With UFC President Dana White announcing forthcoming roster cuts, BETDSI Sportsbook has started takin gaction on whether fighters will be cut or not. Focusing on the UFC 158 card, and the welterweight clash between Jake Ellenberger and Nate Marquardt. Below are the odds:
YES- MARQUARDT GETS CUT +200
NO- MARQUARDT NOT CUT -300
YES- ELLENBERGER GETS CUT +500
NO- ELLENBERGER NOT CUT -1000
If Nate Marquardt loses this weekend, he will be on the extreme high risk list for being cut. Marquardt was on the STRIKEFORCE roster after being cut by the UFC, and he was riding high in a new weight class at 170 lbs, holding the welterweight title. In his last outing for SF this January, he lost, dropping the belt to Tarec Saffiedine. Despite that loss, he was on the list to get ‘migrated’ to the UFC.
Every fighter could also be cut for failing a drug test, but Marquardt has failed one in the past, and a failed one here would almost certainly lead to him being cut as well.
As for Ellenberger, he is a little safer on the pecking order, as the lines issued would indicate. Ellenberger is 7-2 overall in his UFC career and at 27, is entering his prime as a combat athlete. Even if he loses to Marquardt, which is entirely possible, Ellenberger is highly unlikely to be cut.
Ellenberger is also fun to watch, as he comes out balls to the wall in his fights, and he takes damage as he tires. He is unlikely to be cut for being boring, which may have affected the UFC’s decision on Jon Fitch.
As for the fight, it is anyone’s to win. If the cuts are a factor, they may serve to apply pressure to Marquardt as he must realize he is on the bubble. Ellenberger is in a better position, likely understanding he is not really at risk of being cut.
MArquardt could very well win the fight, especially if it goes long, but if he doesn’t look for him to be out the door.