As Conor McGregor’s “Notorious” disdain for defending belts continues to flare up, it falls to Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee to keep the Lightweight division moving when they compete for the interim title this Saturday (Oct. 7, 2017) inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. One fight earlier and 30 pounds lighter, Demetrious Johnson looks to make UFC history with his eleventh straight title defense against Ray Borg.
UFC 216 will also see Fabricio Werdum duke it out with Derrick Lewis, plus Beneil Dariush and Evan Dunham in what ought to be an entertaining clash of pressure fighters.
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Syuri Kondo, Daichi Abe and Teruto Ishihara all had more trouble than expected, but walked away with wins. While I think we’ve seen Ishihara’s ceiling unless he really knuckles down and fixes both his cardio and wrestling, I’m looking forward to seeing more of Kondo and Abe after entertaining UFC debuts.
UFC 216 Odds For The Undercard:
Tom Duquesnoy (-170) vs. Cody Stamman (+150)
Will Brooks (-340) vs. Nik Lentz (+280)
Lando Vannata (-230) vs. Bobby Green (+190)
Poliana Botelho (-135) vs. Pearl Gonzalez (+115)
Walt Harris (-290) vs. Mark Godbeer (+245)
Magomed Bibulatov (-525) vs. John Moraga (+415)
Brad Tavares (-185) vs. Thales Leites (=160)
Matt Schnell (-125) vs. Marco Beltrán (+105)
Thoughts: Duquesnoy and Harris seem like the best investments on an otherwise accurately-lined undercard.
Watching Stamman’s UFC debut against Terrion Ware, I saw a quality wrestler with excellent timing on his entries. I also saw a man with porous defense and striking geared toward the sorts of short-range exchanges that Duquesnoy thrives in. He might be bigger and stronger than “Fire Kid,” but the striking favors Duquesnoy in a big way and the latter’s Sambo background should go some way toward evening the wrestling. I’m calling a mid-round finish for Duquesnoy.
I’m struggling to think of a single advantage Godbeer has over Harris besides having a much cooler name. Harris is bigger, faster, hits harder, and puts together more fluid combinations. Barring a total implosion, expect “The Big Ticket” to end things decisively.
UFC 216 Odds For The Main Card:
Tony Ferguson (-220) vs. Kevin Lee (+180)
Demetrious Johnson (-1250) vs. Ray Borg (+800)
Fabricio Werdum (-255) vs. Derrick Lewis (+215)
Kalindra Faria (-190) vs. Mara Romero Borella (+165)
Beneil Dariush (-235) vs. Evan Dunham (+195)
Thoughts: Of the 10 pay-per-view (PPV) main card fighters, only Ferguson looks worth it. Lee is incredibly skilled, but he’s also chinny — Leonardo Santos had only ever knocked out one opponent and that was in 2008. Al Iaquinta and Francisco Trinaldo also managed to hurt him and I’d rank Ferguson’s punching power somewhere in between the two. There’s also the fact that Ferguson’s takedown defense is ridiculous and his gas tank endless. Let “El Cucuy” fatten your wallet while he gets some new hardware around his waist.
UFC 216 Best Bets:
- Parlay -- Tom Duquesnoy and Walt Harris: Bet $100 to make $114
- Single bet -- Tony Ferguson: Bet $110 to make $50
UFC 216 is just a damn good card overall. It features a great PPV main card and some majorly stacked “Prelims” undercard matches. See you Saturday, Maniacs!
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