UFC Betting Picks, Tips and Strategy

by Tyler Vaysman | July 9, 2020 |

The UFC take the show on the road this week for UFC 251! This is one of the most highly anticipated fight cards in recent history and it keeps getting better. Originally, we were expected to see 3 title fights but that came into jeopardy when Gilbert Burns tested positive for Covid-19 and placed the Main Event in jeopardy of being cancelled. In steps the BMF Champion, Jorge Masvidal, who will replace Burns and face Kamara Usman for the UFC Welterweight Title.

When is UFC 251?

The fights will take place this Saturday Night, July 11, 2020. The card will be split into 3 parts, early prelims, the prelims and the main card. The Early Prelims will kick off the evening at around 6:00 pm ET and feature (4) four fights on UFC Fight Pass. The Prelims will then move over to ESPN and will start at 8:00 pm ET. The Main Card of (5) five action packed bouts will start at 10:00 PM ET on ESPN+ Pay Per View. Don't forget, with MMA betting, you must get your wagers in early because various sportsbooks will close off betting for individual bouts at various times.

Where is UFC 251 Being Held?

UFC 251 will take place from Fight Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. This will be the first of at least four straight events that will be held here on Fight Island. The UFC set this up specifically for them to host events where they would otherwise be unable to get fighters from certain countries into the US to fight. Holding the fights on this island allows them to bring in fighters from all around the world without having as many issues with VISA and restrictions.

Who is fighting at UFC 251?

UFC 251 Main Card on ESPN+ Pay-Per-View:

Kamara Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal – UFC Welterweight Title Fight

Alexander Volkanovski vs. Max Holloway – UFC Featherweight Title Fight

Petr Yan vs. Jose Aldo – UFC Featherweight Title Fight

Jessica Andrade vs. Rose Namajunas

Paige Van Zant vs. Amanda Ribas

UFC 251 Prelims Card on ESPN+:

Volkan Oezdemir vs. Jiri Prochazka

Elizeu Dos Santos vs. Muslim Salikhov

Makwan Amirkhani vs. Danny Henry

Leonardo Santos vs. Roman Bogatov

UFC 251 Early Prelims Card on UFC Fight Pass:

Marcin Tybura vs. Alexandr Romanov

Raulian Paiva vs. Zhalgas Zhumagulov

Karol Rosa vs. Vanessa Melo

Martin Day vs. Davey Grant

UFC 251 Daily Fantasy Sports Lineup Tips

UFC Betting Guide

Making money off of UFC fights is a popular money maker in the sports betting world. If you are new to UFC betting or are familiar with the process, there are a few things to keep in mind when trying to place the right bets.

Top Five Tips For UFC Betting

Narrowing down a long list to go by can be intimidating. But here we have composed a quick go to checklist to cover the basics and maybe point you in the right direction. These quick five tips are:

Where To Place Bets
Popular Bets
Fighters Resumes
Anything Else

Choosing The Right Betting Site

When you first start making your bets, you want to make sure you have the right betting site. Some betting sites offer incentives for joining or have a better design that is easy to navigate.

This particular part of your journey is to be able to shop around the best one for you. It would also help to find the ones with the best payouts to make sure that your payday is worthwhile with all the hard work you put in to make the right picks.


Understanding how the UFC operates is a great start for betting on the sport. However, it is also important to know how to look at the fights more intelligently versus being a fan.

With this mind, it is important to find value and make the bets with the highest expected value. Everyone is going to have their own strategy, but finding one that works best for you to mitigate risk is definitely worthwhile to put more money in your pocket.

Popular Ways To Bet

The beautiful thing about betting on the UFC is that there is some flexibility in your options. Not only can you bet on who is going to win, but you have options of how the fight will turn out, length of rounds, and even who throws more jabs.

While you do not have to bet on every category, this shows that you do not have to just pick a winner. Some people enjoy the hypothetical scenarios and then it turns out that you can bet on some of them.

Fighters Resumes

If you are beginning to bet on a fight, you may want to keep in mind the type of fighters that are matching up against one another. If you have one fighter that is an excellent submission artist, and the other is not so great at defending takedowns, then you may look to bet on the submission artist.

Do the fighters have a current winning streak? Is one a better striker than the other? With those types of questions in mind, this should put you in a position to find the best fighter in each situation.

Anything Else?

When placing your bets, try to think or research anything else that comes to mind. You may want to check current UFC news on a certain event you are wanting to bet on to see if anything tips in a fighters favor.

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