UFC 251 Betting Preview

by WagerHome Blog on July 9, 2020

Leaving Las Vegas for the weekend, the UFC heads to Abu Dhabi for what it is calling Fight Island. This is the first of four fight cards in 14 days, and what may be the best fight card of the year so far.

Kamaru Usman is the headliner, but it was just a few days ago that his opponent, Gilbert Burns, had to withdraw because of a positive COVID-19 test. So in steps Jorge Masvidal, a BMF champion, and the full card gets that much better.

And in case that wasn’t enough intrigue for you. Masvidal passed his own COVID test in Las Vegas and flew immediately to Abu Dhabi.

But he’ll have to fight this weekend without one of the main components of his corner, coach Mike Brown, who tested positive for the coronavirus.

Thus is life hosting international sporting events in the face of an ongoing pandemic.

Full Fight Card

  • Martin Day (-190) vs. Davey Grant (+150)
  • Vanessa Melo (+185) vs. Karol Rosa (-240)
  • Raulian Palva (-190) vs. Zhalgas Zhumagulov (+150)
  • Marcin Tybura (-112) vs. Maxim Grishin (-112)
  • Leonardo Santos (-190) vs. Roman Bogatov (+150)
  • Makwan Amirkhani (-215) vs. Danny Henry (+170)
  • Elizeu dos Santos (+100) vs. Muslim Salikhov (-124)
  • Volkan Oezdemir (-177) vs. Jiri Prochazka (+140)
  • Amanda Ribas (-835) vs. Paige VanZant (+525)
  • Jessica Andrade (+162) vs. Rose Namajunas (-200)
  • Petr Yan (-250) vs. Jose Aldo (+200)
  • Alex Volkanovski (-230) vs. Max Holloway (+185)
  • Kamaru Usman (-265) vs. Jorge Masvidal (+210)

Masvidal has been hugely entertaining in his recent fights, and we expect more of this same this weekend. But the fact is that Usman has beaten the better fighters. If you are looking for an upset on this card, the headlining event isn’t likely to be it.

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The Alex Volkanovski-Max Holloway tilt is a rematch of their title fight last December. Holloway seemed to struggle with motivation when the two fighters met seven months ago, but that shouldn’t be an issue this time around, now that he’s the ex-champ. This fight is a toss-up, which makes the +185 on Holloway an intriguing bet.

On the preliminary card, Danny Henry is someone to keep an eye on. This is another very evenly matched fight, and the +170 on Henry is an excellent number to play.

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UFC Fight Night: Poirier vs. Hooker Betting Preview

by WagerHome Blog on June 25, 2020

It’s another weekend of top-flight UFC action from the Apex in Las Vegas, with this week’s fight card featuring a main event of Dustin Poirier vs. Dan Hooker – two top five ranked lightweights looking to move up for a title shot.

Poirier is the favorite at -225, but with seven wins in his last eight bouts, no one is sleeping on Hooker at +180. Both fighters are looking for that one signature win that will put them into contention.

Poirier has been around for years and is very popular on the circuit. But Hooker has the advantage in height, reach, and striking ability.

It’s a big fight, and Poirier has the advantage when it comes to performing in the spotlight. That’s why he’s the favorite.

But this matchup feels like it’s closer than the odds would suggest. For that reason, Hooker at +180 feels like the better bet. If Poirier was paying at -150, he’d be the bet. But at -225, it simply isn’t worth it.

Full Fight Card

Of course, Poirier vs. Hooker is just the main event. There is an entire card of fights that can be wagered on before the two of them get into the octagon.

  • Jordan Griffin (-106) vs. Youssef Zalal (-114)
  • Jinh Yu Frey (+138) vs. Kay Hansen (-175)
  • Takashi Soto (-150) vs. Ramiz Brahimaj (+120)
  • Sean Woodson (-250) vs. Kyle Nelson (+195)
  • Tanner Boser (-112) vs. Philipe Lins (-112)
  • Mara Romero Borella (+230) vs. Miranda Maverick (-305)
  • Luis Pena (-265) vs. Khama Worthy (+205)
  • Gian Villante (+180) vs. Maurice Greene (-230)
  • Brendan Allen (-305) vs. Kyle Daukaus (+235)
  • Mike Perry (-286) vs. Mickey Gall (+220)
  • Dustin Poirier (-225) vs. Dan Hooker (+180)

Perry vs. Gall is co-headlining the event this weekend, and that isn’t without some controversy. Other than being known names, they haven’t been good.

Perry has lost five of his last seven fights, and Gall’s six wins have come against guys no longer in the UFC. Absolutely anything could happen in that fight.

Other Bouts to Watch

The heavyweight fight between Gian Villante and Maurice Greene isn’t likely to be pretty, but it should be exciting. Greene absolutely needs this win to stay in the good graces of the UFC.

Kay Hansen is just 20 years old but already has six professional wins. She faces her toughest opponent yet in Jinh Yu Frey but comes in as the favorite.

