Despite Taking Year Off, Sportsbooks Still Favor Rousey
Posted by: Mike Davis
Now that this past weekend’s UFC betting action has concluded, UFC on Fox 22 is officially in the books and sportsbook fans can prepare for the UFC’s next round of MMA action. UFC on Fox 22 featured a handful of the UFC’s freshest up-and-comers and some were able to capitalize on the opportunity the spotlight provided, while others failed to live up to the celebratory hype created at their weigh-ins. In the co-main event, Mickey Gall won yet another bout via submission (all 4 of Gall’s MMA victories have come via submission) with a rear-naked choke over Sage Northcutt. In the main event, Paige VanZant received a rear-naked choke herself from Michelle Waterson. With that loss VanZant now falls to 7-3 in her MMA career. Now that we’ve closed the book on UFC on Fox 22, MMA fans can turn their full attention to the UFC’s upcoming event, one that hails the return of one of the UFC’s biggest stars.
UFC 207 is the promotional company’s next upcoming event that is to be held on Saturday, December 30th at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise Nevada. UFC betting is no stranger to Nevada and what better place to host the return of Ronda Rousey than one of the newest sports arenas in the country. Obviously Rousey’s return will be headlining the match as she challenges the Women’s Bantamweight Champion, Amanda Nunes. Nunes recently won the title via submission with a win over Meisha Tate at UFC 200. Some people complained about Rousey getting a title shot right away instead of having to work her way up and those same people have also been critical of how the UFC is promoting 207. But before we walk down that road, let’s take a look at the main card and the odds MMA betting sites have listed for each fighter.
MMA Odds – UFC 207 – Saturday, December 30th
Amanda Nunes 1½ (+180) +140 vs. Ronda Rousey 1½ (-220) -160
As is more common for the main card, the sportsbooks are putting together fairly even odds for this contest. Interestingly enough, Rousey will be coming into this bout as the favorite, despite the fact that she’s the challenger. All things considered, the fact that Rousey opens as a UFC betting favorite just goes to show you how highly the public perceives Rousey. Of course, after losing the title and her undefeated record to Holly Holm, Rousey is coming into this contest with a chip on her shoulder and has even stated publically that she is aiming to silence her critics. However, if Nunes has caught a glimpse of the ads that the UFC is running for 207, it’s safe to say that she too will be coming into this contest with her own chip.
The ads that the UFC has been running all but predict a Rousey victory by not even mentioning her opponent. All the ads focus on is the return of Rousey, not even bothering to mention the fact that Rousey is challenging the current champion. To be frank, this is disrespectful towards Nunes, and to add that on top of the sportsbook odds; needless to say Nunes will be looking to prove herself at 207.