So far, you may better luck with online casino wagering than picking winners in the Strikeforce Heavyweight Tournament, as Fedor Emelianenko was dominated by Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva, and Sergei Kharitonov made short work of Andrei Arlovski.
The second half of the quarterfinals takes place Saturday in Dallas, and one of the matches features Brett Rogers going up against former UFC champion Josh Barnett.
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Barnett (29-5) has fought all over the world, from professional wrestling to grappling championships, but many UFC betting players will remember from a knockout of Randy Couture at UFC 36 in March 2002 to win the heavyweight belt. The problem is, Barnett was then found guilty of using banned substances and stripped of the title. Barnett has plenty of power behind his strikes, but he’s a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu with 17 submissions, and he has won grappling titles, so Barnett is no joke on the mat. He hasn’t fought in almost a year, when he knocked out Geronimo dos Santos in Australia, so ring rust could be a factor for “The Baby Faced Assassin”, who many people think should end up on an episode of “Smack Down”.
Rogers (11-2) is a boxing and Muay Thai specialist who has knocked out nine of his 13 opponents, and he’s also been knocked out twice, so he likes to swing for the fences and put on a show. Only once in his 13 career fights has Rogers gone the distance, in his last fight against Ruben Villareal, but Barnett represents a huge jump in competition for “The Grim”, who has lost to top-flight warriors such as Emelianenko (who beat Barnett three times) and Alistair Overeem, the Strikeforce champion who will also be on the card fighting Fabricio Werdum. Bet on Strikeforce.
MMA betting odds have Barnett as a -290 Strikeforce Odds favorite in this tilt, while Rogers comes in at +230, and with the way this tournament has started, Barnett may be overvalued. But due to Barnett’s vast experience and edge in grappling, he should be the favorite. Rogers is going to try and end this quickly, and he wants no part of Barnett on the mat because if he goes down, he’s going to be in a world of trouble. However, when it comes to stand-up, Barnett can handle his own against Rogers and in fact, he has faced much better strikers than Rogers, who is heavy-handed, but not very technical. Rogers is going to make a mistake trying to press, and that will open the door for Barnett to pounce, either with his hands or via submission. Place a sports bet on “The Baby Faced Assassin”. MMA Betting - Rogers, Barnett Set To Clash In Dallas Strikeforce Odds.