Gambler’s Corner: Lyoto Machida Opens As 3-1 Favorite Against Gegard Mousasi

Lyoto Machida’s next outing at Middleweight will come against Iranian born fighter Gegard Mousasi. The bout is expected to headline the Fight Night card in Brazil on February 8th and will be a five round match.

Machida is coming off an impressive first round head kick K.O against friend and training partner Mark Munoz. The fight was Lyoto’s Middleweight debut, Machida was also replacing the injured Michael Bisping which makes the win that much more impressive.

‘The Dream Catcher’, a former multi-divisional Champion of Dream and former Strikeforce Light-Heavyweight boss, will be making his own Middleweight debut for the fight. Mousasi’s previous outing was a unanimous decision win in April against last minute (disappointing) replacement Ilir Latifa in Sweeden.

The early odds for the bout have Machida as high as a 3/1 favourite. The fight could put the victor in line for a number one contender bout later on in the year. Do you think the odds are fair ?

Mousasi hasn’t lost a fight in three years in the Light-Heavyweight division and will be dropping down to his more suited weight class at 185. The odds will no doubt reflect the mismatch in quality and name value of opponents each fighter has faced.

Gegard beat a relatively unknown Latifa in his UFC debut, it could be argued he hasn’t faced a high level opponent since he lost his Strikeforce title against Muhammad ‘King’ Lawal. Mousasi has also battled with a knee injury early on in the year which required him to have surgery. Could that affect the outcome of the fight?

‘The Dragon’ on the other hand is 4-4 in his last eight outings in the UFC, fighting arguably top ten ranked opponents in seven out of eight of them…. sorry Randy. His last fight in Brazil though was a controversial loss to Phill Davis. Will Machida have similar bad luck as he did that night? Or will he be fired up because of his loss against Davis and make sure the judges don’t play a part in the outcome of the fight ?



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    dropkickmurphy

    November 2, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Big fan of Mousai and his skill set, only problem is that he has not been fighting often and against much lower competition as of late.
    On the flip side, he has been fighting since 2003 and is still only 28..this fight, win or lose will do nothing but good things for him to be fighting this high a caliber fighter..can't wait.

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    thexperience1

    November 2, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Ridiculous…. people are in for a rude awakening! I'm putting some DOLLARS on Mousasi!

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    IChokePeople

    November 2, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    I think that Mousasi will lose but I wouldn't put real money on it. I would have to think that this fight is a bit closer than Vegas seems to think.

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    Bruce Lee

    November 2, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    I'm going to put a lot of Monopoly money on Machida ;-)

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    zombiechow

    November 2, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    i expect machida to take the win but mousasi not to be scuffed at

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    Entity

    November 2, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    aww crap, I was hoping the masses would follow the Mousasi Hype and make me some real money lol. Oh well, I'll take the little I make by the footwork master of speed.

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    Brian Cox

    November 2, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    I think I'll have to take Machida in this fight and I wouldn't be surprised to see Lyoto take the fight to the ground, either.

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    UnderdogGreatness

    November 2, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    Why not? Machida is the better fighter.

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    zzoooman

    November 4, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Going w/ the gut feeling on this one, Mousasi! Hopefully no injuries, really looking forward to this one.

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