UFC 225 is set to kick off tonight, and although the middleweight title is no longer on the line, we are still getting Robert Whittaker vs. Yoel Romero part two in the main event. For this non-title rematch, Whittaker is now sitting as a sizable favorite around -245, whereas the once +110 Romero now resides at a robust +225 line. The event’s co-main event has the promotion’s #4 welterweight Colby Covington (-136) favored over the former lightweight champ Rafael dos Anjos (+126). RDA was found at both plus and minus odds for quite some time, but now only floats in the underdog realm.
Down from the -525 line we saw on the midweek betting odds post, Claudia Gadelha (-415) still remains the heaviest betting favorite of the card, with her opponent, Carla Esparza, clocks in as the event’s heftiest underdog at +370. Anthony Smith vs. Rashad Evans is the second widest line of the night, with Smith sporting a -250 line to Evans’ +230 tag, with the Whittaker/Romero line in a close third. With the co-main event no longer being a pick’em fight, according to the odds, Dan Ige vs. Mike Santiago is now the tightest line of the night. Ige clocks in around -110, with Santiago being found anywhere from -110 to +110.
In the people’s main event (not really), CM Punk (+185) is found in the underdog role to Mike Jackson (-200). Both of these competitors fought Mickey Gall in their pro/UFC debuts. CM Punk wore a +230 tag and Jackson rocked a +325 line against Gall. This is an 0-1 vs. an 0-1, so betting on this bout is a rather risky endeavor.
Tonight’s UFC 225 main card will air live on Pay-Per-View at 10:00 P.M. ET with the prelims starting at 8:00 P.M. ET on FS1. The exclusive Fight Pass prelims will begin at 6:15 P.M. ET.
Check out the UFC 225 betting odds, courtesy of OddsShark.com:
Movement courtesy of BestFightOdds.com:
Romero opened up as a slight underdog at +110, but after a botched weight cut plus the fact that we’ve already seen this fight just one year ago, the betting public has turned their back on him. Romero is now floating around the +225, which is kind of crazy considering what a monster he is. On the flipside, Whittaker started his UFC 225 betting life with a favored line of -150. Slowly but surely, Whittaker drifted further and further away from even odds, and now sits at a sizable line of -245.
Robert Whittaker vs. Yoel Romero 2: Middleweight
We’ve seen this fight before, almost one year to the day in fact. The botched weight cut of Romero is an x-factor that shouldn’t be overlooked, but the truth of the matter is that Yoel Romero @+255 is a valuable line against any man on earth.
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