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Lesnar favored vs. Velasquez

Originally published on July 9.

Although the fight doesn't have an offical date yet, we all know it's going to happen. I'm talking about Brock Lesnar's next title defense against Cain Velasquez.

BoDog has beaten all the other books to posting a line for this heavyweight showdown, opening Lesnar as the minus-145 favorite (risk $145 to win $100). Velasquez, who is 8-0 overall and 6-0 in the octagon, is plus-115 on the comeback (risk $100 to win $115).

BoDog also has numbers up for UFC 117 and other upcoming events. For UFC 118, the website has made B.J. 'The Prodigy' Penn a minus-340 'chalk' against lightweight champion Frankie 'The Answer' Edgar, who is a generous plus-260 underdog.

At the conclusion of Season 12 of The Ultimate Fighter, Georges 'Rush' St. Pierre will put his welterweight belt on the line against Josh Koscheck. BoDog has GSP as a minus-450 favorite with Koscheck at plus-300 on the comeback.

What's next for Shane Carwin? The former interim heavyweight champ beat Lesnar into a bloody mess in the first round of their throwdown last Saturday, only to run out of gas and tap out after Lesnar locked in an arm triangle choke 2:19 into the second round. Well, most of the speculation has been that Carwin will square off against the loser of Roy 'Big Country' Nelson's fight vs. Junior Dos Santos at UFC 117. The winner of that bout could get the Lesnar-Velasquez winner.

How about Frank Mir? The former champ, who has lost two of his last three fights to Lesnar and Carwin, will square off against Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in the main event of UFC 119 at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Sept. 25. Mir dominated Big Nog in their first fight, scoring a second-round KO at UFC 92.

7/12/10 UPDATE: Lesnar-Velasquez has been confirmed as the main event for UFC 121 on Oct. 23 at Honda Center in Anaheim.

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