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UFC 157 Betting Odds: Rousey vs. Carmouche, Machida vs. Henderson

For anybody looking to get in on the action this weekend, there’s some very intriguing numbers and potential options with the UFC 157 betting odds. UFC 157 is headlined of course by the women’s title fight between Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche. It’s the first ever women’s fight in the UFC, and Rousey is the face of women’s MMA right now. Bet against her at your own risk, of course, but either way, here’s the complete round-up of the UFC 157 fight odds.

UFC 157 Odds Machida Henderson

Of course, the obvious place to start with the UFC 157 betting odds is the Rousey vs. Carmouche fight. Would you believe that Rousey is the favorite here? Certainly not a surprise to anybody, and she’s a quite large favorite too. Right now, she’s available at about -1100, while Carmouche is going off at about +600.

The over/under on the fight will probably be set at just 1 round too, since Rousey always seems to get the arm bar in a matter of seconds. Pairing up the under and Rousey as the winner is probably the safest two bet parlay in UFC history, although nothing is ever guaranteed, of course.

In the co-feature of the evening, Lyoto Machida and Dan Henderson will meet in a very important light heavyweight showdown. Machida needs to stay winning if he wants another crack at Jon Jones, while Henderson would love his first chance at Jones, after being forced to withdraw from a previous fight due to injury. He hasn’t fought since November 2011, but had won four straight before that.

According to the UFC 157 betting odds, Machida is the favorite at -225, and Henderson is the underdog at +175. But it’s easy to imagine a scenario where Henderson gets the win. He has several things that could create issues for Machida, his punching power, his strength and his wrestling ability. Machida will need to play keep away and score points from a distance, and Henderson will force him to work very hard to do that. Henderson is certainly a live underdog here.

In the Urijah Faber vs. Ivan Menjivar bantamweight fight, Faber is the -400 favorite, compared to Menjivar at +300. He’s the bigger name and the bigger talent, and he needs to pick up a W if he wants to be able to stay at the top of the division.

Josh Koscheck is the favorite at -500 against Robbie Lawler, available at +350. Each man has great knockout power and talks a great game too, while Koscheck is the more complete and well-rounded athlete and fighter, so it will be interesting to see who wins this, and in what fashion.

So, there are definitely some solid choices with the UFC 157 betting odds depending on how you think things may play out. There’s certainly big-time upset potential with Koscheck-Lawler and with Machida-Henderson, and there will be plenty of other prop bets and over/under options by the time the fights roll around as well. Choose wisely, and once again, bet against Rousey at your own peril!

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