UFC 214 took place Saturday (July 29, 2017) in Anaheim, California. The card was headlined by a light heavyweight title fight between Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones. Closing odds are courtesy of 5Dimes Sportsbook.
Here’s a quick recap of each of those fights…
Favorites that Won
In what was the biggest fight of the year thus far, Jon Jones cemented his legacy in MMA, landing a huge head kick in the third round and following up with strikes to finish Daniel Cormier in the third round to reclaim the UFC light heavyweight title. Jones closed as a -325 favorite with Cormier a +265 underdog.
Tyron Woodley stuffed all 21 of Demian Maia’s takedown defense, landing all the big punches on the feet to win a wide decision and retain his welterweight championship. Woodley closed as a -220 favorite while Maia was a +180 dog.
In what was a showcase bout for Cris Cyborg, she showed off her striking skills against Tonya Evinger, eventually finishing her in the third round to become the UFC featherweight champion. Cyborg closed as a whopping -1250 favorite while Evinger was a massive +800 dog.
In an entertaining back-and-forth contest, Robbie Lawler edged out Donald Cerrone to win a decision. Lawler closed as a -155 fave while Cerrone was a +135 dog.
Alexandra Albu landed almost all of the big strikes and secured some timely takedowns in the first two rounds before tiring in the final round to hold on for a decision victory over Kailin Curran. Albu closed at -175 while was +155.
In a closely contested fight, Jarred Brooks won a split decision in his UFC debut over Eric Shelton. Brooks closed at -145 with Shelton at +125.
Drew Dober landed a gigantic left hand that floored Josh Burkman three minutes into the opening round of their fight to win the opening bout of the night. Dober closed as a -310 favorite while Burkman closed at +255.
Underdogs that Won
Volkan Oezdemir’s surprising run in the UFC continued with a finish of Jimi Manuwa in the first round. He’s now firmly in the Top 5 of the light heavyweight division. Oezdemir closed as a +155 underdog with Manuwa the -175 favorite.
Ricardo Lamas secured a takedown early in this bout, but it wasn’t until they got back to the feet when he tagged Jason Knight at will before the referee stepped in and stopped the bout. Lamas closed as a slight -105 underdog while Knight was a small -115 favorite.
After a first round when he was put on his back, Aljamain Sterling really turned it up in round two, tiring out former bantamweight champion Renan Barao to win a clear decision. Sterling closed as a small +110 dog while Barao was the -130 fave.
In another back-and-forth contest, Brian Ortega started to wear down Renato Moicano in round three before latching in a guillotine that forced his opponent to tap. Ortega is nearing the Top 5 of the featherweight division. Ortega closed as a +160 underdog with Moicano the -185 favorite.
Calvin Kattar fought a composed fight against a surging featherweight in Andre Fili. He landed some heavy punches, solid ground-and-pound and some timely takedowns to win a decision in the biggest upset of the night. Kattar closed as a large +300 underdog while Fili disappointed backers as a big -360 favorite in defeat.
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