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Breaking down betting splits midway through UFC 251 fight week

We break down how the public is betting the UFC 251 PPV card.

Kamaru Usman reacts after defeating Colby Covington during UFC 245 at T-Mobile Arena. Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

UFC 251 is just a couple days away at Fight Island in Abu Dhabi. Three championships will be on the line, and we’ll get a huge contender’s bout in the women’s strawweight division.

DraftKings Sportsbook has odds for the full 13-fight card, including the new main event. Kamaru Usman was scheduled to fight Gilbert Burns, but the latter tested positive for Covid-19 and had to withdraw. Long-time veteran Jorge Masvidal replaced him on the card, and while he’s a sizable underdog to the champ, the betting public is backing Masvidal in a big way midway through the week. 67 percent of total money bet and 57 percent of total bets placed are on the underdog Masvidal.

The co-main event is a featherweight title bout between Alex Volkanovski and Max Holloway. Volkanovski is the favorite (-215), but the betting public is backing Holloway (+175) in the early going. As you look through these fights, you’ll see the public is backing underdogs a fair amount on the five-fight main card, but focusing more on favorites in the preliminary and early preliminary fights.

The card starts a little over 48 hours from now, so much can change. We’ll have updated splits heading into fight day.

UFC 251 betting splits, July 9

Fighter Odds % Handle % Bets
Fighter Odds % Handle % Bets
Kamaru Usman -250 33% 43%
Jorge Masvidal +200 67% 57%
Max Holloway +175 56% 58%
Alex Volkanovski -215 44% 42%
Petr Yan -250 68% 60%
Jose Aldo +200 32% 40%
Rose Namajunas -225 63% 65%
Jessica Andrade +180 37% 35%
Paige VanZant +525 64% 45%
Amanda Ribas -835 36% 55%
Volkan Oezdemir -177 46% 58%
Jiri Prochazka +140 54% 42%
Muslim Salikhov -134 65% 53%
Elizeu dos Santos +108 35% 47%
Makwan Amirkhani -215 76% 68%
Danny Henry +170 24% 32%
Leonardo Santos -190 57% 57%
Roman Bogatov +150 43% 43%
Marcin Tybura -112 52% 58%
Maxim Grishin -112 48% 42%
Raulian Paiva -180 60% 58%
Zhalgas Zhumagulov +142 40% 42%
Karol Rosa -240 85% 80%
Vanessa Melo +185 15% 20%
Martin Day -177 67% 56%
Davey Grant +141 33% 44%

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