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How public is betting and DFS considerations for Dominick Cruz vs. Casey Kenney

Dominick Cruz and Casey Kenney meet at bantamweight on the preliminary card of UFC 259 on March 6th. We break down how the betting public is picking the fight and the DFS pricing from DraftKings.

Casey Kenney poses for a portrait backstage during the UFC 254 event on October 24, 2020 on UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Photo by Mike Roach/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

In the best fight on the preliminary card for UFC 259, Dominick Cruz will face off against Casey Kenney Saturday live in Las Vegas and available on ESPN+.

Cruz enters as the underdog with odds currently set at +110. However, he is receiving 75% of the handle and 72% of the bets. The 35-year-old has a professional fighting record of 23-3 and is ranked 11th in the bantamweight division.

“The Dominator” Cruz has lost two-straight matches, including his most recent defeat at UFC 249 in May. Henry Cejudo beat Cruz by technical knockout in Round 2. Before that bout, Cruz did not step foot inside the octagon since 2016.

Kenney walks into the octagon with a professional fighting record of 16-2-1. While Cruz hasn’t competed often, Kenney fought four times in 2020, which included a unanimous decision win in October at UFC 254. Out of his 16 wins, Kenney has nine via unanimous decision.

The 29-year-old is the favorite (-137) according to the oddsmakers in Vegas. But the public isn’t backing Kenney as he’s only receiving 25 % of the handle and 28% of bets. The veteran fighter will look to keep his three-match win streak alive by taking Saturday night’s bout to the distance.

Here are the odds and betting splits at DraftKings Sportsbook for Dominick Cruz vs. Casey Kenney at UFC 259 on March 6th.

Odds and Betting splits

Dominick Cruz: +110 (75% of action, 72% of bets)
Casey Kenney: -137 (25% of action, 28% of bets)

DraftKings DFS Values

Dominick Cruz: $8,100
Casey Kenney: $8,100

This match can go either way on Saturday night and both fighters are a toss-up in MMA DFS. Cruz is averaging 84.3 FPPF, but has only scored 13 and 37 fantasy points in his last two events.

On the other end of the spectrum, Kenney is producing 74.0 FPPF, but he’s been consistent in his last three bouts. In October, the 29-year-old fought twice in the span of three weeks and scored well (74, 92 fantasy points). He landed over 100 significant strikes in both fights, which will likely be another key to success for him, if this bout goes the full three rounds.

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