Thu, Apr 6, 3:39pm by Head Editor
After the state of New York lifted its ban on professional mixed martial arts in early 2016, the KeyBank Centre in Buffalo, New York is set to stage it’s second UFC event this Sunday (AEST), and it’s first since 1995.
The event will be headlined by the second meeting of Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson, who will once again do battle for the light heavyweight title. Cormier has held the belt for almost two years.
He first earned it by defeating Anthony Johnson at UFC 187, but his opponent, the man they call “Rumble” is back with a vengeance, having knocked out three straight opponents on his path back to the title.
Johnson is a dangerous man, and you can almost guarantee that he’ll land a couple of big blows early on in this rematch. I’m backing Cormier ($2) to once again be too strong for Johnson ($1.81), he can handle whatever Johnson throws at him, and his superior take-down skills – which is how he won their first fight – will win out on the day.
This time two years ago, Weidman was one of the hottest fighters in the world, having reeled off 13 consecutive wins to start his career, including two successful title defences. Since then, he’s been knocked out twice and finds himself as an underdog in this one.
His opponent, the experienced Mousasi has won 41 of his 49 bouts, and is coming off four straight wins. The 31-year-old from Holland certainly has the momentum on his side.
The Women’s Strawweight battle between Cynthia Calvillo and Pearl Gonzalez is expected to be a one-sided affair, with Sportsbet installing the former as a $1.36 favourite.
It’s easy to see why, given that Calvillo is undefeated in her four bouts and Gonzalez ($3.23) is making her UFC debut. This one looks pretty open and shut.
The latter has shown great improvement since returning to the UFC in 2012 and proven that he can still be a threat in MMA’s premier promotion. I’d be taking the $1.62 about him when he takes on another aging former contender in Alves.
Suggested Bet: Cormier to win: $2
Jenel Lausa $4.45 v Magomed Bibulatov $1.21
Irene Aldana $2.47 v Katlyn Chookagian $1.55
Desmond Green $2.86 v Josh Emmett $1.43
Andrew Holbrook $2.71 v Gregor Gillespie $1.46
Patrick Cummins $2 v Jan Blachowicz $1.81
Shane Burgos $1.48 v Charles Rosa $2.66
Kamaru Usman $1.27 v Sean Strickland $3.82
Myles Jury $1.22 v Mike De La Torre $4.35
Will Brooks $1.38 v Charles Oliveira $3.05
Thiago Alves $2.83 v Patrick Cote $1.62
Cynthia Calvillo $1.36 v Pearl Gonzalez $3.23
Chris Weidman $2 v Gegard Mousasi $1.81
Daniel Cormier $2 v Anthony Johnson $1.81
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