Analyzing The Cormier vs. Johnson UFC 210 Prediction, Odds & TV InfoWhen: Saturday, April 8 2017 at 7:00 PM ET
Where: KeyBank Center, Buffalo, New York
Live Stream: UFC Fight Pass
UFC 201 Odds: Daniel Cormier -115 / Anthony Johnson -115
Why Bet on Daniel Cormier Odds at -115Daniel Cormier has won three consecutive fights since suffering his only career loss via unanimous decision against Jon Bones Jones at UFC 182 in January of 2015. Cormier beat Anthony Johnson via a third round submission (rear naked choke) in his first bout following that loss at UFC 187 in May of 2015 to win the then vacant UFC Light Heavyweight Championship in a Performance of the Night outing. Since then, Cormier has beaten Alexander Gustafsson via split decision
at UFC 192 in October of 2015 before beating the legendry Anderson Silva in a non-title bout via unanimous decision at UFC 200 last July. Cormier has recorded six wins via KO, five by way of submission and seven via decision.
Why Bet on Anthony Johnson Odds at -115Anthony Johnson clearly didn’t like losing to Daniel Cormier the last time they met. Since then, Johnson has beaten Jimi Manuwa at UFC 191 in September of 2015 via second round knockout, before following that up with first round KO victories over Ryan Bader (punches) at UFC on FOX in January of 2016 and Glover Teixeira at UFC 202 (punch) last August. Johnson has recorded 16 of his career wins by way of knockout and six via submission while suffering one KO loss and four via submission.
Expert Pick & Final Score PredictionDaniel Johnson may have one career loss to Johnson’s five, but he hasn’t looked particularly god in any of his last three fights and many believe he lost to Alexander Gustafsson on their split decision at UFC 192.
Conversely, Anthony Johnson has been fighting like a man possessed since losing to Cormier, leading me to believe he’s not only looking to extract some big-time revenge, but that he’s going to get it. Lest anyone forget, when the two met in their first fight, Johnson became the first man to floor Cormier in a UFC bout when he dropped the current champ early in the opening round.
The pair were scheduled to rematch at UFC 206 in Toronto earlier this year, but Cormier was forced to withdraw from the fight due to a groin injury. For this bout, I’m thinking the odds surrounding this title fight say it all. Despite being the reigning light heavyweight champion, Daniel Cormier is not listed as a favorite and there’s a reason for that, seeing as how he hasn’t been very impressive recently while Anthony Johnson has been absolutely phenomenal in his last three fights.
Not only that, but Anthony Johnson is now, the more physically imposing specimen in this bout and has the height and reach advantage in this matchup. Believe it or not, Johnson also has the power advantage with a 73.0% knockout rate as compared to Cormier’s 39% KO rate. Daniel Cormier doesn’t look like he’s the fittest fighter in the world and I believe he’s going to lose to Anthony Johnson via a third round KO.