Jon Jones Opens as -270 Favourite Over Anthony Johnson

Published on February 27th, 2015 6:37 pm EST

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UFC 187 Poster - Jon Jones vs. Anthonhy JohnsonThe main event of UFC 187, which is going to be an absolutely stacked card featuring two high profile title fights, will feature current Light Heavyweight champion Jon "Bones" Jones against Anthony "Rumble" Johnson.

Jon Jones has opened as a -270 favourite in this fight, while Anthony Johnson is currently a +210 underdog.

These odds mean that, according to the bookmakers, Jon Jones has a 72.99% chance of emerging victorious, while Anthony Johnson has a 32.26% chance of pulling off the victory.

Anthony Johnson wasn't supposed to be the man to next square off against Jon Jones. Most people thought that Alexander Gustafsson would do the honors, though a crushing first round KO for Anthony Johnson against Gustafsson earlier in the year changed the plans for a rematch. Instead, Jones will be getting Anthony Johnson, a man who has proven that he can end a fight with just one punch.

Johnson has taken an interesting road over the past couple of years. Johnson was cut by the UFC due to weight issues earlier in his career and he was forced to earn his way back into the promotion by winning in smaller promotions. Johnson rededicated himself to his craft, reeled off a number of impressive victories and is now just one win away from the Light Heavyweight title.

Jon Jones, on the other hand, is coming off of an impressive victory over Daniel Cormier earlier in the year. Jones and Cormier had an unbelievably emotional feud but Jones was able to put aside the emotion to clinically dismantle and demoralize his opponent. In many ways, Cormier was the biggest challenger of Jones' career, and "Bones" passed the test with flying colors.

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While Jones is certainly the more skilled fighter, Anthony Johnson possesses the type of raw power and quickness that may just catch the champion. This is going to be an excellent fight on an excellent card.

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