Update 5:55 p.m.: Jack Shore is now a -770 favorite, receiving 82% of the handle and 89% of the tickets. That means Aaron Phillips is now a +500 underdog with 18% of handle and 11% of bets.
An undefeated bantamweight top prospect gets a last-minute opponent as Jack Shore takes on Aaron Phillips at UFC on ESPN 13 live from Fight Island tonight in the United Arab Emirates.
Shore is 12-0 in his career with 11 stoppages, and choked out Nohelin Hernandez in his UFC debut last September which he dominated statistically (strikes 46-6, takedowns 4-0). The former Cage Warriors champion is 25 years old, and was scheduled to fight Anderson dos Santos on this card, but a positive Covid-19 test kept that from happening and the change was made July 5th.
Phillips is 12-3 with eight career stoppages, winning five in a row as he heads to Abu Dhabi. He returns to the octagon for the first time after two unanimous decision losses in 2014 saw him cut from the promotion. A nearly three-year break from fights from 2015 and 2018 has done Phillips well, and he hasn’t lost and has four stoppages since his pause.
Below are the betting splits at DraftKings Sportsbook for Jack Shore vs. Aaron Phillips at UFC on ESPN 13 on July 15th:
Jack Shore: Opened -455, now -715 (85% of action, 86% of bets)
Aaron Phillips: Opened +325, now +475 (15% of action, 14% of bets)
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