UFC 208 Will Prove to Be a Sportsbook Hallmark
Posted by: Anthony Yaylor
Even though the Diaz brothers gained a new found wave of online UFC betting fans in 2016, it doesn’t appear like the brothers will be stepping inside the cage anytime soon. Nick, who recently became eligible for competition after serving his Nevada Athletic Commission-issued suspension, has turned down two fights and it seems that his brother Nate is following in the steps of his big brother – much to the dismay of sportsbook aficionados.
“We just offered Nate Diaz a fight,’ Dana White president of the UFC told USA Today before the Super Bowl. “We’re waiting to hear back from him, so we’ll see.”
It wasn’t long before Diaz would give the UFC his answer. Following the broadcast of the interview, Diaz took to twitter to give the UFC his response; laughter in the face of their offer.
So while those who bet on MMA won’t be able to wager on a Diaz fight anytime soon, avid sportsbook fans can still look forward to this upcoming weekend’s UFC 208 action. Although it won’t be as monumental as UFC 205, this weekend’s event will undoubtedly prove to be a hallmark for the organization.
The reason being is that this weekend’s headlining match will feature the inaugural UFC Women’s Featherweight Championship between former Women’s Bantamweight Champion Holly Holm and Germaine de Randamie. Before we break down the headlining match and what it means for the women’s division, let’s take a look at the remainder of the main card as well as the odds each fighter is facing.
ONLINE UFC BETTING ODDS – UFC 208 – MAIN CARD – Saturday, February 11th
Holly Holm 4 ½ (+115) +105 vs. Germaine de Randamie 4 ½ (-135) -125
Anderson Silva 1 ½ (-145) +125 vs. Derek Brunson 1 ½ (+125) -145
Ronaldo Souza 1 ½ (-130) -500 vs. Tim Boetsch 1 ½ (+110) +400
Glover Teixeira 1 ½ (-110) -165 vs. Jared Cannonier 1 ½ (-110) +145
Dustin Poirier 2 ½ (-115) -465 vs. Jim Miller 2 ½ (-105) +370
Apart from the main fight of the night, the matchup that pops out the most is without a question the pairing of Derek Brunson and UFC legend Anderson Silva. Silva has been stepping into the cage intermittingly since 2015, but unfortunately the ‘Spider’, Silva hasn’t won a fight since 2012.
Silva will face Derek Brunson, a 33-year old seasoned MMA veteran with a record of 16-4 who is the sportsbook favorite over Silva. Brunson fought in 3 different bouts in 2016, which proves the determination and durability this fighter possesses. Brunson is coming off his most recent defeat via TKO at the hands of Robert Whittaker at UFC Fight Night 101.
Back to the fight between Cyborg and ‘The Preacher’s Daughter’, the fact that the UFC is finally opening up a 136-145 lb. division is the answer to the prayers of many UFC fighters – de Randamie in particular. The UFC and athletic commissions across the country are finally starting to recognize the dangers many fighters expose themselves to in order to make weight.
The UFC has slowly been making accommodations to best suite the medical needs of their fighter. Including holding the weigh-ins in the morning, to give fighters more time to rehydrate and recover some of the water-weight they shed.
Weight-cutting involves purging the body of as much water as possible, and those online UFC betting fans who have watched the rigorous and severe exercise fighters undergo to make the specific weight know that it’s nothing pleasant.
While some fighters would try to cut weight in order to be eligible for a division in which they are physically bigger than their opponents, many female fighters had to cut an unhealthy amount of weight in order to make the 135 lb. division because the UFC had nothing else to offer them. However, at UFC 208, that shortsighted approach is coming to an end.