UFC 175 Odds Delayed as PEDs Ravage the Card

Swinging Johnson

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 5:26 PM GMT

All-American Chris Weidman will defend his middleweight crown against the legendary Lyoto Machida, while women’s bantamweight queen Rhonda Rousey tangles with Alexis Davis but what do the UFC odds tell us about these matches and are PED’s ruining the UFC?

Sun Sets On Sonnen
Chael Sonnen, the man who made his mark by coming within moments of dethroning the once invincible Anderson Silva, is the most recent casualty of a positive test for illegal performance enhancing drugs (PED’s). At age 37, Sonnen had had enough and in short order announced his retirement from the UFC.

But to add insult to injury, his replacement at UFC 175 Wanderlei Silva, was “ambushed” by drug testers at his own gym and decided to scoot out the backdoor rather than provide a urine sample. This little defensive maneuver will no doubt prolong the inevitable and spell a lengthy if not permanent suspension for the Axe Murderer. But the ironic coup de grace is that Vitor Belfort, the man scheduled as the opponent for Sonnen and then Silva, was slated to do some ‘splainin of his own in front of the Nevada State Athletic Commission about the failed drug test which caused him to withdraw from UFC 173 back in February. However, that pow wow can now be put on hold because Belfort has no opponent and as a result, no need to apply for a license in Vegas… for now.

Though the shadowy world of acronyms like TRT, HGH, EPO, MGF and a vast assortment of other chemical cocktails are plaguing UFC head shot caller Dana White, it should be noted that he would like nothing more than that his fighters abide by the rules and thus fulfill their contractual obligations.  For those who believe that White is more content turning a blind eye and allowing his fighters to do whatever and whenever then you don’t know much about business. Drug testing is here to stay and employing fighters who are either uneducated regarding banned substances or unwilling to obey the rules is simply bad business because those fighters get suspended, fight cards get compromised and fans get furious.

Drug testing is mandated by the various athletic commissions but the UFC needs to get in front of this and implement testing that is even more stringent than the commissions to whom they are beholden. The cheaters are always trying to outdo the enforcers and hiding a banned substance from a simple urine test is child’s play for those whose livelihood depends on circumventing the rules. Perhaps Brent Brookhouse of Bloodyelbow.com wrote it best when he offered the following:

"Who would I like to see tested? Everyone on your roster, blood test with a full workup that includes everything from steroid panels to HGH screening to EPO screening to carbon isotope ratio testing to check for the presence of synthetic testosterone. Also random timing and no warning."

Sounds like a plan to me. Dana, are you listening?


Chris Weidman vs. #3 Lyoto Machida
Ladbrokes.com was one of the first offshore books to begin dealing the UFC odds on this middleweight championship tilt and tagged Weidman as a -277 favorite. But as several other offshore bookmakers jumped into the wagering waters and installed the champ at far more palatable odds like -180 up to -204, the British bookmaker obviously was hit with a flurry of UFC picks on the underdog and now has Weidman at -227.

If Weidman can avoid the murderous kicks and menacing punches of the Dragon then he will no doubt take this fight to the canvas and deal his own brand of punishment where he lives and breathes. Machida has won his first two fights in the middleweight division and this should be a stern test for the Spider Slayer.

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Rhonda Rousey vs. #2 Alexis Davis
As of this writing there are only a few major books dealing this fight but it’s no surprise that Rousey is a prohibitive 1-9 favorite in UFC odds. Her opponent, Alexis Davis has won her first three UFC matches but now the heavy lifting really begins.

Unless Rousey is so enamored with her own press clippings and walks into the cage on July 5th wondering where she’ll be partying as opposed to how she’ll be pummeling then this should be yet another notch in her ever expanding holster. Expect Rowdy Rhonda to remain undefeated and gunning for a date with Cyborg.

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