Update 5/24: UFC 173 betting odds have swung like a pendulum in the last week. SBR reported in the Top 5 Sportsbooks to Bet UFC 173 that Daniel Cormier was installed as a 12 to 1 favorite against Dan Henderson in the co-main event of the evening. At the time of this publication, those odds have swung down significantly: Cormier is now on offer at -850 at 5Dimes Sportsbook (SBR rating A+).
There has been less movement in some of the other scheduled bouts, including the main event which pits TJ Dillashaw in the octagon against Renan Barao. One week ago betting favorite Renan Barao was spread at an average trading price of -816 (an $816 wager returning $100 in profit). Presently, Renan Barao is favored by an average market price of -828 per the sportsbooks listed in the UFC Betting Directory. Underdog TJ Dillashaw was trading at an average market price of +478 for an outright win; this number has shifted to +494, which is about what you would expect when factoring in the direction the money has gone on Renan Barao.
How to spot line moves using the UFC Betting Directory
As with any good tool, proper use is important to show the best return. The UFC Betting directory shows through side by side grids as well as proposition wager breakdowns exactly what the best available lineset is and more importantly where. When viewing a side by side grid for example outright winner markets, the betting odds will turn red to signify a change just recently recorded, then orange after 30 seconds, then yellow toward one minute. An example of such movement is seen below:
We can see that as of 30 seconds ago a line change was recorded simply by looking at the outright winner odds widget on the UFC Betting directory for Dan Henderson vs. Daniel Cormier. The change in question was logged at SportsInteraction (SIA). In this line move, the price on Dan Henderson changed to +498 while Daniel Cormier's stock fell to -829. If not for this visual cue, a sports bettor might not realize the number is on the move. By bookmarking the UFC Betting directory however and checking the page a few times per day, a combat sports handicapper has the opportunity to capitalize on this information. Unlike other subscription based services such as SportsOptions or Donbest, the information (powered by SBRodds) is 100% free and open to the general public.
Exotic markets which can be expected on the UFC Betting Directory
While a majority of UFC betting action is typically seen on the winner and loser, there are many more betting markets ripe with value and ready to be taken advantage of by sophisticated bettors and combat sport fans alike. Sportsbook Review's team of analysts publish these betting markets as they become available from the industry's leading online sportsbooks. As of this publication, 5Dimes Sportsbook (SBR rating A+) is the first to spread UFC 173 betting proposition markets.
TJ Dillashaw vs. Renan Barao to go the distance
Fight goes distance +130
Fight does not go -170
Dillashaw wins in round 1 +2600
Any other result -8200
Dillashaw wins by 5 round unanimous decision +1300
Any other result -3000
Barao wins by submission +330
Any other result -490
The above UFC 173 betting prop markets are a small slither of what's offered by 5Dimes, and a small sample of the betting markets listed in the UFC Betting Directory. As other online sportsbooks release prop bets on the entire UFC 173 card, Sportsbook Review will highlight which shop is offering the best return whether you're looking to wager on the favorite or underdog. This is for your shopping convenience and if followed may substantially maximize your profits and minimize your losses in both the short and long-term.
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