On Saturday, June 11th, the UFC is finally set to host its first event on “Fight Island.” All eyes will be on the MMA leader’s stacked fight card headlined by an incredible welterweight title fight between Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal. Today, our MMA betting experts are going to break down the UFC 251 main card odds.
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Let’s get into the fights!
#1: Kamaru Usman: -275 vs. Jorge Masvidal: +215
The past few days have shown how fast the MMA world can change. Saturday’s card was expected to be headlined by Kamaru Usman and Gilbert Burns in one of the best fights to bet on this month. Just a week before the fight, Burns was forced out due to illness, and Jorge Masvidal was eventually put into the fight just six days before it was scheduled to take place.
It’s not the fight we expected, yet it’s safe to say that this new fight is bigger than the one initially booked. It’s not much of a surprise to see Usman come into this bout as the -275 favorite in this one. He’s 16-1 in his professional career and has proven that he’s above everyone else in his division.
There are many questions that surround Jorge Masvidal in this bout. As we just mentioned, he’s stepping into this bout just six days before it takes place and no one really knows what his training looked like for the past few months. He enters the main event as the +215 underdog.
Our Prediction: Kamaru Usman Wins Via 3rd-Round TKO
This would be a much easier fight to predict if we knew that both of these men had full training camps. That’s simply not the case here with Jorge Masvidal and as a result, our team agrees with the UFC 251 main card odds for this bout. Usman is an absolute machine and should utilize his wrestling to wear Masvidal down before getting the finish in the 3rd round.
#2: Alexander Volkanovski: -225 vs. Max Holloway: +185
Before the main event, one of the most highly-anticipated rematches in MMA history is scheduled to take place. The first fight proved to be very competitive and many were astounded to see how good Volkanovski looked. The second fight between these men should prove to be even more action-packed.
When you consider how the first fight went, it makes sense seeing Alex Volkanovski come into this bout as the -225 favorite. His game plan worked perfectly in the first fight with Max. If it’s not broke, don’t fix it and he’ll probably follow that advice this Saturday.
You can never count out Max Holloway. Prior to December, most considered him the greatest featherweight on the planet. He showed some holes in his game against Alex the first time around and will need to address these issues heading into this bout. Still, he’s the serious underdog with odds of just +185 to defeat Alex on Saturday. Don’t trust his claim of only training over Zoom. He’s ready for this bout.
Our Prediction: Max Holloway Wins Via Unanimous Decision
The UFC 251 main card odds here clearly favor Alex Volkanovski. This is going to be a very tough fight for both men. We believe that Holloway addresses the leg kick issues that cost him the fight last December and picks Alex apart on the outside. It will be a war, but Holloway will come out victorious.
#3: Petr Yan: -235 vs. Jose Aldo: +195
The vacant bantamweight title is up for grabs this Saturday. Petr Yan and Jose Aldo are at vastly different points in their career and the odds for this bout favor the younger lion. This is almost guaranteed to be a striking battle and probably won’t reach the final bell.
There are not many fighters as tenacious as Petr Yan. The 27-year-old Russian is 14-1 in his career and already holds a win over the legendary Urijah Faber. He’s a serious talent, yet we were surprised to see him enter this bout as the -235 favorite.
Some feel that Jose Aldo is reaching the end of his career as an elite mixed martial artist. He looked incredible in his most recent bout, however, and seems to have found a home at bantamweight. He’s listed as the +195 underdog according to Mybookie’s UFC 251 main card odds, yet it’s difficult to see why.
Our Prediction: Jose Aldo Wins Via 2nd-Round KO
There’s a real argument that momentum is the best advantage of MMA. Petr Yan is riding a wave right now and seems destined to hold a title at some point. We don’t expect that to come this weekend, though. Aldo will pick him apart with leg kicks and punches before landing a knockout strike in the 2nd round.
#4: Jessica Andrade: +160 vs. Rose Namajunas: -200
The three title fights are all going to be incredible this Saturday. Some hardcore fans claim that the rematch between Jessica Andrade and Rose Namajunas is actually the fight to watch. This is a pivotal fight for both women and the winner could end up in a title fight with Zhang Weili.
Almost no fighter can match the power and aggression of Jessica Andrade. She throws with everything she has and more often than not, that ends up paying off. Despite winning the first fight, she’s coming into this one as the +160 underdog.
Everyone loves Rose Namajunas. She looked like the next big superstar in the sport but saw her momentum come to an end against Jessica Andrade back in May of 2019. Prior to the knockout loss, she was dominating the fight. That’s likely what makes her the -200 favorite.
Our Prediction: Rose Namajunas Wins Via 1st-Round Submission
All the signs point to Rose Namajunas winning this fight. She looked incredible in the first fight but made a critical error holding onto the kimura when lifted into the air. I expect her to pummel against the cage, prevent big slams and score the submission win all within the first round of this fight.
#5: Amanda Ribas: -790 vs. Paige Vanzant: +490
The UFC always loves to kick off its PPV events with a highly-entertaining bout. Most agree that’s what we’ll see here between Amanda Ribas and Paige Vanzant. Both fighters are extremely tenacious and are always willing to engage in a brawl.
The UFC loves finding young, talented prospects. Amanda Ribas may be the brightest young up and comer in women’s MMA right now. She’s dominated each of her three bouts in the UFC and is creeping towards the top-5 of this division. She comes into her first PPV debut with odds of -790 to win.
Paige Vanzant’s arm seems to be her biggest foe to date. It’s broken and rehealed several times, yet she finally seems ready to step back into the cage. These UFC 251 main card odds sway heavily against her favor and list her as the +490 underdog.
Our Prediction: Amanda Ribas Wins Via 3rd-Round TKO
Both Amanda Ribas and Paige Vanzant are very tough fighters. This fight will probably be much more competitive than the odds show. In the end, Ribas is just too powerful and precise with her striking. She’ll end up getting the finish before the end of the 3rd round with strikes.
UFC 251 Main Card Odds: Special Bets to Make
All of the fights on this card are going to be fantastic. The odds listed above should give bettors some great opportunities to win big. Below are just a few special bets that members of MyBookie make before the fights take place.
- Bet On Rose Namajunas Winning in the First Round: +320
- Bet On Volkanovski vs. Holloway Going the Distance: -225
- Bet On Amanda Ribas Winning Via TKO: +450
Fight fans are in for a real treat this weekend. Make sure to stay tuned for our UFC 251 prelim betting guide coming later this week!
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