UFC 211 arrives on Saturday night in Dallas as perhaps the most stacked card in 2017, so far. The main card features not one, but two attractive championship fights, and the rest of the undercard is littered with former champions and No. 1 contenders. Eddie Alvarez, the former lightweight champion, is even relegated to the main event of the Free Prelims on Fox.
Headlining the card if battle of heavy hitters, as heavyweights Stipe Miocic and Junior dos Santos finally meet up for a rematch — this time, with the UFC championship on the line. The co-main event features an equally dangerous, although still less famous fighter in Joanna Jedrzejczyk, who defends the women’s strawweight championship against Jessica Andrade.
If you like to throw down a couple of bucks on the fights, or just want to impress your friends with some insider knowledge, here are our predictions for UFC 211 (fight odds courtesy of Bodog.ca, all favorites listed first)
James Vick (-400) vs. Marco Polo Reyes (+300)
We’ll start with one of the most lopsided fights on the card, according to the bookie’s odds. James Vick is already a UFC veteran, with seven fights in the promotion so far. Even more impressive, the lightweight fighter has gone 6-1 during his time in the UFC (and is 10-1 overall), with half of his victories coming via submission.
Marco Polo Reyes, despite having a hilarious name, means business in the cage. He has three straight UFC wins, although his overall professional record is just 7-3. Two of his three losses have come via submission. So when you combine his tendency of tapping out with Vick’s ability to slap on submission holds, it’s clear to see why he’s a massive underdog.
Prediction: Vick via Submission.