Gilbert Burns and Tyron Woodley headline Saturday's UFC card

PSB Pick Play: UFC Betting Returns With Fight Night Saturday

The momentum continues.

While the majority of the sports world remains dark, the UFC keeps staging fights, giving fans plenty of action. Next up is an 11-fight card Saturday night, headlined by Tyron Woodley and Gilbert Burns.

The event is once again likely to generate a strong response at sportsbooks. Earlier this month, UFC 249 became the most-bet MMA event ever, generating more handle than any NFL regular season game from last year. What’s more, over 700,000 people purchased the event on pay-per view.

The UFC will look to continue its success this weekend. In this week’s installment of Penn Sportsbooks’ Pick Play, we’ll prepare you for the fights with a breakdown of the action. We’ll also run through all the available odds at our region’s sportsbooks.

FOX Bet has odds boosted throughout Saturday’s fight card

UFC Fight Night Woodley vs. Burns will be held at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada. The preliminary fights begin at 6 p.m. with the main card starting about 9 p.m. All the action will be broadcast on ESPN/ESPN+.

FOX Bet has boosted the odds for numerous bets Saturday night, providing enhanced returns on your wager. In the welterweight main event, Woodley is -175 at FOX Bet while Burns, a Brazilian fighter, is +150.

As noted in a CBS Sports article, Woodley will enter the octagon Saturday for the first time in 15 months, a long layoff for any fighter. Meanwhile, Burns has won five fights during that span, providing a stark contrast in activity levels. 

FOX Bet has boosted wagers on Woodley or Burns to win in Rounds 1-5 and also on either fighter to win by KO, TKO, or DQ. Bettors can find a wealth of options beyond the moneyline, with odds available on the method of victory, over/under on the fight’s rounds, and whether or not the fight will go the distance.

Sportsbooks have set varying prices on the UFC odds. Bettors are wise to compare them.

BetRivers/PlaySugarHouse and DraftKings Sportsbook have the moneyline at -182 for Woodley and +150 for Burns, revealing some price variations that make it wise for bettors to shop around. FanDuel Sportsbook has similar pricing, with Woodley at -184 and Burns at +156.

All sportsbooks have multiple wagering options on each fight, giving bettors plenty of avenues for action. There also numerous daily fantasy contests available for the fights at FanDuel and DraftKings.

DraftKings has Ivanov/Sakai even in heavyweight bout

In the heavyweight bout on the main card, Blagoy Ivanov and Augusto Sakai are both -112 on the moneyline at DraftKings. FanDuel Sportsbook gives the Brazilian Sakai a slight edge, putting him at -112 and Ivanov at -104.

The rest of Saturday’s fights and their odds at DraftKings are as follows:

  • Billy Quarantillo (-141) vs. Spike Carlyle (+115)
  • Roosevelt Roberts (-335) vs. Brok Weaver (+255)
  • Mackenzie Dern (-400) vs. Hannah Cifers (+295)
  • Katlyn Chookagian (+115) vs. Antonina Shevchenko (-141)
  • Daniel Rodriguez (-335) vs. Gabe Green (+250)
  • Jamahal Hill (-129) vs. Klidson de Abreu (+105)
  • Tim Elliott (-182) vs. Brandon Royval (+145)
  • Louis Smolka (+215) vs. Casey Kenney (-278)
  • Chris Gutierrez (-112) vs. Vince Morales (-112)

As mentioned previously, the sportsbooks have odds available on each fight’s winner, total rounds, and method of victory, so there are many ways to approach Saturday’s action.

Betting is already available for more UFC action next weekend

The UFC doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon, with another 11-fight card scheduled for next Saturday. UFC Fight Night Nunes vs. Spencer will also be held in Las Vegas, and is headlined by two female featherweight fighters, Amanda Nunes and Felicia Spencer. Some odds are already available for those fights, with more likely to arrive next week. Nunes is currently a heavy favorite (-590 at DraftKings), while Spencer is +450.

But first, the UFC resumes Saturday, with 11 bouts in Fight Night: Woodley vs. Burns.

Bets will be placed. Fighters will head toward the octagon. UFC fans will be watching intently from home.

And the momentum will continue.