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Couture Machida Betting – Light Heavyweight Clash Brings Big Name Hype To UFC 129

Posted by Jack “The Hammer” Howard on 4/6/2011 9:34:29 AM
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While there was initial concern about the card that UFC betting president Dana White would prepare for the promotion’s first event to take place at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada, the list is now looking pretty stacked. A couple of light heavyweights that rank among the most recognizable names in the sport will clash in the second bout on the main card, and while it looks good in terms of their resumes, this might very well be the most lopsided tilt of the night.

UFC 129: St. Pierre vs. Shields

Randy Couture vs. Lyota Machida (16-2-0)

Saturday April 30, 2011 – 9:00 PM ET

Online Sports Betting Odds: Lyoto Machida - 200

At an incredible 47-years old, there are legitimate question marks about how much longer Randy “The Natural” Couture can continue to perform at such an elite level. But after three straight wins White has given him the green light against a former champion that has dropped consecutive decisions for the first time in his career.

UFC Betting Preview: Randy Couture

Three years away from 50, Couture is still managing to compete at the highest level. A former NCAA Division I wrestler and Greco-Roman wrestling Olympian, Couture has bounced back from consecutive losses in 2008-09 to win three straight fights. The five-time UFC champion has pulled further away from the standup power game and relied more on his technique to seal his past two fights, submitting Mark Coleman with a rear naked choke in the second round of their battle, before using the arm triangle choke to make James Toney tap just 3:19 into their bout. Couture will be pushed once again by another former champion in Machida, and the age difference may be more apparent than ever against top competition.

UFC Betting Preview: Lyoto Machida

The Dragon has looked rather tame over his past couple of fights, falling to Shogun Rua via knockout just 3:25 into his title defense before losing to Quinton “Rampage” Jackson via split decision. White hasn’t made things easier on Machida by forcing him to take the long road back to a No. 1 contender spot, but if he can rebound with a win over Couture it shouldn’t be long before he is mentioned at the top once again. A black belt in both Shotokan Karate and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Machida will take his time against Couture, and his patience and even temperament could pay off when it is all done.

UFC Betting: Matchup & Pick

While Couture remains a marvel for his ability to still compete at the highest level, Machida is still one of the top talents in the division and may be too much for him to handle at this point in time. The Brazilian feels that he was slighted for not getting a sports betting bonus rubber match with Rua for the title, but that won’t matter as he moves one step closer to getting another shot by beating Couture.

UFC Betting Pick: Lyoto Machida

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