UFC 225 Betting Card Odds Overview & Free Picks
UFC has put together quite a card for their 225 show taking place in the United Center in Chicago, IL. The main event will see Yoel Romero vs. Robert Whittaker for the UFC middleweight belt. These two had already met once, when Whittaker scored a decision victory for the then-interim title. Fast forwarding a bit, Whittaker came down with injury and Romero guaranteed a rematch when he knocked Luke Rockhold’s lights out at UFC 221 earlier in the year. Now, both fighters will square off and the US gambling sites placed Whittaker as a heavy chalk favorite over Romero. Intertops sportsbook, a very popular site with online sportsbook reviews, has his at -250 on the moneyline. Romero, the underdog has a value of +190, a very attractive price indeed.
The main issue with this fight is that a lot of people, including the oddsmakers as it seems, are thinking that this fight will somehow playout like their first encounter. While I don’t necessarily disagree with Whittaker being the favorite for this Saturday, I think that Romero is not such a huge underdog this time around. And, I quite frankly think he has time to study and adapt to Whittaker and not make the same mistakes he made on their first matchup. It does seem that the books will ultimately drop down his price as more players start taking that action. It might be a bit of an upset but I will back Romero on the Moneyline.
Another interesting fight on the card is Colby Covington vs. Rafael dos Anjos. Despite of the controversies, Covington is an exciting fighter, but RDA seems better rounded and all around better, and lets not forget battle-tested against some great competitors. I feel that RDA will want to end this one under 4 rounds, look for any of the best online sportsbooks that might offer a nice price on an “under” pick.
Also on the card we will see Curtis Blaydes vs. Alistair Overeem with a very interesting, price set by the best betting sites online any where from +140 to +180 in some cases. Overeem got rocked pretty bad by Ngannou on his last fight and will want to bounce back here. He is a good striker and a seasoned vet, and Blaydes despite having great wrestling skills, but he doesn’t quite fit the description of the fighters that have beaten Overeem before. Take Overeem on the Money line.
Finally, most cappers I’ve spoken with are staying away from the CM Punk vs Mike Jackson fight. And quite frankly, don’t blame them. I totally agree that this is not a fight worth betting, but for shits and giggles, gun to my head, I think Jackson takes it. In my opinion, I think CM Punk was given this spot on the card and an accessible opponent to draw ticket sales on his native Chicago. But besides his training with top MMA experts, his preparation for this fight had him having to deal with a law suit trail against him (which he won) by WWE’s head doctor Chris Amman for defamation. I doubt he was able to prepare properly having to deal with full days of courtroom hearings very close to this fight.
Now, I won’t bore you with details of the lawsuit, but I will drop this little conspiracy theory on here if you are so inclined. It is rumored and speculated that WWE (a billion dollar empire) was bankrolling this lawsuit in order to harm Punk financially and professionally, by not allowing him to concentrate on his MMA carrer and thus take time away from him for this fight. The best betting websites are responding accordingly by placing Jackson at -230.