Online MMA Betting Hype Builds Around 214
The next UFC event is still a couple of weeks ago but the online MMA betting headlines are buzzing like never before. From news regarding the latest cancelations and rescheduling, to potential upcoming fights involving none other than Conor McGregor, there is plenty of news for sports betting fans to stay up to date on.
UFC 214 Getting Stacked
Earlier this week, news broke out about Cris Cyborg’s opponent, Megan Anderson, dropping out of their scheduled fight at UFC 214. Tonya Evinger, a lesser known fighter, didn’t hesitate to take the call and will now face Cyborg on the main card at 214, on the main card. That bout was originally listed as the co-headlining event of the night, but now an even more promising bout has taken that spot.
The latest online MMA betting news involves the UFC’s announcement to schedule a welterweight championship for the co-headlining bout of 214. Tyron Woodley, the reigning champion, will face Demian Maia for the belt.
Maia is coming off an impressive win over Jorge Masvidal at UFC 211. Maia won that fight via split decision, and quickly ran over to Dana White – who was sitting ringside (technically cage-side), and asked the UFC’s president if he could get a shot at the title. White nodded his head in agreement, and Maia ran back to the middle of the octagon to do his in-cage interview, letting the world know the news.
The win over Masvidal marks Maia’s 7th straight victory, with key wins over big name fighters like Carlos Condit and Matt Brown swaying White in his decision. Masvidal was also coming off a big win against Donald Cerrone, which made Maia seem even more elite. Needless to say, sportsbooks are thrilled that this fight got scheduled so quickly.
In his fight against Masvidal, Maia got a hold of the fighter’s back and did not let go – for essentially the entire fight. Maia is one of the few remaining UFC fighters who are a practitioner of a single MMA style. Most fighters today have a well-rounded game: they have a good striking arsenal, wrestling, judo, and of course jiu-jitsu.
Any UFC newcomers have to be trained in all those areas in order to compete. Maia is different. The Brazilian sticks to his jiu-jitsu, no matter who he faces. When he’s on his feet, Maia’s strategy is simply to close the distance and get a take down. From there, Maia’s jiu-jitsu prowess takes over. It’s Maia’s one-dimensionality that makes him a fan favorite for longtime online MMA betting followers and it’s what makes this bout against Woodley so intriguing.
Woodley is coming off a decision victory over Stephen Thompson. That bout marked Woodley’s second fight against Wonderboy, with his first ending in a majority draw. Although the first bout was extremely tight, the second bout was all Woodley.
This bout will mark Woodley’s third title defense, and the reigning champion has been hard at work preparing for the jiu-jitsu master. The odds will likely favor Woodley in this contest, but it will be one heck of a fight.