Weekend Fight Odds: Canelo Alvarez Huge Favorite, Poirier vs. Johnson Nearly Even

By Mike Sloan Sep 16, 2016
While it may not be the biggest fight weekend of the year in the MMA and boxing world, there are some intriguing matchups on which to wager one’s hard-earned money.

All eyes in the fight world will be focused on the Lone Star State as Texas will serve as the host for UFC Fight Night 94, the Canelo Alvarez-Liam Smith HBO Pay-Per-View event and Bellator 161 (online sportsbooks). Saturday’s UFC event sports the highest number of wagers available while the Canelo card boasts by far the largest favorite/underdog matchup.

Alvarez, the reigning WBC middleweight champion, will again drop down to 154 pounds when he collides with Smith for the Brit’s WBO junior middleweight belt. Most people involved in the Sweet Science believe the Mexican superstar will easily pummel Smith, which makes “Beefy” a heavy underdog going into what will be the biggest fight of his career. Canelo currently sits as a -1200 favorite while Smith rests as a +725 underdog, according to Bovada, one of the world’s largest online sportsbooks.

On the UFC side, the main event between Dustin Poirier and Michael Johnson is an alluring matchup considering how well their styles will clash. Though “The Diamond” is figured to win the fight according to most experts, he isn’t a huge favorite. Poirier is currently a -160 betting favorite and Johnson is a +130 underdog.

The biggest wagering disparity on the UFC Fight Night 94 card is the preliminary showdown between Randy Brown and Erick Montano. As of Friday afternoon, Brown sits as a -400 favorite while Montano lays at +325.

UFC Fight Night 94 odds, according to Bovada:
Dustin Poirier: -160
Michael Johnson: +130

Uriah Hall: +155
Derek Brunson: -190

Evan Dunham: -300
Rick Glenn: +230

Albert Morales: -115
Alejandro Perez: -115

Kenny Robertson: -115
Roan Carneiro: -115

Chris Wade: -110
Islam Makhachev: -120

Sam Sicilia: -175
Gabriel Benitez: +145

Belal Muhammad: -375
Augusto Montano: +285

Jose Alberto Quinonez: +135
Joey Gomez: -165

Erick Montano: +300
Randy Brown: -400

Chas Skelly: -185
Maximo Blanco: +150

HBO Boxing PPV odds:
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez: -1200
Liam Smith: +700

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