This summer’s UFC betting calendar will get off to an epic start Memorial Day weekend with an unbelievable UFC 187 card. Two title belts will be on the line in addition to a likely lightweight title eliminator match.
Not soon after UFC brass announced May 23rd’s loaded card, did online betting giant BetOnline.ag release the UFC 187 betting odds. Here’s a quick look at the match-ups and early odds:
Jon Jones (-310) vs. Anthony Johnson (+260)
A few weeks back, it seemed as if “Bones” Jones next title defense would be a rematch again the man who gave him his toughest fight – Alexander Gustafsson in 2013. However, in a title eliminator bout in late January, “Rumble” Johnson unleashed a violent barrage of punches to Gus’ cranium en route to a first round TKO victory.
Over his last few fights, Jones has proven that he has an outstanding chin. That being said, he has never faced a fighter with the punching power similar to Johnson. Although Jones is as versatile a fighter as the UFC has to offer, he will want to avoid Rumble’s heavy fists and get this to the mat quickly.
As the fight gets closer, expect the public to be on the dog and watch the Jon Jones betting odds shrink a bit to the low 200’s.
Chris Weidman (-375) vs. Vitor Belfort (+310)
The on-again, off-again middle weight title fight is on-again for now. Oft-injured champion Chris Weidman is a healthy favorite against an aging Vitor Belfort who has not fought since November of 2013. Not only will this be the 37-year old Belfort’s first fight in over a year and a half, it will be his first bout in quite some time without the benefits of TRT.
Weidman is about as well-rounded as they come. His standup is both technical and powerful. Additionally, on the ground he can beat his opponent with his elite wrestling and submission game.
At this price, Belfort is definitely a live dog to reclaim something he lost about a decade ago – a UFC championship belt.
Khabib Nurmagomedov (-195) vs. Donald Cerrone (+170)
Forget about Jon Jones testing positive for cocaine. Never mind Anderson Silva’s dirty urine sample for PED’s. The most shocking UFC news so far of 2015 – Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone will actually have no shortage of time to prepare for his next fight.
Considered the UFC’s busiest fighter, Cerrone has been on an absolute tear since November of 2013. During this time span “Cowboy” is a flawless 7-0, including 2-0 already in 2015. Basically he is has seven more fights and victories since the last time the aforementioned Belfort last stepped inside the octagon.
Despite Cerrone’s impressive streak, he is the rightful dog for Memorial Day Weekend match against Russian Khabib Nurmagomedov. A Sambo World Champion, Khabib has yet to be seriously challenged in the UFC, rag-dolling each and every one of his opponents.
However, if Khabib has an Achilles Heel, it’s that he is not a finisher. Even though he is a perfect 6-0 in the UFC, four of his fights have gone to decision; including his last three.
Cerrone will be overmatched by the constantly moving forward Russian bear. Grab the Khabib betting odds at -195 while they last, because this number is only going one way – up.
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