Opening Odds for UFC 156

Aldo-Edgar MMA oddsmaker Nick Kalikas today officially opened up the full MMA odds for Saturday night’s big UFC 156 event through 5Dimes Sportsbook. Previously, only the odds for the main card bouts had been available. Here are the openings odds for the full UFC 156 card: FRANKIE EDGAR +155 JOSE ALDO -205 EDG/ALD -OVER 4.5 -165 EDG/ALD -UNDER 4.5 +125 ———- ANTONIO ROGERIO NOGUEIRA +265 RASHAD EVANS -345 NOG/EVA -OVER 2.5 -275 NOG/EVA -UNDER 2.5 +215 ———- ANTONIO SILVA +235 ALISTAIR OVEREEM -315 SIL/OVE -OVER 1.5 +190 SIL/OVE -UNDER 1.5 -250 ———- DEMIAN MAIA +145 JON FITCH -175 MAI/FIT -OVER 2.5 -240 MAI/FIT -UNDER 2.5 +180 ———- IAN MCCALL +215 JOSEPH BENAVIDEZ -275 MCC/BEN -OVER 2.5 -270 MCC/BEN -UNDER 2.5 +210 ———- EVAN DUNHAM -115 GLEISON TIBAU -115 DUN/TIB -OVER -2.5 -260 DUN/TIB -UNDER 2.5 +200 ———- JAY HIERON +130 TYRON WOODLEY -160 HIE/WOO -OVER 2.5 -250 HIE/WOO -UNDER 2.5 +190 ———- BOBBY GREEN +230 JACOB VOLKMANN -300 GRE/VOL -OVER 2.5 +120 GRE/VOL -UNDER 2.5 -160 ———- ISAAC VALLIE-FLAG +185 YVES EDWARDS -245 VAL/EDW -OVER 2.5 -220 VAL/EDW -UNDER 2.5 +170 ———- CHICO CAMUS -165 DUSTIN KIMURA +135 CAM/KIM -OVER 2.5 -120 CAM/KIM -UNDER 2.5 -120 ———- EDWIN FIGUEROA +150 FRANCISCO RIVERA -200 FIG/RIV -OVER 2.5 +120 FIG/RIV -UNDER 2.5 -160 ———- Adam’s analysis: The MMA Oddscast will be released Wednesday evening, at which time the crew will go over the entire UFC 156 card in depth. For now, though I’ll offer some quick thoughts on the newly-released preliminary lines. UFC 156 is another difficult card from a betting perspective, but there’s a few lines that stand out for me. First off, I like Jacob Volkmann at -300 over Bobby Green. Volkmann is one of the strongest fighters and best wrestlers in the UFC lightweight division, and this is Green’s first UFC bout so he might experience the “Octagon jitters.” Another line I like is Francisco Rivera, who opened as a -200 favorite over Edwin Figueroa. Rivera is one of the hardest hitters in the UFC bantamweight division and, coming off a suspension for a banned substance that took away his W over Ronald Delorme, he should have plenty of motivation to prove why he’s a contender at 135 pounds. And one more fight that stands out is Jay Hieron vs. Tyron Woodley. It’s a close fight, but at +130 my early inclination is to take a stab at Hieron to come through as the underdog. All in all, there are some very competitive matchups on these prelims so pick your spots.

Written by Adam Martin.

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