UFC 139: Shogun vs. Henderson is set to go down on Saturday at the HP Pavilion in San Jose., It marks the first time the promotion has ever been to San Jose, the longtime base of Strikeforce, the promotion that was semi-recently purchased by the UFC. In the main event, Mauricio Rua is taking on fellow PRIDE legend Dan Henderson. Another PRIDE legend in his own right, Wanderlei Silva, is taking on Cung Le in the co-main event of the night. The event will be live on PPV.
SB Nation's odds partner, OddsShark, has some of the lines and odds for the event, but to be honest, they're nothing particularly juicy. You can find both Henderson and "Shogun" as marginal favorites, but there are a lot of really close fights on the night. The only real "lock", at least by general consensus, is Michael McDonald over Alex Soto. Most of these matchups are extremely competitive all the way down, with questions like "How much does Wanderlei Silva have left?" and "How will Ryan Bader fare after his recent loss?" I suppose that fight, between Bader and Jason Brilz, is one that features a heavily favored fighter, but Brilz is a gamer and might be a solid underdog bet.
Using the Bodog odds listed on OddsShark
Mauricio "Shogun Rua (20-5) +100 vs. Dan Henderson (28-8) -130
Wanderlei Silva (33-11-1, 1 NC) +115 vs. Cung Le (7-1) -145
Urijah Faber (25-5) -250 vs. Brian Bowles (10-1) +195
Martin Kampmann (17-5) +115 vs. Rick Story (13-4) -145
Stephan Bonnar (13-7) +120 vs. Kyle Kingsbury (11-1, 1 NC) -150
Prelimary Card (Spike TV)
Ryan Bader (12-2) -380 vs. Jason Brilz (18-4-1) +290
Michael McDonald (13-1) -450 vs. Alex Soto (6-0-1) +325
Gleison Tibau (23-7) -170 vs. Rafael dos Anjos (15-5) +140
Miguel Torres (38-4) -340 vs. Nick Pace (6-2) +260
Tom Lawlor (7-3, 1 NC) +265 vs. Chris Weidman (6-0) -350
Matt Brown (12-10) -145 vs. Seth Baczynski (14-8) +115
Shamar Bailey (12-4) +230 vs. Danny Castillo (11-4) -300