MMA oddsmaker Nick Kalikas today opened the complete main card betting odds for UFC 167 at 5Dimes Sportsbook, and here they are below. ———————– UFC 167: ST-PIERRE VS. HENDRICKS November 16, 2013 – Las Vegas, Nevada ——————– MAIN CARD Johny Hendricks +180 Georges St-Pierre -260 (for UFC welterweight championship) Chael Sonnen +170 Rashad Evans -230 Robbie Lawler +150 Rory MacDonald -190 Josh Koscheck -115 Tyron Woodley -125 Ali Bagautinov +160 Timothy Elliott -210 ——————– Adam’s thoughts: The lines for the Hendricks/St-Pierre and Sonnen/Evans fights were already opened, so I’ll just give my thoughts on the three new lines release instead. MacDonald vs. Lawler should be an excellent matchup between two of the best welterweight fighters in the world. Obviously MacDonald is St-Pierre’s main training partner and the man that many feel will eventually usurp him as UFC welterweight champion, and he’s been a sizeable favorites in all of his recent fights. Against Lawler, though, he opened at -190 and I agree with this line as I believe MacDonald’s hype may be getting out of control and I think Lawler has a very good chance to bite as a dog. I’m personally going to wait and see what the public does with this line, but if the public comes in on MacDonald and Lawler reaches +200 that will be my bet. Woodley vs. Koscheck is a very good matchup as well between two of the top welterweights in the UFC. In the case of Woodley, he’s coming off a split decision loss to Jake Shields that doesn’t look so bad in hindsight after Shields beat Demian Maia recently, while Koscheck hasn’t fought since a brutal KO loss to Lawler at UFC 157 earlier this year. This is a very close fight that I see going the three rounds, and I really think it’s going to be a toss-up when it hits the scorecards so be careful with this one. And finally the flyweight matchup between Elliott and Bagautinov promises to deliver fireworks as well. Elliott opened as a -210 favorite and it makes sense because he has excellent wrestling, a great pace, and a strong chin. Bagautinov, though, should not be underestimated as the Russian has a sambo background and KO power in his hands. Elliott deserves to be the favorite here, but at the current price, I’m going to stay away.
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