For the second time in Strikeforce history, the odds for a bout have opened up at 20-1. In June of 2010, former Strikeforce champion Cristiane Santos opened up against Jan Finney at 20-1 and went on to demolish her midway through the second round. The odds have finally been released for Saturday’s Strikeforce card in Oklahoma, and Heavyweight Grand Prix winner Daniel Cormier has opened up -2000 over his opponent Dion Staring.
In a sport where ‘anything can happen,’ and there seems to be a 50 ways to win a fight, this will definitely entice gamblers to throw a piece of their bankroll on Cormier-Staring. The 6’1 and 250 pound Staring is making his Strikeforce debut as many would describe as a sacrificial lamb, so why would people consider giving him a chance to win? The most likely reason would be the experience factor in this fight. While Cormier is undefeated at 10-0, Staring enters Strikeforce with a record of 28-7 which clearly gives him an edge as far as seasoning goes.
Cormier’s wins over Josh Barnett and Antonio Silva clearly catapulted him to the Top 10, but does this match-up reflect the same disparaging gap in talent between “Cyborg” and Finney. In that case, the odds makers were right on the money, but we will not know until Saturday if they were right about this one.
Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine, the final card for the promotion, takes place this Saturday in Oklahoma City, and cable subscribers can watch the event for free on Showtime’s free weekend.
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