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Breaking down UFC 251 betting splits heading into fight day

We break down how the public is betting the UFC 251 PPV card with fight day upon us.

Opponents Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos of Brazil and Muslim Salikhov of Russia 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

Fight day is upon us! UFC 251 gets going this evening and it’s a mega-card. The main card features three titles on the line, and also a critical contender’s bout in the women’s strawweight division.

DraftKings Sportsbook has odds for the full card, and they’ve provided us with a look at how the public is betting the fights. The public loves the underdog Jorge Masvidal in the main event against Kamaru Usman. 64 percent of the money bet is on Masvidal, as well as 53 percent of total bets. All it takes is one clean shot for Masvidal to end this, but he’s a sizable underdog for a reason.

The biggest split has the public heavily backing the favored Karol Rosa against Vanessa Melo in a bantamweight bout. 89 percent of the handle is on Rosa. The closest split is in the early prelims flyweight bout between Raulian Paiva and Zhalgas Zhumagulov. Paiva is favored at -180 and getting 55 percent of the handle.

The card starts at 6 p.m., and we’ll keep an eye out for any additional changes to the betting splits. For now, here are handle and total bets splits as of Saturday morning.

UFC 251 betting splits, Fight day morning

Fights Odds % Handle % Bets
Fights Odds % Handle % Bets
Rose Namajunas -215 61% 69%
Jessica Andrade +175 39% 31%
Max Holloway +170 58% 54%
Alex Volkanovski -210 42% 46%
Petr Yan -215 68% 64%
Jose Aldo +175 32% 36%
Jiri Prochazka +129 60% 41%
Volkan Oezdemir -159 40% 59%
Leonardo Santos -167 58% 62%
Roman Bogatov +137 42% 38%
Raulian Paiva -180 55% 57%
Zhalgas Zhumagulov +142 45% 43%
Karol Rosa -250 89% 84%
Vanessa Melo +195 11% 16%
Makwan Amirkhani -215 75% 73%
Danny Henry +170 25% 27%
Maxim Grishin -112 63% 76%
Marcin Tybura -112 37% 24%
Muslim Salikhov -134 68% 57%
Elizeu dos Santos +108 32% 43%
Martin Day -177 61% 59%
Davey Grant +141 39% 41%
Jorge Masvidal +185 64% 53%
Kamaru Usman -230 36% 47%

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