MMA Odds and Ends for Tuesday: Opening Odds released for potential Brock Lesnar vs. Jon Jones matchup

Following the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook setting the line for a potential Brock Lesnar vs. Jon Jones UFC heavyweight matchup, our own Nick Kalikas has released his opening odds for that potential super-fight at Several Bookmakers… 

Heavyweight | 265lbs

Jon Jones -440
Brock Lesnar +350

Jones (23-1) solidified his position as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the history of MMA this past Saturday (July 29, 2017), as he earned a third-round TKO victory over Daniel Cormier in their rematch at UFC 214. The 30-year-old also recaptured the light heavyweight title and earned his first win since April 2016.

In his post-fight interview, Jones called out the former UFC heavyweight champion Lesnar, and he offered to step up to the heavyweight division for the first time in his career. Lesnar (5-3, 1 No-Contest) hasn’t competed in the cage since a July 2016 victory against Mark Hunt, which was later ruled a No-Contest due to the wrestling superstar failing a drug test by USADA. The 40-year-old will be looking for his first win since 2010.

Here’s what Kalikas had to say about the matchup:

“Jones has the advantage here on skill alone,” Kalikas said. “Stylistically, this is a terrible matchup for Lesnar. Forget about Jones moving up a weight class, I believe he’ll overcome the physical disadvantages for a number of reasons. He’ll be longer, faster and will likely fill out nicely as a heavyweight. As a result, I had to make Jones a solid favorite here. We’ve already seen early action coming in Jones’ way on other books. Several Bookmakers in particular takes more parlays for MMA than any other sportsbook, which is why I had to open him up as a bigger favorite.”

Stay tuned to for updates if and when this mega fight is made official.  

UFC 214 salaries released

Pay-Per-View (Main Card)
Jon Jones ($500,000 + no win bonus = $500,000) def. Daniel Cormier ($1,000,000)
Tyron Woodley ($500,000 + no win bonus = $500,000) def. Demian Maia ($110,000)
Cris Cyborg ($200,000 + no win bonus = $200,000) def. Tonya Evinger ($100,000)
Robbie Lawler ($200,000 + $100,000 = $300,000) def. Donald Cerrone ($155,000)
Volkan Oezdemir ($80,000 + $30,000 = $110,000) def. Jimi Manuwa ($120,000)

FXX Preliminary Card
Ricardo Lamas ($53,000 + $53,000 = $106,000) def. Jason Knight ($31,000)
Aljamain Sterling ($33,000 + $33,000 = $66,000) def. Renan Barao ($53,000)
Brian Ortega ($26,000 + $26,000 = $52,000) def. Renato Moicano ($23,000)
Calvin Kattar ($12,000 + $12,000 = $24,000) def. Andre Fili ($24,000)

UFC Fight Pass Preliminary Card
Alexandra Albu ($10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000) def. Kailin Curran ($20,000)
Jarred Brooks ($12,000 + $12,000 = $24,000) def. Eric Shelton ($10,000)
Drew Dober ($22,000 + $22,000 = $44,000) def. Josh Burkman ($54,000)

Written by James Lynch

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