With events every weekend up until the New Year, aside from Christmas, it’s fair to say that MMA fans are going to be spoilt rotten over the course of the next few months. One show, in particular, that’s causing a lot of buzz, is UFC 218 which takes place this Saturday in Detroit.
Over at Paddy Power they’ve released a number of betting odds for the main card showdowns, and it’s time to run down where the best value for money may be when the Ultimate Fighting Championship invades Michigan.
First off we’ve got Tecia Torres vs Michelle Waterson, with both women looking to make a statement with their only respective losses in the last 18 months coming at the hands of new champion Rose Namajunas. Torres is a 4/7 favourite meanwhile Michelle comes in at 5/4, but don’t sleep on Waterson – especially after the beating she put on Paige VanZant.
Next up is the sure fire favourite for Fight of the Night between former champ Eddie Alvarez and Justin Gaethje, in a bout which some will be looking forward to and others will be squinting at throughout. The unbeaten Gaethje is, unsurprisingly, a 4/9 favourite with Alvarez finding himself in an unusual positon as the underdog at 13/8.
Cejudo vs Pettis is also set to be a barnstormer as both men have their eyes firmly set on a shot at Demetrious Johnson’s belt, with Henry coming in at 2/5 meanwhile the on-form Sergio Pettis is a 7/4 outsider. Whichever way you look at that, those are some generous odds.
Then we come to the co-main event of the evening between Alistair Overeem and Francis Ngannou, and we aren’t kidding when we say that they need to reinforce the cage for this one. The young upcoming Francis is 2/5 heading into Detroit with the seasoned veteran Overeem being 7/4, but doubting the Dutchman could be a dangerous tactic.
Finally, we wind up at the main event of the evening, as Max Holloway defends his Featherweight crown against Jose Aldo in a rematch from UFC 212. Unsurprisingly, Max is an overwhelming 3/10 favourite, but Jose has been dying for another shot and given that he knows this will be one of his last opportunities, you can consider 11/5 to be very interesting odds if you want to take a gamble – pun not intended.
With the main card as stacked as that, you’d be a fool not to tune in this Saturday.