The betting lines are out for UFC on Fox Sports 1 #1, and the favorite in the headlining bout is a bit of a bizarre one. Chael Sonnen is currently a slight favorite over former UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.
Both fighters are currently coming off of losses and are looking to return to the winner’s column. Shogun recently lost to Alexander Gustafsson back at UFC on Fox 5 and Chael attempted to win the UFC light heavyweight championship against Jon Jones but was unsuccessful.
Mauricio has been inconsistent since making his way to the UFC from Pride. He’s defeated Lyoto Machida, Brandon Vera, and Forrest Griffin. He’s also lost to two of those competitors as well. He lost his UFC debut to Forrest Griffin and lost his first UFC light heavyweight title shot to Lyoto Machida.
Chael hasn’t won a bout in the light heavyweight division for over 5 years. He’s a natural middleweight and he’s defeated Michael Bisping, Brian Stann, and Yushin Okami during his time as a middleweight in the UFC.
It’s true that Shogun has plenty of miles during his career in Pride and UFC but he’s got a great chance to come home with a victory at UFC on Fox Sports 1.
This should be an entertaining scrap and the winner will move onto more high profile bouts in the future.