Ferguson, Johnson are betting favorites on UFC 216 odds
Tony Ferguson will have his sights set on a 10th straight victory when he takes on Kevin Lee on Saturday in a battle for the UFC interim lightweight title as a -225 favorite on the UFC 216 betting odds.
Ferguson earned a shot at his first UFC crown after picking up Fight of the Night honors in three straight appearances. That includes a five-round unanimous decision win over Rafael dos Anjos in The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 3 Finale to pay out as a +120 underdog and lift his professional MMA record to 22-3 going into Saturday night’s match at T-Mobile Arena.
While Ferguson has regularly gone the distance in recent octagon appearances, he has also established himself as a submission specialist, using a D’Arce choke or rear-naked choke to finish opponents on five occasions during his current nine-fight win streak.
Two of those submission victories also earned Ferguson Performance of the Night honors, including an impressive first-round win over Gleison Tibau as a -250 bet at UFC 184.
Lee enters his first bid for a UFC title riding a five-fight win streak but trails as a +175 underdog on the UFC 216 odds. Like Ferguson, Lee has emerged as a legitimate submission threat by using a rear-naked choke to finish opponents in three straight octagon appearances, including a first-round victory over Michael Chiesa as -150 chalk at UFC Fight Night 112.
The 25-year-old has picked up a Performance of the Night bonus in two of his past three fights but has yet to see a bout go beyond three rounds while amassing a 16-2 record over a five-year pro MMA career.
Earlier on Saturday night, Demetrious Johnson looks to tally a record 11th straight defense of his UFC flyweight title as he takes on challenger Ray Borg as a massive -1200 favorite.
Mighty Mouse has dominated the flyweight division since ascending to the championship in September 2012. The 31-year-old has finished opponents in six of his title defenses, including a third-round submission of Wilson Reis as a -850 bet in his last outing at UFC on Fox 24.
Pegged as a distant +700 underdog in his first UFC title bid, Borg has claimed unanimous decision victories in his past two visits to the cage, and is listed as a betting underdog for the first time in his seven fights.
In other UFC 216 betting action, heavyweight Fabrico Werdum looks for just his second win in four fights as he takes on Derrick Lewis as -250 chalk, while Beneil Dariush faces Evan Dunham as a -235 favorite in their lightweight clash.