Opening Odds for UFC Vegas 45: Lewis vs. Daukaus


UFC Vegas 45: Lewis vs. Daukaus takes place on Saturday, December 18 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada. The offshore sportsbooks recently opened up the betting odds for the event, and MMAOB staff writer Adam Martin takes a look at the opening odds below.

UFC Vegas 45 Odds

Chris Daukaus -160
Derrick Lewis +140

Stephen Thompson -250
Belal Muhammad +210

Amanda Lemos -260
Angela Hill +220

Ricky Simon -210
Raphael Assuncao +180

Mateusz Gamrot -190
Diego Ferreira +165

Cub Swanson -155
Darren Elkins +135

Gerald Meerschaert -255
Dustin Stoltzfus +215

Raoni Barcelos -285
Victor Henry +225

Justin Tafa -325
Harry Hunsucker +275

Melissa Gatto -130
Sijara Eubanks +110

Charles Jourdain -225
Andre Ewell +190

Raquel Pennington -300
Macy Chiasson +250

Don’Tale Mayes -140
Josh Parisian +120

Jordan Leavitt -220
Matt Sayles +185

Here are my quick thoughts on the UFC Vegas 45 Opening Odds:

  • The main event of UFC Vegas 45 features a five-round heavyweight fight between Chris Daukaus and Derrick Lewis. Daukaus has been on a roll ever since joining the UFC last year as he is 4-0 in the Octagon with four wins coming by way of knockout. As for Lewis, he is coming off of a knockout loss to interim champ Ciryl Gane, but he knocked out Curtis Blaydes in his fight before that. Both Daukaus and Lewis are huge punchers and it seems incredibly unlikely that this fight lasts for longer than a round or two. Although Lewis has a puncher’s chance, Daukaus does seem like the more technical striker and deserves to be favored here.
  • The co-main event features top-10 ranked welterweights Stephen Thompson and Belal Muhammad going at it. Thompson is coming off of a decision loss to Gilbert Burns, while Muhammad is coming off of a decision win over Demian Maia. This should be a competitive fight between two solid welterweights, but Thompson is the superior striker. If he can keep this fight on the feet, then he should be able to outpoint the durable Muhammad to win a decision.

Written by Adam Martin.


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