Opening Odds for UFC Vegas 81: Yusuff vs. Barboza


UFC Vegas 81: Yusuff vs. Barboza takes place on Saturday, October 14 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 81 Odds

Sodiq Yusuff -200
Edson Barboza +170

Jennifer Maia -185
Viviane Araujo +160

Adrian Yanez -300
Jonathan Martinez +250

Andre Petroski -225
Michel Pereira +190

Christian Rodriguez -170
Cameron Saaiman +145

Edgar Chairez -225
Daniel da Silva +190

TJ Brown -225
Darren Elkins +190

Tainara Lisboa -450
Ravena Oliveira +350

Irina Alekseeva -225
Melissa Dixon +190

Heili Alateng -225
Chris Gutierrez +190

Emily Ducote -600
Ashley Yoder +425

Terrance McKinney -450
Brendon Marotte +300

Here are my quick thoughts on the UFC Vegas 81 Opening Odds:

  • The main event of UFC Vegas 81 is a five-round featherweight bout between top-15-ranked fighters Sodiq Yusuff and Edson Barboza. Yusuff is 6-1 overall in the UFC and he is coming off of back-to-back wins following his lone UFC defeat to Arnold Allen. He is one of the better strikers in the weight class and he has the chance to really make a name for himself with a win over the veteran Barboza. As for the Brazilian, he is coming off of a brutal KO win over Billy Quarantillo that showed he still has plenty of gas left in the tank. Though he had lost twice before that, the win over “Billy Q” showed that Barboza is still capable of landing the KO blow. That being said, Yusuff is the younger fighter and he deserves to be the favorite in this fight.
  • The co-main event of UFC Vegas 81 features Jennifer Maia taking on Viviane Araujo in a women’s flyweight bout. Maia is coming off back-to-back wins over Casey O’Neill and Maryna Moroz, while Araujo is coming off back-to-back losses to Amanda Ribas and Alexa Grasso. With that said, you have to go with Maia to win this fight just based on pure momentum alone.

Written by Adam Martin.

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