Friday, 21 October 2016 01:57

McGregor vs Alvarez odds: Too close for comfort?

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Any true fight fan knows that the odds ultimately tell the story of an upcoming bout.

By simply looking at numbers, fans and experts can dissect a fight and can understand how close a fight will be, what is expected, and how the sportsbooks are predicting the fight to conclude.

(Image courtesy of the top MMA site, Sherdog.com)

Right now, the story is UFC 205's main event between Featherweight champion Conor McGregor and Lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez and its virtually pick 'em odds

As of today, October 20, 2016, 5dimes has McGregor as a slight favorite.

  • Conor McGregor -150
  • Eddie Alvarez +120


This is a bit unusual considering McGregor is fighting at 155 pounds for the first time in his UFC career (even though he fought at 170 his last two fights).

While the experts will likely have their money on Eddie Alvarez, the general public will surely and overwhelmingly have their money on McGregor, the A-side.

As the fight gets closer, expect this line to inflate a bit towards McGregor. And when fight time rolls around, McGregor could be as high as a -180 favorite, if not higher.

The McGregor vs Alvarez odds are similar to Conor's most recent fight, his rematch with Nate Diaz. Many experts picked Diaz even though the overall odds favored Conor McGregor.


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McGregor vs Alvarez
UFC 205

Date: Nov 12, 2016
Venue: Madison Square Garden
Location: New York City

Title: Lightweight
Champion: Alvarez

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Fact: Even though Alvarez is the Lightweight champion, he's relatively unknown to the casual audience. Many don't know Alvarez, who signed with UFC just 2 years ago, has been considered a top 5 Lightweight for nearly 10 years. In fact, Alvarez has been crowned the "Underground King" because of it.

Are the McGregor vs Diaz odds well-placed? And should the champion, Alvarez, be the favorite?

 
Mark Weber

Born and raised in Philadelphia, I currently reside in South Jersey which is about 20 minutes away from Philly.

I'm a Communications major at Gloucester County College and lifelong fan of several sports, including Boxing, Mixed Martial Arts and Kickboxing.

I fell in love with Boxing during the era of the little giants... Erik Morales, Marco Antonio Barrera, Manny Pacquiao, and Juan Manuel Marquez.