UFC 218 Odds – The UFC is in Detroit for their UFC 218 PPV this Saturday, and we review the main card odds here at GMS.
Your main event sees Jose Aldo and Max Holloway do battle for featherweight supremacy in a post-Conor McGregor world. Holloway is the current belt holder and he is riding a huge eleven fight winning streak that saw him stop Aldo for the title in his last outing. Before he was derailed by Conor McGregor, Aldo was one of the UFC’s most respected champions and his history gets him a rematch though Holloway dispatched him in round two of their meeting in June of this year.
Heavyweight action sees veteran warhorse Alistair Overeem taking on rising Frenchman Francis N’Gannou. N’Gannou is 5-0 in the UFC and he is looking to regain momentum after a layoff of almost a year. We last saw him in January when he stopped former UFC champ Andrei Arlovski in about 90 seconds. Overeem represents a big jump in competition level for N’Gannou. The Dutchman is never going to live up to the hype he had after he entered the UFC with a win over Brock Lesnar but at 37 he has gone 2-0 in 2017. The two wins for Overeem come after a failed bid at the UFC belt currently held by Stipe Miocic and he needs to maintain momentum if he is going to earn another shot.
An interesting lightweight battle sees former UFC champion Eddie Alvarez taking on former World Series of Fighting titleholder Justin Gaethje. Gaethje brings an impressive 18-0 record to the fight, and he is coming off a successful UFC debut that saw him knock out veteran Michael Johnson this past July. Alvarez really needs a win to get back on track. His lone fight since his loss to Conor McGregor came against Dustin Poirier and that bout ended in an unsatisfying no contest after illegal knees caused a stop to the bout. No matter who wins, we get a backflip off the top of the cage, as both men consider the move their “trademark” after a win. Both men were coaches opposite each other on the UFC’s “The Ultimate Fighter” TV series as the UFC has looked to put added hype behind the match.
Flyweights Sergio Pettis and Henry Cejudo do battle on the PPV as both are trying to line-up a shot at divisional champ Demetrious Johnson. The youngster Pettis is riding a four fight winning streak that signals he has finally found his stride. He struggled with weight and with the high expectations of being the younger brother of former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis. In Cejudo, he is facing an Olympic gold medalist in wrestling who is trying to put a two fight losing streak behind him.
The 115 pound women’s strawweight division will likely open the broadcast as Tecia Torres and Michelle Waterson face off. Both women took a loss to current titlist Rose Namajunas before she won the title, so both are looking to justify a rematch. Torres is actually 1-1 against the new champion and she is going to be looking for a trilogy with “Rose Thug.”
Below are the odds for the PPV portion of the UFC 218 card – check your local listings for start times.
UFC 218 – Little Ceasar’s Arena, Detroit, MI
Featherweight 5 rounds –
Jose Aldo +255 o2½ -150
Max Holloway -310 u2½ +130
Heavyweight 3 rounds –
Alistair Overeem +175 o1½ +100
Francis N’Gannou -210 u1½ -120
Flyweight 3 rounds –
Sergio Pettis +190 o2½ -265
Henry Cejudo -230 u2½ +225
Lightweight 3 rounds –
Eddie Alvarez +155 o1½ -185
Justin Gaethje -175 u1½ +160
Strawweight 3 rounds –
Michelle Waterson +145 o2½ -300
Tecia Torres -165 u2½ +250
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