6’ 4” and 205 lbs, Stephan Bonnar is favored to win his fight against Igor Pokrajac on December 4th by most MMA betting sites. Bonnar is a good looking personable young man that parlayed his strong performance against Forrest Griffin in the light heavyweight finals to a fight on the season 1 of the Ultimate Fighter. Although Bonnar had a good showing on the reality TV show, that features mixed martial arts, his career has otherwise not been that stellar.
Bonnar won his last fight, a rematch against Krzysztof Soszynski, to break a 3 fight losing streak. He fought this fight like he had his back against the wall, and perhaps his career was at a critical point. Two fights into his three fight losing streak he even considered a major drop in class to Middleweight. He is going to need to come out in his fight against Pokrajac with the same determination that he did in his last fight to have an opportunity to win.
Bonnar is thirty three years old and recently married to his longtime girlfriend, Andrea Brown. Bonnar’s career is not without controversy. He tested positive for an anabolic steroid, after his 2006 fight against Forrest Griffin at UFC 62. Bonnar’s professional mixed martial arts record is 12 wins and 7 losses. In the UFC his record is 8 wins and 6 losses. 3 of the 6 UFS losses were in his last 4 fights. The highlights of Bonnar’s UFC career are his losing fights to Griffin.
Bonnar’s opponent on December 4th is the 31 year old Croation, Igor Pokrajac. Pokrajac’s professional mixed martial arts record is 22 wins and 7 losses, however in UFC matches his record is 1 win and 2 losses. Pokrajac’s lone UFS win was in his last fight against James Irvin on August 1st, 2010. Pokrajac won the fight by submission. Probably one of Pokrajac’s biggest claims to fame is that he was a training partner to Mirko Flipovic.
Odds and Pick
So at first glance, it appears that Bonnar is almost a 2 to 1 favorite in the December 4th match-up mainly because he is only fighting Pokrajac. As of the day before Thanksgiving, online betting sites put the line of this fight at Bonnar 4/11 and Pokrajac at 2/1. Although I wouldn’t personally want to have any kind of conflict with either of these guys, it does not seem like either fighter has too much going for him, making early picks easy to pass up on.
Basically I plan on keeping an eye on top rated UFC betting sites to see if there are any significant changes in the line.
Betting on this fight, with the line the way that it is will be a difficult decision but I would have to go with Bonnar and bet 4 to earn 11. If the betting line changes much before the fight and betting on Pokrajac pays better than 2/1 as we get close to the fight I am going to have to switch my play on this fight and take the odds.