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How the public is betting Alistair Overeem vs. Walt Harris [UPDATE]

Alistair Overeem faces off against Walt Harris in a heavyweight contenders bout at UFC on ESPN 8 on May 16th. We break down how the betting public is picking the fight.

Alistair Overeem and Walt Harris pose for the media 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 Alistair Overeem defeats Walt Harris by TKO at 3:00 of the second round.

Saturday 3:55 p.m. update: We’ve added in the betting splits for various methods of victory for each fighter. The biggest numbers have bettors thinking either Harris victory by KO, TKO, or DQ or Overeem via submission.

Saturday, 1:30 p.m. update: On fight day, Walt Harris is still getting the money heading into the fight. He was at 52% of bets and 51% of handle. He’s now up to 55% of the handle, but has seen bet percentage slip slightly to 51%. Some last minute underdog action is coming in, but not a huge chunk of it.

The main event battle of heavyweights at UFC on ESPN 8 tonight will have major implications on the division, as Alistair Overeem faces Walt Harris as the featured fight in Jacksonville from the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena.

Overeem turns 40 tomorrow, and has been fighting in MMA since his 2002 debut in the now-defunct PRIDE promotion. His first UFC fight was against Brock Lesnar in December of 2011. A 45-18 record is a testament to his staying power in the sport, though he has never been champion. Currently ranked #8 amongst heavyweights, he fell to Jairzinho Rozenstruik with just four seconds remaining last time out after a controversial stoppage.

Harris is 36 and once played college hoops at Jacksonville State Gamecocks. A 13-7 record in MMA, he joined the UFC after The Ultimate Fighter in 2013. His stoppage of Aleksei Oleinik in 12 seconds in July of last year is part of the reason he’s ranked #9 in the division entering this fight.

This one is being bet right down the line as of now, with the favored Harris getting 52% of the bets and 51% of the handle. It likely means the oddsmakers are expecting late money to come in on Harris if the odds remain where they are currently. This should be a terrific fight, and we’ll see if Harris gets the late love at the window from bettors across America.

Here are the betting splits at DraftKings Sportsbook for Alistair Overeem vs. Walt Harris at UFC on ESPN 8 on May 16th:

Overeem vs. Harris betting splits

Info Alistair Overeem Walt Harris
Info Alistair Overeem Walt Harris
Record 45-18, 1 NC 13-7, 1 NC
ML Odds +130 -155
To Go the Distance Yes (+300) No (-455)
Win by KO, TKO, or DQ +225 -115
To Win by Submission +1000 +2800
To Win by Decision +650 +650
ML split by handle 45% 55%
ML split by bets 49% 51%
By KO, TKO, DQ handle 42% 17%
By KO, TKO, DQ bets 34% 19%
By Submission handle 1% 24%
By Submission bets 2% 19%
By Decision handle 9% 7%
By Decision bets 8% 17%
Tie >1% handle 1% bets

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