UFC 268 odds: Zhang now favored over Namajunas, Gaethje fancied to KO Chandler

It’s fight day for a stacked UFC 268 card that’s going down from the storied Madison Square Garden in New York City. The marquee…

By: Eddie Mercado | 2 years ago
UFC 268 odds: Zhang now favored over Namajunas, Gaethje fancied to KO Chandler
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It’s fight day for a stacked UFC 268 card that’s going down from the storied Madison Square Garden in New York City. The marquee matchup will see Kamaru Usman put his welterweight strap on the line against Colby Covington for the seocnd time, with the UFC’s strawweight queen, Rose Namajunas, having an instant rematch with the former title holder, Weili Zhang. Also on the UFC 268 main card there will be an alleged lightweight title eliminator bout between two of the most violent men in MMA today, Justin Gaethje and Michael Chandler. Before we buckle up for these sensational scraps, let’s see what the betting lines are doing.

Kamaru Usman is still standing strong as a chalk favorite against Colby Covington. Currently, Kamaru is on deck as a -320 betting favorite, with Colby posted up as a +250 underdog. It doesn’t hurt that the defending champ stopped Covington in their classic matchup in 2019.

Although the odds aren’t projecting Usman to get another finish, the plus line for that proposition is pretty darn low. ‘Usman wins inside distance’ holds a small dog tag of +120. The same can’t be said for the challenger, as the exotic bet ‘Covington wins inside distance’ is floating around with that Tesla car in outer space at an altitude of +650.

Since our UFC 268 midweek betting odds post revealed that both of the co-main event contestants held moneylines of -111, the 2x strawweight champ Rose Namajunas has fallen to an underdog position against the woman she took the crown from, Weili Zhang. Now, Zhang is the clear betting favorite with her moneyline residing around -125, and the moneyline of Namajunas moving up to +105.

Okay, so their first fight ended with Rose scoring a head kick knockout in just 78-seconds, but the betting lines are predicting that this rematch will be going the distance. Gamblers can lay the price on the the prop bet ‘Fight doesn’t go to decision’ for a cost of -150, or take the price on the ‘Fight goes to decision’ line at +110.

Justin Gaethje and Michael Chandler are each the personification of violence on their own, and tonight they will share an Octagon. Damn this feels great! This particular matchup guarantees explosive action, and will likely be a barn burner. You wouldn’t think that if you took a look at the odds, though. Gaethje is strongly favored to get a win here, with his betting line hovering around -210. As for Chandler, he is currently listed as a +175 underdog.

You would be silly to even think about blinking during this one, and the odds align with that sentiment. The proposition ‘Fight doesn’t go to decision’ is sporting a heavily favored line of -290, with a +215 comeback on ‘Fight goes to decision.’ The bookies also believe that Justin will be scoring a knockout, as the prop bet ‘Gaethje wins by TKO/KO’ is available at -115. The same bet going the other way sees ‘Chandler wins by TKO/KO’ at +460.

Check out the UFC 268 betting odds, courtesy of DraftKings:

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Eddie Mercado
Eddie Mercado

Eddie Mercado is a writer and content creator for Bloody Elbow, and has covered combat sports since 2015. Eddie covers everything from betting odds and live events, to fighter interviews and co-hosting the 6th Round post-fight show and the 6th Round Retro. He retired at 1-0 in professional MMA, competed in one Muay Thai match in Thailand, and is currently a purple belt in Jiu-Jitsu under the great Diego Bispo.

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