In this article we break down everything you need to know before place a bet on Demetrious Johnson vs. Wilson Reis.
On April 15th, the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world will be attempting to defend his title for the 10th straight time. Demetrious Johnson is on the verge of tying Anderson Silva’s title defense record, but will be taking on a unique challenge in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu expert Wilson Reis. NetBet Sportsbook has already set the betting odds, so let’s take a closer look at the matchup.
Bet on Demetrious Johnson: 1/10
Since making the move to 125 pounds in March of 2012, Demetrious Johnson has been nothing short of dominant. A longtime bantamweight contender, Johnson quickly established himself as one of the best fighters in the sport with victories over Ian McCall and Joseph Benavidez to win the title.
Demetrious Johnson does not carry the same star power as fighters like Conor McGregor or Jon Jones, but he’s proven time and time again to be one of the most skilled athletes in the sport. Of his nine title defenses, four have come via decision, three by submission, and two by knockout. Simply put, he’s as well-rounded as they come.
Johnson vs. Reis betting odds
- Demetrious Johnson: 1/10
- Wilson Reis: 17/4
It’s this incredibly complete skill set that makes him so difficult to beat. Against Henry Cejudo for example, he decided to fight inside the clinch with knees and elbows to earn the TKO victory. Johnson isn’t afraid to fight to his opponent’s strengths, which is an important fact coming in against the submission expert Wilson Reis.
Now, not many online sportsbooks in the UK are expecting Demetrious Johnson to get a submission win here, though all list him as a serious MMA betting favorite. Anyone looking to bet on Demetrious Johnson vs. Wilson Reis likely knew this, as the champion is coming in as the 1/10 favorite, according to NetBet Sportsbook.
Bet on Wilson Reis: 17/4
Wilson Reis hasn’t exactly beaten the top fighters at flyweight, but there’s simply no one else for Johnson to face. Reis is currently riding a three fight win streak, and is telling anyone who will listen that he’s going to make UK gambling news on the 15th with a submission win over the champion.
Reis’ first exposure came in the Bellator MMA, where he put together a nice win streak before losing two straight fights by KO against Patricio Freire and Eduardo Dantas. Since then, he’s only lost 2 fights and has recorded victories over Scott Jorgensen and Dustin Ortiz.
One of the more interesting talking points surrounding a bet on Demetrious Johnson vs. Wilson Reis is the fact that Reis is training with the last man to beat Demetrious, Dominick Cruz. Is anyone has some sound advice for beating the champ, it’s Cruz. “Demetrious Johnson is not unbeatable – if anyone knows that, it’s me,” Cruz told MMAjunkie. “He’s a very beatable individual. I beat him for five rounds straight.”
Despite the confidence that his training partner possesses, Wilson Reis is a massive MMA betting underdog heading into this fight. According to NetBet Sportsbook Reis’ odds to beat Johnson are set at 17/4. If he can win, it will be one of the biggest upsets in MMA history.
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