Early lines have opened on two highly-anticipated fights in the wake of UFC 276.
Alexander Volkanovski sits as a slight underdog against former lightweight champion Charles Oliveira in the hypothetical future pairing. After a virtuoso performance in his trilogy bout opposite Max Holloway, ‘The Great’ called for his shot at the vacant 155-pound belt opposite ‘Do Bronx’, who was in attendance that night.
Online sports book BetOnline had ‘Volk’ open at +110 while Oliveira sits as the slight favorite at -130.
The market for the (likely) next middleweight title bout saw Israel Adesanya emerge as a -180 favorite, while Alex Pereira, who holds two wins, including one knockout, over ‘Stylebender” in kickboxing fills the role as the underdog at +160.
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The best of the rest
- Max Holloway reacts to UFC 276 loss, proclaims Alexander Volkanovski to be MMA’s top pound-for-pound fighter – MMAFighting.com
- Israel Adesanya reveals how elaborate ‘Undertaker’ walkout happened at UFC 276 with Vince McMahon in attendance – MMAFighting.com
- Pedro Munhoz shares medical record to prove eye injury from UFC 276 bout against Sean O’Malley – MMAJunkie.com
- Jessica-Rose Clark has elbow surgery, addresses armbar controversy at UFC 276 – BloodyElbow.com
- Marvin Vettori blasts “boring” Israel Adesanya after UFC 276, says the division “needs a new champ”: “Italy will have his first UFC champion soon”- MMAMania.com
Cejudo breaks down some of Volk’s tricks:
Jan Blachowicz shows off his moves:
Flyweight prospect Muhammad Mokaev puts Volk at #1:
Jake Hadley can’t get a fight
The morning view
Dan Hooker previews dos Anjos vs Fiziev:
JHK chats with Charles Rosa:
Luke Thomas discusses Cerrone’s career and UFC 276:
Kiiyon Kimura discusses Izzy’s performance:
- Ariane Lipski to fight Pricilla Cachoeira at UFC Vegas 59 on August 6 (per MMA Fighting)
On this day in MMA…
On July 6th, 2008, The Ultimate Fighter season one winner, Forrest Griffin, won the UFC light heavyweight title.
Griffin, who entered the bout as a moderate underdog, secured the belt with a unanimous decision over Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson at UFC 86.