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UFC 237 Betting: Rose Namajunas vs. Jessica Andrade 

Fight fans in Rio de Janeiro are in for a treat. On Saturday, May 11, UFC 237 touches down at Jeunesse Arena with a 13-bout card that’s stacked with big names – and a compelling title fight as the main event. Women’s Strawweight champion Rose Namajunas will defend her belt against Brazilian fan favorite Jessica Andrade, the No. 1 contender. Here’s a closer look at the top three matchups on the UFC 237 betting card.

UFC 237 Odds: Rose Namajunas vs. Jessica Andrade 

It’s been a remarkable rise to the top of the Women’s Strawweight division for both these fighters. Namajunas (8-3 lifetime, 6-2 UFC) looked like she may have been over-hyped after losing two of her first five fights inside the Octagon, but that all changed at UFC 217 when the Milwaukee native upset Joanna Jedrzejczyk (–700) for the title. Then Namajunas erased any remaining doubt when she successfully defended her title against Jedrzejczyk (–130) at UFC 223.

Andrade (19-6 lifetime, 10-4 UFC) likewise had trouble cracking the top of the division, and lost her title challenge to Jedrzejczyk (–205) when they met two years ago at UFC 211. However, the pride of Umuarama has won each of her last three fights, including an impressive first-round KO of Karolina Kowalkiewicz (+350) last September that won her Performance of the Night honors at UFC 228. The Rose Namajunas vs. Jessica Andrade odds at press time have the challenger favored at –130 after opening at –150; Andrade is giving up four inches in height and three inches in reach to the champion, which will make it difficult for her to land strikes at her usual volume.

UFC 237 Odds: Anderson Silva vs. Jared Cannonier

There’s no question that Silva (34-9, 1 NC lifetime; 17-5, 1 NC UFC) is the biggest name on this card, but at age 44, “The Spider” is well past his prime. Silva has just one win in his last seven fights, covering a period of nearly seven years since he last held the Middleweight title. There have been ugly injuries and controversial drug suspensions along the way, but at least Silva will be fighting in Brazil for the first time since UFC 153, when he had his last successful title defense against Stephan Bonnar (+800).

Silva isn’t getting fed a ham-and-egger in this matchup, either. Cannonier (11-4 lifetime, 4-4 UFC) showed early promise in the Octagon three years ago after moving down from the Heavyweight division to Light Heavyweight, but he couldn’t maintain that success level. A second move to Middleweight may have done the trick; Cannonier earned a second-round TKO over David Branch (–315) last November at UFC 230, and comes into this co-main event as the –155 favorite on the MMA odds board.

UFC 237 Odds: Jose Aldo vs. Alexander Volkanovski

Aldo (28-4 lifetime, 10-3 UFC) is another former champion from Brazil with a stellar reputation, but just a 3-3 record in his last six fights – beginning with his one-punch Featherweight title loss to Conor McGregor (–105) at UFC 194. However, Aldo has won each of his last two fights, each with the Performance of the Night bonus attached, and the MMA betting odds have Aldo as the –140 favorite for this matchup.

It won’t be a walk in the park. Volkanovski (19-1 lifetime, 6-0 UFC) has yet to lose inside the Octagon after a successful indie career in his native Australia, where he won titles in the Lightweight and Welterweight divisions, as well as Featherweight. His most recent win was a second-round TKO over Chad Mendes (–135) last December at UFC 232. If Volkanovski can avoid the temptation of going for submissions against the defensively strong Aldo, he has a real chance of winning this match with his accurate and powerful striking.

Other UFC 237 Odds

Among the other notable names on the UFC odds board for May 11 are Antonio Rogerio “Big Nog” Nogueira and BJ Penn, although both will be underdogs when they appear on the ESPN preliminary card. Fight fans will also get to see another member of the Nurmagomedov clan in action when Said Nurmagomedov (cousin of Khabib, the Lightweight champion) faces local product Ranoi Barcelos on the early prelim card, which can be seen on UFC Fight Pass. Odds for all these fights and more are available right now at Bovada Sportsbook – your home for the best in MMA betting.

*Odds as of May 8th, 2019


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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.


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:


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.