Rarely do you see the top two fights on an UFC card feature two huge mismatches.
But that's what oddsmakers seem to believe as they make Renan Barao and Daniel Cormier huge favorites for Saturday's action.
Barao has been an unstoppable force in the bantamweight division for years. Since losing his first professional fight by decision back in 2005, Barao has won 32 straight fights including all seven of his fights in the UFC.
Barao is a -800 favorite at the MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas this Saturday, May 24 going up against T.J. Dillashaw (+500).
Barao earned the UFC Bantamweight Title in 2012 over Urijah Faber and has successfully defended it against Michael McDonald, Eddie Wineland and Faber. He will look to add another successful defense against TJ Dillashaw, who has quickly climbed the MMA ranks with a 9-2 record.
Barao's power and experience are expected to give him the edge in this one. Dillashaw may be getting this opportunity a bit too early in his career.
The undefeated Daniel Cormier (14-0) is heavily favored to stay undefeated at -850 going up against the 43-year-old veteran Dan Henderson (+525). This looks to be a good matchup for Cormier, who should be able to control the fight with his superior quickness and wrestling.
But after entering his last fight against Mauricio Rua on a three-fight losing streak and being outfought in the first two rounds, Henderson reminded everyone of what still makes him dangerous; his power.
Henderson turned the tides to win that fight by TKO. He still has the strength to pull off the upset, but Cormier should get the win if he is able to avoid any grave mistakes.
Unlike the two fights that follow it, the Welterweight fight between Robbie Lawler (-240) and Jake Ellenberger (+200) looks like a much closer matchup on paper. Both of these fighters are powerful punchers and both have something to prove coming in off a loss. With 18 KO's to each fighter's name, this should be a bruising fight.
Lawler has been sensational since his return to the UFC in 2013 and should have the upper hand if he can avoid a slow start or a bout that forces him to wrestle, neutralizing his power strikes.
Other fights on the card include Takeya Mizugaki (-175) vs. Francisco Rivera (+145), Jamie Varner (-185) vs. James Krause (+150) and Michael Chiesa (-140) vs. Francisco Trinaldo (+110).
See current UFC 173 odds as of Wednesday courtesy of BestUFCOdds.com
Sam Sicilia -150
Aaron Phillips +130
Li JingLiang +130
David Michaud -150
Anthony Njokuani -230
Vincent Pichel +195
Al Iaquinta -360
Mitch Clarke +295
Chico Camus +295
Chris Holdsworth -360
Tony Ferguson -275
Katsunori Kikuno +235
Mike Chiesa -135
Francisco Trinaldo +115
Francisco Rivera +145
Takeya Mizugaki -170
James Krause +150
Jamie Varner -175
Robbie Lawlor -215
Jake Ellenberger +185
Dan Henderson +650
Daniel Cormier -950
TJ Dillashaw +575
Renan Barao -800