UFC Betting Recap: Mighty Mouse Is Mighty

UFC fighter Demetrious Johnson

Jason Lake

Sunday, April 16, 2017 5:12 PM GMT

Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson was carrying some heavy MMA odds into Saturday’s Flyweight title defense. But Johnson’s victory over Wilson Reis was never in serious doubt.

He’s the best MMA fighter in the world today. But Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson was priced between –750 and –1100 on the UFC odds board for Saturday night’s Flyweight title defense against Wilson Reis. That’s some big chalk right there, high risk for low reward. We decided not to put Johnson in our betting picks here at the home office.

Mighty Mouse put on a hell of a show. The No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter at Sherdog and ESPN was clearly the better man in this fight, submitting Reis (+555) via armbar late in the third round. Make it 10 successful title defenses for Johnson, tying Anderson Silva’s UFC record. It’s hard to find quality competition in the lightest divisions – and the heaviest – so maybe it isn’t so bad to eat a little chalk now and then with Johnson doing what he does.
 

Boot to the Head

The women’s divisions used to be more that way, too, but Saturday’s Strawweight bout between Rose Namajunas and Michelle Waterson figured to be very competitive. We had Waterson as a +125 dog, but she didn’t have many answers for Namajunas on this night, tapping out to a rear-naked choke in the middle of the second round. It’ll be Namajunas getting that title fight against Joanna Jedrzejczyk, provided the champion beats Jessica Andrade next month at UFC 211.
 

Hugh high kick from @rosenamajunas sets up the stunning sub victory at #UFCKansasCity! 

— UFC Canada (@UFC_CA) April 16, 2017


It wasn’t all bad for the underdogs in Kansas City. Robert Whittaker (+225) stunned Ronaldo “Jacaré” Souza with a pair of high kicks in the second round, then took Souza to the mat and won via TKO after referee Mario Yamasaki stepped in – a little early, perhaps, but Whittaker was dominant in this fight. This was after Jacaré had signed a fresh contract for eight more fights with the UFC. It speaks to how competitive the Middleweight division is these days; anyone in the Top 10 could win on any given Saturday. Bet accordingly.