World Series of Fighting 4 Preliminary Betting Odds

Jorge SantiagoEarlier this week, MMA Oddsmaker Nick Kalikas opened the betting lines for the five-fight main card of WSOF 4, which features names like Tyrone Spong, Marlon Moraes, Tyson Griffin and Gesias Cavalcante. With the undercard being streamed on numerous MMA websites, and having some intriguing bouts of its own, those fights were also deemed worthy of betting lines. Kalikas opened the lines for the undercard today at Several Bookmakers, so check them out: ——————– Gerald Harris -160 Jorge Santiago +120 Antonio McKee -300 Lewis Gonzalez +220 Hans Stringer -155 Lew Polley +115 Jared Papazian -145 John Robles +105 ——————– Brad’s Analysis: In terms of matchmaking, the WSOF has done a fantastic job here, and their undercards have been consistently solid for their past few events now. Obviously Harris and Santiago are both highly skilled fighters who are worthy of a larger stage than they will receive on the undercard here, but the match up is still very intriguing. Santiago is dangerous wherever the fights goes, and probably holds both striking and submission edges in this one, but he tends to fade in fights and his chin will always be his biggest detriment. Harris is also fairly well-rounded, but I do believe he has a wrestling advantage here and as we’ve seen time and again with judges, takedowns win rounds, which makes this opener right on the money. Another fighter who will have a wrestling advantage is Antonio McKee, but it is difficult to bet him at this kind of juice being 43 years old and after putting on such a dreadful display against Shinya Aoki. Still, over the past 10 years, McKee only has losses to Aoki and Jaco Volkmann on his resume, which is especially impressive when you consider that he also has 17 wins and a draw over that period of time as well. His style is not conducive to exciting fights, but unless Lewis Gonzales is a far better prospect than what I’ve seen out of him so far, McKee should get the job done. The next fight features yet another wrestler taking on a well-rounded fighter, as the much maligned Lew Polley faces off with Hans Stringer in a bout that looks quite tough for Polley despite the relatively close line. His wrestling could win him rounds, but Stringer is the better striker and Polley is prone to sticking on the feet when he shouldn’t, and gassing later in fights, two things the Dutchman could take advantage of here. With this line, Stringer is probably the one worthy of a bet. Finally, UFC veteran Jared Papazian won’t have to worry about the submission game of John Robles in this one, as Robles loves to throw hands. Papazian still has to be smart here however, as Robles is the better striker, so his best route to victory would be making this an ugly fight up against the fence and by getting takedowns en route to a decision. The problem with that is Papazian doesn’t always like to fight smart, so the fact that his line has jumped all the way up to -215 this early makes Robles a tempting play.

Written by Brad Taschuk

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