Michael Bisping is the underdog against Plan B; the middleweight champion would’ve been the ‘dog even with Plan A, as it turns out.
Bisping (30-7 MMA, 20-7 UFC), of course, was initially slated to fight former longtime welterweight titleholder George St-Pierre (25-2 MMA, 19-2 UFC) at a to-be-determined event later this year. But then came the change of plans.
This past week, UFC President Dana White said Yoel Romero (12-1 MMA, 8-0 UFC), who’s No. 2 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA middleweight rankings, will instead get the next shot at top-ranked Bisping, who hasn’t fought since an October 2016 title defense over Henderson.
A date hasn’t been announced for that title fight, but the opening line has been set.
According to veteran MMA oddsmaker Joey Oddessa, Romero has opened as a hefty -360 (nearly 4-1) favorite over +280 Bisping.
However, even with a likely size advantage, Bisping would be the underdog to St-Pierre, who lost his place in line after saying he wouldn’t be ready to fight until after October. A line for that potential fight (which is still a possibility, according to White) has St-Pierre as a -155 favorite over +125 underdog Bisping.
Even despite some late-career success, Bisping has had his doubters when it comes to oddsmakers and the betting public. The 38-year-old Brit closed as a -280 favorite over Henderson, but prior to that recent bout, he was the dog’ to both Anderson Silva (+230) and then-champ Luke Rockhold (+550). He won both of those bouts as part of his current five-fight winning streak.
| Title: Opening odds: Yoel Romero is a hefty favorite over UFC champ Michael Bisping
| Author: MMAjunkie Staff
| Date: MAY 14, 2017