Update 6:05 p.m.: Modesta Bukauskas has received 68% of the handle and 78% of the tickets at DraftKings Sportsbook, and is listed as a -177 favorite. Andreas Michailidis is a +140 underdog about an hour from the beginning of the card, and is getting 32% of handle and 22% of tickets.
Two UFC rookies take to the preliminary card of UFC on ESPN 13 as Modesta Bukauskas takes on Andreas Michailidis live from Fight Island in the United Arab Emirates on July 15th.
Bukauskas is 10-2 as an MMA professional, and was Cage Warriors circuit light heavyweight champion. He’s won his last six fights, and hasn’t gone the distance as a winner or loser since the opening fight of his career. The 26-year-old from Klaipeda, Lithuania was scheduled to fight Vinicius Moreira, but a positive Covid-19 test forced the opponent change on July 5th.
Michailidis steps into the vacancy, and is moving up from middleweight to take the fight. The 31-year-old from Athens is 12-3 in his career, and has won five of his last six bouts by first round TKO in a hodgepodge of promotions including Global Legion FC, Titan FC, and Cage Survivor. Despite the last minute notice and weight change, the line is moving strong in his direction so far.
Below are the betting splits at DraftKings Sportsbook for Modesta Bukauskas vs. Andreas Michailidis at UFC on ESPN 13 on July 15th:
Modesta Bukauskas: Opened -265, now -177 (83% of handle, 78% of bets)
Andreas Michailidis: Opened +205, now +140 (17% of handle, 22% of bets)
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