Saturday, February 09, 2019

UFC 234: Whittaker vs. Gastelum will be held on February 10, 2019 at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia. Due to the time difference, it will air in North America on Saturday, February 9.

These are The Odds, courtesy of Joey Oddessa. Follow him on Twitter.

Main Card (PPV, 10 p.m. ET)

KELVIN GASTELUM +192
ROBERT WHITTAKER -252

ANDERSON SILVA +367
ISRAEL ADESANYA -567

RANI YAHYA -120
RICKY SIMON -110

NADIA KASSEM +195
MONTANA DE LA ROSA -275

SAM ALVEY +115
JIM CRUTE -145

Late Prelims (ESPN at 8 p.m. ET)

D HYUN KIM +195
DEVONTE SMITH -275

AUSTIN ARNETT +235
SHANE YOUNG -335

RAULIAN PAIVA +177
KAI KARA FRANCE -237

TERUTO ISHIHARA +272
KH KANG -372

Early Prelims (UFC Fight Pass,  6:30 p.m. ET)

MARCOS ROSA +314
LANDO VANNATA -464

CALLAN POTTER +165
JALIN TURNER -215

WULIJI BUREN +120
JONATHAN MARTINEZ -150

How Fight Odds Work

Unlike a spread on a football game where one team is getting a certain amount of points (ex. Saints +7), in MMA fights the line on the game is called a moneyline. These are the +/- used on UFC broadcasts. The figure is how much money you have to bet in order to win $100 (-), and how much a $100 bet will earn (+). They are perhaps best understood via example:
KELVIN GASTELUM +192
ROBERT WHITTAKER -252

In this fight, Whittaker is the -252 favorite, meaning if you bet $252 on him and he wins, you would only profit $100. If he were to lose though, you would lose the full $252.

If you were to bet on Silva at +192, if you bet $100 on him and he wins the fight, you will profit $192. If he were to lose the fight, you would lose your original $100 bet.

Depending on how people are betting on the fights the odds will shift from the moment they open, right up until the night of the fights.

The sport is built on moments that make you involuntary think “HOLY F***ING S***!!!” Those can come at any time, on any portion of the card, from any fighter. Thus, some bettors look to the underdogs, sometimes big ones, as the best bets. And they say never bet until the weigh-ins.