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UFC 178 Johnson vs Cariaso

ufc-178-fly-weight-championshipUFC 178 is coming to the MGM Grand this Saturday where Demetrious Johnson and Chris Cariaso will be facing off for the UFC Flyweight Championship. Johnson will be defending the title while Cariaso will be taking his first stab at a UFC Championship. You’ll find a full betting preview on their fight below, but UFC bettors shouldn’t be too quick to focus solely on the Title Fight for UFC 178 as there’s a lot of interesting action on the Main Card aside from Johnson/Cariaso. After taking three years off to deal with various injuries, Dominick Cruz will be back in the octagon once again and he’ll be taking on Takeya Mizugaki. Another matchup that’s getting a lot of attention from UFC bettors is the Poirier/McGregor Fight. McGregor is the current CWFC Lightweight Champion and also the favorite to win the fight, but you wouldn’t know it from the talk coming from Poirier. Poirier may just have just three wins in a row under his belt, but he’s got more than enough confidence to fill the skill and record gap in that fight.

All of the odds in this UFC betting preview are from Bet365 Canada where new Canadian customers receive a $200 bonus on their first deposit. Visit Bet365

UFC 178 Straight Up Match Odds from Bet365 Canada

Fighters 1 2
Manny Gamburyan vs Cody Gibson 2.70 1.50
Jon Tuck vs. Kevin Lee 2.80 1.45
Dominick Cruz vs. Takeya Mizugaki 1.25 4.00
Jorge Masvidal vs. James Krause 1.25 4.00
Patrick Cote vs. Stephen Thompson 3.75 1.28
John Howard vs. Brian Ebersole 1.45 2.80
Demetrious Johnson vs. Chris Cariaso 1.062 10.00
Tim Kennedy vs. Yoel Romero 2.25 1.66
Cat Zingano vs. Amanda Nunes 1.36 3.25
Donald Cerrone vs. Eddie Alvarez 1.90 1.90
Duston Poirier vs. Conor McGregor 3.25 1.36

Main Card Matchup – Demetrious Johnson vs. Chris Cariaso Betting Preview

Chris Cariaso is coming off of three straight wins in the UFC with his most recent being a split decision victory over Louis Smolka. The 33 year old fighter from San Jose, California may be running into a wall, however, as he’s getting his first crack at a UFC championship against four time defending Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson. Johnson is a huge favorite to win this fight and there’s good reason it. Demetrious’ 20-2-1 record is highlighted by a winning streak that started more than two years ago. He’s currently on a run of six wins in a row and he’s gone seven fights without recording a loss.

Cariaso’s fighting style is all about taking as many shots as he can, regardless of how accurate those shots are or how many he ends up taking in return. And while his fighting style would seem to suggest a fighter that would win a lot of fights from fortunately landed TKO punches, he’s been forced to take the majority of his fights by decision. His only real saving grace in this fight will be his ability to take punches and defend being taken to the ground. Cariaso defends an average of 65% of the takedown attempts made on him, which is a number good enough to match the title holder.

Johnson can be just as furious in the striking department as Cariaso, but the majority of his work is done closer to the mat. Johnson began his career as a wrestler in high school and continued to utilize his wrestling skills in World Extreme Cagefighting matches, and eventually the UFC. He has won 35% of his fights by submission and fewer than 50% of them by decision. When all is said and done, Johnson is more accurate with his attack and also more skilled at taking down his opponents. His stats as well as his submission totals show that. And while Cariaso could always get a lucky punch in, the most likely scenario is another successful title defense for Johnson.

Bet365 is going above and beyond to get people betting on the underdog and so far it’s working out well for them. They’re offering Cariaso up at odds of 10.00 and more than 45% of the UFC betting public in Canada is backing that wager. Of course, the amount of action on Cariaso might have less to do with his chances of winning and more to do with the joyless odds being offered up on Johnson. Bet365 is giving you $6 of profit for every $100 you bet on the favorite. It might be the smart wager in this case, but a win certainly won’t burst open the porcelain on your piggy bank.

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