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MMA Betting: UFC 187 Anthony Johnson vs. Daniel Cormier Main Card Preview

Posted by The Wiesguy on 5/18/2015 10:10:56 PM

Las Vegas is again home to a big spectacle at UFC 187, Johnson vs. Cormier will be from the MGM Grand on Saturday May 23. This one will definitely be a little anticlimactic as the marquee was supposed to feature pound for pound champ Jon Jones but he was stripped of his title and suspended indefinitely after a hit and run incident. He was replaced by Daniel Cormier, a top light heavyweight contender so this card still has some juice.

Even though Jones won’t be there, Anthony Johnson vs. Daniel Cormier is a very good fight. In fact, Cormier is listed as the favourite in most books even though it was Johnson that was getting the chance to take the title from Jones originally. Cormier may look a little soft but he has only lost one fight in his career, in January, to Jones. Johnson is definitely no slouch though. He has a 19-4 record and his last couple of fights did not even go a full round. I have seen him as high as +118 and that is some very tempting action. He has not lost since 2012. There is good value on the dog here.

The second to last fight of the night should also be a good one between Chris Weidman and Vitor Belfort. Weidman is undefeated and a heavy favourite but Belfort is right behind him in the middleweight rankings. He is a very experienced fighter even though he has not fought since 2013. That is a long layoff but the rust will disappear if he can get this thing past the first couple of rounds. Weidman is the the smart play but you won’t win much.

Colby Covington is trying to make a name for himself in the UFC and so far is off to a good start at 7-0. He is a -265 favourite against the more experienced Mike Pyle, who is still going at it at the age of 39. There are a lot of overwhelming favourites on this card so this might be a fight to get down on because the price is pretty good compared to some of the others. Covington’s nickname is “Chaos” and Pyle’s is “Quicksand”. I don’t even know if that latter one is a joke.

The only other undefeated fighter on this card is 11-0 Islam Makhachev. This will be the 23 year old Russians first UFC event and he will be taking on Leo Kuntz. Kuntz has a 17-1 record but he will also be making his UFC debut. His only loss in the octagon was back in 2009 but sometimes it is harder to gauge just how good the fighters on other circuits really are. Makhachev is getting as much as -300 at some sportsbooks but I am thinking there could be an argument to backing Kuntz, an American, in Vegas. The book on these guys just might not be strong enough to justify the price.

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