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UFC 242 Betting: Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Dustin Poirier

The UFC is making a grand return to the Middle East this September for UFC 242, which promises to be an event for the ages. Abu Dhabi celebrates the signing of a five-year deal between the capital city and the MMA franchise. Over the course of a week, fans can catch a concert by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, indulge in amateur fighting and fitness events, and watch one of the greatest pound-for-pound fighters in the history of the sport take the octagon to defend his title.

Khabib Nurmagomedov will be front and centre in Abu Dhabi, as the undefeated lightweight champion will face challenger Dustin Poirier on September 7 in UFC 242’s main event. This is a fight that will unify Nurmagomedov’s belt with Poirier’s interim championship, but may also set a new course for the lightweight category, as challengers, including one Conor McGregor, are sure to line up for a shot at the title following the outcome of this tilt. 

There’s a lot riding on this title fight, both for the heavily-favoured Nurmagomedov, who is attempting to preserve his pristine fighting record, and for sports fans who will weigh the risk of going against Khabib’s -365 UFC 242 odds in favour of a potential massive payout. Read on as we discuss the main event and other fights that deserve your attention in the leadup to UFC 242. 

UFC 242 Odds: Khabib Nurmagomedov (-365) vs. Dustin Poirier (+275)

Few would argue against Nurmagomedov’s chances in this bout, or the -365 MMA odds that the champ has been staked to. He has an impressive 27-fight unbeaten streak going over the course of his 11-year professional career and boasts a dominant grappling game that no challenger has been able to overcome to date. That grappling dominance was on full display in his most recent fight against challenger Conor McGregor, which ended in a submission (neck crank). This was Khabib’s first title defense and became the biggest PPV event in UFC history.

In Abu Dhabi, Nurmagomedov will need to be wary of Poirier’s southpaw striking and knockout potential. Of Poirier’s 25 wins, 12 have been finished via KO/TKO. His last fight was a victory over featherweight champ Max Holloway in April at UFC 236; that fight earned him the interim UFC lightweight title and Fight of the Night accolades.

UFC 242 Odds: Edson Barboza (-150) vs. Paul Felder (+120)

The co-main event at UFC 242 features two top-ranked lightweights, as Edson Barboza and Paul Felder go toe-to-toe for the second time in their careers. It’ll be a rematch of the epic bout that took place between these fighters over four years ago at UFC on Fox 16. Barboza came out victorious in that tilt by unanimous decision, which marked the first loss of Felder’s professional career. However, that fight wasn’t without controversy, as Felder claims the Brazilian caught him with a low blow. The “Irish Dragon” will be out for revenge and may be an interesting underdog to consider on the MMA betting odds at +120.

UFC 242 Odds: Shamil Abdurakhimov (+230) vs. Curtis Blaydes (-300)

This is a heavyweight tilt between two fighters that each have something to prove as they vie for position in the heavyweight ranks. Curtis Blaydes enters the matchup as the UFC 242 betting favourite at -300, and the No. 4-ranked heavyweight in the class. Blaydes is seen as one of the best fighters at his weight, but questions were raised following a 45-second KO loss to Francis Ngannou in November 2018. He’s since gotten back into the win column with a victory against Justin Willis, but it’ll be interesting to see how he does against the Russian Abdurakhimov.

At +230, Abdurakhimov is the obvious underdog as far as the UFC odds are concerned, but he has a history of fighting in Abu Dhabi, and will have the home crowd behind him against his American opponent. Perhaps the familiar sights and a warm Arab welcome could give the veteran fighter the advantage.

Other UFC 242 Odds

In addition to the high-profile fights we’ve already discussed, there are a couple of bouts in the lightweight category that are must-watch. Russian Islam Makhachev will be up against Brazilian Davi Ramos, who are both on individual win streaks. Makhachev sits at No. 15 in the lightweight category, while Davos isn’t yet ranked. As a result, Makhachev is the -230 favourite compared to Ramos’ +180 underdog odds.

Another lightweight tilt will feature Russian Maribek Taisumov, who’ll be appearing in his first fight since completing a six-month suspension from the USADA. Taisumov will be up against Diego Ferreira, who has won four straight fights and is working his way up the lightweight rankings. Despite that, Taisumov is the favourite (-280) to come out victorious.

*Odds as of August 21st, 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.


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