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How the public is betting Volkan Oezdemir vs. Jiri Prochazka

Volkan Oezdemir faces off against Jiri Prochazka in a light heavyweight bout at UFC 251 from Fight Island on July 11th. We break down how the betting public is picking the fight.

Opponents Volkan Oezdemir of Switzerland and Jiri Prochazka of the Czech Republic face off during the UFC 251 official weigh-in inside Flash Forum at UFC Fight Island on July 10, 2020 on Yas Island Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

The UFC’s #7-ranked light heavyweight takes on a promotion newcomer at UFC 251 from Fight Island tonight as Volkan Oezdemir faces Jiri Prochazka live on ESPN+ and pay-per-view.

Oezdemir is 17-4 in his MMA career with 13 stoppages, most of them in the first round. He’s 5-3 in the UFC, winning his last two fights to get back in the title picture. Age 30 and from Switzerland, he lands 4.88 strikes per minute and defends 80% of takedown attempts. He wants to win as a striker, which is how he defeated Ilir Latifi and Aleksandar Rakic in his last two fights, Rakic being a close split decision victory.

Prochazka has dominated the Rizin promotion as their 205 lbs. champion, and has a 26-3 career mark with an incredible 25 stoppage wins. The 27-year-old from the Czech Republic has won his last 10 fights, and has seen the second round only twice during that winning streak. It’s unusual for a new UFC fighter to come in as this close via the oddsmakers to a Top 10 contender, but it shows the respect he has earned on the independent circuit. Here’s a highlight tape that shows he can clearly fight, but might not have fought anyone of Oezdemir’s quality.

Betting splits

Here are the betting splits at DraftKings Sportsbook for Volkan Oezdemir vs. Jiri Prochazka at UFC 251 on July 11th:

Volkan Oezdemir: Opened -177, now -159 (40% of handle, 59% of bets)
Jiri Prochazka: Opened +140, now +129 (60% of handle, 41% of bets)

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