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UFC 227 breakdown, betting odds and picks

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Bantamweight TJ Dillashaw begins to celebrate his win a bit early against John Lineker during their UFC 207 fight at the T-Mobile Arena on Friday, Dec. 30, 2016.

Betting odds corroborate fans’ belief that the UFC 227 main event between T.J. Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt might be the most evenly matched title fight of the year.

For the most of the last three months since the bantamweight championship rematch was announced, the line hovered right around pick’em in local sports books. Only in the last few days have the numbers shifted slightly towards Dillashaw.

The champion Dillashaw goes into the grudge match in the headliner of tonight’s pay-per-view at Staples Center in Los Angeles as a minus-130 (risking $1.30 to win $1) favorite with the challenger Garbrandt coming back at plus-110 (risking $1 to win $1.10).

The underdog won in the first meeting between the two, though. Last November, Garbrandt came in as nearly a 2-to-1 favorite before Dillashaw knocked him out in the second round to steal the championship belt.

The Sun’s picks panel is as split as the general consensus, with two of the four prognosticators lining up on each side.

Check below to find picks from Las Vegas Sun’s Ray Brewer (46-21 year to date), ESPN Radio’s Steve Cofield (44-23), KSNV’s Randy Howe (43-24) and Las Vegas Sun’s Case Keefer (39-28) along with breakdowns and odds of every fight at UFC 227.

Case Keefer can be reached at 702-948-2790 or [email protected]. Follow Case on Twitter at twitter.com/casekeefer.

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