UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz has opened as the betting favorite in his upcoming title defense against Cody Garbrandt at UFC 207.
The bout, which was announced two days ago, will be the co-main event for Ronda Rousey’s return to the Octagon after more than a year.
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Shortly after the formal announcement of the bout, the oddsmakers opened the betting lines. As expected, Cruz was listed as the favorite but unlike his most previous bout where he went as high as a -600 in several sportsbooks, the Dominator opened as a -195 ( bet $195 to win $100 ) against Garbrandt’s +160 (bet $100 to win $160 ) as per popular MMA oddsmaker Nik Kalikas at 5Dimes.
Take a look at the latest UFC 207 odds from www.bestfightodds.com:
As for the fight itself, the oddsmakers are picking this fight to go past the halfway mark. The over/under lines for the bout are -260 over 2.5 and +180 under 2.5, This means the odds are -260 for the fight to go over 2.5 rounds and +180 that it doesn’t go past 2.5 rounds. This is because while Garbrandt has a 90% KO rate, 14 of Cruz’s 22 wins have been by decision.
Cruz is on a 13-fight winning streak and has not lost since a first-round submission loss during his first bout with Urijah Faber at WEC 26 in 2007. Although several knee injuries have stalled his career and forced him to vacate the UFC bantamweight title in 2014, Cruz returned stronger than ever and beat T.J. Dillashaw last January 17 at UFC Fight Night 81 to reclaim the belt.
On the other hand, Garbrandt is the division’s No. 6-ranked contender. Known as “No Love,” he is 5-0 with 4 KOs in the UFC and is coming off three consecutive first-round knockout wins (over Augusto Mendez, Thomas Alameida and Takeya Mizugaki). After much speculation on who Cruz would be facing next, Garbrandt won the right to challenge the Dominator over the likes of Dillashaw, Jon Lineker and Bryan Caraway.
UFC 207 will be be the promotion’s annual year-ender event. It will be held on December 30 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada and will be headlined by the return of former women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey who will be challenging current champion Amanda Nunes.