by Kevin Stott | One of the most-anticipated mixed martial arts cards on the UFC schedule this year takes place tomorrow night at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada with UFC welterweight champion Matt Serra taking on Georges St-Pierre in the main event in the first-ever UFC show to be held in Canada.
Serra, who is trying to heal from a double-herniated disc in his lower back, makes his return to the ring and was made a +400 underdog (St-Pierre -500) at the Las Vegas Hilton’s SuperBook and the early money on Serra drove the line down a bit to Serra +481, St-Pierre -481. A year ago, Serra beat St-Pierre to take his title belt.
Besides Serra-St-Pierre 2, the televised portion of the undercard includes four bouts worth watching and possibly making a bet on in Rich Franklin-Travis Lutter, Michael Bisping-Charles McCarthy, Mark Bocek-Mac Danzig and Kalib Starnes-Nate Quarry.
Franklin opened up as a -336 favorite and was bet up to -380 with Lutter opening up as a +306 underdog than and being bet up to +320 at the LVH SuperBook. Both fighters are coming off losses to Anderson Silva last year.
Thirty-six year old Quarry opened up a -280 favorite and was bet up a little to -288 with Canadian opponent Starnes opening up as a +240 underdog than moving up to +268.
Bisping, 14-1 in his MMA career, is coming off a split-decision loss to Rashad Evans at UFC 78 and opened up as a -316 favorite and was bet up to -330. McCarthy, who is getting in the ring for the first time since "The Ultimate Fighter 4’s finale, opened up as a +270 underdog and moved up to +286 after the early money at the Hilton.
Danzig – who ended up being the winner in "The Ultimate Fighter 6" – opened up as a healthy -436 favorite and was bet up to -500 against Canadian opponent Bocek who is now at +400 after opening as a +396 underdog.
Attendance for this first card in Canada may break North American records according to several MMA websites.