Even though Jon Jones will not be facing Daniel Cormier to unify the light heavyweight title belts in the main event at UFC 200 on Saturday night in Las Vegas, bettors will still have plenty of other exciting wagering opportunities due to a stacked card overall.
Jones was pulled from his championship bout against Cormier due to a failed drug test, but there are two other title fights on the main card that are worth betting on.
The most intriguing matchup at UFC 200 is Frankie Edgar (20-4-1) versus Jose Aldo (25-2) for the interim featherweight title.
Edgar remains a slight -115 favorite (bet $115 to win $100) at most sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com while the former champion Aldo is listed as chalk at a few spots and could get more support as fight night draws closer.
This is a rematch of their bout from UFC 156 that saw Aldo earn a unanimous decision in Edgar’s first fight in the organization at 145 pounds. Edgar was previously the lightweight champ but lost two straight bouts to Benson Henderson before dropping down.
Since the loss to Aldo, Edgar has won five in a row, capped by a first-round knockout of Chad Mendes that got him a Performance of the Night bonus.
After that bout, newly crowned women’s bantamweight champ Miesha Tate (18-5) will put her belt on the line for the first time against Brazilian Amanda Nunes (12-4).
Tate upset former champ Holly Holm with an impressive fifth-round rear-naked choke submission at UFC 196 four months ago and is still awaiting the return of another former champ in Ronda Rousey. Enter Nunes, who is riding a three-fight winning streak and is listed as a +210 underdog (bet $100 to win $210) compared to -250 for Tate.
The new main event will pit former heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar (5-3) versus top contender Mark Hunt (12-10-1), who was listed as high as -180 on Thursday.
Lesnar headlined UFC 100 and scored a second-round TKO of Frank Mir for his first title defense seven years ago. He is a consensus +145 underdog and has not fought inside the Octagon since 2011 when he retired to go back to the WWE, with Hunt fighting nine times since then and suffering only three losses to fighters who have all held the belt.