The biggest event in MMA history is just days away now and if you aren’t foaming at the mouth for things to get under way you just can’t call yourself a fight fan. On Saturday July 9, 2016 the UFC will officially christen Las Vegas’ new T-Mobile Arena with UFC 200; an event that will feature two title fights and the return of Brock Lesnar.

From top to bottom UFC 200 is stacked with the best collection of talent ever assembled for one UFC card. In all, the event features three season winners from The Ultimate Fighter and 11 current or former champions from the UFC, Pride and Strikeforce.

For the gamblers out there this is a fight card where piles of money will be won and lost. Knowing where and how to play this card will be key to having a successful and profitable weekend.

Joe Lauzon vs. Diego Sanchez to win “Fight of the Night”

With 13 “Fight of the Night” bonuses between them Lauzon vs. Sanchez could easily be the fight that takes the award home at UFC 200. For those of you who thought the fireworks ended after the 4th of July buckle up for this one. At +450 picking this fight to take home “Fight of the Night” honors is a smart prop play with big payoff potential.

Sage Northcutt knocks out Enrique Marin

Coming off of the first loss of his young career Northcutt is a great pick here to win in spectacular fashion. Marin is a tough fighter but he was handpicked to get Northcutt back in the win column. Northcutt is faster, stronger, more explosive and more technical than Marin; at +165 taking Northcutt to win by TKO/KO is a solid play here.

Cain Velasquez grinds Travis Browne out

Velasquez’s last appearance wasn’t his best showing; in many ways you could argue it was his worst. Velasquez – who is known for his conditioning – looked tired and lethargic for much of the fight and it ultimately led to Fabricio Werdum taking his heavyweight title via guillotine choke. Expect to see Velasquez get back to basics against Browne. At +300 taking “Cardio Cain” to win by decision is a great play.

Brock Lesnar submits Mark Hunt

After over five years away Lesnar returns to the UFC Octagon against the most devastating striker in the sport today. Hunt is a wrecking machine on the feet and we all know Lesnar does not like to get hit. But we also know that Lesnar is an elite athlete with an incredible wrestling pedigree and crushing physical strength. Considering Hunt doesn’t have the best grappling game in the world things could get very interesting if Lesnar can get an early takedown. This is a long shot but at +675 taking Lesnar to win by submission makes sense here.

The parlay to play

At +511 parlay Sage Northcutt, Cain Velasquez, Miesha Tate and Brock Lesnar.

Odds provided by BestFightOdds.com

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RJ Gardner
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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, SI.com, CBSSports.com and UFC.com. RJ is also a Petroleum Transportation Operations Manager during the day.