UFC 200: Tips, Predictions & Preview
With Jon Jones, Daniel Cormier, Jose Aldo, Frankie Edgar, Mark Hunt and the return of former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar all featuring at UFC 200, the upcoming event has cemented its place in UFC as one of the most anticipated event in the sports history.
Main Event: Jones v Cormier
The feud between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier has been well documented since the pair seemingly couldn’t wait to get into the octagon as they came to blows at a media event for UFC 178 back in 2014. Jones came away with the unanimous decision when they first met and with Cormier claiming the heavyweight belt due to Jones’ suspension, this fight contains all the venom fans are looking for in one of the UFC’s biggest rivalries.
After Jones dusted off the octagon cobwebs against Ovince Saint Preux at UFC 197 earlier this year, fans will be hoping for the Jon “Bones” Jones that tore through the Light Heavyweight division before the UFC stripped him off his title.
Cormier will be looking to take advantage of his opponents ring rust although Jones’ unorthodox striking, youth and reach advantage should prove too much for the current Light heavyweight champion.
With Jones not winning via knockout in his past four fights, Luxbet’s offer of a Jon Jones victory by decision at $2.40 offers great value is extremely hard to look past.
Hunt v Lesnar
Social Media went into a meltdown when former WWE and Heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar was announced on the card for UFC 200. Along with Conor McGregor, Lesnar has been the UFC’s biggest PPV drawcard. With Brock’s help, expect UFC 200 to smash all kinds of records.
Lesnar hasn’t fought in the octagon in more than four years and is coming up against Mark “Super Samoan” Hunt, who has some of the heaviest hands the UFC has ever seen. Hunt’s knockout power is incredible and is coming off an impressive victory against Frank Mir he will look to finish this one early. Lesnar no doubt has the superior ground game so the 42 year old Samoan needs to keep him on his feet.
Expect an explosive finish in this one with Mark Hunt the victor. Luxbet has Hunt Head to Head at $1.58 and with Lesnar lacking fights in recent years; Hunt should be able to dispatch the former champion.
Aldo v Edgar
While many thought Frankie Edgar would be next in line to fight McGregor after the Irishman’s loss to Nate Diaz, he now finds himself up against former Featherweight champion Jose Aldo. The pair met back in 2014 where Aldo won via a somewhat controversial decision.
With Aldo having fought once in the past 12 months, and losing in spectacular fashion many believe his best days are behind him. Edgar on the other hand is coming off his fifth win on the trot and is the slight favourite with Luxbet having Edgar at $1.85.
Frankie Edgar is one of the most impressive fighters in the Featherweight division. Luxbet are offering $4 for Frankie to win by KO, TKO or DQ which is great value for the former champion due to the belief that Aldo is not the fighter he once was.
If you are looking for a longshot bet, Luxbet have Frankie Edgar winning in the 2nd round at $10 and this could certainly be worth a look at.
Tate v Nunes
After winning the Women’s Bantamweight champion in spectacular fashion by finishing the undefeated Holly Holm via rear naked choke, Miesha Tate is now set to take on Brazilian fighter Amanda Nunes.
Nunes has a UFC record of 12-4 including an impressive victory over Sara McMann at UFC Fight Night in August 2015 where she was awarded performance of the night. Miesha Tate has a devastating ground game and with Nunes showing signs of fatigue at the back end of her previous fights, Tate will be looking to get her to the ground for the submission.
Having lost twice to Ronda Rousey via arm bar, Tate won’t be keen to vacate the Bantamweight title during Rousey’s hiatus from the octagon. Luxbet are offering Tate to win via submission at $2.25. Tate’s experience on the big stage coupled with Amanda Nunes’ history of slowing down in the back end of her last few fights makes it hard to look past the current champion.