UFC 103 Betting odds: Franklin vs Belfort

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Date: September 19, 2009
Time: 10PM ET/7PM PT
Location: American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
Broadcast: Pay-per-view

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Belfort returns to the Octagon for the first time in over four years to take on former middleweight champion Rich Franklin in the light heavyweight division and Heavyweight up-and-comer Junior dos Santos will fight veteran Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic at UFC 103 on September 19th at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas, TX.

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Belfort is one of the most explosive stand up fighters of all-time. On the flip side, Franklin is one of the most well-rounded MMA fighters in the game today. Further, both guys like to bang, making thisa smart match up by the UFC.

Franklin scored a big win over the always dangerous Wanderlei Silva at UFC 99: “The Comeback” via unanimous decision back in June at a catch weight of 195 pounds. It was the third win in the last four attempts for the Cincinnati, Ohio, native, solidifying his position as a serious, and capable, light heavyweight contender. But, if Vitor KO’s Rich Franklin, we can expect a title shot at 185lbs to be in his future.

Mirko Cro Cop Vs Junior Santos

Dos Santos (8-1), who’s never gone the distance in any of his 9career bouts, is currently riding a 3-fight win streak that includes back-to-back first-round knockouts of Fabrico Werdum and Stefan Struve inside the Octagon.

Filipovic was previously reported to be departing the UFC in favor of the Japanese DREAM promotion, but the recent news fromdos Santos makes it appear as if we will be seeing the return of Cro Cop to the octagon sooner rather than later.

Filipovic “Cro Cop” most recently competed at UFC 99: “The Comeback,” making a return to the Octagon to defeat British heavyweight Mostapha Al-turk in controversial fashion, an inadvertent eye poke that was missed by the referee led to afirst round victory.

Top UFC welterweight contender Josh Koscheck (12-4 MMA, 10-4UFC) will dace off with, UFC veteran Frank Trigg (19-6 MMA, 2-3UFC).

Despite being just 3-3 in his last six bouts, Koscheck is seldom discouraged and always ready for that next big fight. Koscheck is a busy guy, recently having had four fights in an approximately six month span before pulling out of his UFC 98fight with Chris Wilson due to a broken toe. Koscheck is coming off an upset knockout loss against Paulo Thiago to UFC 95 in February, and needs a win to still be considered one of the best170-pounders in the division.

Trigg fights for the first time in the UFC since 2005, when back-to-back first-round rear-naked choke losses to Georges St.Pierre and Matt Hughes, that led to his release from the organization. The Xtreme Couture fighter has amassed a 7-2record since his release, including a four-fight win streak,including wins over Edwin Dewees and Falaniko Vitale.

Mike Swick vs. Martin Kampmann

Welterweight bout between veterans Martin Kampmann (15-2 MMA,6-1 UFC) and Mike Swick (14-2 MMA, 9-1 UFC) will, in fact,determine a No. 1 contender to challenge for UFC welter weightchampion Georges St-Pierre’s championship belt.

Mike Swick is now 9-1 in 10 fights with the UFC and 4-0 since dropping to the welterweight division, garnering wins over the likes of Josh Burkman, Marcus Davis, Jonathan Goulet and most recently Ben Saunders at UFC 99 earlier this month. Swick previously went 5-1 as a middleweight with the UFC with winsover Joe Riggs and David Loiseau. Swick suffered a loss to Yushin Okami at UFC 69, which convinced him to drop to welterweight.

Meanwhile, Kampmann (15-2) has been making waves himself. Kampmann previously defeated Alexandre Barros in his welterweight debut at UFC 93 in January. Like Swick, Kampmann started out with the UFC as a middleweight, going 4-1 with notable wins over the likes of Thales Leites, Drew McFedries and Jorge Rivera. Kampmann made the move down to welterweight after he suffered a decisive loss to Nate Marquardt at UFC 88.“The Hitman” looks for his third straight win against Swick.

UFC 103 Main Bouts:

– Rich Franklin -174 vs. Vitor Belfort +145

– Junior Dos Santos -135 vs. Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic +105

– Mike Swick -185 vs. Martin Kampmann +155

– Josh Koscheck -500 vs. Frank Trigg +300

– Tyson Griffin -240 vs. Hermes Franca +185

Preliminary Bouts:

– Efrain Escudero -165 vs. Cole Miller +135

– Jim Miller Vs. Thiago Tavares

– Paul Daley vs. Brian Foster

– Drew McFedries vs. Tomasz Drwal

– Jason Brilz vs. Eliot Marshall

– Dan Lauzon vs. Rafaello Oliveira

– Rafael dos Anjos vs. Rob Emerson

UFC 103 results at a glance:

Vitor Belfort defeated Rich Franklin by KO at 3:02, R1.

Junior dos Santos defeated Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic by verbal submission at 2:00, R3.

Paul Daley defeated Martin Kampmann by TKO at 2:31, R1.

Josh Koscheck defeated Frank Trigg by TKO at 1:25, R1.

Tyson Griffin defeated Hermes Franca by TKO at 3:26, R2.

Efrain Escudero defeated Cole Miller by KO at 3:36, R1.

Tomasz Drwal defeated Drew McFedries by submission (rear naked choke) at 1:03, R2

Jim Miller defeated Steve Lopez by TKO (injury) at :48 or R2.

Nik Lentz defeated Rafaello Oliveira by unanimous decision(29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Rick Story defeated Brian Foster by submission (arm triangle choke) at 1:09 of R2

Eliot Marshall defeated Jason Brilz by split decision (30-27,27-30, 30-27).

Vladimir Matyushenko defeated Igor Pokrajac by unanimous decision (30-27 on all scorecards).

Rafael Dos Anjos defeated Robert Emerson by unanimous decision(30-27 on all scorecards).

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