UFC 210 tips: Best bets as Cormier and Johnson top Buffalo bill
A repeat result looks likely in the main event, and that heads our top selections from across the card...
Daniel Cormier v Anthony Johnson
Stamina and strength should again prove crucial in this light heavyweight title rematch.
Cormier won the first fight between these two by submission after Johnson tired in the third round, and it’s difficult to imagine another outcome here.
The champion has gone the distance in six of his last 10 fights, with the only defeat of his career coming on points to Jon Jones.
Johnson is a devastating puncher who has knocked out five of his last six opponents, but his tendency to take people out early means he is untested in the championship rounds.
He landed heavy blows on Cormier and earned an early knockdown at UFC 187, but he failed to get the stoppage and the longer the rematch goes on the greater his chance of winning will be.
The 38-year-old is an extraordinary wrestler, and should he take Johnson down early on and use his weight to tire his opponent out, he will win again.
Another submission win, priced at , is the right bet.
Chris Weidman v Gegard Mousasi
In a match-up of two middleweights whose careers appear to be going in opposite directions, a title shot could be on the cards for the winner.
Mousasi had a fantastic 2016, with four consecutive wins, three of which came by knockout.
In finishing Thiago Santos, Vitor Belfort and Uriah Hall with punches, he proved that he has the ability on his feet to match his technical prowess on the ground.
Weidman, meanwhile, has lost two fights in a row by stoppage.
The former champion looked heavy-legged against both Luke Rockhold and Yoel Romero, and is certainly no match for Mousasi in terms of speed and accuracy when striking.
His best chance of winning here is to ground the Dutchman down in the clinch and on the mat, but Mousasi’s excellent footwork and defence means he should be able to avoid takedowns and pick Weidman off in the pocket.
The 31-year-old has looked like a complete fighter for the past 12 months, and is a good bet at to earn a comfortable decision victory on Saturday night.
Thiago Alves v Patrick Cote
Alves badly needs a win here, having lost two successive fights and six of his last 10.
The Brazilian hasn’t had a victory in over two years, and has now moved back to welterweight after missing weight in his last fight.
Cote is also looking to bounce back after being beaten by Donald Cerrone in June.
He had won three fights in a row before that defeat, however, and only tends to lose to the top fighters in his decision.
A fine long-range fighter who has developed his jab over the years, he has the speed and footwork to beat Alves at range here.
A points win for the Canadian at is a smart selection.