UFC 254 May Be Biggest Of The Year For Sports Betting Handle

  • UFC 254 Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Justin Gaethje fight has sports bettors is expected to be a major draw for sports betting.
  • Khabib is favored with -325 odds to win.
  • The largest UFC betting handle of the year so far was UFC 249.

LAS VEGASUFC 254 is shaking up to be the biggest MMA event of the year with Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje facing off to be the undisputed lightweight champion.

Sports bettors are taking heavy action on the big fight as well as other events in the main card, prelims, and early prelims.

With the huge attraction, the event is getting from UFC sports betting followers, this may be the biggest betting handle of the year for the UFC as the names and drama are featured well outside the UFC circles.

Betting On UFC 254

So far, the biggest betting handle weekend this year was UFC 249 that saw betting activity that surpassed Conor McGregor’s UFC 246 return to the octagon. To date, these are the most wagered on events in UFC history.

“To the delight of sportsbooks around the country, bettors came out in full force and drove the handle to record MMA levels,” said Frankie Taddeo of Sports Illustrated. “Some major sportsbooks reported that it was the most-bet MMA event in the history of their offerings on the sport … before the main card even started.”

While many factors were in play during the May fight, including the shutdown of other major sporting events due to the coronavirus pandemic, making UFC the only game in town, key matchups of the night also affected betting lines.

Almost 90% of the record-breaking wagers were taken on Francis Ngannou to beat Jairzinho Rozenstruik. This shows that key matchups can bring in major activity from sports bettors.

Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje are expected to do the same at UFC 254. Sports bettors are taking heavy action on the favorite Khabib to take the win.

Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Justin Gaethje

  • Khabib Nurmagomedov -325
  • Justin Gaethje +250

The winner of this fight will be the undisputed light heavyweight champ. Both combatants are holding lightweight belts and have impressive records and the attention this fight is gathering is through the roof.

The face-off between the pair saw over 10 thousand likes, 1.9 thousand retweets, and was quoted over 600 times on the UFC’s official Twitter. Hype brings out sports bettors to legal sports betting sites and this is the most hyped fight of the year.

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