The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to Madison Square Garden in New York, New York for UFC 216 on Saturday night. The main event features the return of Georges St-Pierre after a four year lay-off. The last time we saw GSP in a UFC cage was at UFC 167 where he retained his welterweight title with a split decision victory over John Hendricks many, including myself thought he should have lost.
He’ll take on Michael Bisping for Bisping’s middleweight title. This will only be Bisping’s second title defense after winning the belt from Luke Rockhold in June, 2016. His first title defense came at UFC 204 where he beat Dan Henderson by Unanimous Decision in a fight that was closer than expected.
The co-main event pits heated rivals TJ Dillashaw against Cody Garbrandt for Garbrandt’s bantamweight title. The main card also features a third title fight as Joanna Jedrzejczyk defends her strawweight title against Rose Namajunas.
The main card rounds out with Stephen Thompson taking on Jorge Masvidal in a pivotal clash of welterweights and Johny Hendricks looks to get back on track after losing four of his last five when he steps into the cage opposite Paulo Borrachinha.
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Here are the current odds and my predictions for each fight.
Note: The predictions in this column do not necessarily mean that I will be betting them. I have changed my mind in the past and gone the other way after conducting more research. For all of my official bets follow me on Twitter @FightChampBlog. You can also find all of my official MMA bets at betmmatips.com.
Michael Bisping (31-7) vs. Georges St-Pierre (25-2) – Middleweight 185 lbs.
Current Odds: Bisping -115; St-Pierre -115
Pick: St-Pierre by decision
Cody Garbrandt (11-0) vs. TJ Dillashaw (15-3) – Bantamweight 135 lbs.
Current Odds: Garbrandt -200; Dillashaw +160
Pick: Garbrandt by decision
Joanna Jedrzejczyk (14-0) vs. Rose Namajunas (7-3) – Strawweight 115 lbs.
Current Odds: Jedrzejczyk -650; Namajunas +450
Pick: Joanna Champion by decision
Stephen Thompson (13-1-1) vs. Jorge Masvidal (32-12) – Welterweight 170 lbs.
Current Odds: Thompson -185; Masvidal +155
Pick: Thompson by decision
Johny Hendricks (18-7) vs. Paulo Borrachinha (10-0) – Middleweight 185 lbs.
Current Odds: Borrachinha -325; Hendricks +255
Pick: Borrachinha by TKO
James Vick (11-1) vs. Joe Duffy (16-2) – Lightweight 155 lbs.
Current Odds: Duffy -170; Vick +140
Pick: Duffy by TKO
Walt Harris (10-5) vs. Mark Godbeer (12-3) – Heavyweight 265 lbs.
Current Odds: Harris -365; Godbeer +285
Pick: Harris by TKO
Randy Brown (9-2) vs. Mickey Gall (4-0) – Welterweight 170 lbs.
Current Odds: Gall -120; Brown -110
Pick: Gall by Submission
Aleksei Oleinik (52-10-1) vs. Curtis Blaydes (7-1, 1 NC) – Heavyweight 265 lbs.
Current Odds: Blaydes -330; Oleinik +260
Pick: Blaydes by TKO
Ovince Saint Preux (21-10) vs. Corey Anderson (10-3) – Light Heavyweight 205 lbs.
Current Odds: Saint Preux -160; Anderson +130
Pick: Saint Preux by decision
Aiemann Zahabi (7-0) vs. Ricardo Ramos (10-1) – Bantamweight 135 lbs.
Current Odds: Ramos -210; Zahabi +165
Pick: Zahabi by decision
Enjoy the fights!
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