With all the talk about the upcoming Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather boxing match, it’s easy to forget that there is another major event coming up in the UFC this coming weekend. That would be UFC 214, which is going to be held in the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
MMA Betting Picks for UFC 214 Jones vs Cormier
The top billed fight is the rematch between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier, but there are 4 other really good fights on the main card. If you’re looking for extra fun, then you should check the entertaining looking under-card. For the purposes of this piece, we are going to take a closer look at the 5 fights on the main card, and make a few predictions along the way.
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Jimi Manuwa (-180) vs. Volkan Oezdemir (+150)
While much of the attention here is going to be on the main event, it’s fair to say that this fight could also have an impact on the light heavyweight division. The winner of this fight will most likely become the automatic top contender in the weight class, and that alone makes it one worth watching. Jimi Manuwa only has two losses to hid name, with those coming against quality opposition in Rumble Johnson and Alexander Gustafsson. His opponent, Volkan Oezdemir, is 14-1 in his time in the UFC, but this is far and away his toughest battle. Manuwa has an edge over his opponent in a number of different areas, and he should get the win here.
Robbie Lawler (-160) vs. Donald Cerrone (+135)
This is one fight where I believe the underdog may well carry the day, although both fighter will feel as though they have something to prove after both losing their last fights. Robbie Lawler spent some time as the champion, but he had to scrap to stay there, with two of his victories in that stretch coming via split decision. He is a game fighter, but also one that is there for the taking, in my opinion. Cerrone is a well-rounded fighter who does a lot of different things very well. He can hurt Lawler a number of different ways, and that makes him very dangerous. This fight may go the distance, and I like Cerrone to win.
Cristiane Justino (-1180) vs. Tonya Evinger (+790)
If you are planning on going with a parlay ticket for this event, may I suggest that you add Justino to your ticket, as this looks like the surest pick of the night. Cyborg is a fighter who is very difficult to like, but you cannot really question her ability. She has 16 KO’s in her last 19 fights, and it would not be any kind of a shock to see her add another one to the list on Saturday night. Not great odds for a straight up win, but it will add a little value to your parlay bet.
Tyron Woodley (-200) vs. Demian Maia (+170)
Tyron Woodley is set to defend his welterweight crown on Saturday night, and he is going up against a man who will be chasing history. With a win, not only would Damian Maia become the champ, he would also take away Michael Bisping’s record for most career wins in the UFC, although he may need to share that record with Donald Cerrone if he can get one over on Robbie Lawler. This has the makings of a good fight, but the edge here needs to go to Woodley. Maia is excellent at getting guys on the canvas and overpowering them, but there are few fighters in the business better than Woodley at defending that form of attack, which is why I believe he keeps the title.
Jon Jones (-270) vs. Daniel Cormier (+220)
This is the fight that everyone has been waiting for, as these are two guys that have a genuine dislike for one another. Jones is the defending champion, is unbeaten, and already has a win over Cormier, but there are some who look at him as a bit of a false favorite in this one. He has been fighting very sparingly, and may come into this one just a little rusty. It has been over a year since Jones last fought, and that one was an uninspiring win over Ovince St. Preux. Cormier is hungry and will have learned from his last bout with Jones. I think the upset may well be on the cards here.