The Octagon returns this Saturday after a couple weeks out of commission with UFC 210, and with it comes a massive fight in one of the organization’s marquee divisions. While the depth of the light heavyweight division isn’t what it used to be, the top of 205 still creates some of the biggest matchups in the sport. Saturday night in Buffalo will continue that tradition, as even with Jon Jones, the biggest star in the division, on the sidelines, there is still a big fight to be had. Jones’ biggest rival, Daniel Cormier has assumed the mantle of champion, putting on several memorable fights in the process. Perhaps his most impressive accomplishment during that time, however, has been withstanding the strikes of Anthony “Rumble” Johnson and bouncing back to defeat the scariest fighter in MMA. Since that first May 2015 meeting, Rumble has defeated three opponents in a combined 7:07, knocking out all three in three different ways. He showed off his wrestling early before putting Jimi Manuwa away, blasted Ryan Bader with ground-and-pound, and erased Glover Teixeira with the first punch of their fight. Now he gets a second chance at a title in his second chance in the UFC, and looks to make the most of it. Beyond that, former champion Chris Weidman fights in his home state of New York again, and he needs a victory after his recent two-fight losing streak. That will be hard to come by against the best version of Gegard Mousasi we’ve ever seen, which is saying something given the nearly 15-year career of the 31-year-old Mousasi. The rest of the main card doesn’t feature a ton of star power, despite former title challengers Patrick Cote and Thiago Alves squaring off in the welterweight division, and former Bellator champion Will Brooks facing off with one of MMA’s foremost submission threats, Charles Oliveira. The fifth main card bout is just as interesting a booking as it was in her debut fight, as 4-0 Cynthia Calvillo makes her second UFC appearance on her second PPV main card, this time against debuting Pearl Gonzalez. MMA oddsmaker Nick Kalikas already released the betting lines for all of these main card bouts, but today (April 3, 2017) he finalized the odds for the preliminary portion of UFC 210 as well. All of the new lines have been released at 5Dimes Sportsbook, but you can check them out here first… ——————– MAIN CARD (PPV, 10pm)
——————– PRELIMINARY CARD (Fox Sports 1, 8pm ET)
——————– PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6pm ET)
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