The highly anticipated UFC 227 on Saturday night has two championship rematches at the top of the bill.
The main event features a rematch for the bantamweight title, as champion T.J. Dillashaw battles Cody Garbrandt. The co-main event is also a rematch when Demetrious Johnson defends the flyweight championship against Henry Cejudo. Both champions won the first fight by knockout.
When MMA fans get two great fights like this, there are sure to be plenty of bets to be made.
Dillashaw vs Garbrandt 2 odds
The Dillashaw vs. Garbrandt odds are pretty even. Online sportsbook Bovada’s fight odds (as of August 3) have Dillashaw coming in as a slight favorite to win the fight at -130, meaning you’d need to wager $130 to win $100. Garbrandt is coming in at even; you win $100 if you wager $100.
In their first fight at UFC 217 in November, Garbrandt was favored to retain his title at -200, with Dillashaw coming at +160 to regain the title. Dillashaw was nearly knocked out in the first round against Garbrandt but was saved by the bell. Everything changed in the second round when a Dillashaw head kick was the beginning of the end for Garbrandt, who ate a counter right hand and was stopped.
Neither play is bad considering how the first fight turned out, but if you want to save a bit of money, take Garbrandt. Who wouldn’t bet $30 less in a close between the two best bantamweights in the world?
Johnson vs. Cejudo 2 odds
The Johnson vs. Cejudo odds are pretty wide: Bovada’s fight odds (as of August 3) have Johnson as a huge favorite to win the fight at -500, meaning you’d need to wager $500 to win $100. Cejudo is a +300 underdog; you would win $300 from a $100 wager.
In their first outing at UFC 197 in April 2016, Johnson closed as a bigger favorite at -600 and Cejudo at +400. Johnson steamrolled Cejudo in the first round where a sequence of knees to the torso spelled demise for the former Olympic gold medalist in a matter of minutes. While Johnson is arguably the greatest fighter of all time, Cejudo has shown some drastic improvement in his striking and has some value at +300. Putting down $100 to win 3 1/2 times your original bet is a solid idea, albeit a risky one against a man who hasn’t lost a fight in seven years.
Other fights to keep a close eye on are Montel Jackson vs. Ricky Simon and Cub Swanson vs. Renato Moicano. Jackson and Simon are at the favored lines at -120 and -110, respectively. Shockingly enough, Moicano is -365 favorite while Swanson is a +275. Moicano is only going into his sixth career UFC fight while Swanson, a perennial featherweight contender is heading into his sixteenth bout inside the Octagon.