UFC Fight Night is on the road again. And with the sports betting market favoring Curtis Blaydes over Chris Daukaus in the main event, here’s a look at UFC Columbus odds and props.
No longer limited by COVID-19 to hosting cards at UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Saturday night’s card takes place at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The main event features a pair of heavyweights who have at least one thing in common: Both were stopped by Derrick Lewis.
Blaydes (15-3, 1 NC) is No. 4 in the UFC’s heavyweight rankings. He’s coming off a unanimous decision win over Jairzinho Rozenstruik in December. It was his first fight since losing to Lewis.
Daukaus (12-4) lost to Lewis in December and looks to regain his footing against Blaydes. Of Daukaus’ 12 wins, 11 have come by knockout. He’s ranked ninth in the division.
Blaydes vs. Daukaus Odds and Props
UFC · Sat (3/26) @ 7:00 pm ET
|Nationwide Arena, Columbus, OH|
Blaydes vs. Daukaus Line Shopping
Blaydes is -400 on the moneyline at DraftKings, Caesars, and BetMGM. If you think he’ll emerge victorious, look to grab him at FanDuel at -385.
Caesars and BetMGM are your best choices for Daukaus, as both have him +310 on the moneyline. He’s +300 at DraftKings and +290 at FanDuel.
If you’d like to enhance your odds, here are some props from DraftKings worth considering:
Blaydes by decision +250
Blaydes by submission +900
Daukaus by KO/TKO/DQ +400
Daukaus by decision +1400
Daukaus by submission +1400
When it comes to round props, Blaydes starts at +250 to win in round one up to +2000 to win in the fifth, and final, round.
As for Daukaus, you can catch him at +900 to win in the first round, going up to +4000 if he wins in the fifth round.
Flyweight Grasso Favored vs. Wood
In the co-main event, a women’s flyweight bout, Alexa Grasso is favored against Joanne Wood.
Grasso is 13-3-0 in her career, while Wood carries a 15-7-0 record into Saturday’s meeting.
Oddsmakers favor Mexico’s Grasso over Scotland’s Wood. Grasso sits -235 on the moneyline at DraftKings, -240 at Caesars, -250 at FanDuel, and -275 at BetMGM.
Wood’s odds are more closely bunched, ranging from +190 on the moneyline at DraftKings to +210 at BetMGM.
Grasso last fought in February 2021, beating Maycee Barber by unanimous decision. Wood has lost three of her last four matches, including two straight entering Saturday.
Askarov Favored Over Wood In Flyweight Bout
Based off ESPN’s rankings, this flyweight bout is a fairly even matchup. Russia’s Askar Askarov is ranked No. 5 at flyweight, with New Zealand’s Kai Kara-France sitting sixth in the rankings.
Askarov (13-0-1) is coming off a unanimous decision win over Joseph Benavidez, but hasn’t fought in over a year.
Kara-France is 23-9 with one no-contest and is coming off a first-round win by TKO over Cody Garbrandt in December.
Oddsmakers don’t see Askarov being impacted by the long layoff. as he’s sitting between -360 (Caesars) and -400 (BetMGM) on the moneyline.
Brown vs. Barberena A Coin-Flip On Oddsboards
In a matchup of veteran welterweights, Matt Brown faces Bryan Barberena. Neither American fighter is ranked in top 15 in the division.
Brown carries a 25-18 recording into the bout, with Barberena at 16-8. In his last bout back in June, the 41-year-old Brown stopped Dhiego Lima in the second round.
Just 32, Barberena has age on his side in his matchup with Brown. Barberena last fought in December, winning a unanimous decision over Darian Weeks. Barberena had lost three of his previous four bouts prior to beating Weeks.
Brown is -105 on the moneyline at BetMGM, sitting -110 elsewhere. Barberena is -115 on BetMGM’s moneyline and -110 at other sportsbooks.
More UFC Fight Night 205 Odds
The main card begins at 7 p.m. ET Saturday night on ESPN and streams on ESPN+, with the preliminary bouts beginning at 4 p.m.
In a heavyweight bout on the main card, Ilir Latifi is favored over Aleksei Oleinik. Sweden’s Latifi hasn’t fought since June, when he ended a three-bout losing streak. Latifi, 38, is 16-8 on his career.
Oleinik, 44, has lost his last three fights and is 59-16-1 in his career. Latifi is -200 on the moneyline at BetMGM, Caesars, and DraftKings, and -215 at FanDuel. Oleinik sits at either +170 or +172 on the moneyline.
In the opening matchup on the main card, Marc Diakiese faces Viacheslav Borshchev in a lightweight bout.
Diakiese is 14-5, while Borshchev is 6-1 entering their meeting. Borshchev is -150 on the moneyline at DraftKings, and the best bet on Diakiese is +135 at Caesars.