Betting UFC 153: Silva vs. Bonnar

Finding betting value in all of the UFC 153 fights

Originally Published: October 11, 2012
By John Candido | FightMetric
Stephan BonnarAP Photo/Silvia IzquierdoStephan Bonnar will take on Anderson Silva in the feature fight in UFC 153.

With the UFC seemingly unable to keep a main event on the books these days, fans are hoping that the impromptu UFC 153 feature fight will deliver, as middleweight champion Anderson Silva moves up to light heavyweight to take on "The Ultimate Fighter" legend Stephan Bonnar. Despite the short notice, fans should be optimistic.

Though the UFC 152 main event was similarly restructured, it didn't disappoint, as Jon Jones was nearly defeated by heavy underdog Vitor Belfort. Heading into Saturday night, this oh-so-close upset will have many wondering whether a similar scare might be in store for Anderson Silva.

Let's take a look at this and many of the other fights on the card to see where the value lies in the money lines for UFC 153.

Main event: Five rounds

Anderson Silva (-1300) vs. Stephan Bonnar (+700)

Upon hearing the announcement of Silva versus Bonnar, many fans no doubt recalled what Silva did to Forrest Griffin in his one-sided domination at UFC 101. And it'd be safe to say that bettors are likely expecting this fight to be similar, as they have made Silva an incredibly lopsided favorite at a price of -1300. This is especially true since Silva went into that original light heavyweight fight versus Griffin as only a -240 favorite. At this high of a price to take the pound-for-pound great, the odds here require a little more examination, as +700 for Bonnar offers a lot of room for value.


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