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UFC 263: Israel Adesanya vs. Marvin Vettori II

On Saturday, June 12, two UFC champions will put their belts on the line when they enter the Octagon against their respective challengers for UFC 263. Israel Adesanya, the Middleweight champion, will look to defend his title for a third time when he faces challenger Marvin Vettori. In the co-main event, Flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo will face Brandon Moreno as a follow-up to their draw at UFC 256.

The UFC betting lines have already hit the board, and odds for 14 fights are available at press time. We’ll preview the main fights, along with their UFC 263 odds, to get you ready for the major event set to take place at Gila River Arena in Glendale in front of a full capacity crowd.


UFC 263 Main Event: Adesanya vs. Vettori

After spending nearly a decade undefeated during his professional MMA career, Adesanya (20-1) looked for new competition in the Light Heavyweight division, where he faced Jan Blachowicz in a title bout. Despite going the distance, Adesanya lost via unanimous decision, tarnishing his perfect record. “The Last Stylebender” is still the man to beat at 185 pounds, where he’s been the champ since beating Robert Whittaker at UFC 243 in 2019.

This will be the second time Adesanya and Vettori (17-4-1) face each other in the Octagon. Their first encounter came in April 2018, and it was a close battle. They went the distance before Adesanya was announced the winner by split decision. Adesanya was the more accurate striker, while Vettori had to put in more volume to keep up. Since then, Vettori has gone on to win five straight fights that include unanimous decisions over Jack Hermansson and Kevin Holland. At press, Vettori is a +210 underdog against Adesanya (-265) on the Bodog UFC odds board.


UFC 263 Odds: Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Brandon Moreno

When these two Flyweights first met in the Octagon, they fought at an unbelievable pace. Both sides served and took significant damage through the five rounds. The final numbers tallied showed Figueiredo (20-1-1) throwing 137 significant strikes out of 238 attempts, while Moreno (18-5-1) landed 132 of 248. Moreno (18-5-2) did have the edge on the mat, however, where he took down Figueiredo four times over the course of two rounds.

There was no question that the champ was the stronger of the two in the first round, but the four rounds that followed were very tightly contested. Judges initially had Figueiredo listed as the winner of the third round, but a point was deducted from the Brazilian for kicking Moreno in the groin, and that resulted in a tied round. At the end of the five rounds, the result was a majority draw. Hopefully a rematch will determine which of the two Flyweights deserves the championship; at press, Figueiredo is a -250 favourite to defend his title against +200 Moreno.


UFC 263 Odds: Leon Edwards vs. Nate Diaz

No title will be on the line when Leon Edwards (18-3-0, 1 NC) and Nate Diaz (20-12-0) take the Octagon, but they will get the privilege of fighting five rounds. These two formidable Welterweights were supposed to meet in May at UFC 262; however, Diaz injured himself during training camp and the fight had to be pushed back a month.

Edwards has been on a dominant streak since losing to current Welterweight champion Kamaru Usman in 2015. Eight straight wins between 2016 and 2019 propelled Edwards up the Welterweight rankings to No. 3. In March, he headlined a Fight Night against Belal Muhammad that had to be declared No Contest after Edwards poked Muhammad in the eye, which rendered the No. 12 Welterweight fighter unable to continue on.

Diaz hasn’t been in the Octagon since his BMF Championship fight against Jorge Masvidal in November 2019. At that UFC 244 fight, the two men made it through three rounds before Masvidal was declared the winner via technical knockout due to a cut over Diaz’ eye that led to a doctor’s stoppage. Diaz is a pretty sizable underdog in this fight, checking in at +350 against the -500 Edwards.


Other UFC 263 Odds

We’ll see Belal Muhammad (18-3-0, 1) return after his no contest with Edwards in a Welterweight bout against No. 9 Demian Maia (28-10-0). A -240 favourite, Muhammad should have the edge standing up, whereas Maia looks to take opponents to the ground, where half of his victories have come. Maia is trying to find his place in the pecking order after going up against No. 2 Gilbert Burns and losing in the first round via technical knockout; he’s a +190 underdog against Muhammad.

*Odds as of June 10th, 2021




How to Bet on UFC

The world of combat sports changed forever on November 12, 1993, when the Ultimate Fighting Championship held their first event in front of 7,800 fight fans in Denver. Now they’re the biggest promotion in mixed martial arts, regularly packing large arenas, and even stadiums, thanks to the millions of people around the world who are betting on the UFC. If you’d like a piece of the action, this UFC Betting 101 guide will show you how to bet on MMA fights, plus some tips and tricks to maximize your betting value.


