Saturday, April 13, 2019

UFC on ESPN 2: Barboza vs. Gaethje will be held on March 30, 2019 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 

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

DUSTIN POIRIER +162
MAX HOLLOWAY -192

KELVIN GASTELUM +150
ISRAEL ADESANYA -180

KHALIL ROUNTREE +162
ERYK ANDERS -192

WILSON REIS +121
ALEXANDRE PANTOJA -151

ANDRE SOUKHAMTHATH +342
MONTEL JACKSON -542

NIKITA KRYLOV -118
OVINCE SAINT PREUX -112

KHALID TAHA +121
BOSTON SALMON -151

LAUREN MUELLER +140
POLIANA BOTELHO -170

ALAN JOUBAN -115
DWIGHT GRANT -115

MATT FREVOLA +112
JALIN TURNER -142

ZELIM IMADAEV -118
MAX GRIFFIN -112

CURTIS MILLENDER +119
BELAL MUHAMMAD -149

RANDY COSTA +142
BRANDON DAVIS -172

Unlike a spread on an NFL 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 explained via example:

DUSTIN POIRIER +162
MAX HOLLOWAY -192

In this fight, Blessed is the -192 favorite, meaning if you bet $192 on him and he wins, you would only profit $100. If he were to lose though, you would lose the full $192.

If you were to bet on Poirier at +162, if you bet $100 on him and he wins the fight, you will profit $162. 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.