RDA-McGregor & Holm-Tate to headline UFC 197
Published on Friday, 1/8/16, at 9:35 a.m. Eastern.
According to a Bleacher Report story, one that has been confirmed by Fox Sports and other media outlets, UFC 197 in Las Vegas on March 5 will feature a pair of championship fights at a to-be-determined venue.
In the main event, Rafael dos Anjos will defend his lightweight strap for a second time against featherweight kingpin Conor McGregor. Dos Anjos needed less than a minute to KO Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone last month in Orlando, while McGregor unified the 145-pound belts by disposing of Jose Aldo in only 13 seconds. Aldo had not lost in more than a decade before tasting defeat against his nemesis from Ireland.
5Dimes currently has Dos Anjos installed as a -130 favorite, while McGregor is the even-money underdog. The total for ‘over/under’ wagers is 2.5 rounds (-120 either way).
The co-main event will pit women’s bantamweight champ Holly Holm making her first title defense against Miesha Tate, who has won four fights in a row since taking a second loss to former champ Ronda Rousey. Holm shocked the world by handing Rousey her first career loss at UFC 193 in Australia by second-round KO (headkick and punches).
No line has yet to be released for Holm-Tate, but be sure to check back here later for an update on those odds.
Holm owns a 3-0 record in the UFC. Tate hasn’t fought since beating Jessica Eye by unanimous decision this past summer.
In other UFC news, Cerrone will return to the Octagon on Feb. 21 to headline a UFC Fight Night card in Pittsburgh. Cerrone will move up to welterweight to face Tim Means. The Budweiser-loving ‘Cowboy’ is listed as a -150 ‘chalk’ versus Means, who is a +120 ‘dog.
Finally, for a March 19 Fight Night card in Australia, veteran heavyweights Mark Hunt and Frank Mir will face each other in the main event.