Rashad Evans vs Antonio Rogerio Nogueira Betting Line

Published on January 29th, 2013 2:26 pm EST


This weekend's UFC 156: Edgar vs Aldo is full of intriguing matches, including Jose Aldo vs Frankie Edgar, Alistair Overeem vs Antonio Silva and "Suga" Rashad Evans vs Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.

Former UFC Light Heavyweight champion Rashad Evans has been the focus of plenty of speculation as of late. That speculation has mainly revolved around the possibility of Evans dropping down to 185 after the Nogueira fight to take on Middleweight champion Anderson "The Spider" Silva. There are no obvious opponents for Silva right now, and Evans has indicated in the past that he would love to fight Silva.

Before there can be any serious discussion of an Evans vs Silva fight, Rashad needs to get by Nogueira at UFC 156.

Rashad Evans is coming off of a loss against Jon Jones at UFC 145: Jones vs Evans. Prior to that, Evans had won four fights in a row, including victories over Phil Davis, Tito Ortiz, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and Thiago Silva.

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, on the other hand, is looking to build on the momentum of his UFC 140 victory against Tito Ortiz. Prior to that fight, Nogueira had dropped two decision losses to Phil Davis and Ryan Bader. This will be the fourth straight fight in which Nogueira has fought a wrestler, and he has lost two of those three fights.


Given Evans' speed and wrestling prowess, it shouldn't surprise you to hear that "Suga" is a sizable favorite over Nogueira.

Here are the betting odds as of this moment:

Rashad Evans, -450
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, +325

These odds mean that a $450 bet on Evans would yield a total profit of $100, while a $100 bet on Nogueira would return a profit of $325 if he were able to pull out the upset victory.


Can Evans get by Nogueira to possibly set up a fight against Anderson Silva, or will Nogueira score the upset?

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