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UFC Betting Roundup: From Now Until April

Since not many sites are giving good run-downs on the betting odds for upcoming MMA events, we thought we’d give you a look at a good way to win some extra dough or lose your paycheck (probably lose, if your luck is anything like mine) on January 19th. Excluding most non-UFC events – with exceptions like the EliteXC show in Miami on February 16th featuring Kimbo SliceBookmaker has the odds on all things UFC from now until the joint’s April Canadian-debut (UFC 83). Other sites have odds until UFC 81, which is probably more practical, given how many times odds can change leading up to an event (broken hands, anyone?). Sorry if you want to throw down some Bens on the undercards, odds are usually reserved for the big boys.

Here’s the lowdown from Bookmaker for UFC 80 (1/19):

BJ Penn -290
Joe Stevenson +230

Gabriel Gonzaga -250
Fabricio Werdum +200

Kendall Grove -330
Jorge Rivera +270

From BetUs:

BJ Penn -280
Joe Stevenson +210

Gabriel Gonzaga -260
Fabricio Werdum +200

Kendall Grove -350
Jorge Rivera +250

From Bodog:

BJ Penn -285
Joe Stevenson +225

Gabriel Gonzaga -260
Fabricio Werdum +200

Kendall Grove -350
Jorge Rivera +275

Our man Kendall Grove looks poised to clobber the recently underperforming Jorge Rivera. He also predicted Gabriel Gonzaga would prevail over Fabricio Werdum and the odds are showing that – not because Da Spyder said it, it’s just because Gonzaga is better and Werdum is boring. Most feel BJ Penn has the advantage in his corner, but then again, bettors were waging 5-1 in favor of Wandy against Chuck and we all know what happened there.

For a clearer view of what all the fucking numbers above mean, here’s a bit from MMA Betting Blog:

So here is an actual example from a UFC fight, that will explain the odds a bit better.

Tito Ortiz (-140)
Rashad Evans (+120)

In this matchup, Tito is the favorite at -140. This means that for every $1.40 you bet, you win $1. So if you were to bet $140 on Tito, you’d win $100 (profit) if he is victorious. Rashad is the underdog in this match at +120. This means that for every $1 you bet, you will win $1.2o. So if you bet $100 on Rashad, and he wins, you will win $120 (profit).

The moneylines on UFC fights will often change with the amount of money coming in on each side. If a bunch of money is coming in on one side, the sportsbook will adjust the moneyline to even out the action and get bettors betting on the other fighter. With that said, whatever the odds are when you place your bet, is the odds you get. They don’t change like in horse racing. 

Check out the rest of the article so you know your shit when you pull the trigger on this betting thing. What really sucks the green wiener is that sites are overwhelmingly only allowing UFC events. Until they allow all IFC, EliteXC, any Fedor fights, or hell, even WCO events, MMA is going to be playing catch-up even longer. Even golf gets more respect in the betting world. The sports betting world is massive and if MMA starts making waves, the crusty 75-year-old dudes that smell like stale Thai food and make Larry Flynt look like a stud will take notice and start throwing investment money into the sport. Sure, there’s money to be made in this here sport, but those poor bastards just wanna’ snuggle with some ring girls and they know money talks. Whatever pumps some more money into the MMA pipeline is all good by us.

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