UFC 215: Betting guide and best bets

UFC pay-per-view action is back this weekend when UFC 215 streams live from Edmonton, Canada. Preparing your best bets for the weekend? We'll help you get started.

  1. 1 Johnson vs Borg to not last five rounds

    Believe it or not, the bookmakers are forecasting that the UFC flyweight championship bout between Demetrious Johnson and Ray Borg makes it to the scorecards this weekend.

    Surely we're not alone in thinking that Demetrious Johnson will want to put a special mark on this tremendous (potentially) record breaking performance at UFC 215. "Mighty Mouse" deservedly enters this fight as a huge betting favorite and as much as the UFC is trying to push this fight to the fans as a close contest, it's not at all.

    Demetrious Johnson is light years above the entire flyweight division and Ray Borg doesn't even represent the biggest challenge in the division at the moment. I wouldn't be surprised if we saw Johnson go all-out from the very beginning in an effort to put Borg away much as he did to Henry Cejudo in the first round previously.

    Bet: Total Rounds - Under 4.5

    Read more: Demetrious Johnson vs Ray Borg

  2. 2 Shevchenko to score a decision victory

    The rematch between Amanda Nunes and Valentina Shevchenko is one of the most highly anticipated clashes in UFC women's bantamweight history.

    Amanda Nunes and Valentina Shevchenko previously met at UFC 196 last year and the judges would score Amanda Nunes as the victor unanimously. However, the fight ended in a way that resembled your favorite TV show's classic cliffhanger at the end of the episode.

    While Amanda Nunes dominated the early stages of the fight, Valentina Shevchenko had turned it all around by the end of round three and made us all wonder: what would have happened if this fight were five rounds?

    Now we can finally answer this question as these two highly-talented bantamweights throw down for 25 minutes.

    The five round fight suits Shevchenko much more than Amanda Nunes. Shevchenko typically takes a little while to get going but once she does, she controls her opponent with effective and perfectly timed counter strikes. In the first fight, it was actually Shevchenko that initiated the takedown that would cause all of her eventual troubles. This time, she'll just beat Amanda Nunes up on the feet through the later rounds to score a decision victory.

    Bet: Valentina Shevchenko to win

    Read more: Amanda Nunes vs Valentina Shevchenko

  3. 3 Tucker to make easy work of Glenn

    When was the last time you watched someone make their UFC debut and you believed that they have what it takes to go all the way to a UFC championship?

    For me, it was when I watched the extremely talented Gavin Tucker step inside the octagon for the first time at UFC Fight Night 105.

    Tucker has lightning-fast footwork, excellent timing, balance, precision, accuracy and the fight intelligence that, when it's all combined, makes him a fighter to be feared in the UFC's bantamweight division.

    While Tucker completely dominated Sam Sicilia in his debut, he wasn't able to put his opponent away and his streak of eight-straight stoppage victories came to an end.

    This time, in front of the flashing lights of UFC 215 in Edmonton, Canada, I can only expect that Tucker will be one of the standout performers of the night after scoring a stoppage victory over Rick Glenn.

    Bet: Gavin Tucker to win by KO/TKO

    Read more: Gavin Tucker: Small time boy with big-time potential

  4. 4 Dos Anjos to win in round one

    Rafael Dos Anjos' climb through the UFC's welterweight division continues this weekend at UFC 215 when he meets Neil Magny in a bout that made our list of 'Top 3 fights to watch at UFC 215'.

    Neil Magny, while he can be a dangerous and rangy striker, starts extremely slow. It takes Magny some time to start picking his shots and implementing his game plan. However, some of his recent opponents have heaped the pressure on him and made him suffer. Lorenz Larkin came out and set a frenetic pace that forced Magny to give in during the first round while Hector Lombard had huge success in the opening round against Magny, as well.

    On the other hand, Rafael Dos Anjos can bring overwhelming pressure. Remember when Dos Anjos piled it on against Donald Cerrone in his title defense and defeated "Cowboy" in just a matter of minutes?

    Expect a similar ending. Dos Anjos can't afford Magny to settle into a rhythm and he'll take it to him from the opening seconds of the fight.

    Bet: Rafael Dos Anjos to win in round one

    Read more: Rafael Dos Anjos vs Neil Magny

  5. 5 Clarke to put it all together for a win

    No one seems to want to put their faith in Mitch Clarke.

    After Clarke was completely dusted by Joe Duffy at UFC Fight Night 90 in just 25 seconds, people were quick to call out Clarke as a no-hoper. However, what many didn't understand was that Clarke's knee gave out and he really had no way of coming back in that fight.

    Now, with a full camp behind him at Jackson-Wink and plenty of time to further his skills, I'm expecting a vastly improved performance from Mitch Clarke this weekend against Alex White.

    It's time for Clarke to get going now that he's 2-4 inside the UFC and there's no better way than to do it by completely out-wrestling Alex White on the way to a decision victory.

    Bet: Mitch Clarke to win

    Read more: Top 10 fights to look forward to in 2017

  1. What's your best bet this weekend?

    1. Johnson vs Borg to not last five rounds
    2. Shevchenko to score a decision victory
    3. Tucker to make easy work of Glenn
    4. Dos Anjos to win in round one
    5. Clarke to put it all together for a win
    6. Other (let us know in the comments below!)
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