Legacy FC 58 Betting Odds

Legacy FC 58One of the best submission grapplers in MMA returns to action after a two-year hiatus at Legacy FC 58 on Friday night. Robert Drysdale only fought once in the UFC, but failed a pair of drug tests for elevated testosterone while with the organization. The second positive result saw his victory over Keith Berish changed to a no contest, Drysdale suspended, and released from the UFC. Now that the suspension has run its course, Drysdale is back in Legacy FC, where he went 3-0 prior to getting the call from the UFC. His return bout will be for the Legacy FC light heavyweight title, with his opponent being Ryan Spann. Spann, a former Legacy FC middleweight title challenger, has recently moved up to 205 and scored a first round submission back in March. It would be downright shocking if he could submit Drysdale, but the rangy 6’5″ fighter should hold an advantage on the feet he should look to exploit. The lightweight co-main event at Legacy FC 58 should be a fun, action fight. Rey Trujllo often finds himself engaged in brawls, and Josh Quayhagen should be a willing participant. Trujillo has recently bounced between lightweight and featherweight, while Quayhagen has moved from welterweight down to lightweight, so the size difference should be interesting when they step in the cage. The other interesting aspect is that Trujillo has won his last two fights while Quayhagen has dropped his two most recent. Will size prevail, or is Trujillo’s current form too much for Quayhagen to overcome? The final bout with a line, and perhaps the bout which will garner the most fanfare for Legacy FC 58 is the MMA debut of BJJ standout Mackenzie Dern. The 23-year-old has captured gold at the Mundials the past two years at 59kg, and also won gold at the 2015 ADCCs at 60kg defeating Gabi Garcia along the way. Dern will take on fellow pro debutante Kenia Rosas on the main card of Legacy FC 58, which airs on AXS TV. MMA oddsmaker Nick Kalikas opened the betting lines for the top three bouts at Legacy FC 58 today at Several Bookmakers. Take a look: ——————– MAIN CARD (AXS TV, 10pm ET) Robert Drysdale -505 Ryan Spann +335 Josh Quayhagen -180 Rey Trujillo +140 Mackenzie Dern -2000 Kenia Rosas +1000 ——————– Brad’s Analysis: Ryan Spann struggled mightily with the takedowns and top control of Leo Leite, and now he’s facing a similar style in Robert Drysdale. Drysdale may not be the wrestler Leite is, but he’s far more dangerous on the mat. Perhaps Spann moving up to 205 and adding size will aid he takedown defense and he can use his 81″ reach to keep Drysdale on the end of his punches, but I find that hard to envision. Josh Quayhagen generally has success when his opponents are willing to strike with him, and while Trujillo does go to his wrestling at times, he generally prefers to keep things on the feet. I think Quayhagen holds an advatange if this stays standing, and his size will definitely help him keep it there, but was hoping for a line closer to even to bet it. There’s no reason to think that Dern’s BJJ skills won’t translate over at this early stage of her career. With women’s MMA not having the same pedigree of wrestlers that the men’s game does, she may be able to become an elite fighter even without truly rounding out her game for some time. At some point she’ll need to show more to her game, but she’s a long way away from that right now. MMAOddsBreaker’s James Lynch also chatted with Legacy FC 58 main card fighter Brendon Allen, ahead of his bout with CJ Hancock, take a look at what Allen had to say:

Written by Brad Taschuk

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