Cormier an Underdog on the UFC 210 Odds
- Updated: April 6, 2017
Anthony Johnson seeks to avenge his third-round loss to Daniel Cormier at UFC 187 when he takes on the reigning UFC light heavyweight champion on Saturday in the main event of UFC 210 as a -130 betting favorite.
“Rumble” was submitted by a rear-naked choke in his bid to claim the vacant light heavyweight crown, but has rebounded with knockout victories in three straight octagon appearances ahead of Saturday night’s matchup at Buffalo’s KeyBank Center.
Johnson’s loss to Cormier as a +115 underdog marks the sole blemish on his record over his past 13 fights. The 33-year-old has ended nine of those contests inside the distance, and picked up opening-round wins in his last two outings, needing just 13 seconds to stop Glover Teixeira with a KO punch at UFC 202 to reward bettors as -225 chalk.
Cormier is pegged as an even-money underdog in his third appearance in the octagon since UFC 187. The 38-year-old escaped with a split decision victory over Alexander Gustafsson as a -300 favorite in his first title defense at UFC 192, and earned the unanimous nod in a non-title bout with Anderson Silva as +325 chalk at UFC 200 which followed the cancellation of a much anticipated rematch with former champion Jon Jones.
Saturday’s fight is also the second attempt at a rematch between these two fighters after Cormier was forced to withdraw from a scheduled date with Johnson at UFC 206.
Weidman Small Underdog Against Mousasi
In other UFC 210 betting action, Chris Weidman looks for his first win since losing the UFC middleweight crown as he takes on Gegard Mousasi as a narrow -105 underdog.
“The All-American” emerged victorious in his first 13 professional MMA fights, including a pair of memorable second-round victories over Silva to win and defend the crown. However, he has yet to rebound from a fourth-round loss to Luke Rockhold as -165 chalk at UFC 194, followed by a third-round KO loss to Yoel Romero at UFC 205 as a -225 favorite.
With wins in four straight fights, including a first-round TKO of Uriah Hall as -600 chalk at UFC Fight Night 99, Mousasi is pegged as -125 chalk against Weidman. “The Dreamcatcher” has produced opening-round wins in three of his past seven fights, and enters the octagon as betting chalk in his ninth straight, going 8-1 during that stretch.
As well, Cynthia Calvillo is a -270 bet to improve to 5-0 as she takes on fellow women’s strawweight Pearl Gonzalez at +210 odds, while Will Brooks sits as a -275 favorite in his lightweight clash with Charles Oliveira, who trails at +215 odds.
*Odds as of April 6, 2017