Opening Odds for UFC on ESPN+ 36: Covington vs. Woodley


UFC on ESPN+ 36: Covington vs. Woodley takes place on Saturday, September 19 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada. The offshore sportsbooks recently opened up the betting odds for the full card, and here they are.

UFC on ESPN+ 36 Odds

Colby Covington -250
Tyron Woodley +210

Niko Price -130
Donald Cerrone +110

Khamzat Chimaev -500
Gerald Meerschaert +385

Johnny Walker -115
Ryan Spann -105

Mackenzie Dern -330
Randa Markos +270

Kevin Holland -265
Darren Stewart +225

Mirsad Bektic -450
Eduardo Garagorri +350

Mayra Bueno Silva -330
Mara Romero Borella +270

David Dvorak -170
Jordan Espinosa +145

Jessica-Rose Clark -170
Sarah Alpar +145

Randy Costa -180
Journey Newsom +155

Andre Ewell -160
Irwin Rivera +140

TJ Laramie -225
Darrick Minner +190

Tyson Nam -165
Jerome Rivera +125

Here are my initial thoughts on the UFC on ESPN+ 36 Opening Odds:

  • The main event is the highly-anticipated grudge match between Covington and Woodley. It’s a shame we didn’t see this fight two years ago when the interest in it was at an all-time high, but it’s still a good thing that the UFC was able to book it now as it should be an intriguing fight. Covington is one of the top welterweights in the sport and although he is coming off of a TKO loss to Kamaru Usman, he is still an elite fighter at 170lbs. As for Woodley, he is coming off of two straight one-sided losses to Usman and Gilbert Burns and just hasn’t looked like the same guy who was the UFC welterweight champion from 2016 to 2019. The oddsmakers opened the line with Covington as a high-priced favorite and given his recent form that certainly makes sense. Then again, maybe we’re writing off Woodley too soon. It makes it a must-watch fight.
  • The co-main event should be a fun one as two exciting welterweights go at it when Cerrone meets Price. Cerrone is coming off of four straight losses and at age 37 you have to wonder how much he has left in the tank. Then again, while Price is much younger at age 30, he himself is coming off of a knockout loss and he has been finished in two of his last three fights. Price is the favorite here but I wouldn’t count Cerrone out as this is the kind of fight he wins.
  • Arguably the most-hyped prospect in the UFC fights again when Chimaev takes on Meerschaert in a middleweight bout. Chimaev picked up two quick wins over Rhys McKee and John Phillips on Fight Island and many are pegging him as a future champ, but perhaps Meerschaert is a bit more than he can chew. Meerschaert is the bigger man and has far more experience, so despite the line saying this is going to be a blowout, I’m not so sure about that.
  • Another hyped prospect is Dern, who takes on Markos in a fight that can help her move up the UFC women’s strawweight ladder. Dern is 3-1 overall in the UFC and in her last fight she picked up an incredible kneebar submission over Hannah Cifers. As for Markos, she has plenty of UFC experience with a 6-7-1 record in the Octagon, but that record shows how inconsistent she is. Look for Dern to have another standout performance in this one.

Written by Adam Martin.

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