UFC returns to the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on the 25th of this month, and fight fans can’t wait for the latest show from MMA’s most popular promotion. The bouts at UFC 266 will be fought out before a capacity crowd in Sin City while millions more worldwide keep pace with the action.
The program is headlined by Alexander Volkanovski’s defense of his UFC featherweight championship belt against the challenge of Brian Ortega. The challenger has been here before, only to fall short on the big stage. Has he learned the lessons from that near miss, or will it be another disappointing evening for T-City? Followers will find out when the rivals face off in the octagon.
Traders at the leading betting apps have been quick to get involved, drawing up their betting odds and offering fight fans the chance to back their predictions. The top bouts of the evening are covered, including the main event,
and there’s plenty to bet on, including fight winner, method of victory, and winning round.
Read on to find out who the bookies are backing and how you can use your knowledge of MMA to target a profit.
The pre-fight betting in the top of the bill bout at UFC 266 shows the traders come down hard in support of Volkanovski. That will come to as little surprise to followers of the fight game but many had this bout a little closer to a 50/50 competitive contest than the betting suggests. Volkanovski isn’t just a favorite, he is the strong favorite and that is sure to push backers into the method of victory and other betting specials.
If you expect Alexander to win and would like to place a bet on him to do just that you could find more value is available when predicting how he will win, rather than if he will win. The method of victory list has knockout, points, or submission. The odds on these are higher than the fight winner as there’s more of a risk involved.
You must get both the winning fighters correct and how they will get the job done. The most likely outcome here, according to the bookies, is a points decision win that sits ahead of the knockout with a submission deemed the most unlikely of the three. Betting traders predict Volkanovski will use his skills and experience to impress the scoring judges and get the decision at the final bell.
The betting market doesn’t always get it right, of course, and Ortega can’t be written off as a mere opponent. He is a challenger who is good enough to leave with the win and victory for Brian certainly wouldn’t be the biggest UFC upset of the year. The method of victory tells us that if Ortega is to spoil the party it would be by a points decision. The KO/TKO or submission haven’t attracted too much support from bettors despite traders offering a nice price on both.
Volkanovski nicked a win last time
The champion and pre-bout betting favorite enter this fight on a stunning run of form. His professional MMA card shows he has 22 wins against just one loss. The spare defeat came in the form of a knockout inflicted by Corey Nelson in Melbourne, Australia back in May 2013. Since then he has fought 19 and won 19.
His most recent outing was a split decision over Max Holloway on UFC 251 in Dubai last summer. After five hard-fought rounds that bout went to the scorecards and pushed the judges hard, the scorers eventually giving the victory and UFC title defense to Alexander.
The challenger has a professional MMA record of 15 wins, one defeat, and no contest. Seven of his previous wins have been by submission with five on points and three knockouts. The spare loss came against Holloway by stoppage on UFC 231 in Ontario, Canada with the featherweight championship belt on the line. Ortega was taken out in round four that night but managed to get his career back on track with victory in his comeback. Briant defeated Chan Sung Jung in Abu Dhabi last October, scoring a decision win over five rounds. That victory earned him another bite at the cherry, and Ortega will be hoping to take his chance this time and finally win the title belt.