With the UFC’s next major card not being until November 10th, and the cancellation of the STRIKEFORCE event on November 3rd, the MMA betting public may be looking for an alternative. On November 3rd at the Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada will host the inaugural World Series of Fighting event, headlined by a Heavyweight battle between Andrei Arlovski and Devin Cole. I am looking for odds to pop up for this show in the next week or so, and they did a decent job of gathering talent with what is left outside the UFC, so ther ewill be some matches that may be worth looking at besides the main event.
Arlovski will likely be favored, and it behooves the WSOF that Arlovski win, as he is much more recognizable and marketable than the bland Cole. Cole however, may present the right mix of talent to threaten Arlovski, so despite being off for almost a year, Cole may present some value if he is a big enough underdog.
Arlovski has been two wins and a no contest against old rival Tim Sylvia to his most recent credit. After several KO losses, Arlovski will always have a questionable chin, however against Sylvia, who is still a big puncher, he was able to stay safe.
Cole however is a solid wrestler with a big punch, having won roughly half of his 20 wins by some type of TKO or KO. Cole will have to get through Arlovski’s boxing defense with a big punch or win by ground and pound. Arlovski will be the favorite when the line comes in, but it is a competitive match.
Marlon Moraes versus Miguel Torres is another interesting bout on the card. Torres, at 40-5 overall, was getting close to the top 10 pound for pound lists and cracking some of them during his run in WEC. He stumbled late with the WEC and with the UFC, going 3-4 in his last 7 fights. The UFC in fact released him twice, and he never established himself.
Torres needs a win in the worst way, and he is talented enough to warrant being favored over Moraes, a Brazilian who comes in with a 8-4 record. He needs to complete the job and take Moraes out impressively if he wants to avoid the fade of his career that has already started!
We will look at some of the other bouts on this card in the coming days.