Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley Odds

nullThis weekend’s big MMA event is Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley from San Diego where two Strikeforce titles will be on the line.

Oddsmakers have released their odds for these title fights. Here is a look at what Bodog’s Sportsbook has to say about Saturday night.

In the Strikeforce Welterweight Championship bout, champion Nick Diaz is a favorite at -225 while Daley comes in with a betting line of +185.

It’s not surprising that Diaz is the favorite but I am a little surprised that Daley is as little an underdog as he is. Daley has a clear weakness in his grappling and he is facing one of the best submission fighters in the world in Diaz.

Diaz can be stubborn with his stand up, but he is still a smart fighter and I would expect him to dispose of Daley on Saturday.

In the Strikeforce Lightweight Championship, the title holder Gilbert Melendez is a favorite at -265 against challenger Tatsuya Kawajiri, who has a betting line of +205.

Melendez already holds a decision victory over Kawajiri back in December of 2006 and it seems as if Melendez is an even better fighter now. Kawajiri also recently lost to Shinya Aoki, who Melendez dominated in his last fight a year ago.

I hate to go with the favorites all the time, but I like the champion to retain here as well. Diaz and Melendez, who happen to be teammates, seem to clearly be better than anyone in their divisions and I don’t see them losing their titles any time soon.


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