The highly-anticipated historic UFC 200 event is shaping up to be, as promised, one of the most exciting fight cards to date. And with that, comes a plethora of choices as to where to put your spare change should you choose to wager a friendly bet on one of those fights. Among its stacked card are two championship titles on the line and the return of mega-star and pay-per-view draw Brock Lesnar.
Brock Lesnar vs. Mark Hunt
As announced at UFC 199, Brock Lesnar, who made his name as a professional wrestling superstar with World Wrestling Entertainment and later as a heavyweight champion with the UFC, will make a one-night-only return to compete at UFC 200. Lesnar, who has been absent from MMA competition for five years, went 4-3 with the UFC from 2008-2011, and is set to face No. 8-ranked heavyweight contender and knockout artist Mark Hunt.
Despite the intimidation factor of just the sheer size and presence of Brock Lesnar, he comes in as the underdog (+140) against Hunt (-160), whose experience, grit and power inside the Octagon has been proven time and time again. Lesnar’s five-year hiatus, retirement due to diverticulitis, relative inexperience and lack of longevity are likely the causes for Lesnar coming in as the underdog here.
Hunt enters the contest as the favorite following his first-round knockout of Frank Mir at UFC Fight Night 85 just a few short months ago. Prior to that, Hunt earned a first-round TKO victory over Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva at UFC 193. Hunt is 7-4-1 in the UFC with some of the most memorable KO highlight-reel finishes on record.
Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier for the UFC light heavyweight championship
Though the addition of Lesnar vs. Hunt to the card may be one of the biggest money-making coups in UFC history, the lure of the heated rivalry between the main event’s fighters remains strong and enticing. Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier finally meet to settle the score with each other, but the main priority remains to unify the UFC light heavyweight title at UFC 200.
Jones is coming off a unanimous decision win over Ovince Saint Preux at UFC 197. While an undisputed win for Jones, the performance was tentative and lackluster at best, with fans and pundits expecting a much livelier statement-making performance in his first appearance inside the Octagon in over 15 months. Expect the statement to be made at UFC 200 when Jones, the -320 betting favorite, looks to silence Cormier as his biggest critic. Fans expect more from Jones and he needs to get back to surprising and thrilling the audience with his aggression and talent.
As the underdog at +260, Cormier has nothing to lose and absolutely everything to gain at UFC 200. He needs to prove to Jones why he deserves to be the champion. Talk is cheap and Cormier needs to prove his mettle nowhere else except inside the Octagon. Cormier’s last fight at UFC 192 was a split-decision win over Alexander Gustafsson, the only fighter to date who has put Jones on notice during a fight. Cormier’s UFC 187 submission victory over Anthony Johnson, the man seen by many as the one who could potentially de-throne Jones, spotlighted Cormier as a true contender, who on his best day has the wherewithal to keep the UFC light heavyweight title belt firmly secured around his waist.
The fueled fire between Jones and Cormier is, seemingly, about as real as it gets. The rivalry is what draws fans to pre-fight press conferences, weigh-ins and more. We can’t wait to see what happens next. Jones and Cormier are very evenly matched, with both being able to secure wins via submission, T/KOs or going the distance with a decision. Besides the monumental rivalry, the matchup itself is what makes Jones vs. Cormier an amazing fight. What’s brewing between the two fighters emotionally, however, is what draws us in most and at UFC 200, we expect fireworks on a spectacular level from both fighters.
Miesha Tate vs. Amanda Nunes for the UFC women’s bantamweight championship
Tate rides a five-fight winning streak into her first title defense against Amanda Nunes. Her UFC 196 submission win at UFC 196 over then-champion Holly Holm highlighted Tate’s long-known ability to stay strong, determined and focused throughout a fight, pulling out all the stops to realize her UFC championship dream. Betting odds have Tate as the favorite, perhaps for the first time in her UFC career, at -270. The keys to Tate’s win over Nunes are either in her submission skills or by going to distance to a decision win.
Nunes is known for her aggression and power, having won 75 percent of her fights by T/KO. Her submission victories lie at 17 percent compared to Tate at 39 percent. She has won just eight percent of her fights by decision, whereas Tate has won by decision 44 percent of the time. Nunes comes in as the underdog at +230, but has a chance if she is able to keep the fight standing. Given Tate’s ability to take a punch, however, she needs to have laser precision and power to back it up.
As always, betting lines will likely change between now and when the first bell rings to begin the event, so keep your eyes on things to see where to best place your bets. For now, here’s a quick breakdown of betting lines for UFC 200:
Main Card Betting Lines:
Jon Jones #1 (22-1) -320
Daniel Cormer (C) (17-1) +260
Mark Hunt #8 (12-10-1) -160
Brock Lesnar (5-3) +140
Miesha Tate (C) (18-5) -270
Amanda Nunes #4 (12-4) +230
Frankie Edgar #1 (19-4-1) -120
Jose Aldo #1 (25-2) +100
Cain Velasquez #2 (13-2) -280
Travis Browne #7 (18-3-1) +240
Preliminary Card Betting Lines:
Cat Zingano #3 (9-1) -165
Julianna Pena #5 (8-2) +145
Johny Hendricks #6 (17-4) -165
Kelvin Gastelum #12 (12-2) +145
T.J. Dillashaw #1 (12-3) -425
Rafael Assuncao #3 (23-4) +340
Sage Northcutt (7-1) -340
Enrique Marin (9-3) +280
Early Preliminary Card Betting Lines:
Diego Sanchez (28-8) -110
Joe Lauzon (24-12) -110
Gegard Mousasi #8 (38-6-2)*
Thiago Santos #15 (13-3)
Jim Miller (25-8-0, 1 NC) -235
Takanori Gomi (35-11-, 1 NC) +195
*It was announced on June 19 that Derek Brunson #11 (15-3), would not be able to compete in his scheduled fight against Gegard Mousasi due to injury and was replaced by Thiago Santos. No betting lines are yet available for this fight.
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*Betting lines per 5dimes.eu as of 06.26.16