UFC on ESPN 1 fight card, odds: Former champion Cain Velasquez a narrow favorite over Francis Ngannou

A new era is set to begin on Sunday evening in Arizona with the debut of UFC on ESPN. While the network has hosted preview shows and preliminary bouts already in the first year with UFC, this will be the first main card to air exclusively on the network, and UFC sure did stack it just for fight fans.

In the main event of UFC on ESPN 1, former heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez will return to the Octagon for the first time since his UFC 200 victory over Travis Browne in July 2016 as he takes on one of the most dangerous strikers in the history of the heavyweight division, former title challenger Francis Ngannou. Injuries have unfortunately derailed Velasquez's return to the cage for a bit, but Sunday night, he'll step back in there and look to prove he's focused on eventually regaining the heavyweight title if he can hand Ngannou his third loss in his last four fights. 

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Plus, James Vick and Paul Felder return to the Octagon after suffering tough defeats in their last bouts while rising strawweight prospect Cynthia Calvillo returns in a critical bout against Cortney Casey. And it's the UFC debut of Kron Gracie as he takes on Alex "Bruce Leeroy" Caceres.

Below you can have a look at the entire list of betting odds, via Bovada, for the UFC on ESPN 1 card set to take place on Sunday. 

UFC on ESPN 1 odds

FavoriteUnderdogWeight class

Cain Velasquez -165

Francis Ngannou +135

Heavyweight

James Vick -125

Paul Felder -105

Lightweight

Cynthia Calvillo -335

Cortney Casey +255

Women's strawweight

Kron Gracie -310

Alex Caceres +240

Featherweight

Vicente Luque -450

Bryan Barberena +325

Welterweight

Myles Jury -155

Andre Fili +125

Featherweight

Jimmie Rivera -155

Aljamain Sterling +125

Bantamweight

Manny Bermudez -205

Benito Lopez +165

Bantamweight

Andrea Lee -175Ashlee Evans-Smith +145Women's flyweight
Scott Holtzman -175Nik Lentz +145Lightweight
Jessica Penne -150Jodie Esquibel +120Women's strawweight
Luke Sanders -185Renan Barao +150Bantamweight
Alexandra Albu -135Emily Whitmire +105Women's strawweight

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