Although most people’s anticipation for watching UFC Rio: Silva vs. Okami stem from the main match, I believe the Forrest Griffin vs Mauricio “Shogun” Rua rematch will prove to be more exciting as Silva’s fight might end in the first round, i.e. front kick to face. The match makers did an awesome job of pairing up these two fighters. They are both former UFC Light Heavyweight Champions who lost their titles in their first title defense and they are both coming into their 25th fight. Let’s see who the BetDSI MMA odds makers give the edge to.
UFC Rio Betting Lines:
FORREST GRIFFIN PK+170
MAURICIO RUA PK-210
Shogun is the favorite to win so far, but as the fight gets closer I believe the lines will shift as to make the MMA betting lines a bit more even. Both fighters have a 3-2 record in their last 5 fights coming into this event. Griffin is coming off a 2 win streak courtesy of Tito Ortiz and Rich Franklin while Rua is coming off a loss to Jon “Bones” Jones. Even though Griffin is looking hotter right now I’m positive that most MMA Betting fans are going to be betting on Shogun Rua because of his outstanding performance against Lyoto Machida.
These two fighters first touched gloves at UFC 76: Knockout, way back on September 22, 2007. Griffin came out on top via rear naked choke at 4:45 of round 3. Rua admitted that in that lost he didn’t come prepared cardio-wise, which was obviously a huge mistake, especially against Griffin who time and time again exhibits an exceedingly huge amount of heart and determination.
Interesting Fact: Forrest Griffin earned $45,000 at UFC 76 for show and win, plus an additional $40,000 was awarded for Submission of the Night. Rua on the other hand, earned $150,000 just to show up and fight.
Both fighters have wins over some of the top contenders in their weight class. The burning questions in this fight are “who wants it more and who has more to bring to the table?” The answers to both those questions are: Mauricio Rua. Rua not only has the home field advantage, but has in my opinion evolved more as a fighter.
UFC Rio Betting Prediction: Take Shogun to win by decision. You can also take advantage of the Live In-Fight Betting option BetDSI has to bet while the fight is happening. That way you can better wage how the tides are turning in favor of a fighter.