Opening Odds for UFC 291: Poirier vs. Gaethje 2


UFC 291: Poirier vs. Gaethje 2 takes place on Saturday, July 29 at Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. 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 291 Odds

Dustin Poirier -125
Justin Gaethje +105

Jan Blachowicz -145
Alex Pereira +125

Stephen Thompson -200
Michel Pereira +170

Bobby Green -310
Tony Ferguson +260

Kevin Holland -170
Michael Chiesa +145

Gabriel Bonfim -200
Trevin Giles +170

Derrick Lewis -115
Marcos Rogerio de Lima -105

Roman Kopylov -200
Claudio Ribeiro +170

Jake Matthews -400
Darrius Flowers +330

CJ Vergara -175
Vinicius Salvador +150

Matthew Semelsberger -185
Uros Medic +160

Miranda Maverick -500
Priscila Cachoeira +375

Here are my quick thoughts on the UFC 291:

  • The main event features a rematch between top lightweight contenders Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje for the vacant BMF title. These two fighters previously met in 2018, with Poirier winning that fight by fourth-round knockout. Since then, both men have competed for the UFC lightweight championship, but neither could take home the belt. Now they meet in a rematch for the BMF title, which was vacated by former welterweight star Jorge Masvidal. Both Poirier and Gaethje are coming off of wins, over Michael Chandler and Rafael Fiziev, and this rematch should be a ridiculously fun fight. The first fight was competitive, but Poirier took the victory. That’s why it makes sense to see him open up as a small favorite for this BMF title rematch.
  • The co-main event sees former light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz take on former middleweight champion Alex Pereira. Blachowicz is coming off of a draw against Magomed Ankalaev, while Pereira was knocked out by Israel Adesanya in his last fight and he moved up in weight for this bout. It will be interesting to see how Pereira does in his new weight class. The oddsmakers opened up Blachowicz as a small favorite, but it’s only a slight lean.

Written by Adam Martin.

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