Opening Betting Odds for UFC Saudi Arabia: Whittaker vs. Aliskerov


UFC Saudi Arabia: Whittaker vs. Aliskerov takes place on Saturday, June 22 at Kingdom Arena in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. 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 Saudi Arabia Odds

Robert Whittaker -180
Ikram Aliskerov +155

Sergey Pavlovich -210
Alexander Volkov +180

Kelvin Gastelum -150
Daniel Rodriguez +130

Muhammad Naimov -250
Felipe Lima +210

Johnny Walker -180
Volkan Oezdemir +155

Sharabutdin Magomedov -350
Antonio Trocoli +285

Nasrat Haqparast -240
Jared Gordon +205

Said Nurmagomedov
Montel Jackson

Rinat Fakhretdinov -400
Nicolas Dalby +330

Montel Jackson -140
Farid Basharat +120

Muin Gafurov -160
Kyung Ho Kang +140

Magomed Gadzhiyasulov -450
Brendson Ribeiro +350

Sedriques Dumas -250
Denis Tiuliulin +210

Chang Ho Lee -175
Long Xiao +150

Here are my quick thoughts on the UFC Saudi Arabia Opening Odds:

  • The main event of UFC Saudi Arabia features Robert Whittaker against Ikram Aliskerov in a five-round middleweight bout. Whittaker was supposed to fight Khamzat Chimaev first, but after Chimaev pulled out, Aliskerov filled in on short notice. Although Aliskerov is a very good prospect, this is a huge step up in competition and Whittaker deserves his favorite status here. Whittaker is the more well-rounded fighter and he is the better overall fighter and he should be able to win this fight. The odds seem to be correct with Whittaker opening as a moderate fav.
  • The co-main event of UFC Saudi Arabia sees Sergei Pavlovich against Alexander Volkov in a battle of heavyweights. Pavlovich is a heavy hitter but is coming off a brutal knockout loss over Tom Aspinall in his last fight. As for Volkov, he has won his last three fights in a row and has been looking great. Pavlovich has a puncher’s chance here, but don’t count out Volkov from winning as he is arguably the more well-rounded fighter and a good underdog pick here. Based on the odds, Volkov seems like the better bet.

Written by Adam Martin.


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