Josh Barnett, Alexander Gustafsson, Ryan Bader Betting Favorites Ahead of UFC Fight Night 93

By Brian Knapp Aug 28, 2016
Josh Barnett must like what he sees from the oddsmakers.

According to BetDSI.com, Barnett has been installed as a -150 favorite ahead of his showdown with fellow former Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight titleholder Andrei Arlovski (+130) in the UFC Fight Night 93 main event on Saturday at the Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany. Alexander Gustafsson (-675) will lock horns with Jan Blachowicz (+500) in the co-headliner, as the Swedish star tries to keep his name relevant at the top of the light heavyweight division.

Barnett has won 11 of his past 14 fights but has not competed since he submitted to a Ben Rothwell guillotine choke at UFC on Fox 18 in January. A former Pancrase champion and finalist in the 2006 Pride Fighting Championships open weight grand prix, the 38-year-old Seattle native sports 20 submissions among his 34 career victories. Barnett has compiled a 2-2 mark since returning to the UFC in 2013.

Arlovski, 37, will enter the cage on a two-fight losing streak, having dropped consecutive bouts to Stipe Miocic and Alistair Overeem. The Belarusian has secured 20 of his 25 professional wins by knockout, technical knockout or submission. Victories over Rothwell, Travis Browne, Antonio Silva, Roy Nelson and Vladimir Matyushenko anchor the Arlovski resume, along with victories over three former UFC champions: Frank Mir, Fabricio Werdum and Tim Sylvia.

Other favorites on the four-fight main card: Ryan Bader (-250) over Ilir Latifi (+210) and Nick Hein (-210) over Tae Hyun Bang (+175).

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