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UFC 235 Betting: Jon Jones vs. Anthony Smith

It’s been a difficult run for the UFC lately. They decided to cancel UFC 233 after moving the main event of that card (Henry Cejudo vs. TJ Dillashaw) to the premiere Fight Night 143 broadcast on ESPN+, then they lost their headline match for UFC 234 (Robert Whitaker vs. Kelvin Gastelum) just hours before they went on air; Whitaker needed emergency surgery for a hernia and a collapsed bowel. Now it’s up to Jon “Bones” Jones to save the day at UFC 235, coming up on Saturday, March 2 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.


It could be a very brief appearance for Jones. He’ll defend his newly-regained Light Heavyweight title against Anthony Smith, and the MMA betting odds at press time are overwhelmingly in Jones’ favor. Good thing there are several other compelling fights on the main card – including one that was supposed to co-headline UFC 233. Here’s how the top matches shape up for this event.


UFC 235 Odds: Jon Jones vs. Anthony Smith

Jones (23-1, 1 NC lifetime; 17-1, 1 NC UFC) is one of the most polarizing figures in MMA right now. He’s undoubtedly one of the greatest fighters of all time, and still in his prime at age 21, but Jones has also been stripped of the Light Heavyweight title twice because of doping infractions – and once before that for a hit-and-run incident in 2015. Now that he’s the champ again, can Jones stay out of trouble and carry the UFC as the face of the company?


His first defense will be against Smith (31-13 lifetime, 7-3 UFC), a veteran of the indie scene who made appearances with UFC, Strikeforce and Bellator earlier this decade, and was working full-time in construction before returning to the Octagon in 2016. Smith moved up from the Middleweight division last year and has won three straight bouts, headlining twice on Fight Night and earning performance bonuses in victories over Mauricio Rua (via first-round KO) and Volkan Oezdemir (via third-round submission). Can he make it four in a row against Jones? It would be one of the biggest upsets in MMA history; the Jones vs. Smith odds have the champion at –1400 to win, with Smith at +750.


UFC 235 Odds: Tyron Woodley vs. Kamaru Usman

The co-main event at UFC 235 is for the Welterweight title, and Woodley (19-3-1 lifetime, 9-2-1 UFC) is the –185 favorite on the MMA odds board after four consecutive title defenses. He hasn’t lost a match in over five years, but Woodley is one of the more undervalued commodities in the sport; the public bet heavily against him in his last fight against Darren Till (–115), which Woodley won in the second round after slapping on a D’Arce choke.


Once again, Woodley finds himself facing a potential star in Usman (14-1 lifetime, 9-0 UFC), who has yet to lose inside the Octagon. The “Nigerian Nightmare” was a Division II wrestling champion in 2010 and the winner of The Ultimate Fighter 21 Welterweight class, and is coming off a convincing unanimous decision over former champion Rafael dos Anjos last November. Usman is three inches taller than Woodley at 6-foot even, with a two-inch reach advantage and the ability to switch stances. He’ll carry some UFC betting value into this match as a +150 underdog.


UFC 235 Odds: Ben Askren vs. Robbie Lawler

They didn’t get to fight at UFC 233, but this battle of former Welterweight champs should be worth the wait. While Lawler (28-12, 1 NC lifetime; 13-6 UFC) is the more familiar name, having won the UFC strap in 2014, he’s also the +230 underdog against Askren (18-0, 1 NC lifetime), who’s making his Octagon debut after winning titles in Bellator and ONE. Askren, one of the greatest college wrestlers of all-time, is –300 on the UFC odds board. After a brief one-year retirement, his rights were traded to the UFC last November for former Flyweight champ Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson.


Other UFC 235 Betting Odds

There’s no shortage of name talent on the preliminary cards for UFC 235, especially for the ESPN portion of the broadcast, where Jeremy Stephens, Ovince Saint Preux, Diego Sanchez and Mickey Gall will be in action. Watch out as well for Cody Garbrandt and Tecia Torres in the first two fights on the main card. Bovada Sportsbook will show you how to bet on UFC 235 odds with fresh lines for all the big fights as we get closer to bell time on March 2.


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How to Bet on the UFC: UFC Betting Explained

There was a time when boxing was the biggest combat sport in the world. These days, more people are betting on mixed martial arts – especially when it’s the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) putting on the show. This promotion has skyrocketed since its first pay-per-view card in 1993, back when it was no holds barred; new rules and regulations have turned the UFC into a sweet science all its own, allowing the company to spread across the globe. This UFC Betting 101 introduction will show you how to bet on MMA at Bovada Sportsbook, from basic wagers to simple strategies you can use to knock out your competition.


