UFC 214 features massive card highlighted by Jones-Cormier grudge match
July 25, 2017 3:12 AM
by Alan Berg
UFC cards just don’t get bigger than this.
Saturday in Anaheim, California at UFC 214, Daniel Cormier defends his UFC Light Heavyweight Title versus bitter rival and former Champion Jon Jones.
A diehard UFC person knows how massive this fight has become so just head to the betting window, you are ready. For those not familiar with this story, follow me for a brief history tour.
Jones is considered one of if not the greatest Mixed Martial Artists of all time; Cormier’s only loss came to Bones Jones at UFC 182. The two even brawled in the MGM Grand lobby when they announced the first fight. And the blood never stopped boiling.
Since then Jones has been a disaster outside the octagon, stripped of his title and suspended for a year due to a hit-and-run felony charge in 2015. Cormier won the vacant title and defended it successfully twice, with a non-title win over Anderson Silva at UFC 200, the same event he was supposed to have his title rematch with Jones. What happened? Jones was again suspended, this time for testing positive for two banned substances in 2016. Which brings us to Saturday – finally, they will fight.
Wrapping all this up, UFC made one of the best promos ever for this main event that you can check out here: https://youtu.be/Z8lL0EItUvU?t=1s
The three minute promo is worth the time, a fantastic hype builder. The video is much better than the Mayweather-McGregor nonsense.
So that brings us to what does Vegas think? Right now with only one fight in the past 2.5 years, a decision win over Ovince St. Preux at UFC 197, Jones is still the favorite. His best line right now is -250 at either Westgate or Caesars, while Cormier’s best price is +230 at Treasure Island. The total is set at 4.5, best OVER is at Westgate/Caesars -165, and best UNDER at William Hill +150.
One thing that impressed me the most about the first fight was Jones’ strength. I thought he would have difficulty defending Cormier’s takedowns because of my perceived strength advantage for Cormier. However, Jones gave much better than he got and wore Cormier down for an easy decision. Two years later, Cormier fought a high level of competition and got the job done. Jones hasn’t looked good since the fight versus Cormier.
Could performance drugs have been the catalyst for Jones win over Cormier? Is Cormier a much better fighter now than he was then? For me, there are just too many question marks to back either guy but if you have to bet it I don’t know how you pass up the +230 on DC.
Did I mention how stacked this card is? Oh yeah, Cris “Cyborg” gets her long awaited title shot, for the Women’s Featherweight Title that was stripped from Germaine de Randamie for refusing to fight Cyborg. Instead she will face Invicta standout champion Tonya Evinger for the vacant crown. At Westgate, Cyborg is -1400 while Evinger is +800. The Total is 1.5 OVER +210/UNDER -250. Let’s just say she’s a huge favorite for a reason.
Oh, by the way, the UFC Welterweight Title (three Title Fights!) is on the line when Tyron Woodley defends against jui jitsu master and No. 1 contender Demian Maia. Woodley is -200 while Maia is +175, (Westgate). This matchup equals fighters that are complete opposites. Woodley likes to win by one-punch KO, while Maia likes to latch on to his opposition and slowly work his way to their back and hopefully put them to sleep with the rear naked choke. Some don’t care to watch Maia, but I am not in that group, he’s a master at the art and it’s amazing watching him slowly take someone a part piece by piece. Check out our new podcast CASH CONSIDERATIONS at GamingToday.com on Friday to hear more on this fight including my pick.
Fan friendly fighters “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler and Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone face off, as well as a Heavyweight showdown between KO guys Volkan Oezdemir and Jimi Manuwa, with the winner possibly getting the next crack at either Jones or Cormier. Regardless, from the prelims to the PPV card this is a UFC card not to miss.