Date: April 8, 2017
Arena: KeyBank Center
City: Buffalo, NY
The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heads back to Buffalo, NY for the second time in promotional history and first time in nearly 22 years with UFC 210: Cormier vs. Johnson II. The stacked 13-fight card is set to kick off with four preliminary fights on UFC Fight Pass at 6:15 p.m. ET, with preliminary action continuing on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. and the main card getting underway at 10 p.m. on Pay-Per-View. If interested in wagering on any bouts for this fight card, all betting lines are available at Several Bookmakerss.
Here are my prop plays:
Anthony Johnson (-125) vs. Daniel Cormier (+105)
Fight Goes to Decision (+400)
Cormier by Decision (+770)
Cormier by Unanimous Decision (+1100)
Contrary to popular opinion, I think there is a good chance that this fight plays out for all five rounds. I think Cormier will grind Johnson out over the course of five rounds to pick up a unanimous-decision victory and retain his UFC heavyweight title. I favor a decision because I think Johnson will try to make it a point by not getting finished. I think that not getting finished in this fight would be a moral victory for him. I actually think it is 50/50 whether Cormier wins this inside the distance or on the cards, but the value is definitely with the decision prop.
Shane Burgos (-240) vs. Charles Rosa (+200)
Burgos by Decision (+150)
In short, I think this is the most likely outcome to this featherweight contest.
Gregor Gillespie (-245) vs. Andrew Holbrook (+205)
Gillespie by Decision (-144)
I see Gillespie-out striking Holbrook and using his superior wrestling to score takedowns and grind him out for three rounds en route to a unanimous-decision victory on the judges’ scorecards while avoiding submission attempts along the way.
Josh Emmett (-190) vs. Desmond Green (+165)
Emmett by Decision (+105)
I favor Emmitt to pick up the victory in this matchup, and I think he gets the job done on the judges’ scorecards more often than by finish. I think this is a fight that hits the cards for a decision more often than not, and I see Emmett taking the nod more often than not too.