UFC 226 Rewind + Cormier-Lesnar odds
Published on Tuesday, 7/10/18, at 1:05 a.m. Eastern.
As you are well aware of by now, Daniel ‘DC’ Cormier became just the second fighter in UFC history to simultaneously own two belts when he won the heavyweight strap Saturday night by knocking out Stipe Miocic late in the first round of the UFC 226 headliner at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Brock Lesnar came into the Octagon afterward and a little trash talk went down between the two. UFC President Dana White confirmed that Lesnar, the former UFC heavyweight kingpin back in 2010, will face Cormier.
Lesnar, who popped dirty for PEDs shortly after his UFC 200 win over Mark Hunt, entered back into the USADA drug-testing program last week on July 3. If he can pass all of his tests, he could face Cormier on or after January 8.
Bovada opened Cormier as a -145 favorite vs. Lesnar early Sunday morning. By Sunday afternoon, however, ‘DC’ was up to a -225 ‘chalk.’ Those were still the numbers early Tuesday morning, with Lesnar as the +175 underdog (risk $100 to win $175).
In other UFC news, Robert Whittaker and Kelvin Gastelum have been named the coaches for Season 28 of The Ultimate Fighter and will eventually face each other for the middleweight strap held by Whittaker. There have yet to be odds released for this title fight.
Michael Chiesa, who missed weight and lost by second-round submission to Anthony Pettis this past Saturday, told Ariel Helwani on his show Monday that he thought he was going to die making the weight cut. He said he’d welcome a 165-pound division but is intent on moving up to welterweight his next time out.
Also, according to Helwani, controversial former NFL player Greg Hardy has his next fight set for Aug. 7 versus Tebaris Gordon on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series. Hardy signed a four-fight contract with the UFC after knocking out fellow former NFL player, Austen Lane , in 57 seconds last month.
The odds for the rest of the card for UFC Boise this weekend were released on Monday. Check ’em out here below…