UFC 251 betting odds: Masvidal makes weight for Usman fight

Oct 16, 2020 |
UFC 251 betting odds: Masvidal makes weight for Usman fight
UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman originally was a -300 betting favorite against short-notice opponent Jorge Masvidal, but five days later he's now priced at -245.
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UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman originally was a -300 betting favorite against short-notice opponent Jorge Masvidal, but five days later he's now priced at -245.
Photo By - USA TODAY Sports

UFC 251 odds have seen a major shift in the week leading up to the July 11 event. The fight card for UFC 251 betting is packed with marquee names, headlined by the welterweight battle between Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal, who accepted the fight on Monday and has seen his odds improve steadily throughout the week.

Favorites for the remainder of the card include Alexander Volkanovski, Petr Yan and Rose Namajunas. 

We bring you the early UFC odds for every fight scheduled for UFC 251.

Where will UFC 251 take place?

UFC 251 will take place on the legendary "Fight Island" we have heard so much about. That's right, Fight Island is real and it has an actual name: Yas Island in Abu Dhabi

After months of speculation, UFC president Dana White revealed the location of the venue which is located in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.

UFC 251 will be the first of four consecutive UFC events expected to take place on Fight Island from July 11 to July 25.

 

Who Is Fighting At UFC 251?

There are three championship fights scheduled for UFC 251: Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal is the new headline event, while Alexander Volkanovski will defend his featherweight title against Max Holloway and Petr Yan will face Jose Aldo for the vacant bantamweight title.

Another highly-anticipated matchup will see the No. 1 and No. 2 challengers in the women's strawweight division face-off as Rose Namajunas takes on Jessica Andrade.

UFC 251 odds (as of July 10)

Weight Class Favorite Odds Underdog Odds
Welterweight Kamaru Usman -245 Jorge Masvidal* +200
Featherweight Alexander Volkanovski -198 Max Holloway +166
Bantamweight Petr Yan -225 Jose Aldo +188
Women Strawweight Rose Namajunas -190 Jessica Andrade +160
Women Flyweight Amanda Ribas -900 Paige VanZant +610
Light Heavyweight Volkan Oezdemir -158 Jiri Prochazka +134
Welterweight Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos +116 Muslim Salikhov -136
Featherweight Makwan Amirkhani -215 Danny Henry +180
Lightweight Leonardo Santos -178 Roman Bogatov +150
Heavyweight Marcin Tybura -112 Maxim Grishin* -110
Flyweight Raulian Paiva -180 Zhaglas Zhumagulov +152
Women Bantamweight Karol Rosa -225 Vanessa Melo +188
Bantamweight Martin Day -174 Davey Grant +146

Odds courtesy of Fanduel

*Jorge Masvidal replaced Gilbert Burns, who withdrew following a positive test for COVID-19 on July 3.

**Maxim Grishin is replacing Alexander Romanov, who withdrew from the fight.

 

UFC 251 odds for title fights

Kamaru Usman vs Jorge Masvidal

Kamaru Usman (-245) is riding a 15-fight win streak and is undefeated in his 10 UFC fights. He's already defended the welterweight title once, against Colby Covington at UFC 254 in December, and is an all-around dominant fighter, with perhaps the best conditioning of anyone in the UFC.

Masvidal is coming off an incredible 2019, which saw him record the fastest knockout in UFC history against Ben Askren at UFC 239, then win the 'BMF' belt with a TKO victory over Nate Diaz at UFC 244. Even though he took this fight on less than a week's notice - and cut 22 pounds in five days to make Friday's weigh-in - Masvidal has seen a lot of betting action this week, which has shifted his line up to +200.

Alexander Volkanovski vs Max Holloway

Max Holloway (+166) gets a chance for redemption as he takes on Volkanovski (-198) eight months after losing the featherweight title to him at UFC 251. Prior to that bout, Holloway had successfully defended the championship three times.

Like Usman, Volkanovski (-198) hasn't lost since 2013, going 19-0 since then. The first fight between these two featherweights wasn't all that close with Volkanovski battering Holloway with leg kicks, which has oddsmakers expecting another victory for the Australian. 

 

Petr Yan vs Jose Aldo

Yan is now listed as the -225 favorite in this fight. If Aldo wins as a +188 underdog it'll feel a bit strange to see him own the belt, considering his only fight in the 135-pound weight division was a loss to Marlon Moraes last December.

Aldo, the former featherweight champion, with an incredible seven consecutive title defenses from 2011 to 2014, had recent losses to both Volkanovski and Holloway before dropping down in weight class. Yan is a perfect 6-0 since joining the UFC and is coming off a knockout victory over Urijah Faber at UFC 245.

UFC 251 predictions

Now that you have the odds, check out our best picks and predictions for these bouts taking place on July 11:

Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal

Alexander Volkanovski vs. Max Holloway

Petr Yan vs. Jose Aldo

Jessica Andrade vs. Rose Namajunas

Amanda Ribas vs. Paige VanZant

Where can I bet on UFC odds?

Most online sportsbooks and casinos offer bets on UFC odds and props. While odds to win usually come out as soon as a fight is announced, prop bets become more readily available closer to an event. Check out the best sportsbooks available where you live and see what UFC bets they have available. 

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