UFC on FUEL TV 6 Opening Odds: Lightweights Mac Danzig (-140) vs. Takanori Gomi (+110)

Mac DanzigUFC on FUEL TV 6: November 10, 2012 CotaiArena, Cotai, Macao UFC Lightweight Contender Mac Danzig (-140) Profile: A five-year UFC veteran, Mac Danzig (31-9-1) is known for his formidable ground game, but in recent years, his striking has developed to magnificent levels with well-known boxing trainer Freddie Roach in his corner. Danzig won The Ultimate Fighter 6 and is a good example of an old MMA dog learning new tricks. The 32-year-old is not unbeatable by any means, but he is no longer just a grappler. With a UFC record that may not be that impressive at 5-5, Danzig is always willing and ready to put on a show for the fans, sometimes to his own detriment. UFC Lightweight Contender Takanori Gomi (+110) Profile: “The Fireball Kid” needs no introduction to those familiar with Pride. In the legendary Japanese organization, Takanori Gomi (33-8-1) was the only and final lightweight champ who enjoyed a monstrous run that spanned from 2004 to 2007. Post-Pride, the 34-year-old Japanese fighter would toil in Shooto and and Sengoukou until the UFC came calling to bolster its lightweight division. By no means is Gomi the fighter he once was. With more than 40 fights, he is at the tail end of an MMA career filled with exciting brawls against some of the best in the world. Gomi has nothing left to prove and is merely looking to survive in the UFC ranks at this point to close out his twilight years. Opening UFC on FUEL TV 6 Odds Analysis: MMA oddsmaker Nick Kalikas made Danzig a small -140 favorite (bet $140 to win $100) while Gomi opened as a +110 underdog (bet $100 to win $110) according to the MMA odds. This might be the most intriguing bout on the Macao card between a pair of veterans who will do everything they can to put on a good for the fans. A possible Fight of the Night contender will see  the favored Danzig looking to win two straight for the first time since 2008 after he captured the TUF 6 title. Since then, he is just 3-5, but two of those losses ended up winning Fight of the Night honors. Gomi had dropped three of four before bouncing back with a second-round TKO of Eiji Mitsuoka at UFC 144. That was a much-needed victory after getting submitted by the likes of Nate Diaz, Clay Guida and Kenny Florian in his previous four. Danzig is a submission specialist who has finished 20 opponents that way among his 31 career wins, and Gomi has been submitted six times in his eight losses. Gomi will look to avoid that scenario at all costs and has the experience to go the distance and grind out a win.

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