UFC on Fox 23 Sportsbook Under Card Preview
Posted by: Anthony Yaylor
Amidst news regarding the potential boxing match of McGregor and Mayweather, UFC betting fans can begin to prepare for the organization’s next promotion. This past weekend fans were treated to a nostalgic matchup between Tito Ortiz and Chael Sonnen. After a media week filled with trash talk and reminiscence, Ortiz was able to submit Sonnen much quicker than any of us expected. But with that event now in the books and Ortiz officially retired, those who bet on MMA can turn their attention the next event hosted by the UFC: Shevchenko vs. Pena.
UFC on Fox 23: Shevchenko vs. Pena will be held on Saturday, January 28th at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. The night will be headlined by a bout between the multiple-time muay thai world champion Valentina Shevchenko and The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate bantamweight winner Julianna Pena. We’ve already covered the main card, so let’s take a look at what the undercard has to offer as well as what UFC betting odds each fighter is facing.
UFC SPORTSBOOK ODDS – UFC ON FOX 23 – Saturday, January 28th
(Full Limits on Fight Night)
Nate Marquardt 1½ (-140) +135 vs. Sam Alvey 1½ (+120) -155
Raphael Assuncao 2½ (+225) -140 vs. Aljamain Sterling 2½ (-265) +120
Bobby Nash 2½ (-105) +125 vs. Li Jingliang 2½ (-115) -145
Luis Henrique da Silva 1½ (+145) +190 vs. Jordan Johnson 1½ (-165) -230
Eric Spicely 1½ (-175) -120 vs. Alessio Di Chirico 1½ (+155) EV
Marcos Rogerio de Lima 1½ (EV) -185 vs. Jeremy Kimball 1½ (-120) +160
Alexandre Pantoja 2½ (+155) EV vs. Eric Shelton 2½ (-175) -120
Jason Gonzalez 1½ (-185) +125 vs. JC Cottrell 1½ (+160) -145
Even though it can be uncommon for undercards, it seems the sportsbooks are giving each fighter fairly even odds. Jordan Johnson is the brawler facing the most favorable straight up odds in his fight against Luis Henrique da Silva. However, there has been a considerable amount of action throughout the day that is expected to continue through the week that has been affecting the lines. In other words, bettors looking to find the best value should consistently be checking on the UFC betting odds as the week develops to maximize their winnings.
The match between Raphael Assuncao and Aljamain Sterling was originally set to take place at UFC Fight Night 102, but Sterling suffered an undisclosed injury that forced him to pull out and the bout was subsequently rescheduled for Saturday night’s event.
Li Jingliang was originally booked to face Yancy Medeiros on Saturday. Unfortunately Medeiros pulled out in early January and was replaced by UFC newcomer Bobby Nash. Nash has an 8-1 MMA record and is looking to make an impression on sportsbook fans in his UFC debut.
Additionally, fans were preparing to watch a fight between former Bellator Middleweight Champion Hector Lombard and Brad Tavares but that pairing was decommissioned for undisclosed reasons.
Lastly, Marcos Rogerio de Lima was preparing to face UFC newcomer John Phillips. However, Phillips pulled out of the event and fellow newbie Jeremy Kimball was brought on to replace the Welsh fighter.