After the thrilling success of UFC 262 over the weekend, the next card on the company’s schedule is UFC Vegas 27. The event is scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 22 and will be held as usual at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The night will be headlined by a bantamweight clash between Rob Font and Cody Garbrandt. Both men are the No. 3 and No. 4 fighters in their division respectively, so you know that the winner will be that much closer to challenging for Aljamain Sterling’s UFC Bantamweight Championship.
As is tradition with MMA bouts, sportsbooks have released their odds for each fight at UFC Vegas 27. BetOnline is one of them and is currently projecting for the bout between Font and Garbrandt to be an extremely close one. But who’s the favorite? Continue reading to find out.
UFC Vegas 27 Odds: Rob Font (18-4-0) vs Cody Garbrandt (12-3-0)
Odds via BetOnline as of Tuesday, May 18
- Moneyline: Font (-110) vs Garbrandt (-110)
- Total: 2.5 Rounds — Over (-105), Under (-125)
Bantamweight Bout Could Go Either Way at UFC Vegas 27
It’s not every day that you get an MMA fight this even in the odds department, but here we are. Both Font and Garbrandt have -110 odds to win at UFC Vegas 27, which means the fight is a pick ‘em situation for the time being.
On one hand, Font is on a three-fight winning streak. His last victory came in his only fight of 2020 as he defeated Marlon Moraes via TKO last December at a UFC Fight Night event. Font earned Performance of the Night honors for his effort, showing that he still had it after not having fought for an entire calendar year up to that point.
If he’s going to defeat Garbrandt at UFC Vegas 27, Font will be looking to land strikes early and often. He averages 5.21 significant strikes landed per minute with 42% accuracy. However, not only is he good at dishing it, but Font has great strike defense as well, clocking in at 62%. Garbrandt is no slouch when it comes to striking as well, judging by his 10 professional knockouts, but Font should be able to hold his own.
Garbrandt Looking to Start Winning Streak
As impressive as Font is on paper, you can’t overlook Garbrandt this weekend. After all, he’s a former UFC Bantamweight Champion, having held the title from December 2016 to November 2017. He had a tough go after he lost the championship to T.J. Dillashaw, losing three fights in a row before defeating Raphael Assunção at UFC 250 in June 2020.
Garbrandt hasn’t fought since then, so it’ll be interesting to see what shape he’s in. Still, he has that championship pedigree and experience that could give him an advantage heading into UFC Vegas 27.
As mentioned earlier, Garbrandt is also a master striker, with 10 out of his 12 professional MMA wins coming via KO/TKO. He averages far less significant strikes per minute (3.35) compared to Font and his accuracy isn’t the best either (37%), but Garbrandt manages to get it done. He’s also great at defending the takedown, registering an impressive 100% defense rating, which eliminates that aspect from Font’s game.
At the end of the day, both Font and Garbrandt are pretty evenly matched ahead of their fight at UFC Vegas 27. With possible bantamweight championship implications surrounding the main event, UFC fans could be in for a treat on Saturday.