Opening Odds for UFC Vegas 66: Cannonier vs. Strickland


UFC Vegas 66: Cannonier vs. Strickland takes place on Saturday, December 17 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 66 Odds

Jared Cannonier -150
Sean Strickland +130

Arman Tsarukyan -225
Damir Ismagulov +190

Amir Albazi -300
Alessandro Costa +250

Julian Erosa -150
Alex Caceres +130

Drew Dober -110
Bobby Green -110

Michal Oleksiejczuk -225
Cody Brundage +190

Cory McKenna -145
Cheyanne Vlismas +125

Jake Matthews -220
Matthew Semelsberger +185

Julian Marquez -180
Deron Winn +155

Said Nurmagomedov -150
Saidyokub Kakhramonov +130

Maheshate -110
Rafa Garcia -110

Rinat Fakhretdinov -150
Bryan Battle +130

Manel Kape -160
David Dvorak +140

Sergey Morozov -200
Journey Newson +170

Here are my quick thoughts on the UFC Vegas 66 Opening Odds:

  • The main event of UFC Vegas 66 is a five-round middleweight bout between Jared Cannonier and Sean Strickland. Cannonier lost a decision to former champion Israel Adesanya in his last fight, but he had beaten Derek Brunson and Kelvin Gastelum before that. As for Strickland, he was brutally knocked out by current UFC middleweight champion Alex Pereira the last time we saw him. That loss saw Strickland’s six-fight win streak snapped, so he’ll look to get back on track when he takes on Cannonier. Overall, this looks like a very close and competitive fight on paper, which is why the betting odds are so close for it. Cannonier opened up as the slight betting favorite, likely due to being ranked higher, but early money has come in on Strickland.
  • The co-main event of UFC Vegas 66 is an important three-round lightweight bout between top-15-ranked fighters Arman Tsarukyan and Damir Ismagulov. Tsarukyan lost a very close decision to Mateusz Gamrot in his last fight, which snapped a five-fight win streak for him. As for Ismagulov, he’s a perfect 5-0 in the UFC. Again, it’s a very competitive fight on paper, but Tsarukyan has fought the better competition which is likely why he opened as the favorite.

Written by Adam Martin.


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