2016 was a big year for UFC, and they are looking to keep the action rolling by giving us a pretty stacked card for UFC 208, which is scheduled to go this coming Saturday, February 11 in New York. There are a lot of great fights to pick from, so let’s quickly run down the card and take a look at the UFC betting odds for each bout as we go.
UFC 208 Betting Preview And Picks
Phillippe Nover (+170) vs Rick Glenn (-200)
Glenn is coming off the back of a bit of a beating at the hands of Evan Dunham, but in fairness, he was not fighting in his preferred weight class in that one. He is back in the 145-pound class for this bout, and should have little difficulty taking care of Nover.
Roan Carneiro (+225) vs Ryan LaFlare (-275)
These two welterweights were once top contenders, but now find their careers on the downside. LaFlare has the definite age advantage over 38-year old Carneiro, and while the older fighter is the better finisher, it should be LaFlare who wins by decision.
Jarred Brooks (-110) vs Ian McCall (-110)
McCall’s career has stalled a little because of injury, but he is still very much considered a contender for the flyweight crown. His original opponent, Neil Seery, pulled out due to a family bereavement, and Brooks serves as a tougher opponent. Giving McCall the slight edge in this bout.
Nik Lentz (+150) vs Islam Makhachev (-180)
Lentz is a good fighter, but there are questions as to whether the lightweight division is where he should be. A victory over submission expert Makhachev may make things a little clearer, and I think Lentz will pull this one out by decision.
Ulka Sasaki (+445) vs Wilson Reis (-595)
Sasaki must feel a little hard done by, as he is just a few months off a title shot that ended up being cancelled due to an injury to Demetrious Johnson. This is a fight he should get done with quickly, and we can only hope that his next bout will be something more substantial.
Jim Miller (+295) vs Dustin Poirier (-370)
Poirier was on a great run at the 155-pound weight level before taking a devastating loss at the hands of Michael Johnson. He will be looking to rebound at UFC 208, and should be able to get back to winning ways against an in-form Jim Miller.
Jared Cannonier (+145) vs Glover Teixeira (-170)
On paper, this looks like a win for Glover Teixeira, simply because we don’t really know that much about Cannonier, whose 9-1 record has come against lesser opposition. Teixeira can beat opponents in several different ways, and should have more than enough to win this one.
Tim Boetsch (+380) vs Ronaldo Souza (-510)
It’ll be interesting to see if Souza will have any rust after fighting just once in 2016. If he can shake it off early, he should not have any real difficulty taking care of Boetsch.
Anderson Silva (+130) vs Derek Brunson (-150)
You get the sense that Silva was added to the card to add a little star power, but you have to question whether the 41-year old still has anything left in the tank, especially when you consider that his last win came in 2012. Gotta go with Brunson here.
Holly Holm (+105) vs Germaine De Randamie (-125)
It may be Holly Holm who is the better known of the two fighters, but she is in for a tough battle against a very talented De Randamie. This looks set not be a brawl that goes the distance, with Germaine winning it by decision.