Update: 62% of bets now on Nate Diaz.
UFC 196 takes place this Saturday, March 5, from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Sports bettors have been thrown a curveball with the change to the card's main event with Conor McGregor now set to lock horns with Nate Diaz instead of Rafael dos Anjos.
McGregor vs. Diaz will be fought at 170 pounds, which is up from the 155 pounds McGregor was scheduled to weigh in at against dos Anjos.
Despite the massive jump in weight classes, online sportsbooks have McGregor as a significant favorite at the average price of -450, meaning that a $450 wager is required to win $100.
A common misconception is that the majority of bets made by the wagering public come on the favorite: Dave Mason of BetOnline Sportsbook (SBR rating A+) has shared that this is not the case with respect to wagering on mixed martial arts, telling Sportsbook Review the following:
"Like most fights, it looks like we will be rooting for the favorites this Saturday as we are exposed on Diaz and Tate. 79% of the bets are on Diaz and 74% on Tate." -BetOnline's Dave Mason
SBR asked how the wagering action on McGregor vs. Diaz compared to the card's co-feature main event between Holly Holm and Miesha Tate: "There is twice as much on the Diaz-McGregor fight than Tate-Holm even though the odds have been open not nearly as long," said Mason.
Overall 69% of bets are on Miesha Tate according to the consensus information available at the UFC betting odds grid at Sportsbook Review. Bettors can shop for the best available price on Tate vs. Holm using the grid, as well as access line history to see how sportsbooks have adjusted their numbers. Most line movement occurs 24-48 hours before fight night.
UFC 196 Prop Betting Markets
SBR has compiled the UFC 196 prop bets available thus far on this weekend's fights.
McGregor is priced at +130 odds to win inside of round 1. The outspoken Irishman predicted he would stop Diaz before the end of the first. Sports handicappers are well aware of the fact that McGregor correctly predicted the outcome of his last two fights to the round: a second round KO of Chad Mendez, and a first round finish for Jose Aldo.
By line shopping for UFC prop bets using the UFC betting directory, sports bettors can be certain they are getting the best of it with their online betting site. More than 100 betting props are expected for both main event bouts by fight night.