We are on the brink of one of the most-appealing fights card of the coming year as UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier will meet at UFC 182. The highly-anticipated showdown will take place on Saturday, January 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV.

There is a lot of bad blood between these two men and it will be settled in the octagon on Saturday night. In addition to that, the entire UFC 182 fight card is stacked with tremendous fights and interesting matchups.

As for the gamblers out there, UFC 182 is a solid opportunity to start the New Year off on the right foot. This card is more of a fans dream than a gamblers dream but there is always money to be made.


Hector Lombard, -800 vs. Josh Burkman, +550

Kicking off the main card is a welterweight bout between rising contender Lombard and returning veteran Burkman. It’s been just over six years since Burkman last fought in the Octagon, but he earned his way back by going 9-2 outside of the organization.

As good as Burkman has looked outside of the UFC though, he is going to have his work cut out for him against Lombard. Since dropping down to welterweight, Lombard has knocked out Nate Marquardt and he has defeated Jake Shields. Lombard is a dangerous judoka with vicious knockout power.

The play: Take Lombard to win and at +100 take him to win by TKO/KO

Kyoji Horiguchi, -800 vs. Louis Gaudinot, +550

Gaudinot is a talented fighter, but his time in the UFC has been less than stellar. Horiguchi on the other hand is one of the hottest prospects in the sport today and he is 3-0 inside the Octagon with two of those wins coming by way of TKO stoppage. This is a spotlight fight for Horiguchi, so expect him to impress.

The play: Take Horiguchi to win and at +125 take him to win by TKO/KO


Brad Tavares, +115 vs. Nate Marquardt, -135

Tavares is one of the UFC’s best young talents in the middleweight division, but he has lost his last two bouts and he is coming off of the first stoppage defeat of his career. Marquardt on the other hand is looking to make one last run at the title and is coming off of an impressive first round submission victory in his return to the middleweight division.

Tavares has some great tools at his disposal, but every time he has faced a stiff challenge he has come up short. Marquardt has too much experience and is too well-rounded for Tavares at this point in his career.

The play: Take Marquardt to win and at +357 take him to win by decision


Donald Cerrone, -200 vs. Myles Jury, +170

This one has “Fight of the Night” written all over it as exciting lightweights Cerrone and Jury look to earn title shot consideration with a win. Jury is undefeated and he is coming off of the biggest win of his career, but he has never been in the cage with a fighter like Cerrone. “Cowboy” is one of the best lightweights in the world and he is riding a five fight win streak over some of the toughest competition in the division.

Jury and Cerrone are both skilled in all phases of the fight game, but both men like to strike. Jury is tremendous at avoiding damage and picking his spots while Cerrone isn’t afraid to attack and press the action. At the end of the day though, it comes down to experience and level of competition and Jury just hasn’t faced and beat the caliber of opponents that Cerrone has.

The play: Take Cerrone to win and at +161 take him to win by decision


Daniel Cormier, +145 vs. Jon Jones, -165

The main event of the evening features a grudge match for the ages at Jones puts his UFC light heavyweight title on the line against Cormier. This is one of the most highly-anticipated bouts in UFC history and both of these men are at the top of their game, so expect to see something special.

Since winning the title, Jones has been dominant; taking out some of the greatest fighters the sport has ever seen. Jones has a unique skill-set and the kind of physical gifts fighters dream of. Then you have Cormier, a two-time Olympian and an undefeated fighter with a work ethic few can match.

The play: Take Comier for the upset and at +360 take him to win inside the distance

The BIG Play – At +710 take Lombard, Horiguchi, Marquardt, Cerrone and Cormier for the parlay

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.