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Frankie Edgar-Gray Maynard Rematch on UFC 130?

Written on January 17, 2011 by John Paul Vill

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"In 2008, Gray Maynard – after opening a modest underdog at +145 – closed as a nearly two-and-a-half-to-one (+250) underdog to Frankie Edgar in the three-round bout that Maynard won. Two years later, in Edgar's five-round title defense at UFC 125, I opened Gray Maynard a pick 'em, and all the support came in on Maynard driving the odds as high as -200 (two-to-one) in favor of Gray." ---MMA oddsmaker Joey Oddessa

A matchup between lightweight champion (13-1-1 , 8-1-1 UFC) and (10-0-1 , 8-0-1 UFC) has opened as a pick ‘em bout.

MMA odds-maker, Joey Oddessa confirmed that he’s set the initial line at -115 for both fighters.

UFC president recently said that the fight will be held at , which is expected to take place May 28 in Las Vegas.

“In 2008, Gray Maynard – after opening a modest underdog at +145 – closed as a nearly two-and-a-half-to-one (+250) underdog to Frankie Edgar in the three-round bout that Maynard won,” Oddessa said. “Two years later, in Edgar’s five-round title defense at UFC 125, I opened Gray Maynard a pick ‘em, and all the support came in on Maynard driving the odds as high as -200 (two-to-one) in favor of Gray.

“Now for the third meeting between the two, I opened the bout a pick ‘em -115 again, and the early support has been all Edgar. Edgar is currently -130 betting favorite in the trilogy fight.

“The zig-zagging and differing opinions on who should have won the second meeting between the two has been funny. I always say the money doesn’t lie. As a fan of money and the truth, I think Edgar may not lose a round of the rematch, but people will still find reason to bet Maynard after they continue to watch the preview highlight shows leading up to the event.”

Edgar-Maynard III is just one of the pending rematches Oddessa revealed at pick ‘em. He also set the recently announced Leonard Garcia (15-6-1 MMA, 2-2 UFC) vs. Nam Phan (16-8 MMA, 0-1 UFC) II matchup as -115 each.

“In their first meeting on short notice, I hung the first number out there with Nam Phan as the favorite at -145,” Oddessa said. “The whole planet piled on Garcia as though they had Sunday’s paper. The line not only crossed over to Garcia as the favorite, but Garcia closed at nearly a two-to-one favorite in spite of me moving the number slowly because I felt Nam was in a better position to win.

“This time around I opened the bout a stone-cold pick ‘em -115, and the money has been all on Nam Phan even with Garcia having more time this go-around to prepare. Amazing how quickly things change and how a fight can flip opinions.”

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