UFC 142 Betting Odds: Vitor Belfort vs. Anthony Johnson in Welterweight Bout

By on Jan 11, 2012

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Two of MMA’s best strikers will face off this weekend at UFC 142 when former Light Heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort steps into the Octagon against the explosive Anthony Johnson. Both fighters are looking to climb up the Middleweight contender ladder and get themselves back into a title contender situation.

Bet on UFC 142 with Bovada.

Belfort will be coming off a first-round knockout of the night performance overYoshihiro Akiyama at UFC 133. He has looked very good since returning to the UFC (with the exception of the KO loss to Anderson Silva) and will come in against Johnson as a moderate favorite. Oddsmakers at Bovada’s online sportsbook have Belfort handicapped at -135, mainly due to his elite striking skills.

Johnson will finally take a step up in weight class and leave the Welterweight division behind to fight at 185 pounds. The talented mixed martial artist has solid striking and good wrestling skills, but the big question in this matchup is whether or not he’s ready for a Middleweight as highly ranked as Belfort. That uncertainty has MMA odds makers at Bovada’s online sportsbook handicapping Johnson as a slight +105 underdog.

This fight could go either way and will likely come down to which fighter lands the first big shot. Belfort is expected to hold an advantage in the striking area, but that still remains to be seen. Johnson does have the ability to out-wrestle Belfort and control the fight enough to win a decision, but one would only expect to see that if Belfort gets the best of him in a striking contest.

Johnson could be a good underdog pick when one considers that he could possibly win a striking battle and could dominate with wrestling control. Belfort’s key to victory is the same as it always is – to swarm his opponent and overwhelm him with strikes.

Check out all the UFC betting lines for this week’s event at Bovada’s online sportsbook.

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