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Watch UFC 216 Online Free. The very first three fights of UFC 216’s main card feature two outstanding contests and another that no one can determine why the UFC stuck it on the primary card. The heavyweight bout includes a former champ clashing with one of the latest contenders in the division and the opener is a favorite to win the FOTN. The other contest? Well … two fighters who’ve never ever prior to combated in the UFC with very little notification. Wouldn’t it have been smarter to replace a contest from earlier in the card that people in fact cared about for this one? People are shelling out good money for this card after all and I don’t see that contest adding any incentive for anyone to buy the PPV. And I thought WME-IMG was desperate to rake in as much cash as possible after paying an inflated price for the UFC …
In a championship bout that was originally set to heading UFC 215 in Edmonton, Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson (26-2-1)– arguably the very best pound-for-pound fighter in MMA– will return to the Octagon this Saturday at UFC 216 in Las Vegas versus Ray Borg (12-2), who needed to take out of the formerly arranged matchup due to illness.
Johnson is a monster -1200 favorite (wager $1200 to win $100), with Borg noted as a +700 underdog (bet $100 to win $700) at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.
Nevertheless, Johnson-Borg will not be the centerpiece at UFC 216, as that is scheduled for the interim light-weight title battle between Tony Ferguson (22-3) and Kevin Lee (16-2). Unlike the co-main event in between Johnson and Borg, the Ferguson-Lee bout is expected to be much more competitive.
Ferguson is the -225 preferred, with Lee a +175 underdog on the UFC 216 odds, and both men are riding impressive winning streaks into this event.
Lee has won 5 in a row, and he is 9-2 in the UFC overall, with his only two losses coming against Leonardo Santos and Al Iaquinta. However Ferguson has actually been the hottest 155-pound fighter not called Khabib Nurmagomedov, winning nine straight considering that falling to Michael Johnson via unanimous choice more than five years earlier at UFC on FOX 3.
That remains Ferguson’s only loss in the company, and he was supposed to eliminate the unbeaten Nurmagomedov (24-0) for the interim belt at UFC 209 on March 4, but his opponent suffered from an extreme weight cut and was required to withdraw.
While those winning streaks have actually earned Lee and Ferguson a title shot, no fighter in the UFC has actually been much better than Johnson over the past 5 years.
The 5’3″, 125-pounder is 12-0 considering that walking away with a draw versus Ian McCall in his flyweight debut, and he will be planning to connect the promotion’s title defense record versus Borg. Johnson and future Hall of Famer Anderson “Spider” Silva are presently connected for the mark with 10 successive title defenses.
Silva has actually gone 2-4 with one no-contest since seeing his streak end with the very first of 2 losses to previous middleweight champ Chris Weidman.
On the other hand, Borg is the third-ranked competitor at 125 behind Joseph Benavidez and Henry Cejudo, two fighters who Johnson has beaten during his streak. The Arizona native has won five of his last 6, with his last 3 wins all going the distance. By contrast, Johnson has two knockouts and four submissions amongst his previous nine.
The main card begins at 10 p.m. ET.
Tony Ferguson vs. Kevin Lee
Demetrious Johnson vs. Ray Borg
Walt Harris vs. Fabricio Werdum
Mara Romero Borella vs. Kalindra Faria
Beneil Dariush vs Evan Dunham
A showdown between Fabricio Werdum and Derrick Lewis has been canceled.
The second portion of the preliminary card airs on FX at 8 p.m. ET.
Tom Duquesnoy vs. Cody Stamann
Matt Schnell vs. Marco Beltran
Bobby Green vs. Lando Vannata
Pearl Gonzalez vs. Poliana Botelho
The First preliminary card airs on UFC Fight Pass at 7 p.m. ET.
John Moraga vs. Magomed Bibulatov
Thales Leites vs. Brad Tavares