Article by MMAWeekly.com; Odds from BetEagle.com

BetEagle.com has released the odds for UFC 61, which will take place this Saturday, July 8th.

Here’s how the oddsmakers have broken down the fights on this event, with the favorite in each fight being listed above the underdog in this article.  The main card of this event will air live on pay-per-view. 

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UFC 61
Saturday, July 8th

Tito Ortiz  -500
Ken Shamrock  +375
-Tito Ortiz is a gigantic favorite in this fight, which should come as a surprise to no one.  The line on Ortiz is -500, which means that one would have to bet $500 in order to win $100 on Ortiz.  Shamrock is the heavy underdog at +375, which means that one would have to bet $100 in order to win $375 on Shamrock.  Based purely on the odds, this is one of the most lopsided fights in recent UFC history.

Andrei Arlovski  -280
Tim Sylvia  +220
-Despite the fact that Andrei Arlovski just got knocked out by Tim Sylvia in April, Arlovski opens as a moderately big favorite.  Sylvia also opened as the underdog in his fight against Tre Telligman last year, so he is used to winning fights that he’s not favored to win.

Frank Mir  -280
Dan Christison  +220
-Frank Mir opens as the favorite against Dan Christison.  Mir lost his last fight (against Marcio “Pe de Pano” Cruz”), while Christison won his last fight (against Brad Imes), but Mir has more big wins in his past than Christison has in his past.

Josh Burkman  -115
Josh Neer  -115
-This fight opens even, with no favorite and no underdog.  Josh Burkman is a former TUF 2 contestant whose last fight was a loss to Jon Fitch, while Josh Neer’s last fight was a victory over TUF 3 winner Joe Stevenson.

Yves Edwards  -275
Joe Stevenson  +215
-Yves Edwards opens as the favorite against Joe Stevenson in this battle of talented fighters who each recorded a loss in their last UFC outing.  Stevenson is moving down in weight from 170 to 155.  One might think that this is a “must-win” for Stevenson, but it’s actually more of a “must-win” for Edwards than it is for Stevenson, given the fact that there’s no way the UFC would want the bad PR that would come from releasing a TUF winner.

Drew Fickett  -160
Kurt Pellegrino  +130
-Drew Fickett opens as the favorite in this fight, but not by very much.  Fickett’s last fight in the UFC was a loss to Josh Neer, and his two prior UFC fights were victories against Josh Koscheck and Josh Neer.  Having now fought all of the fighters named Josh in the UFC’s welterweight division, Fickett has now been matched up against the debuting Kurt Pellegrino, who is only a slight underdog in this fight.

Jeff Monson  -800
Anthony Perosh  +500
-With the unexpected result in Arlovski vs. Sylvia II, Jeff Monson went from “Your next fight is for the title” to “Your next fight is a prelim fight.”  Monson is a huge favorite in this fight against the debuting Anthony Perosh.

Cheick Kongo  -125
Gilbert Aldana  -115
-The odds for this heavyweight fight are almost even, with Cheick Kongo just barely opening as the favorite over Gilbert Aldana.

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