It will be a busy August in the UFC, leading up to UFC 177 on August 30, and the much anticipated rematch between TJ Dillashaw and Renan Barao for the UFC Bantamweight title.
Dillashaw (11-2-0) is an early -150 favorite in UFC online betting to retain the title he took from Barao (34-2-0) in stunning fashion at UFC 173. A +550 underdog entering that fight, Dillashaw dominated Barao, who had not suffered a loss in the octagon since 2005, eventually ending the fight by TKO in the 5th round (all odds provided by Bovada, be sure to check Bovada reviews before selecting a bookmaker) Barao is an early +120 underdog in advance of the rematch, a far cry from the -800 odds he owned prior to UFC 173.
Also on the card at UFC 177, Demetrious “Mickey Mouse” Johnson will defend his UFC Flyweight Title against Chris Cariaso. Johnson (20-2-1) is pegged as a heavy -1400 favorite to retain the UFC Flyweight title he originally won in a thrilling fight at UFC 152. No. 8-ranked Cariaso (17-5-0) goes into UFC 177 riding a three-fight winning streak, but is a +750 longshot against Johnson.
A week before UFC 177, No. 1 contender Benson Henderson will try to make a case for a shot at the UFC Lightweight Title he lost to Anthony Pettis at UFC 164 when he takes on No. 8 Rafael dos Anjos at UFC Fight Night 49.
Henderson (21-3-0) is coming off a Performance of the Night submission victory over Rustam Khabilov, back in June. Dos Anjos (21-7-0) claimed a 2nd round TKO win over Jason High at the same event, in his first fight to not go the distance in over two years.
In other UFC action, Ryan Bader is a -165 favorite to defeat Ovince Saint Preux when they meet in the octagon in a 5-round Light Heavyweight bout at UFC Fight Night 47 on August 16.
No. 8 Bader will be looking for his third straight win after defeating both Rafael Cavalcante and Anthony Perosh by unanimous decision in his last two bouts. Pegged as a +135 underdog, Saint Preux (16-5-0) cannot be taken lightly by Bader. The 31 year-old Haitian-American has looked dominant in recent outings, which include a pair of opening-round victories over Cody Donovan and Nikita Krylov, and a 2nd round TKO over Ryan Jimmo in his last fight, at UFC 174.