UFC 268 Market Report: Bettors Expecting More of the Same in Colby Covington vs. Kamaru Usman
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One of the biggest nights of the year in the UFC is upon us with a loaded card for UFC 268.
Everybody will be talking about the main event–a rematch between Kamara Usman and Colby Covington–but there are expected to be good fights up and down the card.
Usman won the first fight between these two via TKO in the fifth round, Covington protested the stoppage and that’s where we stand today. Bettors are expecting more of the same in the second iteration.
According to PointsBet, 92% of the bets and 97% of total money wagered is on Usman to defend his title. The line opened at -280 and has moved to -300 on PointsBet.
In the co-main event, we have another rematch between two women’s strawweights. Rose Namajunas upset Zhang Weili by knockout in the first fight.
Namajunas opened as the favorite at -115 on PointsBet, but the line has since moved to -105 as Weili became the favorite at -120. More than 50% of the bets are on Namajunas while only getting 37% of the money, which shows the bigger bets are on the challenger.
UFC fans are excited to watch the lightweight bout between Justin Gaethje and Michael Chandler in a fight that people wanted as a title bout a year ago.
Gaethje is getting most of the looks from bettors at 76% of the bets and 86% of the money as a -210 favorite on PointsBet.
Elsewhere on the card, Marlon Vera is getting 86% of the bets and 93% of the handle as a -165 favorite. There is some reverse line movement in that fight between Vera and Frankie Egar as Vera opened at -170.
To wrap the main card up in a bout between Shane Burgos and Billy Quarantillo, the public likes the favorite yet again. Burgos is getting 73% of the bets and 80% of the money as a -200 favorite over Quarantillo.
Buckle up for a big night in the UFC.
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