Bovada opens McGregor as a -185 favorite vs. Cowboy in potential bout
Published on Tuesday, 11/20/18, at 4:01 p.m. Eastern.
Whether or not Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone and former UFC lightweight and featherweight champion Conor ‘The Notorious’ McGregor share the Octagon together at some point is to be determined.
Whatever the case, Cerrone announced he’s moving back down to the 155-pound loop after submitting Mike ‘Platinum’ Perry as a +160 underdog in the UFC Denver co-main event two Saturdays ago.
On Nov. 14 just a few days after breaking Michael ‘The Count’ Bisping’s record for the most all-time UFC wins with his 21st victory in the Octagon, Cerrone took to social media and essentially called out McGregor:
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Bovada didn’t waste any time in posting odds for the potential scrap. The betting shop opened McGregor as a -185 favorite (risk $185 to win $100), leaving Cerrone at +150 on the comeback (risk $100 to win $150). The odds haven’t moved since being sent out on Nov. 15.
UFC President Dana White shot down the rumors of this bout, but only because McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov are still suspended until a NAC hearing in December. However, White has already indicated that Tony Ferguson will get the next crack at Nurmagomedov’s lightweight strap, and McGregor has stated that he’s fine with that.
Therefore, if McGregor’s next fight isn’t against Nate Diaz to complete their triology, I would think a rematch with Jose Aldo (most likely at 155 but possibly at featherweight or maybe even at a 150-pound catchweight) or a showdown with Cerrone would be the most attractive options. There’s one more possibility out there as well, and that would be for McGregor to take on the winner of Max ‘Blessed’ Holloway vs. Brian ‘T-City’ Ortega for the featherweight belt.
Speaking of the UFC 231 headliner on Dec. 8, Holloway is currently a -135 favorite with Ortega as a +105 underdog (+115 at 5Dimes.eu; best price for ‘Blessed’ is -125 at Sportsbook.ag).
There are also fresh odds for the UFC 233 card. Promotional newcomer Ben Askren will take on ‘Ruthless’ Robbie Lawler on Jan. 26 as Lawler, the former welterweight kingpin, returns from an ACL tear. Most books have Askren installed as a -325 ‘chalk’ vs. Lawler, who is a +265 underdog.
Also at UFC 233, T.J. Dillashaw is attempting to become a double-champ by dropping down to flyweight to take on division champ, Henry Cejudo. Dillashaw is -190 at most spots, while Cejudo is +165.
There are reports that Nick Diaz will finally make his return to the Octagon for the first time since January of 2015. Whether these reports turn out true remains to be seen. First of all, we’re dealing with a Diaz Brother and secondly, the contracts haven’t yet been signed.
The report is that Nick will take on Jorge Masvidal, who opened as a -155 favorite. Diaz was +135 at BetOnline.ag for this potential showdown that would take place at UFC 235.