Ultimate Fighting Championship Light Heavyweight Titlist Daniel Cormier will square off against interim champion Jon “Bones” Jones in the main event of UFC 200 on July 9 at T-Mobile in Las Vegas.
Jones entered the rematch as -300 (.133) favorite at most books while Cormier is a +245 (3.45) underdog, resulting to the Bones opened as 3-1 favorite to win the fight.
That means, if you place a winning $100 bet on Jones, you will have a $33.33 profit in return. On the other side, a $245 profit would be given to a winning bet on Cormier.
In UFC 182, Jones successfully retained his championship by beating Cormier via decision in 2015. For the hyped bout, Jones was still a favorite with an approximate -170 (1.59) and eventually went to -240 (1.2).
Jones hasn’t been an underdog, whether it is open or closed, in a UFC fight since 2009 when he blemished the record of Stephan Bonnar in Bones second fight in the octagon. Jones ended as a +135 underdog.
Cormier and Jones meet again in UFC 200
Bones won the interim title in UFC 197 last weekend at the expense of Ovince Saint Preux (19-8 MMA, 7-3 UFC). OSP stepped in as a last minute replacement for Cormier who injured his foot and forced to rest.
Jones went on to a third longest winning streak before UFC stripped his title off, with him defending the light heavyweight belt in eight consecutive bouts. The 28-year old American fighter has a career record of 22-1, with his only loss resulted to a disqualification against Matt Hamill in 2010.
Meanwhile, Cormier has gone to a two match winning run, by defeating Rumble Johnson and Alexander Gustaffson since his first loss way back in January 2015 against Jones.
Cormier is known for his huge size and phenomenal wrestling skills leading to a 17-1 professional record. DC is 4-1 when he won two submission matches since sliding to light heavyweight.
Cormier and Jones has gone through some thrash talking since they fought in UFC 182. Cormier sat down in a commentary with Joe Rogan and Mike Goldberg doing play-by-play while Jones slugging against OSP citing that when Bones showed up his true form, there’s no way on earth that he can beat DC. He is all over Bones’ skin throughout.
For the 28-year old, Bones must display his athleticism especially his spinning attacks, sidekicks to the legs and slashing elbows from the clinch, showcasing his signature creativity. Aside from his brute strength and power, he can power slam anyone like in a Monday Night Raw and his 84.5 reach is a nightmare for his opponent.
In addition, Cormier must impose his will against the relentless and short-tempered Bones. He must display his signature knockout power if he wants to pull out one against Jones and solidify himself as one of the greatest light heavyweight champions in UFC.
Other cards in the UFC 200 will occur between Brock Lesnar and Mark Hunt, and Cain Velasquez versus Travis Browne at the heavyweight division. For the Women’s Bantamweight matches, Miesha Tate and Amanda Nunes will fight for the title, and Cat Zingano will go face-to-face against Julianna Pena.
Former champion Jose Aldo will square off against Frankie Edgar in a featherweight match. Johnny Hendricks meets Kelvin Gastelum in a welterweight match while Gerard Mousasi and Derek Brunson will have a duel in the Middleweight class.
For the Lightweight matches, Sage Northcutt and Enrique Marin will go one-on-one, Diego Sanchez and Joe Lauzon will settle their differences aside and Jim Miller will test the Japanese sensation Takanori Gomi.