Arguably the most technically sound fighter in all of MMA, UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson is simply one of the best. But for some reason, he has been unable to resonate with the fans. Time and time again, cards headlined by Johnson simply do not deliver solid numbers.

It’s absolutely maddening that fans continue to ignore Johnson’s unbelievable talent. Every time you watch him compete, Johnson shows the world just how dangerous a complete fighter can truly be. Hopefully, this weekend fans finally tune in to see his brilliance because fighters of his caliber do not come around very often.

Good news for Johnson is the UFC has done a great job of stacking this event. UFC 191 features one of the UFC’s brightest young stars in Paige VanZant, two great light heavyweight bouts and a heavyweight co-main event between fan favorite former UFC champions Andrei Arlovski and Frank Mir.

This event should be Johnson’s coming out party because the way it is built it should attract some pay-per-view buys. For the gamblers out there, UFC 191 offers up some pretty solid plays and some great opportunity to add to that bankroll.

Anthony Johnson, -500 vs. Jimi Manuwa, +400

Even though the UFC’s light heavyweight division is not what it once was, it still is home to some incredible fights. At UFC 191, light heavyweight knockout artists Johnson and Manuwa will battle it out and fans should expect to see fireworks. Johnson and Manuwa both bring a lot of power to the table and someone is getting knocked out on Saturday.

Play: At -275, take Johnson to win inside the distance, and at -155, bet the under on 1 ½ rounds

Andrei Arlovski, -155 vs. Frank Mir, +135

Apparently these two 36-year-old former champions have found the fountain of youth because Arloviski and Mir have looked spectacular as of late. Both men are entering this bout off of back-to-back first round knockout victories and back-to-back “Fight Night” bonuses. Considering the current state of the heavyweight division, the winner of this bout could easily be granted the next title shot.

On the feet, Arlovski’s hand speed and footwork will give him a significant advantage. But if this fight hits the ground, Mir will be in complete control. It’s an interesting matchup between two of the greatest heavyweights of all-time.

Play: At +135, take Mir to win, and at +171, take him to win inside the distance

Demetrious Johnson, -500 vs. John Dodson, +400

In the main event of the evening, Dodson looks to challenge Johnson for the flyweight title once again. Their first meeting was a tremendous bout that saw Johnson win with his technical superiority. Dodson landed some great power shots and hurt the champion, but he simply could not close the deal.

This time around, Dodson is confident he will defeat the champion. Between his explosive power and incredible speed, Dodson brings a unique set of skills to the cage that no other flyweight possesses. Johnson on the other hand continues to get better and better every time he steps into the cage. And that is saying a lot considering just how good he already is. No other fighter in the sport can chain attacks together like Johnson and that is a major reason for his success.

For Dodson to win, he is going to have to land crisp, clean power shots early on; he needs to hurt the champion early and capitalize. Dodson can’t let Johnson get into a rhythm because once Johnson settles in he will take control of the fight.

Play: Take Johnson to win, and at +240, take him to win inside the distance

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RJ Gardner is a rabid sports fan and a long time MMA enthusiast. After watching UFC 1 at ripe old age of 11 RJ was hooked and his passion for the sport has continued to blossom over the years. RJ has been covering MMA since 2007 and has had work featured on Bleacher Report,, and RJ is also a Petroleum Transportation Operations Manager during the day.