Yes, since it wasn’t that long ago when folks were tripping over each other to sing the praises of Barao (this writer included…), it’s not surprising to see that Gagnon is a massive, hee-uge underdog heading into Saturday. Prior to Barao’s loss to TJ Dillashaw in May, he had gone undefeated in 33 straight bouts and took out several, high profile fighters along the way.
As a result, the betting lines have Barao as the favorite in the -700 to -855 range, so if you want to make some real money off the Nova Uniao fighter, you’re going to have to put some serious cash.
Despite the odds, Gagnon sounds pretty confident heading into the scrap, as the Canadian says he’s learned some things from Barao’s loss to Dillashaw. While speaking to MMA Junkie.com recently, here is some of what Gagnon had to say about Barao:
“One of the things I took out of the T.J. Dillashaw (vs.) Barao fight was that Barao gets really frustrated when an opponent moves a lot,” he said. “Barao fights flatfooted; he throws with power every time. He’s a linear fighter.
“We’ll see if he did the corrections coming into this. I’m expecting a better version. I would hope, as a martial artist, Barao would go in and correct the things he did wrong.”
We shall see this Saturday, and it will also be interesting to see how Gagnon approaches the former champ. The #14 ranked bantamweight has won four straight fights, and has scored submission wins over Walel Watson, Dustin Kimura and Roman Salazar during that stretch.
UFC FN 58 will be hosted by the Jose Correa Arena in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
The card will feature Lyoto Machida taking on fellow, middleweight contender CB Dollaway in the main event.