Canadian mixed martial arts fans were denied a chance to see a light heavyweight championship rematch in person at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre back in December because title-holder Daniel Cormier suffered a groin injury a couple of weeks ahead of UFC 206 and had to pull out.
UFC 210 Betting Odds
However, he’s healthy now and headlines Saturday’s UFC 210 card for that long-awaited rematch against Anthony Johnson at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, N.Y. The five-fight main card, which includes a Canadian, is expected to begin at 10 p.m. ET on pay-per-view. Here’s a look at those bouts and their Sports Interaction MMA odds.
Daniel Cormier vs. Anthony Johnson
Records: Cormier (18-1), Johnson (22-5)
Division: Light heavyweight
UFC Odds: Cormier -120, Johnson -110
Prediction: Cormier by submission
On Jan. 3, 2015, at UFC 182, Cormier lost a light heavyweight title fight against one of the pound-for-pound greats in MMA history, Jon Jones. However, Jones was soon after stripped of that title because of some legal problems outside the Octagon. On May 23, 2015, at UFC 187, Cormier got another shot at the vacant title by replacing Jones and beating Johnson by third-round rear-naked choke submission in a very entertaining fight. After dragging Johnson into a turtled position near the fence, Cormier jumped on his back and sunk in the choke, with Johnson eventually tapping out. Cormier’s ground expertise was clearly the difference. Both these guys have won three in a row since but have had longish layoffs with the December postponement. “DC” hasn’t been in the Octagon since July 2016 in a unanimous decision win over past-his-prime legend Anderson Silva. “Rumble” fought most recently in August 2016 and took just 13 seconds to knock out Glover Teixeira.
Chris Weidman vs. Gegard Mousasi
Records: Weidman (13-2), Mousasi (41-6-2)
UFC Odds: Mousasi -130, Weidman +100
Prediction: Mousasi by KO or TKO
Weidman is a former middleweight champion ranked fourth by the UFC in the division. However, the 32-year-old’s relevance might be on the line here because he is coming off losses to Yoel Romero (third-round KO by flying knee) and Luke Rockhold (fourth-round TKO by punches). The New York native is nearly two years removed from his last victory, a first-round finish of Vitor Belfort at UFC 187. Mousasi, from Iran and ranked fifth in the division, has won four fights in row since a loss to Uriah Hall in September 2015. Mousasi, a former Strikeforce champion, got payback for that last November by finishing Hall via first-round TKO (punches).
Cynthia Calvillo vs. Pearl Gonzalez
Records: Calvillo (4-0), Gonzalez (6-1)
Division: Women’s strawweight
UFC Odds: Calvillo -260, Gonzalez +190
Prediction: Calvillo by decision
Calvillo, an American, made her UFC debut just more than a month ago at UFC 209 and beat Amanda Bobby Carpenter by first-round submission (rear-naked choke). Just one of Calvillo’s four fights has made it to points. Gonzalez, also from the USA, was signed by the UFC not long ago and makes her debut in the organization. She has won six in a row, four by submission. Gonzalez owns a 2013 victory over UFC veteran Cortney Casey, which won Gonzalez the XFC women’s flyweight title.
Thiago Alves vs. Patrick Cote
Records: Alves (26-12), Cote (23-10)
UFC Odds: Cote -180, Alves +140
Prediction: Cote by decision
This could be it for the Brazilian Alves with a loss. “Pitbull” was once a welterweight title contender and fought Canada’s Georges St. Pierre for a championship in July 2009. Alves lost by unanimous decision and is just 4-5 since. He tried to fight at lightweight in November at UFC 205 but couldn’t make weight and lost regardless to Jim Miller by unanimous decision. Alves says he’s done trying to make a go at lightweight. Born in Rimouski, Quebec, Cote started his MMA training in the Canadian army. He’s friends with St. Pierre. “The Predator” was released by the UFC following a third straight loss back in 2010 but returned to the organization in July 2012. Cote, a former middleweight, had a three-fight winning streak snapped last June in a third-round TKO loss (punches) to Donald Cerrone in Ottawa.
Will Brooks vs. Charles Oliveira
Records: Brooks (18-2), Oliveira (21-7)
UFC Odds: Brooks -290, Oliveira +210
Prediction: Brooks by submission
Brooks is a former Bellator champion who is 1-1 since joining the UFC. He debuted with a unanimous decision win over Ross Pearson in the “Ultimate Fighter 23” finale but lost in October to a much bigger Alex Oliveira by third-round knockout (punches). Charles Oliveira has dropped three of his past four, most recently in November by second-round submission (guillotine choke) to Ricardo Lamas. Oliveira is usually one of the best submission artists himself in the division with 13 career victories that way. This bout will mark his return to lightweight.