What some have seen as a rough year so far in the quality of UFC matchups and cards are left with another tough sell as far as being a pay per view card. UFC 216 takes place live from the T-mobile arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday, October 7, 2017. While the card does not have the huge names or major hype that sometimes surround these contests there is still plenty for the gambler to take in and fire away. Let's take a few minutes and preview three of the fights from Saturday's card.
Derrick Lewis vs. Fabricio Werdum - Heavyweight
Derrick Lewis will attempt to knock out Fabricio Werdum when these heavyweights meet on the undercard Saturday. Both fighters are coming in off a loss as Lewis lost to Mark Hunt at UFC Fight Night 110 via TKO in the fourth round and Werdum lost a close majority decision to Alistair Overeem. Lewis has previously announced he was likely retiring after the previous loss but has decided to come back and continue fighting.
UFC odds see Werdum opened as the favorite in the fight at -240 and currently remains the favorite at -255. Lewis currently sits at +215 at most shops after opening at +205. Lewis knows he will have to keep the fight upright and win with strikes while Werdum will be looking to use his substantial advantage on the ground and take the fight to the mat. The over/under for rounds is currently 2.5 with under at -130 so we may be looking at a short fight.
Demetrius Johnson vs. Ray Borg - Flyweight
This fight was initially scheduled for UFC 2015 but was postponed due to Borg coming down with a viral illness as the fight approached. Nonetheless, the stakes remain the same for Johnson who will attempt to break Anderson Silva's record of 10 title defenses. Will the added time help Borg, who enters the fight as a monster underdog currently sitting around +800 at various offshore shops across the board? Johnson opened as a -1100 favorite for the fight and currently sits around -1200 to -1250. The over/under for rounds currently sits at 4.5(+105) as many think this one is going the distance.
Johnson is a very well-rounded fighter that looks primed to break the record that some say once looked unattainable by anyone in this unpredictable sport. Borg comes in needing a flawless fight with maybe a little luck on his side as well. Borg should have a chip on his shoulder as many believe this fight should not even be happening and Johnson should have been fighting bantamweight contender TJ Dillashaw. Borg should be able to hang around and compete in this contest but there is a large gap between hanging around and actually winning.
Main Event: Kevin Lee vs. Tony Ferguson - Lightweight
Lee will attempt to fight as well as he trash talks when he takes on Tony Ferguson for the interim title. He will need to be if he is going to win against the animal that is Tony Ferguson. Lee is coming off a win in June by submitting Michael Chiesa at UFC Fight Night 112 while Ferguson is coming off a big decision win over Rafael dos Anjos in his last appearance. Ferguson's most recent fight scheduled against Nurmagomedov was canceled due to Nurmagomedov being hospitalized prior to the fight.
Ferguson opened as a -225 favorite and currently sits around -215 while Lee opened at +190 and generally sits between +175 to +185. The over/under for rounds currently sits at 2.5 with over at -130. It's time to see if Lee can back up the talk and step up to take on truly elite competition. Should be an entertaining fight, as the winner will probably be mentioned to take on Conor McGregor in the future.