Opening Betting Odds for UFC 302: Makhachev vs. Poirier


UFC 302: Makhachev vs. Poirier takes place on Saturday, June 1 at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. 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 302 Odds

Islam Makhachev -600
Dustin Poirier +425

Sean Strickland -200
Paulo Costa +170

Kevin Holland -210
Michał Oleksiejczuk +170

Jailton Almeida -450
Alexander Romanov +350

Randy Brown -170
Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos +145

Roman Kopylov -170
Cesar Almeida +150

Grant Dawson -450
Joseph Solecki +350

Jake Matthews -115
Phil Rowe -105

Alex Morono -300
Niko Price +250

Bassil Hafez -450
Mickey Gall +350

Ailin Perez -250
Joselyne Edwards +200

Andre Lima -250
Mitch Raposo +210

Here are my quick thoughts on the UFC 302 Opening Odds:

  • The main event of UFC 302 features UFC lightweight champion Islam Makhachev against Dustin Poirier. Makhachev has won his last 13 fights in a row and has been utterly dominant for most of the fights, including a KO win via head kick over Alexander Volkanovski in his last outing. As for Poirier, he is coming off a brutal knockout win over Benoit Saint Denis in his last fight to earn what may very well be his last title shot in the UFC. Although Makhachev is a huge favorite here, and rightfully so, Poirier for sure has a puncher’s chance against anyone.
  • The co-main event of UFC 302 is a five-round middleweight bout between Sean Strickland and Paulo Costa. Strickland is coming off a split decision loss to Dricus Du Plessis at UFC 297 where he lost the UFC middleweight title, so he will be eager to bounce back here and get his belt back. As for Costa, he is coming off a decision loss to Robert Whittaker at UFC 298 earlier this year, and he has lost three of his last four fights overall. Costa has knockout power, but Strickland is the superior fighter and it makes total sense that he is the betting favorite here.

Written by Adam Martin.


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