Online UFC Betting Preview for 209’s Main CardPosted by: Charlie Smith
Online UFC betting fans may oftentimes feel like the UFC only has one superstar. While that may or may not be true, this upcoming weekend’s event has all the hype and drama that is synonymous with Conor McGregor. And even though sportsbook fans will not see the Irishman compete at UFC 209, the event still promises to deliver some brutal knockouts, as well as a healthy dose of trash talk.
UFC 209, to be held on Saturday, March 4th at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada, promises to be inarguably the greatest MMA event of 2017. In addition to one of the most enticing headlining match of the year, those who bet on MMA will also be treated to some interesting drama as Mark Hunt, who is currently engaged in an ongoing court case with the UFC, will have to fight for a company he has no respect for. If the Samoan fighter comes out on top, his post-fight comments should prove to be entertaining. Let’s take a look at what odds Hunt and others will be facing this upcoming weekend.
ONLINE UFC BETTING – UFC 209 – MAIN CARD – Saturday, March 4th
Tyron Woodley 2½ (-175) +130 vs. Stephen Thompson 2½ (+155) -150
Khabib Nurmagomedov 3½ (+145) -210 vs. Tony Ferguson 3½ (-165) +175
Rashad Evans TO BE POSTED vs. Daniel Kelly TO BE POSTED
Lando Vannata TO BE POSTED vs. David Teymur TO BE POSTED
Alistair Overeem 1½ (-130) -140 vs. Mark Hunt 1½ (+110) +120
The headlining match of the night will feature a rematch between ‘Wonderboy’ and ‘The Chosen One’. The first match ended in a draw, which meant that Woodley would be able to retain his Welterweight title. However, the UFC was more than eager to see a rematch and scheduled Round 2 as soon as possible – something Woodley was critical of. Thompson defended his position by stating that all he did was sign on the line; he never even asked for the rematch.
Additionally, Woodley hasn’t shied away from calling out the UFC over what he perceives to be racial bias against him. Woodley claims that the UFC has decided to give Thompson more coverage than him, citing race as being the obvious instigator.
In the first match, Woodley dominated the first round but Thompsons’ incredible resilience gave way to a draw. The sportsbooks came out in favor of Thompson in the first match and the online UFC betting odds have decided to back Wonderboy once more.
The co-headlining match of the night is equally as hyped up. From Ferguson calling Nurmagomedov’s undefeated record ‘padded’, to the Russian fighter offering El Cucuy money out of his own pocket for a fight; this is one heavily-anticipated bout. Both fighters are extremely talented and fierce and at the end of the day, this is the fight fans want to see.
Mark Hunt enters as a sportsbook underdog in his fight against Overeem. Hunt has been trying to part ties with the promotional company ever since the incident with Lesnar, were the UFC refused to penalize Lesnar for using PEDs. Hunt is currently engaged in a lawsuit against the UFC for failing to properly protect or compensate their fighters.