Opening Odds for UFC 297: Strickland vs. Du Plessis


UFC 297: Strickland vs. Du Plessis takes place on Saturday, January 20 at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The offshore sportsbooks recently opened up the betting odds for the event, and MMAOB staff writer Adam Martin looks at the opening odds below.

UFC 297 Odds

Sean Strickland -190
Dricus Du Plessis +165

Mayra Bueno Silva -155
Raquel Pennington +135

Mike Malott -300
Neil Magny +250

Chris Curtis -160
Marc-Andre Barriault +140

Movsar Evloev -170
Arnold Allen +145

Brad Katona -155
Garrett Armfield +135

Charles Jourdain -135
Sean Woodson +115

Serhiy Sidey -205
Ramon Taveras +175

Gillian Robertson -160
Polyana Viana +140

Yohan Lainesse -125
Sam Patterson +105

Jasmine Jasudavicius -400
Priscila Cachoeira +330

Malcolm Gordon -119
Jimmy Flick -101

Here are my quick thoughts on the 297 Opening Odds:

  • The main event of UFC 297 is a UFC middleweight title bout between Sean Strickland and Dricus Du Plessis. Strickland has won his last three fights in a row, including a huge upset win over former champion Israel Adesanya in his last bout. As for Du Plessis, he has won all six of his UFC fights, including five of those wins coming by stoppage. This is a tough fight to call because both men are very talented and on win streaks. It’s a fight that can go either way.
  • The co-main event of UFC 297 is a vacant UFC women’s bantamweight title bout between Mayra Beuno Silva and Raquel Pennington. Silva is coming off a No Contest with Holly Holm in a fight that she originally won before the result was overturned due to a positive banned substance test. Overall, she is unbeaten in her last four bouts. As for Pennington, she has won her last five straight fights and has not lost since 2020. This should be a good fight and it’s a tough one to call. While Silva is very talented, Pennington might be able to grind her out here.  Based on what the current betting odds for this fight are, it might be a dog-or-pass situation.

Written by Adam Martin.


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