Betting on the UFC

The UFC holds dozens of events every year, with somewhere around a dozen fights on every card. The major events are pay-per-views, and smaller shows are aired on cable television and UFC Fight Pass; each card will feature a main event, often a title fight for one of the promotion’s 12 weight divisions, as well as a co-main event. Here are the different ways you can get in on the UFC betting action:


UFC Moneyline Betting

This has been the standard way to bet on combat sports for well over a century. UFC moneyline odds are a form of fixed-odds betting, where you choose one of the two fighters to win straight-up, no point spread attached. In North America, these odds are typically expressed using the American odds format. To better understand exactly what are UFC moneyline odds, let’s look at the famous August 2016 Welterweight rematch between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz at UFC 202:

Diaz              +120
McGregor       –150

Unless it’s a pick’em, every fight has a favorite and an underdog. The favorite will always have a negative sign next to their MMA odds; in this matchup, McGregor was the –150 favorite, paying out $100 for every $150 wagered (smaller and larger bets are allowed). The underdog usually has a positive sign next to their odds, although that’s not always the case with two closely matched opponents. In this fight, Diaz was the +120 underdog, paying out $120 for every $100 wagered.


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UFC Parlay Betting

A parlay bet is a combination bet that lets you group together a number of individual moneyline wagers. If you get all your picks right, your payout increases exponentially, but if you get a single pick wrong, the parlay loses. You can put anywhere between two and 12 moneyline bets in your UFC parlays. The more lines you add, the higher the potential payout. So how do UFC parlay bets work? Let’s say you wanted to combine the McGregor-Diaz fight at UFC 202 with the co-main event, a Light Heavyweight bout between Anthony “Rumble” Johnson and Glover Teixeira:

Teixeira           +175
Johnson           –225

Here, Johnson was the –225 favorite, while Teixeira was the +175 underdog. If you parlayed Johnson together with McGregor, congratulations: Both favorites won their fights. Betting $50 on each of them separately would have earned you $44.44 in profit, but since you parlayed them instead, you earned $140.74. You can calculate your potential payouts by multiplying the odds for each fight in your parlay, either by hand or with an online parlay calculator. Even better, Bovada Sportsbook will do the math for you when you’re filling out your bet slip.


UFC Futures Betting

If you’ve been stumped trying to figure out just what is a UFC futures bet, we’ve got you covered. In general, the UFC odds for each card will be made available well in advance, but every once in a while, speculative odds will be published for a fight that may or may not take place in the future. This can happen when two really big-name fighters appear to be on a collision course. If there’s enough interest in their potential fight, UFC futures odds will go up on the board. You’ll find them under “UFC Futures” when you open the UFC menu at Bovada Sportsbook.

Betting on UFC futures looks exactly the same as betting on the moneyline. There will be a favorite and an underdog, and the odds for each fighter will adjust depending on how much action they draw. Once their prospective fight is made official, those odds will be taken off the UFC futures board and put on the regular market.


UFC Prop Betting

Aside from the moneyline, UFC prop bets (short for proposition bets) are the most popular way to bet on MMA’s most popular promotion. Rather than picking a straight-up winner, UFC props ask you to wager on things like method of victory (KO/TKO/DQ, submission or decision), and whether the fight will go OVER or UNDER a certain number of rounds.

Much like the Super Bowl, betting on UFC props can be both fun and profitable. The more popular the fight, the more props you’ll have at your disposal; you might be able to bet on whether a fighter will win during a specific round, or whether they’ll win by unanimous decision. Don’t forget to look for these props anytime you’re considering a bet on the UFC.


UFC Betting Tips

Think you know your way around the Octagon better than most people? If you’ve been following the sport for some time, you’ve probably developed a solid base of knowledge that can help you beat the UFC odds. But even if you’re betting on MMA for the first time, you can gain an advantage by remembering two simple rules of thumb:

Everything You Need To Know About Betting on The UFC

1. Styles make fights. Every UFC fighter comes from a certain MMA background. Brazilian jiu-jitsu is common, but a well-rounded practitioner will bring other martial arts to the table, be it wrestling, boxing, karate, Muay Thai, sambo, judo, or other forms. Ideally, your chosen fighter will be strong in the two basic elements of MMA: striking, and grappling. They’ll also be strong on both offense and defense. If you see a fighter who’s gifted at ground-and-pound going up against someone who isn’t skilled at defending from underneath, that’s a mismatch that you can take advantage of.

2. The bigger they are, the harder they fall. There are 12 different weight classes in the UFC: eight male, and four female. The lightest division is Women’s Strawweight (up to 115 pounds), and the heaviest is Heavyweight (male, 206-265 pounds). As a rule, the lighter divisions have more of their fights end in decision, while the heavier classes will see more knockouts. You can use this knowledge, combined with the styles and past records of each fighter, to take advantage of the UFC props. For example, a Women’s Strawweight bout will end in a decision roughly 70% of the time; put two defensive strikers in the Octagon together, and a decision becomes even more likely.


Because the UFC has become so popular, detailed biographies of most fighters are available on the internet, showing their MMA backgrounds, which belts they’ve been awarded, and the results for all their previous fights – both in MMA and other combat sports. A little research will go a long way in helping you make sharper UFC picks. In the meantime, you now have everything you need to get started betting on the UFC. For more information, check out the FAQ and Help guide at Bovada Sportsbook, and feel free to contact Customer Service if you need further assistance.


*Odds as of February 10, 2018