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UFC 237 Betting

UFC 237 betting will be headlined by a couple of matches, including Rose Namajunas vs. Jessica Andrade and Jose Aldo vs. Alexander Volkanovski.


UFC 237 Betting: Rose Namajunas vs. Jessica Andrade

The Ultimate Fighting Championship is headed back to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for UFC 237 on May 11. The fight card is loaded with homegrown talent; 6 of the 10 fighters on the main card are Brazilian. That includes legends Anderson Silva and Jose Aldo, both of whom requested to be part of this stacked card. 

The main event has been more than a year in the making, with the UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion Rose Namajunas set to defend her title against Brazil’s Jessica Andrade. Let’s take a closer look at the main fights on the card as well as their UFC odds.


UFC 237 Odds: Rose Namajunas vs. Jessica Andrade

This fight will be Namajunas’ first venture outside of the United States. It will also be her first fight in over a year and her second UFC title defense. Namajunas has not competed since beating former champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk twice with the belt on the line. Reportedly traumatized by the bus attack led by Conor McGregor heading into her last fight, Namajunas has done her best to move past that and is now ready to defend her title. 

Perhaps the most interesting aspect of this matchup is the fact that Namajunas is listed as the underdog. The Rose Namajunas vs. Jessica Andrade odds show that the champ is available for even-money, while Andrade is listed at -130.

Following a knockout win over Karolina Kowalkiewicz, Andrade is considered a force in the women’s division. That win marked her third straight victory after two unanimous decisions. But Namajunas could be her greatest challenge, as Namajunas is an incredibly smart fighter and should have the edge in both striking and submission potential. She also has experience fighting in the championship rounds, which is something Andrade lacks. 


UFC 237 Odds: Jose Aldo vs. Alexander Volkanovski

A pair of UFC Featherweight championship contenders will clash at UFC 237 with the home favourite Jose Aldo taking on Alexander Volkanovski. After a brutal stretch in which he was knocked out three times in four fights, Aldo got back into the win column with back-to-back knockout wins over Renato Carneiro and Jeremy Stephens. Can he extend that run versus a true contender in Volkanovski? 

The MMA odds have Aldo listed as the -140 favourite partly because of his name and partly because of his talent. But Volkanovski is a very capable opponent; undefeated in the UFC at 6-0 and coming off a TKO win over Chad Mendes, Volkanovski is clearly ready to take the next step. He’s on the board at +110.


UFC 237 Odds: Anderson Silva vs. Jared Cannonier

Rounding out the list of big-name Brazilians fighting at this event is Anderson “Spider” Silva, who asked Dana White for a chance to compete in front of his friends and family in what could very well be his final fight. The 44-year-old has just one win in his last seven fights and now he will take on a dangerous opponent in Cannonier, who is coming off a TKO win over David Branch. 

Silva is still a smart capable fighter and is coming off a bout where he pushed up-and-comer Israel Adesanya to his limits. Silva is fighting with everything on the line in what could be his final UFC bout. The MMA betting odds have him as a +140 underdog, while Cannonier is listed at -170.





Other UFC 237 Betting Odds

Some other interesting betting options available at UFC 237 include Thiago Alves, who is another big-name Brazilian. Alves is in the twilight of his career and should have the upper hand against his next opponent in Laureano Staropoli. Alves is coming off of a split decision win over Max Griffin, but hasn’t won back-to-back fights since 2015. The UFC 237 odds anticipate a close bout as the two fighters are on the board at -115.

Meanwhile, oddsmakers are also expecting a close contest between Diego Ferreira and Francisco Trinaldo. This is a classic striker-versus-submission artist matchup, as Trinaldo is a three-time Brasilia state kickboxing champ, while Ferreira is a BJJ black-belt. Ferreira is a small -155 favourite, while the UFC 237 betting lines have Trinaldo at +125.

These are just 5 of the 13 fights you can bet on at UFC 237. Keep an eye on the UFC lines at Bodog Sportsbook as we approach the May 11 event for fresh new odds and prop bets.  


*Odds as of May 2, 2019.


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.