If you’re hip enough to know rap mogul DJ Khaled, you’re probably aware that the one-more mantra has become a trademark of his music tracks. But at the rate the UFC is going, Dana White should steal that.
White, who is president of the UFC, held the first event last Saturday at “Fight Island” (Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates) and has two more planned for this week. UFC 251 became the biggest MMA event of all time at BetRivers, thanks in large part to the recent launch of BetRivers Illinois.
Now, UFC action continues with a mid-week card, headlined by a featherweight bout between Calvin Kattar (21-4) and Dan Ige (14-2). The entire 12-fight card will be broadcast on ESPN/ESPN+ with the preliminaries starting at 7 p.m.
We’ll get you ready for it all with a rundown of all the available odds and wagers at PA sportsbooks.
Kattar enters Wednesday’s main event as a strong favorite
As noted in this CBS Sports preview, Kattar is the sixth-ranked featherweight in the division. He won his last bout at UFC 249 in May with a series of elbows that led to a second-round TKO. Kattar enters UFC Fight Night: Kattar vs. Ige at -335 at BetRivers, PlaySugarHouse and DraftKings Sportsbook. FanDuel Sportsbook has his moneyline slightly lower at -330.
Ige has won six straight fights and has never been knocked out in his UFC career. His last win was a split-decision victory over Edson Barboza in May. Ige is +250 at BetRivers, PlaySugarHouse and DraftKings. FanDuel has him as a bigger underdog at +265.
FOX Bet has boosted both fighters to win in Rounds 1-5, with Kattar at +105 and Ige at +550.
Elliott favored to end losing streak Wednesday night
In one of the other showcase fights Wednesday, Tim Elliott is -125 in his flyweight bout with Ryan Benoit, despite entering with three-straight losses. Benoit’s last fight was in December, a split decision loss to Alateng Heili. BetRivers, PlaySugarHouse and DraftKings have Elliot at +100. FanDuel and FOX Bet have him as a slightly bigger underdog.
Most of the bouts on Wednesday’s 12-fight card have multiple betting options, such as total rounds, method of victory and whether or not the fight will go the distance. The rest of the matchups and their moneyline odds according to BetRivers/PlaySugarHouse are as follows:
- Jimmie Rivera (-141) vs. Cody Stamann (+112)
- Molly McCann (-125) vs. Talia Santos (+100)
- Abdul Razak Alhassan (-345) vs. Mounir Lazzez (+260)
- John Phillips (+260) vs. Khamzat Chimaev (-345)
- Ricardo Ramos (-162) vs. Lerone Murphy (+130)
- Modestas Bukauskas (-210) vs. Andreas Michailidis (+165)
- Jared Gordon (-150) vs. Chris Fishgold (+120)
- Diana Belbita (-177) vs. Liana Jojua (+140)
- Jack Shore (-670) vs. Aaron Phillips (+450)
- Kenneth Bergh (-150) vs. Jorge Gonzalez (+130) – this fight’s odds provided by FOX Bet
Daily fantasy contests are live for UFC Fight Night: Kattar vs. Ige
Daily fantasy players can once again join the UFC action with a wealth of contests on Wednesday night. The featured contest at DraftKings has a $15 entry and $500k prize pool that pays out a top prize of $100,000. Over at FanDuel, the $8.88 UFC Octagon for Wednesday has a $150k prize pool and a $30,000 prize for first place.
Both sites have contests at all price points, giving daily fantasy players plenty of options.
UFC returns again Saturday with Fight Night: Figueiredo vs. Benavidez 2
In case Wednesday’s action isn’t enough, the UFC returns to the octagon again Saturday night with another Fight Night event. The MMA outfit has kept the fight cards coming even as other sports have been sidelined in recent months.
And if betting numbers are any indication, the UFC’s efforts are paying off with a surge in popularity. This week’s action should keep that momentum going.
With Dana White in charge, the UFC is never far from its next fight.