The UFC announced a number of key matchups over the weekend and the oddsmakers over at Fanduel already have some of the lines set for these fights. For the one fight they didn’t, I’ll estimate what those odds would look like. Let’s take a closer look.
Paulo Costa vs. Marvin Vettori – UFC Fight Night – Oct. 23
— Marcel Dorff 🇳🇱🇮🇩 (@BigMarcel24) August 3, 2021
This will be a tricky line to set and I would imagine Vettori would be a slight favorite around -150 (bet $150 to win $100) over Costa. Vettori (17-4-1) is coming off a loss to middleweight champion Israel Adesanya at UFC 263 in June where he went the distance with “Stylebender” for a second time. The fact Vettori wasn’t finished and has been a bit more active, makes me believe that the Kings MMA product will emerge as the betting favorite. Costa (13-1) was finished by Adesanya at UFC 253 in September 2020. The 30-year-old was slated to take on Jared Cannonier next week however a contract dispute pulled him from the event and was replaced by Kelvin Gastelum.
Islam Makhachev (-420) vs. Rafael dos Anjos (+330) UFC 267 – Oct. 30
— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) August 3, 2021
Makhachev (20-1) opens as a big betting favorite over the former lightweight champion following his fourth-round submission victory over Thiago Moises back on July 17. The American Kickboxing Academy product carries an eight-fight win streak into the matchup and has finished back-to-back opponents. Dos Anjos (30-13) is coming off a split decision victory over Paul Felder at UFC Fight Night back in Nov. 2020 and will look to make it two straight victories for the first time since Dec. 2017. These two were previously scheduled to fight at UFC 264 (dos Anjos testing positive for COVID-19) and UFC Fight Night (Makhachev Injury).
Justin Gaethje (-158) vs. Michael Chandler (+134) UFC 268 – Nov. 6
UFC 268 PPV. No official date or venue for that PPV just yet, but the target is Nov. 6, Madison Square Garden. pic.twitter.com/Z75u2nlmv2
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) July 30, 2021
Gaethje (22-3) opens at the betting favorite despite the fact he’ll be stepping into the cage for the first time in over a year. The 32-year-old last competed against Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 254, where he was submitted in the second roun. Chandler (22-6) will look to avoid back-to-back losses for the first time since Nov. 2014 and is coming off a TKO loss to lightweight champion Charles Oliveira at UFC 262 in May.