UFC sportsbook fans will have to wait a fair while before catching the next PPV event from the promotion.
The next big event the UFC has slated is Fight Night 115, to be headlined by a heavyweight bout between Alexander Volkov and Stefan Struve. However, it’s still not a PPV event and thus, doesn’t have the same stardom as other events we’ve come to expect from the UFC.
Enter UFC 215, which by UFC betting standards still doesn’t have the same type of hype as the other events we’ve seen this year. This will be the next event following the titanic show that was 214, which officially welcomed Jon Jones back into the UFC. It’s a big shoe to fill, and it doesn’t look like 215 will be able to get it done.
UFC 215: Johnson vs. Borg – Saturday, September 9th
When: 6-10 pm ET
Where: Rogers Place, Edmonton, Canada
TV: UFC TV
UFC Betting Stream: UFC Fight Pass
The night will be headlined by a flyweight championship match between current champion Demetrious Johnson and Ray Borg, the No. 3 ranked flyweight contender in the world. Additionally, the co-headlining match of the night will pit women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes against the No. 1 ranked contender, Valentina Shevchenko. Looking over these headlining matches, it’s clear that the promotion will have a hard time selling this fight to the fans. Let’s look over what UFC online sportsbooks have to say about this pairings before breaking down why the event is a bad sell.
Demetrious Johnson 4½ (+105) -1100 vs. Ray Borg 4½ (-125) +700
Johnson used to hold the UFC record for least number of views, until Chris Weidman surpassed Mighty Mouse at UFC on Fox 25 by beating an outclassed Kevin Gastelum. Johnson, who just lost the No. 1 pound-for-pound ranking to Jon Jones, is an incredibly gifted fighter and has a tremendous work ethic, evident by how much UFC sportsbooks are favoring him in this match. However, there’s no denying the fact that Johnson is not as big of a draw as the other title holders in the UFC.
Part of the problem is the lack of competition in the flyweight division. The division has been Johnson’s for a longtime and no one else has helped raise the division’s notoriety – like McGregor did for the featherweights.
Johnson had his opportunity for a big money fight when the UFC offered him a fight against TJ Dillashaw. Johnson felt that there was no guarantee that Dillashaw would make weight and proceeded to turn down the fight. Dana White publically grilled Johnson for this but went on to book Johnson vs. Borg, but not before letting the world know that it’s not going to be as big of a draw.
Amanda Nunes 2½ (-135) -105 vs. Valentina Shevchenko 2½ (+115) -115
Players betting on UFC events don’t have the highest opinion of Amanda Nunes right now. After the women’s bantamweight champion refused to fight at UFC 213, it’s easy to understand why.
Nunes was supposed to face Shevchenko at that event, but refused to step into the octagon, citing a sinus problem as the reason for her refusal.
The reception of this move was mostly negative. Fans felt robbed of what they paid to see and the UFC rightfully issued refunds. But it forces the question: can we count on Nunes this time around?