While it won’t be the biggest combat sports event of the summer, UFC 214 is the largest MMA event of the entire year. In addition to this Jon Jones-Daniel Cormier rematch, the card features two extra name charms, contenders and entertaining fights throughout.
Brad Taschuk of all MMAOddsBreaker.com, takes a peek at where the gambling odds have proceeded for all 12 fights since launching lines (indicated in brackets) were published and he gives his ideas on each matchup. All lines are courtesy of 5Dimes Sportsbook.
Jon Jones (-280) vs. Daniel Cormier (+220)
Jones was a -170 favorite the first time these two scrapped and some naively expected the lineup could be similar this time around. However, it seems that Jones’ legal issues, run-in with USADA and layoff hasn’t had the effect anticipated online. It is hard to attribute bettors either, Cormier is currently 38-years-old, has been through some hard battles since their first meeting, and Jones won each aspect of that first battle. Expect something like – if not dominant – that time around.
Irrespective of how badly he takes his groundwork, Jones is the type of fighter that rises to the occasion like few others. He, this is the ultimate event. Cormier is his biggest rival and he has the chance to recover the belt that he never dropped against him. That combination will lead to a huge performance from Jones. Expect him to dispatch Cormier and re-assert his dominance at the division.
Tyron Woodley (-210) vs. Demian Maia (+160)
Much like the main event, this line has not seen much motion. Given the contrasting styles, that is not tough to believe. There’s a contingent of people who believe Woodley will starch Maia using the first punch he throws. They could very well be right. The opposing side of this coin consists of people who believe that Maia can shut the distance, latch onto Woodley like he has so many others and only predominate his grappling. They could be right too. Woodley’s tendency to back himself against the cage and play counter-puncher will be his passing. Maia has gotten so good at going into the clinch when not under pressure he should be able to make Woodley overlook once. Even against a high-level wrestler the likes of Woodley, once Maia gets his hands on you, that’s a huge trouble.
The Brazilian’s capacity to commence Jiu-Jitsu exchanges without hitting conventional takedowns is second to none (he’s perfected the single leg to rear take) and Woodley being the type of guy who likes to burst from positions will only hurt him once that occurs. It is kind of astonishing that Maia by Sub pays an extra buck (+275 at Thursday morning), because Woodley will not have the ability to survive 25 minutes of Maia engaging in the sort of fight he wishes to. The other choice is most likely a fast Woodley KO (+350 for your champ in Round 1, incidentally ).
Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino (-1200) vs. Tonya Evinger (+600)
This battle being bettable depends on which type of bettor you are. If you have no difficulty throwing a huge lineup in a parlay, the Cyborg moneyline (at almost -1400), or Cyborg ITD (nearly -700) are almost sure things. If that’s not really your style, neither will be laying nearly 2-to-1 on a prop like Cyborg Round 1.
The only case I could make for a play relies on Evinger’s resilience. She’s taken damage in many of her struggles and persevered and she likely won’t return to beat Cyborg in this one after a rough start, there is an external shot she can endure five minutes. However, even the costs for”Fight Starts Round two” and Cyborg Round 2 have dropped considerably (down to +150 and +450( respectively), which makes them less appealing even to somebody who’s constantly on the hunt for some round robin legs.
Robbie Lawler (-175) vs. Donald Cerrone (+135)
It’s a shame this struggle is occurring after both men have seemingly passed their peak concerning durability, because a war with Lawler and Cerrone at their best are a thing to behold. This battle will come down to space direction and in-fight choices. Lawler would like to be indoors, Cerrone wants to be outside. The problem for Cerrone is that Lawler’s consistent pressure will gradually see him get inside and at the point, anticipate Cerrone to be much too willing to oblige him that the war he’s looking for. While this will give us the type of fight we would like to view, do not expect it to end well for Cerrone.
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