The Prodigy is 3 to 1 favorite; The Prodigy’s Nightmare is +2 dog. A bit too expensive for The Prodigy if you ask me. UFC promotes him as “unbeaten at 155 pounds for nearly eight years”, but one might say “defeated nearly every other time at 170 pounds”. I also never fully understood these must have nicknames for the fighters and one paranoid friend of mine thinks it is all a big conspiracy to sell more fighter t-shirts. Well, this time it came in handy for an article title.
The fight takes place on December 12th at 10pm ET at FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee; per-per-view only. This lightweight title fight replaces Rampage/Evans bout as a main event, which was cancelled due to Jackson removing himself from the card in favor of acting. Rumors have it he is being cast in the upcoming feature film adaptation of “The A-Team”. I can hear a lot of boos for Jackson from the fighting aficionado crowd, but I say – go for it and “good rampage” to you. Acting is a learned skill just as fighting and it is much nicer to make faces than get punched in the face, so, good luck Quinton. This replacement fight might be a lot more spectacular than the original heavyweight bout.
B.J. “The Prodigy” Penn vs. Diego “Nightmare” Sanchez fight should have -200/+160 odds. Who knows, Penn Sanchez odds still might come down to that from the current -300/+220. Nightmare has longer reach and is younger and faster on his feet with light-speed punching and kicking. Both fighters have good skills on the ground but The Prodigy is way more experienced. Penn opponents have been much stronger obviously and it will count a lot on the ground in this fight. That is what I think will be the base strategy for BJ – take Sanchez down quickly and choke him. Stay away from the rear-naked choke or it will be your own nightmare, Sanchez!
Have you seen the last Sanchez vs. Guida fight? He was like an energizer bunny that short-circuited and just kept throwing punches at amazing speed. When Guida took him on the ground in the second, you should have seen those elbows Sanchez threw from the bottom position, like a “La Maquina”; which is “The Machine” in Spanish and a better nickname for our Sanchez.
We are in for an interesting fight and I am going to put my money where my mouth is and get few bucks down on Sanchez.