- PRIDE BUSHIDO GRAND PRIX ODDS

May 30, 2006
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Story by MMAWeekly.com, Odds from BetEagle.com
The odds for the Pride Bushido Grand Prix have been released on BetEagle.com. The event is scheduled to take place on June 4th and will debut on North American pay-per-view on a same-day tape delay.

Dan Henderson is the odds-on favorite to win the entire Grand Prix, with Paulo Filho coming in as a very close second. Of course, Hendo has a first-round bye in the tournament due to the fact that he won Pride’s 183-pound tournament last year.

ODDS TO WIN ENTIRE GRAND PRIX (lower numbers are better)
-Dan Henderson +240
-Paulo Filho +250
-Murilo Bustamante +360
-Akihiro Gono +800
-Murilo “Ninja” Rua +900
-Phil Baroni +1000
-Joey Villasenor +1400
-Amar Suloev +1450
-Gegard Mousasi +2750
-Denis Kang +2900
-Ryo Chonan +3400
-Makoto Takimoto +4000
-Hector Lombard +4250
-Kazuo Misaki +4500
-Field (Any fighter not listed above) +500

Here are the odds for each individual first-round tournament match-up.

Gegard Mousasi -260
Makoto Takimoto +200
-Mousasi opens up as the favorite. You would have to bet $260 to win $100 on Gegard, but if you like the underdog then you would only have to bet $100 to win $200.

Joey Villasenor -130
Ryo Chonan +100
-In what could be a surprise to some, it’s Villasenor, the King of the Cage champion, who opens up as the favorite at -130 against the veteran Chonan.

Akihiro Gono -275
Hector Lombard +215
-It’s the Japanese fighter, Gono, who opens up as the favorite over Lombard. Gono scored an upset by beating Daniel Acacio in last year’s tournament.

Phil Baroni -330
Kazuo Misaki +260
-Baroni is a big favorite at -330 in his first-round bout against Misaki.

Murilo “Ninja” Rua -165
Denis Kang +135
-Ninja is a slight favorite over Dennis Kang. Some insiders thought that Kang would be the favorite, but instead it’s Ninja who opens up as the slight favorite.

Murilo Bustamante -270
Amar Suloev +210
-This could be a very interesting match-up. Suloev is a clear underdog against Bustamante in what could be the best fight of the opening round.

Here are the odds for three of the four lightweight, non-tournament bouts that will be taking place during the same show on June 4th.

Lightweight Non-Tournament Fight
Tatsuya Kawajiri -1000
Charles Bennett +600
-The oddsmakers appear to think that you’d have to be a “Krazy Horse” to pick Bennett over Kawajiri. Along with Sakurai vs. Olaf, this fight is the biggest mismatch on the card, according to the oddsmakers.

Lightweight Non-Tournament Fight
Marcus Aurelio -165
Mitsuhiro Ishida +135
-Aurelio is coming off a huge upset victory over the Pride Lightweight Champion, Takanori Gomi, in what was a non-title fight. Despite that fact, Aurelio is only a slight favorite over Ishida in this fight.

Lightweight Non-Tournament Fight
Hayato Sakurai -1000
Olaf Alfonso +600
-The crazy man, Olaf Alfonso, makes his Pride debut and is tied with Charles Bennett as the biggest underdog on the card.