Wanderlei Silva is a deserved UFC betting underdog for Saturday’s event, UFC 99, in Cologne, Germany, as the Brazilian has hit the worst patch of his career. He’ll take on Rich Franklin in the main event of this exciting prelude to next month’s UFC 100, while those who bet on sports will also see a pair of power-punching heavyweights go for the knockout blow.
Silva (32-9-0-1) has been knocked out in four of his last five outings, including a massive blow at the hands of “Rampage” Jackson at UFC 92. This could be the beginning of the end for Silva, who’s had a glittering MMA career and could be looking to go out with a bang. Franklin (24-4-0-1) is also aiming to prove that he isn’t done yet, and the split-decision loss to Dan Henderson at UFC 93 is leaving a sour taste in his mouth. This match will be fought at a catchweight of 195 pounds, but both of these fighters are known as 205-pounders, so there shouldn’t be that much of a difference in the action. Silva’s all-out style has earned him many fans worldwide, but as he gets older, he’s leaving himself open for knockout shots. Franklin still has some of his wits about him, and as the favorite at -140, he also has the backing of your offshore sportsbook.
Cain Velasquez (5-0) has knocked out all five of his opponents, only going longer the first round once, and he’ll be an UFC betting favorite at -200 against Cheick Kongo (14-4-1) in this heavyweight contest that probably won’t go the distance. Between the two, they have 13 knockouts and one submission victory, so it’s safe to say that they’ll be going for the home-run shot early in the fight. Kongo replaces Heath Herring, who beat Kongo by split decision at UFC 82, but is injured for this fight.
Mike Swick (13-2) is favored at -225 for his welterweight bout against Ben Saunders (7-0-2), who won a decision against Dan Berrera in the finale of the “Ultimate Fighter”, season six. Swick took the nickname “Quick” by knocking out Alex Schoenauer in 20 seconds in the first season of the show, and he is known for his aggressive ways. But Saunders is a disciplined fighter who combines knockout power with a solid ground game, where he has a distinct advantage. If this fight goes to the mat, there should be an UFC betting upset.