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UFC 208 Odds: Three Cherry Picks for Fight Night

The UFC’s first pay-per-view event of 2017 kicks off this Saturday, and it features a historic first: an inaugural title fight to introduce the women’s featherweight division. Former bantamweight champion Holly Holm meets Dutch kickboxer Germaine De Randamie for the belt, and the best part of it all is that one of them will have to face Cris Cyborg sometime in the future.

UFC 208 Odds and Fight Picks

The rest of the card is solid, if unspectacular. You’ve got middleweight GOAT Anderson Silva searching for his first win since 2012, current middleweight contender Ronaldo Souza ready to make a big argument for title shot, and “The Killa Gorilla” Jared Cannonier looking to announce his arrival as a true player in the light heavyweight division.

As usual, we’ve got some Cherry Picks – UFC picks assigned to common sense value plays to bet on fights for this weekend. We’re 24-9-1 overall since introducing the format.

(UFC betting odds courtesy of BookMaker.eu)

Holly Holm (+100) vs Germaine De Randamie (-120)

Over/under 4.5 rounds, over -125,  under +105

How Good Is Holly, Really?

To be honest, Holm has only really had one great performance inside the octagon – her destruction of Ronda Rousey. Her two prior wins, against mid-level fighters in Raquel Pennington and Marion Reneau, weren’t dominant by any means. And since beating Rousey, she’s lost two in a row.

Miesha Tate exposed her elementary ground game, catching her with a fifth round RNC in a fight that Holm was minutes away from winning. Then even more shockingly, the former world champion boxer was beaten to the punch in another main event by Valentina Shevchenko.

Holly Holm Odds at UFC 208

It’s the loss to Shevchenko that should really worry you about Holly’s chances. De Randamie, like so many other Dutch fighters, is an excellent kickboxer. While “The Iron Lady” is more aggressive – which plays into Holm’s strengths – she also has the skill and speed to do what Shevchenko did.

The best UFC pick here is the over on 4.5 rounds at -125. It’s not much more expensive than either women’s money lines, and this is a fight that projects to be a kickboxing bout. Considering that neither is really a knockout artist, this should go to the final bell.

Cherry Pick: Over 4.5 rounds -125

Anderson Silva (+111) vs Derek Brunson (-132)

Over/under 1.5 rounds, over -140, under +120

Finding a Silva Lining

So Anderson Silva hasn’t won a fight since 2012 and is 0-4 with 1 NC in his past five. In his last outing, light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier took him behind the shed and GNP’d the hell out of him. It’s been a steep, sad fall for a man who was untouchable for nearly seven years.

Anderson Silva vs Derek Brunson: UFC 208 Odds

But he ain’t completely done yet. There are still moments of the old Anderson Silva, the violent champ with surgical striking precision. We saw that against Michael Bisping, where it took just a few seconds for Silva to turn the Brit’s face into ground hamburger.

The thing is that Brunson is a very strong wrestler, despite his recent belief that he’s better off as a brawler. Losing a free-swinging war with Robert Whittaker might bring him back to his senses, especially since he gets a chance to add a legend’s name to his scalp. In fact, I’d expect the coaches at Jackson-Wink to force him back to a more well-rounded style.

 Cherry Pick: Brunson to win at -132

Glover Teixeira (-185) vs Jared Cannonier (+140)

Over/under 1.5 rounds, over -110, under -110

Can Cannonier Make the Leap?

All it takes is one look at Jared Cannonier to be tempted. A former heavyweight, “The Killa Gorilla” is a gargantuan mass of muscle. And he ain’t the slow-moving Zangief type – the dude moves like an NFL linebacker. Since moving to 205, he’s posted two straight wins against Cyril Asker and Ion Cutelaba. Definitely one of the most anticipated fights this winter.

Jared Cannonier vs Glover Texeira at UFC 208: Fight Odds

But despite acing the eyeball test, asking Cannonier to go from fighting guys you’ve never heard of to facing a perennial contender like Glover Teixeira is a bit much. Especially when it’s clear that Teixeira is still near the top of his game. For a guy that’s faced dudes like Anthony Johnson and Jon Jones, and beaten the likes of Ryan Bader, Ovince St. Preux and Rampage Jackson, Cannonier is a step back.

If Cannonier was annihilating fools, had some crazy dominant skillset or was facing a washed up Teixeira, I’d be more optimistic about his chances and the UFC betting lines. But the fact is that Glover is the more skilled fighter here.

Cherry Pick: Teixeira to win at -185

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Abe Chong
Abe Chong
Abe first encountered MMA in 2000, watching a VHS tape of Kazushi Sakuraba kicking the legs of a downed Royce Gracie in Pride Fighting Championships. He's been hooked ever since. Abe has penned NBA and NFL articles for Sports Illustrated and RotoExperts. In 2010, Abe signed on as the lead MMA writer for BigOnSports.com, and is now dedicated to helping fellow fans beat the odds.

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