Full UFC Fight Night 108 Opening Betting Odds
Following up a highly entertaining UFC on FOX 24 on Saturday, the Octagon will head Southeast to Nashville this Saturday (April 22, 2017) for UFC Fight Night 108. While the main event of fourth-ranked Cub Swanson versus Artem Lobov has not generated a ton of buzz for this card, that bout should prove a fun watch. The name power might not be present in Music City, but as you scroll down this card, there are certainly a few high notes to hone in on.
Over the last five years, Swanson has earned his spot among the Top 5 featherweights in the world, going 8-2 with losses only to men who have held UFC belts, Max Holloway and Frankie Edgar. Most recently, he provided what many considered 2016's Fight of the Year against Doo Ho Choi, which can buy him some cache in any matchup. Lobov's 14-12-1 record doesn't provide nearly the resume, but his style and durability (he's only been finished once via TKO, by UFC vet Mike Wilkinson in 2011) ensure that anyone willing to strike with him will at least be in for a scrap.
Speaking of scrapping, Diego Sanchez has done just that his entire career, and after a stretch of nine straight fights that many felt he lost all of, he finally picked up a clear win against Marcin Held back in November. He should face a stiffer test against Al Iaquinta, who won't be as contest to fight from his back as Held was. Iaquinta hasn't stepped inside the Octagon in over two years however, so he'll need to shake off any rust quickly so he doesn't let Sanchez get ahead in this one.
Adopted Tennessean Ovince St. Preux is hoping for better success than his last bout in Nashville. Nearly a year (to the day) ago, OSP was fighting Jon Jones for the interim light heavyweight title. Following that decision loss, he was stopped by Jimi Manuwa in October and then lost a surprising decision against Volkan Oezdemir. His test this time around will be Marcos Rogerio de Lima, who doesn't have the staying power of any of the three to defeat OSP over the past year but is just as dangerous early on.
Perhaps the best fight on the card, Top 10 bantamweights John Dodson and Eddie Wineland square off in what should be an intriguing striking battle. Wineland possesses some of the better footwork and angles in the division (and the commentators will be sure to inform you that he fights with his hands down, several times), and he's facing perhaps the fastest fighter in all of MMA in John Dodson. Wineland comes into this fight a winner of two straight, bouncing back from two consecutive losses -- and year-long layoffs -- that had many feeling he was done as a top fighter. Dodson only returned to bantamweight last year, but his lightning-quick win over Manny Gamburyan and extremely close split-decision loss to John Lineker immediately announced him as a presence.
The final two main card fights should both be exciting as well, with Joe Lauzon taking on Stevie Ray in the lightweight division after Jake Ellenberger and Mike Perry slug it out at welterweight to kick things off. MMA oddsmaker Nick Kalikas set the betting odds for top two fights at the beginning of April, opening Swanson at -555 (bet $555 to win $100) and Iaquinta at -350 in their respective bouts. Today at 5Dimes Sportsbook, he opened the remaining lines for the card. Take a look...
MAIN CARD (Fox Sports 1, 10 p.m. ET)
|Cub Swanson -555||Over 3.5 -130|
|Artem Lobov +365||Under 3.5 -110|
|Al Iaquinta -350||Over 2.5 -140|
|Diego Sanchez +250||Under 2.5 +100|
|Ovince St. Preux -270||Over 1.5 +130|
|Marcos Rogerio de Lima +190||Under 1.5 -170|
|John Dodson -280||Over 2.5 -135|
|Eddie Wineland +200||Under 2.5 -105|
|Joe Lauzon -125||Over 2.5 -140|
|Stevie Ray -115||Under 2.5 +100|
|Mike Perry -185||Over 1.5 -130|
|Jake Ellenberger +145||Under 1.5 -110|
PRELIMINARY CARD (Fox Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET)
|Thales Leites -130||Over 2.5 -190|
|Sam Alvey -110||Under 2.5 +150|
|Dustin Ortiz -120||Over 2.5 -230|
|Brandon Moreno -120||Under 2.5 +170|
|Scott Holtzman -350||Over 2.5 -125|
|Michael McBride +250||Under 2.5 -115|
|Jessica Penne -230||Over 2.5 -230|
|Danielle Taylor +170||Under 2.5 +170|
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6:30 p.m. ET)
|Bryan Barberena -260||Over 2.5 -165|
|Joe Proctor +180||Under 2.5 +125|
|Alexis Davis -215||Over 2.5 -150|
|Cindy Dandois +165||Under 2.5 +110|
|Matt Schnell -135||Over 2.5 -130|
|Hector Sandoval -105||Under 2.5 -110|
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