Dominick Reyes will be looking to improve his unblemished professional MMA record to 12-0 when he takes on former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman at UFC on ESPN 6 on Friday as a -155 favourite on the UFC odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
Reyes returns to the octagon after earning a narrow split decision over Volkan Oezdemir as a -270 favourite in a three-round clash at UFC Fight Night 147 earlier this year, marking just the third time in his career that a fight has been decided by the judges going into Friday’s bout.
Reyes finished eight of his first nine professional fights inside five minutes, including each of his first three UFC contests. The 29-year-old earned his lone Performance of the Night bonus in his UFC debut, posting a TKO victory just 29 seconds into his clash with Joachim Christensen at UFC Fight Night 112 to pay out on -340 odds at online betting sites.
Weidman makes his debut in the UFC light heavyweight division as a +125 underdog on the UFC Boston odds. The Long Island native has struggled since losing his UFC middleweight crown to Luke Rockhold with a fourth-round TKO loss on punches at UFC 194.
That defeat began a stretch of five fights that has featured four losses by Weidman, capped by a third-round knockout loss to Ronaldo Souza as a -170 bet at UFC 230 that also earned “All-American” his first Fight of the Night bonus since losing his title.
And while Weidman held the UFC middleweight crown for almost two and a half years, he enjoys limited experience fighting into championship rounds, with just two of his 18 career fights lasting beyond the third round. However, the 35-year-old has enjoyed success when fights have gone the distance, earning the decision in each of the four contests that have been decided by the judges.
Elsewhere on the UFC Fight Night odds, Greg Hardy will be looking to record a third straight first-round victory as he battles fellow heavyweight Ben Sosoli as heavy -305 chalk. Yair Rodriguez faces off against Jeremy Stephens in flyweight action for the second time in four weeks as a narrow -120 favourite, while Maycee Barber takes on Gillian Robertson in a women’s flyweight matchup as a -125 wager.
Rodriguez returns to the octagon against Stephens after their clash at UFC Fight Night 159 was ruled a no-contest just 15 seconds into the first round after Stephens was injured by an unintentional eye poke. Stephens returns to action as a narrow -105 underdog despite falling to defeat in his two previous outings.