The UFC 159 card scheduled for the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ this April 27th is really a flat card from top to bottom. How the UFC can go back to back the last two weekends with terrific cards on free TV and expect people to pay $50 for UFC 159? The main event features Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones defending the title against his nemesis on ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ reality series, Chael Sonnen. Right now the odds have Jones a massive -875 favorite over Sonnen, whose payback is at +575. Below are some of the odds for some of the rest of the card.
The co-main event features Middleweights who were hot a year or so ago in Michael Bisping and Alan Belcher. Despite some trash talk between the two, there are few that are excited about the match. Both men are coming off losses, and neither looked particularly good in defeat. Belcher had a great win against Rousimar Palhares, and Bisping was a win away from a title shot, but it is apparent in both cases that their is a tier of talented fighters above them and that they are not that level. Nevertheless the fight should be entertaining, and Bisping is sitting at a -165 favorite with Belcher returning +135.
Then there is Cheick Kongo and Roy Nelson at Heavyweight. Nelson sits at a -230 favorite, with the payback at +180. Kongo is on the cusp of being cut by the UFC, or should be anyway. He is 2-1 in his last 3, but the wins over maudlin Shawn Jordan and Matt Mitrione were total snoozers, and he had less than 140 seconds for Mark Hunt. Nelson is a good fighter, but his fatty/hairy character is getting old, and winning this fight wont bring him any closer to a title shot or even a higher ranking.
Why the UFC would put the women’s bout of Sara McMann and Sheila Gaff on the undercard and not on the main PPV offering is a complete mystery. With the success of the recent UFC women’s matches, you would wonder why they would take their foot off the pedal, especially with McMann being one of the women with the potential to be a future Ronfda Rousey opponent. Look for her to be favored in her match with the veteran Gaff.