UFC Vegas 49 Fight Night Market Report: Money Flowing in on Islam Makhachev Despite Being Heavily Favored
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UFC Vegas 49 Fight Night brings an intriguing card of fights that have some massive implications, to say the least.
Fight Night is headlined with the Main Event between Russian Islam Makhachev and American Bobby Green. Makhachev is expected to be just one or two fights away from a title shot. Green is looking to pull off the upset and put a stop to Makhachev’s current run of form.
Makhachev opened as the -750 favorite, and he is currently -900 on the moneyline at BetMGM. 81% of the tickets are on Green but Makhachev is getting 70% of the total handle.
The co-main middleweight bout between Misha Cirkunov and Wellington Turman could be the most exciting fight of the night. Cirkunov opened as the -125 favorite, and it has held pretty steady there at BetMGM, currently at -120.
Cirkunov is getting 54% of the bets and 58% of the money. This fight is about as tight as they get in the UFC.
Ji Yeon Kim fights Priscila Cachoeira in the biggest female fight of the night. Kim opened as the -185 favorite and is currently -175. Cachoeira has gone from +200 to +145 as she has gotten 67% of the tickets and 94% of the handle at BetMGM.
People will also want to watch the bout between two up-and-coming fighters Joel Alvarez and Arman Tsarukyan. Tsarukyan opened as the massive favorite at -275, although that has dwindled down to -225 to win the fight. Tsarukyan is getting just 24% of tickets but 62% of the handle at BetMGM.
Armen Petrosyan vs. Gregory Rodrigues will kickstart the Main Card. Rodrigues opened as the favorite at -200, and his odds have dwindled to -160 on BetMGM as he’s getting just 18% of the public and 8% of the total money.
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