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Ultimate timing adds UFC odds for LVSC

Nov 19, 2002 8:36 AM

   Shamrock +140 underdog

   Las Vegas Sports Consultants timed its decision perfectly to start providing odds and consulting advise for major Ultimate Fighting Championship events.

   It just so happens that MGM Grand has a huge card this Friday, featuring the return of UFC legend Ken Shamrock.

   “Our sportsbook clients, especially in Nevada, have shown increased interest in offering wagers on UFC events,” said Pete Korner, LVSC’s operations manager. “It makes total sense for LVSC to start providing coverage of these exciting events.”

   Shamrock, the most famous name in the sport, has risen to a +155 underdog against favorite Tito Ortiz (-175) for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. Last week, Shamrock was a +140 dog.

   The undercard includes a UFC welterweight title bout between Matt Hughes and Gil Castillo. LVSC opened Hughes as a solid —400 favorite. Castillo is a +300 underdog.

   Ken Shamrock, the most famous name in Ultimate Fighting, is a

surprising +140 underdog for his Nov. 22 fight with light-heavyweight

champion Tito Ortiz at MGM Grand Garden Arena.

   The live-pay-per-view event will be handled by USA Today sports analyst and oddsmaker Danny Sheridan, NBC’s Fear Factor host Joe Rogan and Minnesota Wild hockey play-by-play broadcaster Mike Goldberg.

   UFC 40 is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. PST.


Morales wins easy

   Those who thought Erik Morales really beat Marco Antonio Barrera earlier this year no doubt felt that opinion was justified after Paulie Ayala was defeated easily in 12 rounds Saturday night at Mandalay Bay.

   Morales did to Ayala what Barrera did to Johnny Tapia two weeks earlier at MGM. The two top featherweights in the world need another bout to settle the issue of who’s No. 1 in this highly competitive division once and for all.

   Ayala, a +250 underdog, tried unsuccessfully to move up from the 122-pound super bantamweight division and vie for the vacant 126-pound WBC featherweight title.   Morales, whose only loss in 43 fights was the controversial decision to Barrera, was the stronger, sharper fighter and had Ayala close to a knockout as the bell sounded in the 12th and final round. Ayala fell to 34-2.


Rankings made easy

GamingToday has broken through the alphabet soup and defined its boxing rankings based upon who our panel believes are the best fighters at that weight.

   The best fights are coming from the lighter weights, led by the classy Marco Antonio Barrera. M.A. could be the best at 122, 126 and 130 pounds. Barrera is fighting as a 126-pound featherweight, but we wanted to recognize Morales, who lost a controversial decision to Marco earlier this year. GamingToday scored that fight for Morales.

   Roy Jones is in a class by himself and could rule three divisions if he desired. Jones will beat heavyweight John Ruiz if that fight comes off.

   GT’s best of the best

Division Top fighter    weight

Heavyweight   Lennox Lewis   200+

Cruiserweight   Roy Jones   190

Light-heavy   Roy Jones   175

Super-middle   Roy Jones   168

Middleweight   Bernard Hopkins 160

Super-welter   Oscar de la Hoya     154

Welterweight   Vernon Forrest   147

Super-light   Kostya Tszyu   140

Lightweight   Jose Luis Castillo  135

Super-feather   Marco Antonio Barrera   130

Featherweight   Erik Morales   126

Super-bantam   Paulie Ayala   122

Bantamweight   Tim Austin   118

(Unfamiliar with fighters below bantams)



   Nov. 22 — MGM Grand Garden Arena

   (UFC Light Heavyweight title)

   Ken Shamrock (+155) vs Tito Ortiz (-175)

   (UFC Welterweight title)

   Gil Castillo (+300) vs Matt Hughes (-400)

   (UFC Light Heavyweight title)

   Renato Sobral (+160) vs Chuck Liddell (-200)

Nov. 23 — At Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, N.J.

   10-round welterweights - HBO

   Micky Ward (+130) vs Arturo Gatti (-150)

   2001 Fight of the Year

   Dec. 7 - At Mandalay Bay Casino

   (WBC Lightweight belt)

   Floyd Mayweather (-400) vs. Jose Luis Castillo (+300)

   (WBO Heavyweight belt)

   Wladimir Klitschko (-500) vs. Jameel McCline (+350)

   Lines courtesy of Las Vegas Sports Consultants.