UFC 187 Video Highlights: Cormier, Weidman Survive Early OnslaughtsUltimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has announced two title fights in the last 24 hours for as yet unspecified¬†events. MMAOddsmaker Nick Kalikas was quickly called to action and we now have opening betting lines available at 5Dimes Sportsbooks for both the UFC Light Heavyweight and UFC Middleweight title bouts featuring Daniel Cormier (c) vs Alexander Gustafsson and Chris Weidman (c) vs Luke Rockhold. The odds were initially released via our affiliation with ESPN. Posted below are the opening odds and a quick thought from Kalikas on both bouts: Alexander Gustafsson +220 Daniel Cormier -280 If this fight were to have taken place last year the betting line would have opened a bit tighter. With Cormier’s impressive win over Anthony Johnson his stock is definitely on the rise. Unfortunately for Gustafsson, he’s trending the other way. Coming in to this fight off of a devastating TKO loss to Johnson and losing two of his last three, most fans are questioning if he even deserves a shot at the title. Public perception plays a big role in setting betting lines and we see that with this match-up. Outside of European support, I think the majority of MMA bettors will back Cormier in this spot. —- Luke Rockhold +120 Chris Weidman -150 I’m really looking forward to this fight. It’s an outstanding and very even match-up. Weidman vs. Rockhold for the UFC Middleweight Title is what all fight fans want to see. You have two of the most well-rounded fighters in the sport going head-to-head. As far as skill-set goes, both fighters truly have it all: Striking, Wrestling, Submissions, and Intelligent Fight IQ. With both having the ability to finish fights and put on an exciting show. They match-up extremely well. Most Sportsbooks should see heavy support coming in on both fighters.


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