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UFC on ESPN+ 16 takes place Saturday, September 14 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The offshore sportsbooks recently opened up the betting odds for the full card, and here they are.

UFC Fight Night 158 Opening Odds

Justin Gaethje -250
Donald Cerrone +210

Glover Teixeira -130
Nikita Krylov -110

Todd Duffee -170
Jeff Hughes +130

Antonio Carlos Junior -195
Uriah Hall +155

Michel Pereira -320
Tristan Connelly +240

Jim Crute -145
Misha Cirkunov +105

Marcin Tybura -135
Augusto Sakai -105

Miles Johns -175
Cole Smith +135

Marvin Vettori -195
Andrew Sanchez +155

Brad Katona -185
Hunter Azure +145

Chas Skelly -130
Jordan Griffin -110

Louis Smolka -230
Ryan MacDonald +170

Austin Hubbard -230
Kyle Prepolec +170

And here are my initial thoughts on the UFC Fight Night 158 Opening Odds:

  • Fans can’t wait for this main event between Gaethje and Cerrone, two of the most exciting fighters in the sport today. Gaethje is coming off of back-to-back KO wins over Edson Barboza and James Vick to jump back into title contention after KO losses to Dustin Poirier and Eddie Alvarez. As for Cerrone, he recently lost via TKO to Tony Ferguson, which snapped his three-fight win streak over Al Iaquinta, Alexander Hernandez and Mike Perry. Cerrone is one of the best ever and he looked amazing before the Ferguson loss, but perhaps that performance was a sign that he’s finally on the decline. He’s now running into a red-hot opponent in Gaethje, who has looked amazing lately, and this could wind up being a bad matchup for Cerrone if he starts slow like he often does.
  • The co-main event between Teixeira and Krylov should be a fun one as well. Teixeira has essentially turned into a gatekeeper at 205lbs but he has looked really good lately, winning his last two fights over Ion Cutelaba and Karl Roberson by submission. As for Krylov, he’s he’s won five of his last six fights overall including a submission win over Ovince Saint-Preux in his last outing. Krylov is much younger and faster, but Teixeira has proven to be a tough out for anyone at 205lbs, and this fight looks like a real toss-up.
  • It’s nice to see Duffee back after four-plus years away. He hasn’t fought since a KO loss to Frank Mir back in 2015 which snapped a three-fight win streak. He now returns to take on Hughes, who is coming off of a decision loss to Maurice Greene in his UFC debut that snapped a four-fight win streak. Hughes has been more active in recent years, but you can’t count Duffee out of this one.
  • There are some very intriguing prelims as well. One guy to keep your eye on in Johns, who takes on Smith in a bantamweight bout. Johns is a perfect 9-0 in his MMA career and recently had a great performance on Dana White’s Contender Series to get a UFC deal. He takes on Smith, a British Columbia local who is also undefeated and coming off of a decision win over Mitch Gagnon in his own UFC debut. This should be a fun fight, but you have to favor Johns.
  • Overall it’s a very solid Fight Night card from top to bottom.

Written by Adam Martin.

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