Saturday, April 8, 2017 | 2 a.m.
From a betting odds perspective, Anthony Johnson is entering his rematch with Daniel Cormier in the same position as in their first fight.
He’ll just want to change the result tonight in the main event of UFC 210 in Buffalo, N.Y. For the second straight time the two world-class light heavyweights have clashed, late action has come in on Johnson to make him a slight favorite.
Johnson got to as high as minus-140 (risking $1.40 to win $1) on fight night of UFC 187 in 2015 against Cormier before losing via submission in the third round. He’s hovering around minus-130, with Cormier coming back at plus-110 (risking $1 to win $1.10) ahead of UFC 210.
In both cases, the betting line spent most of its life around a pick’em until Johnson garnered support closer to the fight. He was already trending upwards before getting another boost Friday when Cormier only narrowly made the 205-pound weight limit after requiring a second chance.
Half of the Sun’s picks panel is in harmony with the betting market, while the other half is sticking with the champion Cormier.
Find picks from Las Vegas Sun’s Ray Brewer (13-8 year to date), ESPN Radio’s Steve Cofield (13-8), Las Vegas Sun’s Case Keefer (12-9) and KSNV’s Randy Howe (11-10) below along with odds and a breakdown of every fight.