UFC Betting

Unlike other sports that feature a regular season and a playoff, the UFC runs events throughout the year, with the most important ones reserved for pay-per-view and the rest shown on television or UFC Fight Pass. Each card will have about a dozen fights, including preliminaries, with the main event at the top of the card; PPV main events usually have a title on the line, from one of the UFC’s 12 weight divisions (eight male, four female). Here are your options for how to bet on the UFC:


Betting On The UFC

Moneyline Betting on the UFC

Like most head-to-head sports, including boxing and tennis, UFC betting is done using moneyline odds, which are expressed at Bodog Sportsbook using the American odds format. One of the fighters will be the favourite, and the other will be the underdog – unless they have exactly the same odds, in which case, the fight will be a pick ‘em. UFC moneyline odds are fixed odds, no point spread attached; all you have to do is pick the winner. The odds you get at the time you place your bet are the odds used to calculate your payout.


What Are UFC Moneyline Odds?

To further illustrate this concept, here’s the moneyline from one of the most famous fights in UFC history, when Conor McGregor first met Nate Diaz on March 5, 2016 at UFC 196:


  • Diaz                 +300
  • McGregor       –400

McGregor went into this non-title Welterweight bout at the UFC Featherweight champion, and an incredibly popular –400 favorite, paying out $100 for every $400 wagered. With the American odds format, the favorite will always have the negative sign; the underdog usually has the positive sign, as it was in this case with Diaz at +300. In the end, Diaz won this fight via second-round submission, and paid out $300 for every $100 wagered. Smaller and larger bets are allowed, within the minimum and maximum limits at Bodog Sportsbook.


Parlay Betting on the UFC

Chances are you’ll want to bet on more than one fight at a time. If you’re looking for a big payday, you can combine all those bets into a single parlay at Bodog. UFC parlays can feature anywhere from two to 12 moneylines; if you get all your picks right, you get paid exponentially more than you would by placing those bets individually. However, if even one of those picks is wrong, the entire parlay loses. It’s the classic risk/reward scenario in action.


How Do UFC Parlay Bets Work?

To figure out how much you’ll get paid if your parlay cashes in, just multiply the UFC odds for each fight in your combo bet. This can be a little tricky with moneyline odds. You can do it by hand, or by using one of the many parlay calculators available on the internet. Bodog Sportsbook will do the math for you automatically when you’re filling out your bet slip.

For example, the co-main event at UFC 196 was the following Women’s Bantamweight title fight between champion Holly Holm and challenger Miesha Tate:


Tate +240
Holm -310


Holm was the heavy favorite after taking the title in a shocking, yet convincing upset over Ronda Rousey, who had beaten Tate soundly in both their earlier fights. However, it was Tate winning the belt by submission late in the fifth round. If you had bet $50 on Diaz and another $50 on Tate, you would have earned $270 in profit, but combining the two underdogs in a $100 parlay would have paid $720 instead. The more fights you add to a parlay, the bigger the payout – as long as you get all those picks right.


Futures Betting on the UFC

Betting on UFC futures can be a bit confusing compared to other sports, but it’s actually quite simple. Every once in a while, a situation comes up where two fighters might meet in the Octagon, but nothing has been made official just yet. If it’s two big-name fighters, and enough people are buzzing about their potential matchup, UFC futures odds will be posted.


What Is a UFC Futures Bet?

A futures bet in the UFC works exactly the same as a moneyline bet, with a favourite and an underdog shown as above using the American odds format. The only difference is you can’t use futures odds in your UFC parlay.


Prop Betting on the UFC

UFC prop bets (short for proposition bets) ask you to wager on something other than the straight-up winner of a fight. Among the most common UFC props are Margin of Victory, where you bet on whether a fighter will win by TKO/KO/DQ, submission, or decision, and Total Rounds, where you bet on whether the fight will go Over or Under the posted total.

Betting on UFC props gets even busier when there’s a marquee matchup on the card. It’s kind of like the Super Bowl; if the fight’s big enough, you might see props for things like which round the fight will end in, or whether a fighter will win by unanimous decision or majority/split decision.


How to Bet on the UFC

UFC Betting Strategy and Tips

The more you know about mixed martial arts, the better you’ll do at picking a winner. But even if you’re a beginner, you can put the squeeze on your competition by going online and doing some quick research on the two fighters in question. As they say, styles make fights; a well-rounded MMA practitioner will be skilled at both striking and grappling, both on offense and defense. Look for fights where one opponent’s strengths match up well against the other opponent’s weaknesses. In general. someone with black belts in multiple disciplines (say, Brazilian jiu-jistu and Muay Thai) is more likely to prevail against someone with a lesser belt in just one martial art.

You can also find betting value on the UFC props market by paying attention to the weight divisions. Smaller fighters tend to have more stamina, and they don’t pack the same punching power as fighters from the heavier divisions. It makes a big difference; in the lightest UFC division, Women’s Strawweight (up to 115 pounds), roughly 70 percent of fights end in a decision, while the men in the Heavyweight division (206-265 pounds) only go to the judges’ score cards about 25% of the time.


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