UFC 257 Betting Report: Bettors Hoping McGregor Makes Quick Work of Poirier
Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images. Pictured: UFC fighters Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor.
As always, Conor McGregor is attracting plenty of fans in the betting market who are hoping he stays true to his prediction against Dustin Poirier on Saturday’s UFC 257 card.
In promotional videos released for the main event, McGregor proclaimed he will finish Poirier inside of 60 seconds. And bettors believe him.
According to data released by BetMGM, 56 percent of bets placed on method of victory are on McGregor via finish (KO, TKO or submission). For either fighter winning inside 60 seconds, 95% of bets are on McGregor.
It’s no surprise McGregor is attracting most of the handle. He’s the sport’s most public figure, with casual fans excited to bet on him more than anyone else. McGregor is getting 79% of the handle — or money bet — to win.
However, it’s Poirier getting more bets at 56% to win. Getting at least +200 at sportsbooks, bettors are willing to take small chances on the underdog while the big money is backing McGregor.
When it comes to betting the round the fight ends, most of the bets (40%) are on McGregor in the second round.
The Irishman is even more popular at FanDuel, as he’s getting 95% of the handle on the moneyline. Just like at BetMGM, bettors are ready for a McGregor knockout with 75% of the Method of Victory handle coming in on McGregor by a KO/TKO finish.
These numbers are as of Friday night. Expect Saturday to be filled with six-figure bets and public wagers coming in on McGregor. That’s usually the trend for popular UFC cards.
FanDuel is already reporting a $188,800 bet on McGregor’s moneyline.