This weekend’s UFC 214 betting should be fast and furious given the number of great fights on the card. I thought I would continue my MMA odds preview by looking at the other two title fights taking place at UFC 214 with an eye to seeing where else we can turn a profit.
When I discussed Saturday’s Cormier vs. Jones 2 in my last article, I mentioned that fighter psychology will be a big part of any contest. The same will be true for the other two title fights which by their very nature are extra stressful. So without further ado, let’s take a look at a couple of more fights for UFC 214 betting.
UFC 214 Betting – Chris Cyborg vs. Tonya Evinger
It will be Featherweight Title action between Cristiane Justino and Tonya Evinger as the two battle for the vacant belt. The belt was most recently held by Germaine de Randamie (beat Holly Holms) who was stripped when she refused to fight Justino. Randamie refusal was based on the fact that Justino had failed more than a few drug tests for performance enhancing drugs, but regardless she is out of UFC 214.
UFC 214 Women’s Featherweight Title Winner – Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino
So juicing aside, who will win this fight? Well the sports gnomes here at RealBet have Justino/Cyborg as an overwhelming -1200 favorite and Evinger as a +700 dog. As much as I like proving the bookies wrong, I think they have this one right. Evinger may be the current Invicta FC Bantamweight Champion but I just don’t think she has the iron to beat Cyborg at UFC 214. Probably no point in betting this one either way as there just isn’t any sense in both numbers.
UFC Wagering – Demian Maia vs. Tyron Woodley
This promises to be an action packed fight with the UFC Welterweight Championship belt on the line. Tyron Woodley is 16-3-1 and is taking on Brazilian Demian Maia who has been a Jiu Jitsu world champion more than once. Maia is widely considered to be one of the best grapplers in UFC and MMA history which says a lot.
However, Woodley is a former NCAA wrestling champion and has an impressive grappling resume of his own as well as a formidable punch. The current Welterweight champ is thusly a -220 favorite while Maia is a much more generous +190. Woodley seems to be in full stride and this will be his third title defense and I suspect he will be hard to beat.
At the end of the day I like +190 on Maia as he definitely has the skills to grapple and submit Woodley. My only concern is that Woodley is also strong on the ground which could negate that advantage and he can also punch. My head says take Woodley here as you will also get wiggle room if the champ goes the distance in UFC 214.
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