The co-main event of UFC Fight Night 43 features two heavy-hitters, heavyweights Soa Palelei and Jared Rosholt face each in Auckland New Zealand. This fight could be over in an instant if Soa Palelei has his way.
Palelei is coming into this fight with an 11 fight win streak, all by KO or TKO but he’s an underdog as the UFC Odds makers are paying $115 for every $100 bet on “The Hulk”. To bet Rosholt, UFC bettors will need to risk $145 to win $100.
UFC Fight Night Odds
Soa Palelei -145
Jared Rosholt +115
Palelei first fought in the UFC back at UFC 79 and lost a fight to Eddie Sanchez, he didn’t get a chance to fight for the UFC again until UFC 164. The Hulk has been making the most of his opportunity and showing the world he belongs in the UFC and that he wants to make a run at the UFC Heavyweight title.
During his incredible run of 11 fights ending by KO/TKO he’s finished three opponents inside the octagon including Pat Barry who was cut from the promotion after the fight and most recently Ruan Potts, neither fighter made it out of the first round.
The big concern here for Palelei is that it’s only been 7 weeks since his last fight, it’s not so much that he burned himself during the fight but it’s the back to back training camps that could cause a problem.
Rosholt hasn’t shown his power in the UFC in earning two successive decision victories but he’s can finish the fight as his 3 KOs and 3 Subs outside of the octagon indicate. He’s an excellent wrestler finishing his college career as a three time All-American.
In this fight, look for Rosholt to grapple the Hulk as I don’t see him doing enough to finish Solelei despite his favored odds but he’ll need to keep his defense strong because if Rosholt has any defensive lapses he could be looking up at the lights when this fights over.