Saturday, August 03, 2019

UFC on ESPN 5, also known as UFC Newark, and UFC on ESPN: Covington vs. Lawler will be held on Saturday, August 3, at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

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

ROBBIE LAWLER +180
COLBY COVINGTON -240

CLAY GUIDA +120
JIM MILLER -150

JOAQUIM SILVA +195
NASRAT HAQPARAST -255

KENNEDY NZECHUKWU EV
DARKO STOSIC -130

SALIM TOUAHRI -125
MICKEY GALL -105

LUCIE PUDILOVA +115
ANTONINA SHEVCHENKO -145

GERALD MEERSCHAERT +140
TREVIN GILES -170

MAESTRO DONG HYUN KIM +329
SCOTT HOLTZMAN -479

MATT SCHNELL -105
JORDAN ESPINOSA -125

LAUREN MURPHY +155
MARA ROMERO BORELLA -185

MIRANDA GRANGER +115
GOLDY -145

How Odds Work

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:

ROBBIE LAWLER +180
COLBY COVINGTON -240

In this fight, Covington is the -240 favorite, meaning if you bet $240 on him and he wins, you would only profit $100. If he were to lose though, you would lose the full $240.

If you were to bet on Ruthless at +180, if you bet $100 on him and he wins the fight, you will profit $180. 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.

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