214 other than calling it a summer blockbuster. Three
championship fights, highlighted by one of the sport’s best rivals,
along with a stacked main card that features Cris
Cyborg? This is a card that you can sink your teeth into.
Cormier-Jones 2 is the main event as the two continue their war of
words outside the octagon and their war of attrition within the
cage. Beyond that Tyron
Woodley defends his championship against the re-tooled Damian
Maia who may be getting his last shot at glory. Both of those main
event fights have been previewed in separate articles.
For this one, we’re breaking down the remainder of the main card
with odds from BetOnline.ag. There’s some good value on the
betting board, but at least one fight that you should probably just
kick your heels up and enjoy.
UFC 214: Cormier-Jones 2 comes to you live from the Honda Center in
Anaheim on Saturday, July 29th and you can bet on all the action at
The artist formerly known as Cyborg Santos continues her rampage in
the biggest promotion on the planet by taking on the reigning
Invicata FC Bantamweight Champion Tonya
Evinger. As you can tell by the cavernous BetOlnine.ag fight
odds, this one’s pretty much a done deal. I always like to advocate
for an underdog play when odds get this lopsided but Cyborg has
knocked out 16 of her last 19 opponents. You may not like her, but
you can’t bet against her.
The former champ and the guy that almost deserves a title shot.
It’s a brilliant and fitting matchup in terms of careers. This is
such a compelling fight from a lot of angles because both fighters
are coming off of losses. Lawler was last out losing his title to
Tyron Woolley, while Donald
Cerrone saw his four-fight win streak end via TKO against
Masvidal six months ago.
Lawler is a likeable fighter and certainly has his fans because of
how unexpected his title reign was. But it’s worth noting that he
won the title on a split decision and last defended the strap
successfully thanks to another split decision. In between he went
to war with Rory
MacDonald. I’ve never truly been completely sold on Lawler but
his results have been admirable.
You can probably already tell that I’m leaning towards Cerrone He’s
a workhorse and there’s so much I appreciate about how well-rounded
his game is. Lawler doesn’t have a weapon in his tool box that can
truly give Cerrone problems. It’s a great matchup; there’s no doubt
But more than anything I think Cerrone’s ability to take the fight
to Lawler will undo the favourite. The BetOnline.ag odds on this are fantastic, and
I’d expect action to come in on Cerrone pretty quickly closer to
the end of the month. If you’re convinced that Lawler is better
than guys like me believe he is, then his mark is totally takeable.
But Cerrone is a better bet and a much stronger value play.
The marquee event of UFC 214 will decide who the true champion of
the light heavyweights is, but the fight that opens the main card
may preview who the next contender is. Jim Manuwa is right on the
cusp but desperately needs to shed the memory of rough losses
against Rumble Johnson and Alexander
Gustafsson from history. To be fair, those are his only two
Volkan is a much more difficult prospect to gauge. He has just a
single loss at 14-1, losing over three years ago via submission in
Bellator. He hasn’t exactly dazzled since migrating to the UFC, and
that’s why he’s such a long underdog on BetOnline.ag and in Vegas.
Simply put there’s too much to like about Manuwa. He has a huge
reach at 79.5 inches, and has consistently proven himself against
the top ranks. A wealth of experience against the best of the best,
along with his physical attributes, paints Manuwa as the logical
choice in your UFC 214 betting picks.