Featherweight champ Alexander Volkanovski (left) closes the show against Chan-sung Jung at UFC 273. (Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)
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Boardroom’s UFC 273 Betting Quick-start Guide

Ahead of Volkanovski vs. The Korean Zombie, Sterling vs. Yan, and Burns vs. Chimaev, check out our UFC 273 betting odds preview and analysis powered by FanDuel Sportsbook.

Saturday’s UFC 273 is the stage at which Alexander Volkanovski can cement his name among the all-time greats of MMA’s featherweight division. The Australian-born champion has already defeated the likes of Jose Aldo, Max Holloway (twice), and Brian Ortega, with nearly every performance displaying some combination of athletic dominance and sheer octagon IQ.

Adding a W over a surging competitor in Chan Sung Jung (a.k.a. The Korean Zombie) to that list bolsters his long-term argument for divisional GOAT status. And as the betting odds stand, he’s considered something of a slam dunk to do exactly that.

However, that’s not even scratching the surface of the other championship storyline at UFC 273: a rematch between belt-holder (and notable underdog) Aljamin Sterling and interim champ Petr Yan for the UFC men’s bantamweight title.

Last year, Sterling won the 135-pound strap from Yan via disqualification from an illegal knee. And he’s not losing any sleep over it — despite a strong consensus that Yan was ahead on the scorecards before the DQ.

The trash talk has been heavy this week, but it all ends when Sterling finally takes on Yan in the co-main event of UFC 273. But before “Florida Man Fight Night” begins, let’s take a look at the UFC 273 betting odds via our partners at FanDuel Sportsbook.

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UFC 273 at a Glance

The Big Storyline: It’s a rematch for the ages between champ Aljamain Sterling and interim titlist Petr Yan. Petr believes he would still be a champion if it weren’t for the illegal knee; on the contrary, Sterling views the match as nothing less than a true title defense and wants to silence any doubters who believe he isn’t a deserved champion.

Where: UFC 273 takes place at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida. The nearly 16,000-seat venue has become known to MMA fans as the first full-capacity major sporting event after Florida lifted its coronavirus restrictions for UFC 261 nearly one year ago.

When:  Saturday, April 9, 2022. Early prelims begin at 6:15 p.m. EST, while the remaining undercard begins at 8 p.m. The main card follows at 10 p.m.

How to watch: The early preliminary bouts will air on UFC Fight Pass. The traditional undercard is set to air on ESPN and ESPN+, with the main card airing exclusively on ESPN+ PPV.

UFC 273 Card & FanDuel Betting Odds Guide

So, you know how to read lines you have a sense of the different kinds of bets to place in MMA. Time to add some context for Saturday’s card to help you fine-tune your approach to making your eventual picks.

Main Card Odds

Odds can change on the fly and are updated as of time of writing. You can always visit FanDuel Sportsbook for the latest numbers.

Featherweight: Alexander Volkanovski (c) (-770) vs. Chan Sung Jung (+540)
Bantamweight: Aljamain Sterling (c) (+360) vs. Petr Yan (ic) (-460)
Welterweight: Gilbert Burns (+380) vs. Khamzat Chimaev (-490)
Strawweight: Mackenzie Dern (-118) vs. Tecia Torres (-100)
Lightweight: Vinc Pichel (-130) vs. Mark Madsen (+110)

FanDuel method of victory props for Sterling vs. Yan 2 (as of April 8)
UFC 27 Main Card Betting Analysis
  • Volkanovski didn’t enter the UFC as a star; he broke out once he was able to defeat future Hall of Famer Max Holloway once to win the featherweight belt and a second time to defend it. Volk has both opened and closed as a betting favorite three fights in a row, all victories.
  • Jiu-jitsu ace Mackenzie Dern is now on a two-fight win streak when not entering as a betting favorite. She was previously a favorite to win throughout the first seven fights of her now nine-fight UFC career.
  • Aljamain Sterling enters the octagon as a champion, but a betting underdog. This has only happened 15 times in UFC history, with the last being UFC 223 when Rose Namajunas (+100) defeated Joanna Jedrzejczyk (-130).
FanDuel method of victory props for Burns vs. Chimaev (as of April 8)
Prelim Card Odds

Welterweight: Ian Garry (-360) vs. Darian Weeks (+290)
Heavyweight: Jairzinho Rozenstruik (-156) vs. Marcin Tybura (+132)
Bantamweight: Aspen Ladd (+154) vs. Raquel Pennington (-184)
Welterweight: Mickey Gall (+152) vs. Mike Malott (-180)

UFC 273 Prelim Betting Analysis
  • Both Ladd and Pennington have power in their hands. Howe er, the odds of the fight ending in a knockout in favor of either competition is the largest for the fight Ladd knockout (+850), Pennington (+1100)
  • Ian Garry has been the odds favorite to win in every fight of his professional MMA career. Against Weeks, Garry gets his most significant odds margin to win of all time.
  • Rozenstruik versus Tybura was initially scheduled for UFC Fight Night 203 in February. The betting lines have nearly stayed the same, with the original being Rozenstruik ( -125) and Tybura (+105).
UFC 273 Early Prelim Betting Odds

Heavyweight: Aeksei Oleynik (-108) vs. Jared Vanderaa (-108)
Middleweight: Anthony Hernandez (-205) vs. Josh Fremd (+172)
Strawweight: Piera Rodriguez (-118) vs. Kay Hansen (+100)
Bantamweight: Julio Arce (-190) vs. Daniel Santos (+160)

UFC 273 Early Prelim Betting Analysis
  • There are even odds for Hansen to break her streak of being a favorite to win in her young UFC career.
  • Pichel only has one loss in his eight-fight UFC career. However r, he’s only ever been the betting favorite to win three times.
  • First-time UFC newcomer Fremd enters the organization as a slight betting underdog. However, he was the betting favorite of the five times he fought in LFA.

Boardroom UFC 273 Betting Disclaimer

Boardroom does not predict the outcomes of fights for readers, so the information in this column shall not be considered betting advice. We provide tools a bettor can choose to consult to better understand the types of bets, odds, and relevant facts before making wagers based on their judgment. All bettors assume their own risk.

The current odds listed within this article are subject to change over time. Odds reflected in this piece may not be the final odds before fight night and can be verified by visiting FanDuel Sportsbook.

Historic fight odds data comes via Best Fight Odds.

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