Two big rematches headline the latest Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) excursion to Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif., this Saturday (Aug. 4, 2018) when T.J. Dillashaw and Demetrious Johnson face former knockout victims Cody Garbrandt and Henry Cejudo, respectively, with their titles on the line.
Earlier that evening on UFC 227’s pay-per-view (PPV) main card, Cub Swanson takes on the surging Renato Moicano, top prospect Polyana Viana pits her Brazilian jiu-jitsu chops against JJ Aldrich’s striking, and Middleweight knockout machine Thiago Santos formally welcomes “Tuesday Night Contender Series” competitor Kevin Holland to the Octagon.
UFC 227 is a decent PPV, but the price tag is as bulky as ever. Let’s try and deal with that.
What Went Wrong at UFC on FOX 30?
I desperately underestimated Alex Hernandez. He managed to overpower and wear down a guy in Olivier Aubin-Mercier known for overpowering people and wearing them down. Moreover, he did so in the clinch, which should have been “The Quebec Kid’s” domain. I would never have predicted that outcome and Hernandez deserves commendation.
UFC 227 Odds For The Undercard:
Pedro Munhoz (-255) vs. Brett Johns (+215)
Ricky Simon (-125) vs. Montel Jackson (+105)
Matt Sayles (-110) vs. Sheymon Moraes (-110)
Alex Perez (-140) vs. Jose Torres (+120)
Ricardo Ramos (-225) vs. Kyung Ho Kang (+185)
Weili Zhang (-255) vs. Danielle Taylor (+215)
Marlon Vera (-500) vs. Wuliji Buren (+400)
Thoughts: Jose “Shorty” Torres is the lynchpin of this weeks’ efforts, though there’s also value in Brett Johns and Kyung Ho Kang.
Torres is legitimately one of the best prospects in the entire sport, a two-division Titan FC champion who racked up multiple quality scalps in the span of two years. Though he had trouble in his debut, that was on short notice, and he’d been prepping for a fight at 145 pounds at the time and thus had to shed a lot of weight very quickly. He looks to be better than Perez wherever the fight goes; jump on this underdog line before people realize just how good this kid is.
I’m not sure Brett Johns can pull you the win on Saturday, but he should not be a two-to-one underdog. Munhoz’s punching power and lethal submission game are hamstrung by the fact that he never developed a cohesive striking attack or quality takedowns. Johns’ wrestling is rock-solid and, even if his usual grinding style is too risky to employ in the face of “The Young Punisher’s” guillotine, he should be able to hold his own on the feet. Both Justin Scoggins and Rob Font were getting the better of Munhoz on the feet before giving him their necks, after all, and Johns has shown the durability to take Munhoz’s punches without panicking. Worth a look, at least.
Kyung Ho Kang is a brilliantly entertaining fighter with a truckload of flaws, boasting the skills to overpower ostensibly superior opposition while occasionally struggling against people he should by all rights destroy. The key here is that he’s gigantic and extremely strong for the weight, looking a damn sight thicker than Ramos despite also being 5’9”. When Michinori Tanaka, whom Kang had a terrific battle with, committed to his takedowns, he had success grinding on Ramos. Kang may or may not be able to do the same, but it’s worth taking a look it.
UFC 227 Odds For The Main Card:
T.J. Dillashaw (-115) vs. Cody Garbrandt (-105)
Demetrious Johnson (-485) vs. Henry Cejudo (+385)
Renato Moicano (-400) vs. Cub Swanson (+325)
Polyana Viana (-255) vs. JJ Aldrich (+215)
Thiago Santos (-370) vs. Kevin Holland (+310)
Thoughts: Main card’s a little light on bargains, all things considered. I still think Kyoji Horiguchi is the only Flyweight alive who can challenge Demetrious Johnson at the moment, though, so you could superglue “Mighty Mouse” to another bet if you think the minimal boost is worth it.
UFC 227 Best Bets:
- Single bet -- Jose Torres: Bet $60 to make $72
- Single bet -- Brett Johns: Bet $30 to make $64.50
- Single bet -- Kyung Ho Kang: Bet $30 to make $55.50
UFC 227 features two big championship rematches, loads of prospects, and some guaranteed slobberknockers that make this a worthwhile investment. See you Saturday, Maniacs!
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