Following last weekend’s UFC Fight Pass card from London, the organization will take a break until the second week of April. When the Octagon does set up shop once again however, it will be to host an impressive spring slate of events. The best of the lot are UFC 210 and 211, which feature title bouts in the UFC’s two biggest weight classes. UFC 210 goes down on April 8th from Buffalo, New York, and is headlined by a rematch between Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson for the light heavyweight title. Following Jon Jones’ 2015 suspension, the two originally met at UFC 187, where Cormier survived the early onslaught from “Rumble” and ended up capturing an elusive championship with a third-round submission. He’ll be hoping to replicate that performance while Johnson will be looking to put the champion away if he can hurt him early this time. The co-main event is another glimpse into why fans are becoming so disillusioned with middleweight champion Michael Bisping. While he’s defending his belt against the likes of Dan Henderson and Georges St-Pierre, Yoel Romero is left on the sidelines, “Jacare” is taking on one of the few young guns at 185 in Robert Whittaker, and this card features former champ Chris Weidman facing Gegard Mousasi. The lines for those two bouts have been opened already, and both are virtually Pick’em fights at this moment. Today, MMA oddsmaker Nick Kalikas released odds for the remaining three main card bouts at 5Dimes Sportsbook. Those include: Cynthia Calvillo squaring off against Pearl Gonzalez in a women’s strawweight matchup, former Bellator champion Will Brooks looking to build some momentum in the UFC at the expense of Charles Oliveira, and what should be a fun welterweight scrap from 2009 between Patrick Cote and Thiago Alves. ——————– UFC 210: Cormier vs. Johnson 2 APRIL 8, 2017 KeyBank Center | Buffalo, New York MAIN CARD (PPV, 10 p.m. ET) Light Heavyweight Title: Anthony Johnson -110 Daniel Cormier -120 Over 1.5 -175 Under 1.5 +135 – Gegard Mousasi -115 Chris Weidman -125 Over 2.5 -140 Under 2.5 +100 – Pearl Gonzalez +145 Cynthia Calvillo -185 Over 2.5 -260 Under 2.5 +180 – Thiago Alves +100 Patrick Cote -140 Over 2.5 -130 Under 2.5 -110 – Charles Oliveira +250 Will Brooks -350 Over 2.5 -140 Under 2.5 +100 – ——————– The following month, the scene shifts to Dallas, Texas for UFC 211. The headliner here is a rematch as well, however, the stakes are higher this time around. Back in December 2014, Stipe Miocic and Junior dos Santos fought to a close decision in the five-round main event of UFC on FOX 13. Since dos Santos picked up the victory he has only competed twice, losing by KO to Alistair Overeem, and dominating Ben Rothwell. Miocic’s trajectory has been a bit different. Four stoppages (three in the opening round) have propelled him to the heavyweight championship and a successful title defense already, and now he has the opportunity to avenge one of just two career losses he holds. Their respective form since that first meeting has prompted a massive shift in the odds. Miocic closed a +355 underdog in their initial meeting, but sits at -175 currently for the May 13th showdown. The comeback on dos Santos is +155, a far cry from the -400 he closed at back in 2014. The main event is just the tip of the iceberg for what is the early frontrunner as card of the year though. Women’s strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk will look to make her fifth successful title defense against Jessica Andrade in what has to be considered the best women’s MMA bout that can be made right now. Andrade has looked phenomenal since dropping down to 115, and her punching power could be the key needed to defeat a champion who has looked completely dominant except for brief moments in fights lately where her opponent has connected cleanly and hurt her. UFC 211 also features a bout that should determine the next title challenger at welterweight (stop me if you’ve heard this before about a Demian Maia fight). Maia will put his grappling to the test against the pinpoint striking of Jorge Masvidal, who is the latest fighter to look massively improved since moving up a weight class. The other two main card bouts on UFC 211 don’t feature any drop-off in talent, as former lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez takes on another Conor McGregor victim, Dustin Poirier. Finally, another former lightweight champion, Frankie Edgar, gives Mexican prospect Yair Rodriguez a step up in competition, but could it prove to be too big of a step? MMA oddsmaker Nick Kalikas opened the betting odds for the remaining four main card bouts on UFC 211 today at 5Dimes Sportsbook. Take a look… ——————– UFC 211: Miocic vs. Dos Santos 2 MAY 13, 2017 American Airlines Center | Dallas, Texas MAIN CARD (PPV, 10 p.m. ET) Heavyweight Title: Junior Dos Santos +175 Stipe Miocic -245 Over 1.5 -190 Under 1.5 +150 – Strawweight Title: Jessica Andrade +125 Joanna Jedrzejczyk -165 Over 3.5 -140 Under 3.5 +100 – Jorge Masvidal +135 Demian Maia -175 Over 1.5 -190 Under 1.5 +150 – Eddie Alvarez +100 Dustin Poirier -140 Over 1.5 -190 Under 1.5 +150 – Sergio Pettis +170 Henry Cejudo -230 Over 2.5 -190 Under 2.5 +150 – Yair Rodriguez +180 Frankie Edgar -260 Over 2.5 -215 Under 2.5 +165 – ——————– Click below to bet the fights now!
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