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How to Bet McGregor vs Cerrone

How to Bet Conor vs Cerrone

Two of perhaps the UFC’s biggest stars are set to face each other in the Octagon when Conor “Notorious” McGregor makes his return against Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone at UFC 246 on January 18 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Cowboy is best known for his “fight anyone, anywhere at any time” attitude and holds the records for most fights, finishes and knockdowns in UFC history. As for McGregor, he was the first-ever “champ champ” holding belts in two different weight classes simultaneously and drew huge numbers for his crossover boxing event with Floyd “Money” Mayweather.

Although McGregor has been out for 15 months, online sportsbooks have him as a -325 favorite to beat Cerrone, who is coming back at +250. If you are looking to get in on the action but are unsure how to do so, don’t worry, Odds Shark has a breakdown on how to place a wager on this fight or any of the prop bets to help you enjoy this big event.

Check out my odds analysis page for McGregor vs Cerrone as well.

Also, for reasonings on how each fighter will win this fight, I have broken down the three reasons why Cerrone will win, while Iain McMillan has provided his three reasons why McGregor will win.

Placing Your First UFC Bet

Perhaps you’re more familiar with betting on the more conventional sports such as NFL and NBA, but combat sports betting is a little different. In those other sports, typically you place a bet on the spread, whereas in MMA your most common wager is on the moneyline. Essentially, the moneyline for a fight is picking which fighter will win. The moneyline for McGregor vs Cerrone has McGregor as a -325 favorite (earning a profit of $0.30 on every dollar wagered) with Cowboy coming back as a +250 underdog (a profit of $2.50 on every dollar wagered). The odds also typically have an option for a draw and for this fight, the draw is paying +7500 (profiting $75 for every dollar wagered).

This leads to my first tip: avoid betting on the draw even though it will have huge value of +1000 or greater. Draws are much more common in boxing than they are in the UFC, where there are an odd number of rounds – three, or five if it is a championship fight/main event – while boxing has an even number of rounds.

Making a moneyline bet is by far the best place to start when you’re new to the sport. Prop bets are more advanced and the odds reflect this. These options typically include the method of victory, specifically how a fighter will win rather than just who will win, OVER/UNDER number of rounds, and you can even bet on exactly what round the fight will end in. I would avoid these wagers while you’re getting your feet wet.

Lastly, when placing your first UFC bet, do your research. This can be as simple as looking at the fighters’ previous opponents, methods of victory and fighting style. But sometimes you can find some interesting nuggets when watching their social media or the UFC-embedded YouTube series ahead of the event. There you can learn about how a fighter is handling their weight cut, their training sessions and overall mindset for their upcoming task.

A warning: when looking at previous opponents and using “MMA math,” there are some cases where you will see this fighter beat that fighter but the opponent lost to the same person. That gets really tricky and fighters are always evolving and changing their game plan.

Where To Bet On McGregor vs Cerrone

Choosing where to lay your money for McGregor vs Cerrone on January 18 really depends on where you are and what kind of betting you plan on doing. If you will be taking in the fight first-hand at T-Mobile Arena, you have a vast selection of Vegas sportsbooks to make your wagers with.

Meanwhile, for the rest of us who will be ordering the PPV, along with some pizza, or going out to a bar to watch this fight, online sportsbooks are where you’re going to be doing your betting. Bovada will have your moneyline wagers if you want to choose who will win straight up, as well as prop bets such as OVER/UNDER 2.5 rounds. Currently, that bet has OVER 2.5 rounds at +175 (profit of $1.75 for every dollar you wager) with the UNDER coming back at -255, meaning oddsmakers don’t expect this to be a long fight.

Best Books For Where You Live

The return to the Octagon for Conor McGregor has been what many fight fans have been waiting for and a fan favorite will stand across from him in Donald Cerrone. No matter where you reside, we have the best online sportsbooks for many different regions below: