UFC 214 Odds Preview: Cormier vs. Jones 2
Jon Jones makes his long-awaited return to the octagon at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California this weekend at UFC 214: Cormier vs. Jones 2.
The main event is a UFC light heavyweight title bout between Jones and current champion Daniel Cormier. Jones may be the challenger, but the former UFC champ is a -260 favorite in the bout at the Bovada Sportsbook. Cormier is listed as a +200 underdog.
This will be Cormier’s third title defense, He last fought at UFC 210 in April where he successfully defended the title with a win over Anthony Johnson by submission via rear-naked choke. With that win Cormier improved his record to 19-1 with six wins by knockout and six by submission.
Due to a one-year suspension from a positive drug test Jones hasn’t fought in more than a year. The drug test also caused him to be stripped of the UFC light heavyweight title. Jones’ last fight was at UFC 197 in April 2016 where he defeated Ovince Saint Preux by unanimous decision. He enters the fight on a 13-fight winning streak with a 22-1 record and nine wins by KO.
The first fight between Jones and Cormier was also for the UFC light heavyweight title at UFC 182 in January 2015. Jones won by unanimous decision as a -240 favorite.
Another title will also be on the line at UFC 214 as welterweight champ Tyron Woodley will take on Demian Maia. Woodley is a -205 favorite at the Bovada Sportsbook and Maia is a +170 underdog.
Woodley is 17-3-1 with six wins by KO and five by submission. He is 4-0-1 in his last five fights and in his last fight at UFC 209 in March he defeated Stephen Thompson by unanimous decision.
Maia is one of the top submission artists in the UFC and owns a 25-6 record with 12 wins by submission. He has won his last seven fights and last fought at UFC 211 in May where he defeated Jorge Masvidal by split decision.
The biggest favorite at UFC 211 is found in the women’s featherweight bout between Cristiane Justino and Tonya Evinger.
Justino, 17-1 and one no contest, has 15 wins by KO, and is a huge -1100 favorite at the Bovada Sportsbook. She hasn’t fought since UFC Fight Night 95 in September where she defeated Lina Lansberg by TKO.
Evinger will be making her UFC debut as a +650 underdog. She is 19-5 and one no contest with eight wins by KO in her MMA career.