Previous UFC women’s bantamweight champ Holly Holm(11-3)has been here prior to, sitting as a big underdog in a title match opposite one of the most feared fighters in the sport.This time, Holm will get the opportunity to declare the females’s featherweight belt when she handles champ Cris” Cyborg”Justino( 18-1, 1 no-contest )in the primary occasion at UFC 219 in Las Vegas at T-Mobile Arena on Saturday night.So far, the public appears to be siding with Holm in
early wagering action, pushing her down from an underdog of around +300(bet $100 to win$300)to +270 at sportsbooks kept track of by OddsShark. As MMA wagerers might remember, Holm was a much larger’ pet when she handed former ladies’s bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey her first loss a little bit more than 2 years ago with a vicious head-kick knockout.Since then, the former pro boxing champ has dropped three of four, however, consisting of a questionable unanimous-decision loss to Germaine de Randamie for the inaugural 145-pound title.De Randamie apparently chose not to defend her championship against Cyborg, who then claimed the abandoned belt with a third-round TKO victory versus Tonya Evinger at UFC 214
on July 29. Cyborg has knocked out her last 13 challengers, with one of them later on overturned to a no-decision after she checked favorable for a banned substance.Cyborg remains a solid -360 preferred( bet$360 to win$100)regardless of dealing with less competition recently, which is the primary factor bettors like Holm’s possibilities for another upset.In the co-main event,
2 leading light-weight competitors will square off on the guys’s side, with unbeaten Khabib Nurmagomedov(24-0 )returning to the Octagon for the first time in more than a year.Nurmagomedov was expected to deal with Tony Ferguson for the interim 155-pound belt later vacated by Conor McGregor at UFC 209 back on March 4, however he suffered complications from a failed weight cut and was not able to complete. Ferguson went on to win the interim title versus
Kevin Lee at UFC 216 on October 7. Nurmagomedov is now a huge -280 preferred versus Edson Barboza (19-4)in his first battle considering that UFC 205 on November 12, 2016.
Barboza is noted as a +240 underdog and trips a three-bout winning streak into this match, taking choices over Anthony Pettis and Gilbert Melendez prior to making an Efficiency of the Night reward for his second-round KO success against Beneil Dariush at UFC Fight Night 106 on March 11 in Brazil.