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And Luis Pena is the heavy favorite against Khama Worthy, who comes in on a five-match win streak. At +205, Worthy makes for a very appealing bet.

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UFC Fight Night Betting Preview

by WagerHome Blog on June 18, 2020

UFC president Dana White may try and say otherwise, but there is no question that the smaller octagon being used by the UFC at Apex in Las Vegas is having an influence on the fights. It’s not a bad thing, but it is a very real thing, as last Saturday we saw the first three fights of the night all end inside a minute – the first time that’s ever happened.

The most impressive of those knockouts belonged to Tyson Nam, who dropped Zarrukh Adashev with one punch to record his first-ever UFC win at the age of 36. You just never know what’s going to happen, and that is only amplified by the smaller octagon.

This Week’s Fight Card

Twelve more fights from Apex fill out this weekend’s card, with the main event coming courtesy of the heavyweight showdown between Curtis Blaydes and Alexander Volkov. The card and odds are as follows:

  • Jim Miller (+185) vs. Roosevelt Roberts (-240)
  • Brianna Van Buren (-210) vs. Tecia Torres (+165)
  • Bobby Green (-240) vs. Clay Guida (+185)
  • Josh Emmett (+110) vs. Shane Burgos (-137)
  • Marion Reneau (+120) vs. Raquel Pennington (-152)
  • Belal Muhammad (-125) vs. Lyman Good (+100)
  • Roxanne Modafferi (-124) vs. Lauren Murphy (+100)
  • Austin Hubbard (+144) vs. Max Rohskopf (-182)
  • Frank Camacho (+100) vs. Matt Frevola (-124)
  • Cortney Casey (+100) vs. Gillian Robertson (-124)
  • Oskar Piechota (-129) vs. Marc-Andrew Barriault (+103)
  • Curtis Blaydes (-400) vs. Alexander Volkov (+300)

Blaydes and Volkov are both top-10 heavyweights, and even though Blaydes is the heavy favorite, it’s worth noting that Volkov has won seven of his last 10 fights. That includes his most recent win, a unanimous decision over Greg Hardy in November.

Also worth knowing before you place any bets is that Blaydes has won each of his last two fights before the end of the second round.

Welterweight Bout

One other fight to watch is Belal Muhammad and Lyman Good. It’s a close welterweight matchup, and the storylines are quite interesting. Four years ago, they were supposed to fight, but Good was replaced after he tested positive for a banned supplement.

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In April, they were scheduled to fight again, but this time, Good tested positive for COVID-19 and again had to withdraw. Now, fingers crossed, they will finally fight.

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Get In On The UFC 250 Betting Action

by WagerHome Blog on June 2, 2020

Hopefully you were prescient enough to put money down on Gilbert Burns last weekend in his UFC fight with Tyron Woodley. Burns’ dominating win over the former champion was a sight to see, and at +150, it was an awfully nice payday.

It’s also the kind of performance that could land Burns a title shot in the not too distant future.

Other underdogs that came away victorious last weekend were Brandon Royval (+135) and Katlyn Chookagian (+115), with the majority of the card being dominated by the favorites.

More Fighting at APEX

The smaller octagon at UFC APEX had an impact on last week’s fights, and it will again be the site for this coming weekend’s UFC 250, featuring Amanda Nunes and Felicia Spencer in the main event. This fight was originally supposed to take place in Brazil in early May, but the COVID-19 pandemic forced us all to wait an extra month.

Nunes is both the bantamweight and featherweight champion, and this will be her first defense of the featherweight title since she won it with a 51-second knocking of Cris Cyborg. On the flip side, when judging this fight, it’s worth noting that Spencer’s only loss came against Cyborg last summer.

The co-main event of the night is another fight that we’ve been waiting several weeks for. Former champ Cody Garbrandt and 37-year-old Brazilian Raphael Assuncao were originally scheduled to go at it in March before the fight was postponed by the pandemic.

UFC 250 Full Fight Card

Preliminary Card

Evan Dunham (+180) vs. Herbert Burns (-250)

Alonzo Menifield (-240) vs. Devin Clark (+185)

Alex Perez (-137) vs. Jussier Formiga (+110)

Charles Byrd (-177) vs. Maki Pitolo (+138)

Cody Stamann (-250) vs. Brian Kelleher (+180)

Gerald Meerschaert (+100) vs. Ian Heinisch (-125)

Alex Caceres (+120) vs. Chase Hooper (-150)

Main Card

Eddie Wineland (+310) vs. Sean O’Malley (-435)

Neil Magny (-150) vs. Anthony Rocco Martin (+120)

Aljamain Sterling (-118) vs. Cory Sandhagen (-106)

Co-Main Event

Cody Garbrandt (-143) vs. Raphael Assuncao (+115)

Main Event

Amanda Nunes (-590) vs. Felicia Spencer (+450)

On the preliminary card, the Alex Perez-Jussier Formiga fight looks to be one of the best. Both flyweights are ranked in the top 10.

