim Means or Anthony Njokuanihe won’t be able to fall back on his wrestling here if the striking doesn’t go to plan. This ought to be quite competitive in most regions, but Ferguson has minor edges that ought to propel him to victory. Lorenz Larkin is only 27, but the decline in his performances of late makes him seem more like a 37-year-old. He looked totally listless against Brad Tavares for 10 minutes, and was immediately dispatched by Costas Philippou. On the flip side, Derek Brunson provided the toughest test of Yoel Romero’s career in his most recent bout. It seems like Larkin was extremely overvalued as a prospect while in Strikeforce, while Brunson had been missed. This is a very tough bout to call in terms of a side or a total, so I will likely stay out completely. On the other hand, I believe Ramsey Nijem is in for a rough night against Carlos Diego Ferreira. Nijem may have a wrestling advantage , but even that’s questionable. Ferreira is the much better submission grappler, and probably even the greater striker at this point (although Nijem’s improvement in that respect last time outside was nice to see). I expect Ferreira to find the win, and likely put another end on his resume from his submission skills or Nijem’s questionable chin. Henry Cejudo consistently made for interesting bouts even when he was facing completely overmatched competition, so he’s up against a legitimate test in Scott Jorgensen, I must admit this is among my most anticipated bouts on the card. The physical benefits here belong to Cejudo, as does the wrestling edge, naturally. He may not have the well-rounded skill set to stop Jorgensen, but I think he wins rounds using takedowns and scrambling. Cejudo handed one of the vital tests for prospects in his final outing too, getting broken square on the jaw and shaking off it to win not just the fight, but that round too. The major question with Cejudo, as always, is: how focused is he? Maybe being signed by the UFC was that the impetus he had to start taking the sport seriously, as in his past appearances (and non-appearances) using Legacy FC, it’s quite obvious he’s been coasting at times. Against Jorgensen that he might not be able to get away with a half attempt, and when he does it will make him much more particular. A Legacy veteran making his UFC debut with decidedly less fanfare is 39-year-old Richard Odoms. His only loss came to UFC heavyweight Jared Rosholt, but he’s generally been in a position to restrain and outhustle opponents to pick up choices. That will be hard against Ruslan Magomedov, who actually possesses decent cardio for a heavyweight, to go together with his solid striking. Coming off of almost a year layoff, it is hard to expect much from Odoms, so I anticipate Magomedov to pick up the win, but he’s somebody I fully expect to fade when he can pick up a few more wins and confront decent competition. The hype on Yancy Medeiros came a bit too fast, and should almost be snuffed out in this point. His striking defense appeared atrocious against both Yves Edwards and Jim Miller, and his submission match was practically non-existent since he had been exploited within minutes of hitting the floor against Miller. Maybe that may work to the advantage of his backers from Justin Edwards nevertheless, as Edwards really isn’t UFC caliber, even in this point. Edwards has a fantastic guillotine, and not many other abilities, therefore Medeiros has this struggle to win so long as he doesn’t dive in that weapon. Edwards will probably come out quickly, because he must know that a win will indicate the end of his UFC employ. Talking of pink-slip derbies, the loser of Ruan Potts and Anthony Hamilton will probably be shown the door as well, because both put on putrid dislpays in their UFC debuts. Potts is a competitive — but not too talented — grappler, while Hamilton showed massive holes in his own grappling against Alexey Oleinik. On the flip side, Hamilton has some power and Potts was set out with one shot on the floor against Soa Palelei. Either guy could finish this fight quickly and I wouldn’t be amazed, or they could play it safe and we could be treated to a truly awful heavyweight MMA. If the price for this particular bout to go over 1.5 rounds is large enough, I might just take a shot there in hopes that the bout really is of the bad variety, but I can not see myself putting much more than Monopoly money down with this contest.

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