FULL UFC 209 BETTING ODDS
While it might not do blockbuster business, next weekend’s UFC 209 is a massive card for hardcore MMA fans. Headlined by a set of quite intriguing title fights, the card also features plenty of fan favorites, and a number of the highly regarded prospects on the roster at the moment. The main event is going to be the welterweight title rematch between Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson. Their battle on the massive UFC 205 card turned out to be a far better contest than most expected, ending in a vast majority draw. Woodley had the far more demonstrative moments in the fight during the first and fourth rounds. But, Thompson managed to back him against the cage for long stretches of the rounds, and although he didn’t achieve much once there he took these rounds. The fifth saw Thompson open on a weary Woodley and finish the fight on a solid note, but it was only enough to get him back flat on two scorecards. Just as Woodley and Thompson failed at UFC 205, the co-main event could steal the show here as well. The interim lightweight title bout between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson features just two of the fighters in the division who’ve taken the long road to their name shots. Nurmagomedov is currently 8-0 within the Octagon and 24-0 entire in his career. He has been exploited for large things since entering the UFC, and after overcoming a rash of serious injuries, finally seems always fit and is favored to win the buckle on March 4th. Ferguson has seen his own bumps in the road on the road for this particular shot. After winning the 13th year of’The Ultimate Fighter’ back in 2011, he also scored three consecutive wins. He fell a choice to Michael Johnson in 2012 that just halted his momentum for a moment. Since then, he’s reeled off nine consecutive wins against the likes of Rafael dos Anjos, Edson Barboza, and Josh Thomson, always putting on must-see struggles. The combination of Nurmagomedov’s dominance and Ferguson’s high-paced, all-action strategy creates their imaginations of the best bookings at the UFC in a while, and almost makes you forget that there is a guy out there holding the UFC lightweight name who seems to possess no desire to defend it. The main card of UFC 209 additionally features a heavyweight rematch between Alistair Overeem and Mark Hunt. Both fought DREAM back in 2008 under a variety of conditions. Overeem was just beginning his transformation to Ubereem, while Hunt’s commitment to the game was about based on Mario Yamasaki’s want to stop fights on time. Both guys are much different fighters in this point, as Overeem has embraced a much more conservative fashion and Hunt has rounded out his game significantly. In their first fight, Overeem immediately took Hunt down and filed himbut we have not seen a lot of his offensive fighting game recently. Will this battle mark its recurrence, or will the K-1 Grand Prix winners participate on the feet? Rounding out the most important card, former light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans makes his long-awaited middleweight debut against the constantly sudden Dan Kelly. The currently 37-year-old Evans is 2-4 in his past six, and hasn’t won a fight since 2013. Kelly, despite turning 40 later this year, has impressed in his UFC run — despite the amount of competition has been a far cry from what Evans would have provided within his prime — heading 5-1 despite being that the gambling underdog in each of his UFC outings. Finally, one of the rising stars at lightweight gets another opportunity to flaunt his striking, but from a technical perspective this may be his stiffest test yet on the toes. Lando Vannata stormed into the UFC, almost upsetting Tony Ferguson on short notice in his introduction, then scoring the popular pick for 2016’s knockout of the year against John Makdessi. He’ll be facing an underrated opponent in David Teymur, with a pair of TKO wins on his UFC resume after breaking into the business via TUF. The undercard also has some struggles to keep your eyes , as undefeated prospects Mirsad Bektic, Luke Sanders, Paul’The Bear Jew’ Craig, and Tyson Pedro make their yields. The latter two are paired together in a light heavyweight division which desperately needs fighters to grow up the rankings. Meanwhile, Bektic and Sanders face their stiffest professional evaluations against Darren Elkins and Iuri Alcantara, respectively.
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