Friday, April 19, 2019

UFC on ESPN+ 7, also known as UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs. Oleinik, UFC Fight Night 149, and UFC Saint Petersburg will be held on April 20 at Yubileyny Sports Palace in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

These are The Odds, courtesy of Joey Oddessa. Follow him on Twitter.

ALEKSEI OLEINIK +192
ALISTAIR OVEREEM -252

SHAMIL ABDURAKHIMOV +119
MARCIN TYBURA -149

ARMAN TSARUKYAN +240
ISLAM MAKHACHEV -320

MARCELO GOLM +195
SERGEY PAVLOVICH -275

ALEN AMEDOVSKI +150
KRZYSZTOF JOTKO -180

TEEMU PACKALEN +115
ALEXANDER YAKOVLEV -145

ROXANNE MODAFFERI +208
ANTONINA SHEVCHENKO -288

GADZHIMURAD ANTIGULOV +161
MICHAL OLEKSIEJCZUK -211

S ALIEV EVEN 
KEITA NAKAMURA -130

RAFAEL FIZIEV -135
MAGGOMED MUSTAFAEV +105

SEUNG WOO CHOI +282
MOVSAR EVLOEV -382

Unlike a spread on an NFL game where one team is getting a certain amount of points (ex. Saints +7), in MMA fights the line on the game is called a moneyline. These are the +/- used on UFC broadcasts. The figure is how much money you have to bet in order to win $100 (-), and how much a $100 bet will earn (+). They are perhaps best explained via example:

ALEKSEI OLEINIK +192
ALISTAIR OVEREEM -252

In this fight, 'Reem is the -252 favorite, meaning if you bet $252 on him and he wins, you would only profit $100. If he were to lose though, you would lose the full $252.

If you were to bet on Olienik at +192, if you bet $100 on him and he wins the fight, you will profit $192. If he were to lose the fight, you would lose your original $100 bet.

Depending on how people are betting on the fights the odds will shift from the moment they open, right up until the night of the fights.

The sport is built on moments that make you involuntary think “HOLY F***ING S***!!!” Those can come at any time, on any portion of the card, from any fighter. Thus, some bettors look to the underdogs, sometimes big ones, as the best bets. And they say never bet until the weigh-ins.