The Aljamain Sterling-Cory Sandhagen fight on the main card pits two top-5 bantamweights. Both men are fighting well – Sandhagen has won seven straight while Sterling has won six of seven – and the winner will be set up nicely for a title shot.

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As for the co-main event, Garbrandt is seen as the better fighter, but he hasn’t fought in nearly 15 months and hasn’t won since 2016. That makes a play on the plus money of Assuncao extra appealing.

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Big Weekend Of MMA Action Heats Up Betting

by WagerHome Blog on May 28, 2020

The UFC’s return to fighting has been a huge success. Fans are happy, the fights have been great, and MMA wagering has been plentiful.

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UFC Fight Night – May 30

It is not too late to sign up with a pay per head provider before this weekend’s UFC event, but it’s close. On Saturday, an 11-fight card takes over the Apex in Las Vegas, headlined by the welterweight showdown between former champion Tyron Woodley and Gilbert Burns.

Woodley is the favorite at -175, with the expectation that the fight goes until at least the fourth round. The over on 3.5 rounds is paying -133.

The complete schedule for Saturday:

  • Chris Gutierrez (-110) vs. Vince Morales (-110)
  • Casey Kenney (-275) vs. Louis Smolka (+230)
  • Tim Elliott (-162) vs. Brandon Royval (+135)
  • Jamahal Hill (-125) vs. Klidson Abreu (+105)
  • Daniel Rodriguez (-275) vs. Gabriel Green (+190)
  • Katlyn Chookagian (+115) vs. Antonina Shevchenko (-133)
  • Mackenzie Dern (-400) vs. Hannah Cifers (+320)
  • Brok Weaver (+250) vs. Roosevelt Roberts (-300)
  • Spike Carlyle (+120) vs. Billy Quarantillo (-137)
  • Blagoy Ivanov (-110) vs. Augusto Sakai (-110)
  • Tyron Woodley (-175) vs. Gilbert Burns (+150)

A couple of notes on the card to keep an eye on. Mackenzie Dern is making just her second appearance in the octagon since giving birth to a baby girl.

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Meanwhile, Daniel Rodriguez was supposed to fight Kevin Holland, who would have been making just a 14-day turnaround from his victory over Anthony Hernandez. Instead, Holland was replaced this week because of injury, and Rodriguez is now the heavy favorite to beat replacement fighter Gabriel Green. Green is making his UFC debut and hasn’t fought professionally since 2018.

Smaller Octagon

One big factor in this weekend’s fight card and how the bets will fall is the size of the cage at UFC Apex. Instead of the standard 30 feet, it’s just 25 feet, which means that with less space to move around, there will be more fighter on fighter interaction.

More fighting and less moving means that there is a higher likelihood of matches ending in finishes instead of decisions. More finishes and shorter fights means that round betting and method of victory wagers will be influenced, so take that into consideration.

It’s also worth noting that Woodley hasn’t recorded a KO since 2016. So if ever there was a chance for him to end that unlucky streak, Saturday night is it. For the record, a Woodley KO or TKO is currently paying +175.

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NASCAR, UFC Taking Center Stage Again In The Sports World

by WagerHome Blog on May 14, 2020

If you have ever considered moving your bookmaking operations to a pay per head software provider, now is the perfect time, with sports like UFC and NASCAR making some noise. The action is quiet, and your competition is lying dormant, waiting for things to happen.

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UFC

After a very successful UFC 249 last week and a full card of fights on May 13, the MMA giant looks ahead to future events, with bouts currently on the schedule for May 16, May 23, and June 6. That June event – UFC 250 – features the rescheduled title fight between Amanda Nunes and Felicia Spencer.

Nunes currently holds both the featherweight and bantamweight titles and is hoping to become the first fighter to ever defend her belt in two weight classes at the same time.

Nunes is the heavy favorite at -500 and enters the match with 10 straight wins. Alex Perez and Jussier Formiga have also been confirmed for a fight that night.

The main event on the fight card for May 16 is the heavyweight tilt between Alistair Overeem and Walt Harris. Harris is the favorite at -155, while a bet on Overeem pays +130.

NASCAR

Racing returns to NASCAR on May 17, as 40 cars will take to the track at Darlington sans cheering spectators. The favorites are as expected, with both Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick at +550. Denny Hamlin is third at +650.

Other storylines to follow and interesting bets to make include Matt Kenseth making his first start since 2018. A bet on Kenseth pays +2800.

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Ryan Newman will be making his first start since a terrifying crash at Daytona left him hospitalized with a bruised brain. Newman is on the board at +10000.

With no practice before the race and no qualifying, the start order will be determined by current owner points. That means the top four starters will be Harvick, Joey Logano, Chase Elliott, and Alex Bowman.

When the Coca-Cola 600 runs on May 24 in Charlotte, they will have qualifying runs to determine the start positions earlier that day.

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