UFC 86 odds and ends
MMA Mania has posted the odds released by the Mandalay Bay on UFC 86 and Jackson is a -260 favorite. I think that’s about right, but I expected it to actually be a little higher. I’ve had a lot of success with my MMA predictions lately, but I think I may have taken too big of a risk in this Quinton Jackson vs. Forrest Griffin fight. I think Rampage is near the absolute top of his game right now. That being said, we’ve had bigger upsets in the past year and Griffin is a very good fighter as well. While internally I’m waffling a little on my prediction of Griffin submitting Rampage in the third round, externally, I’m still on board with it.
And, not for nothing, here’s a lengthy breakdown of one of the top main events we’ve had this year. Of course, it ends with this quote “This fight is impossible to predict.” Still, there is some good analysis from the UFC’s website.
And, finally, some great UFC 86 stories.
Carlos Arias has a great piece on Juanito Ibarra, Rampage’s trainer, for the Orange County Register.
Neil Davidson, of the Canadian Press, has an interesting read on Forrest Griffin.