Las Vegas, Nevada — As Matt mentioned, I am out in Las Vegas to view a presentation of THQ’s new “UFC 2009” video game. Hopefully, I will get a chance to play it, but at the very least I will get to see what it’s all about and talk to the people responsible for making the game and give you guys the lowdown. My goal is to at the very least have a review for you guys here on 5 Oz. before I head back to Philly.
While I am out here, I will be taking in the live season finale for “The Ultimate Fighter.” Check back here as well for weigh-in results as well as undercard results. If anything breaks, I’ll have that as well. There’s already one potentially large story that I’ve been looking into.
In the meantime, I wanted to list the money lines for some of tomorrow’s fights, as per the Sportsbook at the Palms. At initial glance, this is a tough card to bet:
* Evan Tanner (-210) vs. Kendall Grove (+175)
Grove hasn’t looked good in his recent fights but was has Tanner done to be such a prohibitive favorite? Maybe there’s a lot of money coming in on him. I don’t like either line but I might be tempted to put a little bit on Grove.
* Josh Burkman (-210) vs. Dustin Hazelett (+175)
Hazelett is really underrated and I picked him to win in CBSSports.com’s Head-2-Head poll. It only makes sense that I put down a couple of bucks on him to win at the Sportsbook.
* Diego Sanchez (-500) vs. Luigi Fioravanti (+400)
I like Sanchez in this fight but at -500? No way. That’s too cost prohibitive. This is MMA where anything can happen. If Vegas wants me to take money out of my pocket and place it on Sanchez, I need a better rate of return. Fioravanti is tough and with that kind of payout, I might put $20 on him for a few laughs.
* Jeremy Horn (-130) vs. Dean Lister (+110)
Horn is favored!? Huh!? He’s been subbed in each of his last two fights and Lister is one of the best grapplers in all of MMA. I like Lister all the way here.
* Drew McFedries (-135) vs. Marvin Eastman (+115)
I like McFedries in this one. I think this line is just about right but McFedries is inconsistent so I wouldn’t bet more than a couple of bucks on him.
* Spencer Fisher (-210) vs. Jeremy Stephens (+175)
-210 means you need to put up $210 in order to win $100. Fisher is the better fighter, but not so much that you should have to put up that much money in order to win $100. That’s bad value. The problem is, Stephens doesn’t really offer good enough value to play the underdog.
BTW, as of 9:00 am PT there was no line for the middleweight final between Amir Sadollah and C.B. Dalloway. As soon as I see the line, I will post something.