Following only a couple of months rest, Ronda Rousey will defend her UFC Bantamweight title at this weekend’s UFC 170 odds card. The pay-per-view card will also feature Daniel Cormier’s debut in the Light Heavyweight division as well as a key Welterweight matchup between two of the top contenders in the division.
The undefeated Rousey will be facing an undefeated challenger in Sara McMann, who has a grappling pedigree as impressive as that of the champ. An Olympic medalist in wrestling, McMann will present a new challenge for Rousey - who has outclassed all of her opponents on the mat thus far. Expect to see a side of Rousey we have never seen before as she will look to display her vastly improved striking skills.
As the -450 favorite at Bovada, Rousey will have her hands full trying to dominate a fight with strikes instead of grappling. If you think McMann can pull off the upset, action on her to win is currently paying +325 on the UFC 170 betting lines at Bovada.
Daniel Cormier was initially supposed to fight Rashad Evans in his Light Heavyweight debut, but injury forced Evans out and opened the door for Patrick Cummings to make his UFC debut against one of the best fighters in MMA. Expect Cormier to dominate as the -1200 Bovada UFC 170 odds favorite, likely beating down his opponent with ground-and-pound and Octagon control.
If you like longshots, action on Cummings will pay +700 for the unlikely victory. He will have to find the chin of Cormier to do it, and if you’ve ever watched a Cormier fight that feat is near impossible to achieve.
In the Welterweight division Demian Maia and Rory MacDonald will face each other for what could be the next title shot following the Hendricks vs. Lawlor fight. MacDonald is currently a -300 favorite on the UFC 170 betting lines, but when one considers how dangerous Maia has been at 170 pounds, the +230 upset option at Bovada on the Brazilian looks like it has lots of value.
Maia has the jiu-jitsu skills to submit any Welterweight in the division, and if MacDonald makes one mistake he will make quick work of his opponent for the upset win.