UFC 209 Fight Card
It's the immediate rematch that everyone deserves. After UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley and Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson went five brutal back-and-forth rounds just to end in a draw, they knew they had to do it again. While it happens on Saturday in Vegas, another rematch takes place as former Strikeforce champion Alistair Overeem takes on knockout artist Mark Hunt. Both fighters have a combined 47 knockouts in their combat sports careers.
Thanks to the miracles of high-speed internet and smartphones, betting can be done almost anywhere now. Looking through a list of Canada's best betting sites will give you an idea but SportsInteraction is the go-to for UFC/MMA betting. The challenger, Thompson is the favourite at -160 while the champion, Woodley is at +125.
The fight should go similarly to the first with Thompson utilizing his more diverse striking coupled with his longer reach, and distance control to outpoint Woodley to a decision. Woodley's ability to quickly close the gap with his explosiveness combined with his knockout power makes him dangerous but the first fight proved Thompson can eat Woodley's best punches and live. He also managed to survive Woodley's ground-and-pound and defended most of his takedown attempts.
Thompson has been trending downwards and now might be the time to bet Woodley especially at +125. Or try a bit of patience and hope more steam comes on Thompson. In a rematch where the first fight ended in a draw, the odds should be closer to pick'em and getting that much return for Woodley, who came closer to ending the fight the first time, is a steal. Bet on the champ to get the job done this time.
Continuing, there are plenty of other interesting bouts to take a look at. Alistair Overeem is only -140 and could go up. The multiple-time MMA and kickboxing champion is a vastly superior striker to Hunt. Although his durability is still worrisome, he's become a more defensive and strategic fighter since moving to Greg Jackson's camp. Hunt by T/KO is +150 and could be a solid hedge.
The night's biggest underdog is Darren Elkins at +450. The longtime veteran is seemingly outmatched by bluechipper Mirsad Bektic but at that price, a small shot is warranted. Elkins is on a three-fight winning streak and is a tough grinder. Bektic is coming off a long layoff and if he isn't 100%, he could be in for a tougher fight than oddsmakers think.
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