GSP opens as 2-1 favorite over Hendricks in anticipated bout

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Georges St-Pierre is only days removed from his UFC title defense against Nick Diaz, but his next title challenger is already decided, as Johny Hendricks confirmed his number one spot, defeating Carlos Condit the same night St-Pierre defended his title. Although no actual date has beeen announced for the bout, it didn’t stop the odds makers from setting the lines for the future showdown:

UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre (24-2 MMA, 18-2 UFC) opened as a -225 favorite over his next challenger, Johny Hendricks (15-1 MMA, 10-1 UFC), who is a +175 underdog.

Veteran oddsmaker Joey Oddessa on Wednesday confirmed the opening line with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).

Oddessa believes Hendricks’ strong wrestling background could pose a challenge to the champion.

“I’ve always admired the MMA wrestlers and been critiqued for it because of my love of the sport of wrestling, but there’s no bias in my price,” said Oddessa, who can be found at @mmaodds on Twitter. “It’s a more than a winnable bout for Hendricks.”

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