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How the public is betting Dan Ige vs. Edson Barboza [UPDATE]

Dan Ige and Edson Barboza meet in the Octagon in a featherweight contenders bout at UFC on ESPN 8 on May 16th. We break down how the betting public is picking the fight.

Dan Ige and Edson Barboza face off during the official UFC Fight Night weigh-in on May 15, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida. Photo by Cooper Neill/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

Update: Dan Ige wins by split decision over Edson Barboza. It was an excellent match with great exchanges both in stand-up and on the mat, but Ige wins 29-28 on two scorecards, while Barboza was ahead 29-28 on the third.

Saturday, 1:30 p.m. update: The betting public is backing Barboza on fight day. He is getting 67 percent of the handle and 64 percent of total bets, which is not a big change from this morning.

Ranked featherweights will battle on the main card of UFC on ESPN 8 from Jacksonville tonight when Dan Ige takes on Edson Barboza live from the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Duval County, Florida.

Ige has a record of 13-2, and has won five in a row in UFC after dropping his initial fight in the company. The wins include two first-round stoppages and three decisions. He’s not afraid to mix it up, as 50% of his punches count as significant strikes.

Barboza is 34 years old has a record of 20-8 in MMA, and has been with the promotion since 2010. Five of his previous six victories have been by decision, though he’s dropped his last two bouts to Justin Gaethje and Paul Felder. He usually looks to win fights on his feet, as he’s averaging less than half a takedown every 15 minutes in the octagon.

Right now Barboza is the significant favorite of bettors, as he’s receiving 62% of the bets and 73% of the handle on the money line. That’s a sign of sharp action, and might be indicative of big bettors backing the Brazilian. But with his record of going deep in fights of late, the +1600 for him to win by decision might have terrific value.

Here are the betting splits at DraftKings Sportsbook for Dan Ige vs. Edson Barboza at UFC on ESPN 8 on May 16th:

Ige vs. Barboza betting splits

Info Dan Ige Edson Barboza
Info Dan Ige Edson Barboza
Record 13-2 20-8
ML Odds +110 -137
To Go the Distance Yes (-148) No (+110)
Win by KO, TKO, or DQ +750 +225
To Win by Submission +205 +225
To Win by Decision +750 +1600
ML split by handle 27% 73%
ML split by bets 38% 62%

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