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8/16/12 9:18 AM
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UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson fights top contender Nate Diaz in the main event at UFC on FOX 5 on Sat., Dec. 8, 2012. Henderson is coming off a Roli Delgado thin win over Frankie Edgar at UFC 150. Diaz is on a three-fight win streak, over Takanori Gomi, Donald Cerrone, and Jim Miller.

MMA oddsmaker Joey Oddessa has set an opening "Odessa line" with Henderson at -340 and Diaz at +260, which makes the champ an approximate 3-to-1 favorite.

"If Nate Diaz and Donald Cerrone didn't have a gentleman's agreement to stand and bang, Diaz wouldn't be fighting Henderson at UFC on FOX 5," Oddessa told MMAjunkie.com. "I think Cerrone hurt him in the first round and decided not to pursue finishing him on the ground. That was his downfall."

Diaz, though, has the conditioning for deeper rounds, and his constant barrage of punches should present a unique challenge to Henderson.

Oddessa has also opened lines for UFC on FOX 5's other two big matchups.

Alexander Gustafsson (-145)
Mauricio "Shogun" Rua (+115).

Rory MacDonald (-285)
B.J. Penn (+225).

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8/16/12 9:22 AM
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 You got guts Joey.  Wish betting was still legal here.  I'd take that one.
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Wow, BJ, Shogun and Nate as underdogs on one card. Kind of cool.
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I think Cerrone hurt him in the first round and decided not to pursue finishing him on the ground. That was his downfall."


Wat?

Nate teed off on him in the first. Cerrone ate a lot of big shots.

Proof of gentleman's agreement?
 
Huh?????


It was well known they had an agreement to stand and bang that fight. Phone Post
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I think Nate and Shogun are both going to win decisively. Either I've lost touch with reality, or this odds maker is sucks.
8/16/12 9:26 AM
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Easy money. Phone Post
8/16/12 9:28 AM
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Break Left - I think Nate and Shogun are both going to win decisively. Either I've lost touch with reality, or this odds maker is sucks.
Sorry to tell you but Odessa is the go to guy for MMA odds. Phone Post
8/16/12 9:31 AM
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"I think Cerrone hurt him in the first round and decided not to pursue finishing him on the ground."

I think this is some terrible analysis
8/16/12 9:31 AM
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Bet it all! Phone Post
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The only way I see Bendo winning this fight is by holding Diaz down and blanketing him for five rounds. On the feet Bendo gets picked apart, Diaz off his back is better than Bendo taking chances on top. Maybe I'm not giving Bendo enough credit, I know he's a very good fighter but from what I have seen up to now I say this is a Diaz victory, I say that because I believe there are more ways for Diaz to win this fight than Bendo. Phone Post
8/16/12 9:33 AM
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uhmm.. this might be the first time I gamble on a sporting event.
8/16/12 9:34 AM
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Might actuall make my first online bet for Nate he's on a new level lately. Phone Post
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Break Left - I think Nate and Shogun are both going to win decisively. Either I've lost touch with reality, or this odds maker is sucks.

its not just him...out of the few online sites that already have odds posted for bendo vs nate the best price ive seen on benson was -270, nate was +210 in that case
8/16/12 9:38 AM
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The Diaz/Bendo fight has upset written all over it.....

Diaz is taking that belt and a lot of people are going to make good money w/ those odds.... Phone Post
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I'd def put some money on a Nate/BJ/Shogun parlay Phone Post
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I really hope he messes up Benson's perm.

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So where would one go to place an online bet?
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 oh shit i may have to come out of betting retirement on this one
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MrMichaelz - uhmm.. this might be the first time I gamble on a sporting event.

same
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"If Nate Diaz and Donald Cerrone didn't have a gentleman's agreement to stand and bang, Diaz wouldn't be fighting Henderson at UFC on FOX 5," Oddessa, who can be found on Twitter at@mmaodds, told MMAjunkie.com. "I think Cerrone hurt him in the first round and decided not to pursue finishing him on the ground. That was his downfall."


Just when I though "MMA Journalism" could not get worse.....

Now, Diaz strongest point is his standup and Cerrone's is the ground. 


Paint me blue and call me Sally.... or something along those lines.
8/16/12 12:40 PM
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 ^lol.  Nate would dominate Cerrone on the ground too
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Everybody stfu act like Nate doesn't have a chance in Hell get these odds even more f'd up hen maybe we can all rake it in in December. Kind of interesting I would figure Nate would be more popular mainstream pick with his on fox performance the night of mayweather fight. Cook out I was at people seemed pretty interested in the guy flipping people off and kickin ass.
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 odds are already

-140 henderson      
even for Nate

The wagering community strongly disagrees with the opening line. 
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 Why is this in What if?

Nate's line
Benson's line

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