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Opening betting splits for July 18th Fight Island card

We have an interesting split in the main event.

Deiveson Figueiredo reacts after defeating Joseph Benavidez in their flyweight championship bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Chartway Arena on February 29, 2020 in Norfolk, Virginia. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

UFC has a quick turnaround this week with a second Fight Night event three days removed from the last event. The company and contracted fighters are in Abu Dhabi putting on events at Fight Island. Following UFC 251 on Saturday and UFC on ESPN 13 this past Wednesday, UFC Fight Night is on this coming Saturday.

Deiveson Figueiredo takes on Joseph Benavidez in the main event with the flyweight championship on the line. Figueiredo is currently the No. 1 ranked flyweight and is a -230 favorite to win the fight. Benavidez is the No. 2 ranked flyweight and is +185 underdog. The betting public is split on how to approach this fight. 68 percent of the total bets are on the favored Figueiredo, but 56 percent of the total money bet is on the underdog Benavidez. This will be a split to track over the next 48 hours leading up to the bout.

The most one-sided betting for this event is the lightweight bout between Marc Diakiese and Rafael Fiziev. Diakiese is a -155 favorite and getting 70 percent of total bets and 92 percent of total handle. Fiziev is 7-1 while splitting his first two fights since joining UFC, and is a +125 underdog.

One preliminary fight to keep an eye on is Arman Tsarukyan vs. Davi Ramos. Tsarukyan is a decent-sized favorite at -200 and is getting 80 percent of the money bet. However, Ramos at +162 is getting 51 percent of the total bets. We’ll be keeping an eye out for sharp vs. square money, but that will be one to watch as the next 48 hours unfold.

Here is your full rundown of betting splits a day removed from Wednesday’s Fight Night and 48 hours before the next Fight Night.

UFC Fight Night, July 18th — Thursday splits

Fights Odds % Handle % Bets
Fights Odds % Handle % Bets
Brett Johns +175 22% 23%
Montel Jackson -225 78% 77%
Joel Alvarez +295 37% 31%
Joseph Duffy -400 63% 69%
Nad Narimani +200 13% 10%
Grant Dawson -250 87% 90%
Roman Dolidze -190 71% 52%
Khadis Ibragimov +150 29% 48%
Askar Askarov +160 30% 49%
Alexandre Pantoja -200 70% 51%
Ariane Lipski -129 57% 70%
Luana Carolina +105 43% 30%
Marc Diakiese -155 92% 70%
Rafael Fiziev +125 8% 30%
Carlos Felipe +125 43% 31%
Sergey Spivak -155 57% 69%
Arman Tsarukyan -200 80% 49%
Davi Ramos +162 20% 51%
Kelvin Gastelum -125 71% 69%
Jack Hermansson +100 29% 31%
Joseph Benavidez +185 56% 32%
Deiveson Figueiredo -230 44% 68%

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