The return of live mixed martial arts events in the United States is imminent. Because of that, so is legal wagering on the outcomes of such bouts in states that allow for such activity like Indiana. One online sportsbook is taking the lead in that regard.
UFC 249 bursts back onto the scene on May 9 in Jacksonville, FL. Although the event will be closed to spectators it will be televised and BetRivers Online Sportsbook currently offers straight and totals betting markets for all nine fights on the card.
Breaking down betting options for UFC 249
In the television main event, Tony Ferguson will look to reclaim the interim lightweight title against Justin Gaethje. Ferguson comes into Saturday having won 12 consecutive fights and recording stoppages in all but three bouts.
For those reasons, Ferguson is a strong favorite. BetRivers expects the fight to last a while, however. As of Tuesday afternoon, the markets sat at:
|Tony Ferguson||-177||0 2.5 +109|
|Justin Gaethje||+150||U 2.5 -148|
BetRivers expects Henry Cejudo to claim his sixth consecutive victory, although it does give Dominick Cruz a lot of credit in the totals market despite not having fought since December 2016. The odds are:
|Henry Cejudo||-220||0 4.5 -200|
|Dominick Cruz||+183||U 4.5 +148|
In the heavyweight division, Francis Ngannou gets the fight he wants against Jairzinho Rozenstruik. The totals market reflects the high probability that there will be a knockout between these two behemoths.
|Francis Ngannou||-278||0 1.5 -106|
|Jairzinho Rozenstruik||+225||U 1.5 -125|
Calvin Kattar is best known for getting stronger in fights as he goes and BetRivers expects him to pull out another victory late. The spread on the moneyline here is one of the largest on Saturday’s card.
|Jeremy Stephens||+206||0 2.5 -182|
|Calvin Kattar||-250||U 2.5 +136|
In the Contender Series, Greg Hardy will look to legitimize himself by sending Yorgan De Castro to his first professional loss. BetRivers expects him to do so quickly in the pay-per-view main card event.
|Greg Hardy||-200||0 1.5 -155|
|Yorgan De Castro||+165||U 1.5 +115|
BetRivers also has moneyline and totals markets on the four preliminary fights as well. The sportsbook offers a wide array of prop bets on the entire schedule as well.
A few intriguing prop bets for UFC Saturday
If you’re looking to get some money down on a knockout, De Castro and Rozenstruik might be your men. BetRivers is offering odds of +202 and +330, respectively, on those fighters winning by finish.
The sportsbook is also currently offering a line of +350 on Ferguson v. Gaethje going the distance. If a win by submission is more your flavor, consider the +700 on Cejudo over Cruz.
BetRivers offers some lucrative props if you’re willing to stake your money to both the fighter and the round. For example, if you’re keen on Kattar in the third round, you can take advantage of +1,200 odds.
For all the main card events, there are at least 11 and as many as 14 different prop wager types available. The same goes for the preliminary events as well if you’re apt to handicap those bouts.
The return of UFC to action and pay-per-view is welcome for MMA fans around the globe. For bettors in Indiana, the entire night presents some great opportunities to make BetRivers submit as well.