The sporting calendar continues to gather some much-needed momentum and this Saturday, June 6th, sees the 250th edition of Ultimate Fighting Championship. The event is hosted by the UFC Apex in Las Vegas and we have another packed card to work through, together with a feast of betting markets to dissect.
Eleven fights in total are scheduled to take place, starting with two bouts from the early preliminary card, and it all builds up to a very special headliner.
UFC 250 Main Event
The women take center stage at UFC 250 and the main event is a featherweight championship bout between Amanda Nunes and Felicia Spencer. Nunes is the defending champion and she also holds the corresponding title in the Bantamweight division so she’s going to be a tough proposition for any fighter. In the opposite corner, Spencer is the former Invicta Champion at this level and she comes in with a respectable record of eight wins from nine MMA fights.
Nunes has greater experience and she is the obvious favourite for the win at 1.15 with PowerPlay. At the age of 29, Spencer may yet come through as a UFC Champion but this bout may have come too soon. The challenger is out at odds of 5.50 with bet365 and it’s impossible to see Spencer upsetting that market.
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UFC 250 Top of the Undercard
With Henry Cejudo’s proposed bout against Dominick Cruz having been cancelled, the remainder of the card might lack the glitz but this is where the betting value is likely to be found. The penultimate battle of the night sees Raphael Assuncao take on Cody Garbrandt in the bantamweight division and the moneyline market is a little tighter this time.
There is still a clear favourite with Garbrandt at 1.67 with Bodog but Assuncao has the potential to convert a profit at 2.20 with Sports Interaction. At 37, the outsider has vast experience but his record in MMA fighting is a mixed one with 27 wins and seven losses in his career to date. Moving across to Garbrandt, the 28-year-old American has 11 wins from 14 but two of his three losses have come in his last two visits to the Octagon.
Assuncao is inconsistent but he’s a danger to any fighter and may just hold the edge in this battle.
UFC 250 Best of the Rest
There are nine remaining fights on the undercard and at the very least, we should have moneyline options for all of these. The closest battle, according to the sportsbooks, will be between Aljamain Sterling and Cory Sandhagen where both men have odds below 2.00.
Spin Sports have Sterling as the marginal favourite at 1.80 while the same bookmaker quotes 1.90 for a Sandhagen victory. Once again, there is potential for the outsider to come through although the reward, in this case, is a more modest moneyline price.
Further down the list, those looking for another safe option should look at Sean O’Malley to beat Eddie Wineland. PowerPlay has this bet available at odds of 1.20 and that could be the perfect parlay partner with Nunes to beat Spencer at the top of the show.
There are more fights to work through but the potential for clear picks or value outside bets starts to disappear from this point. One more bout to consider comes early on where Jussier Formiga looks well placed to upset the odds against the favourite Alex Perez. Formiga is on offer at 2.10 with 888Sport while Perez can be picked up at a price of 1.62 with 10Bet.
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UFC 250 Promotions
There will be some promotions available for UFC 250 and some of these have already been published. PowerPlay has a $10 free bet on offer and to claim it, customers should place a $50 live bet on any UFC 250 market. The $10 freebie will be issued on the following day.
Other, generic offers can be taken advantage of including a regular promo from 888Sport. Anyone backing a winner at odds of 5.00 or longer can get a $5.00 free bet so if, for example, you wanted to take Felicia Spencer to beat Amanda Nunes, that freebie would come as an added reward.
Beyond those two deals, we may well see some smaller price boosts in the hours leading up to UFC 250 so keep watching the sportsbooks.
UFC 250 Verdict
We’ve a mixed bag of fights this weekend but there are some strong options for parlays in the betting market. For those that are focussing on the main headliner, Amanda Nunes should come through and convert as the clear favourite so there are two options here. Either we can play safe and take that winning price of 1.15 or we can switch to a Method of Victory bet.
With just under a week to go until the first bell, the sportsbooks are a little slow to publish prop bets. We would suggest betting on Nunes to beat Spencer by KO or TKO in order to get some extra value but as things stand, we are taking the following three moneyline picks. There is little difference in pricing so choose your favourite sportsbook from our recommended list and aim for a winning parlay.
UFC 250 Best Bets
- Amanda Nunes to beat Felicia Spencer at 1.15 with PowerPlay
- Raphael Assuncao to beat Cody Garbrandt at 2.20 with Sports Interaction
- Cory Sandhagen to beat Aljamain Sterling at 1.90 with Spin Sports