UFC 262 Odds: How To Watch, Main Card, Best Bets And Values

Posted By Dave Bontempo on May 11, 2021

Moneyline betting value returns Saturday night in Houston for those looking for UFC 262 best bets. Unlike recent bouts that featured heavy favorites and led bettors to prop methods, UFC 262 features good moneyline prospects up and down this card.

Here’s a look at the event, with DraftKings Sportsbook odds:

How to Watch UFC 262

  • Early Prelims: 6:30 ET UFC Fight Pass
  • Prelims: 8PM ET., ESPN or ESPN+
  • Main Card: 10PM ET, ESPN+ PPV

UFC 262 Main Card

Lightweight Title Bout

  • #3 Charles Oliveira -134, vs #4 Michael Chandler +110

Rest of Main Card

  • #9 Beneil Dariush -152 vs #5 Tony Ferguson +125 (Lightweight)
  • #2 Katyln Chookagian -150 vs #7 Viviane Araujo +120 (Women’s Flyweight)
  • #9 Shane Burgos -130 vs #13 Edson Barboza +105 (Featherweight)
  • #8 Matt Schnell -167 vs #9 Rogerio Bontorin +135 (Bantamweight)

Prelims

  • Jacare Souza -118 vs Andre Muniz -106 (Middleweight)
  • Mike Grundy -124 vs Lando Vannata +100 (Featherweight)
  • #12 Antonina Shevchenko -143 vs #11 Andrea Lee +117 (Women’s Flyweight)
  • Jordan Wright vs Jamie Pickett, both -112 (Middleweight)

DraftKings Sportsbook New Users Promo for UFC 262

UFC 262 best bets for new DraftKings users have to start here. This one for new users is more of a 50-50 no-brainer compared to past offerings. It’s the chance to bet $1 and get $100. But unlike past promos, in which the bet was rewarded for a fighter simply landing one punch in the fight, the bettor must select the winning fighter.

Bet $1, Win $100 on Charles Oliveira vs Michael Chandler. The promotional Period is from 5/9 at 8AM ET to the start of the match on 5/15.

First time DraftKings depositors can make a deposit of $5+ into their sportsbook accouts. Following deposit, you’ll be issued one single-use Odds Boost to use for either fighter to win (moneyline), with odds boosted to +10000 (100-1). The bet must be placed prior the fight on 5/15. You must select the boost from your betslip before placing your bet to apply the boosted price. Max Bet $1. One qualifying bet per user.

If the boost does not appear, refresh the page or try opting in again. Excludes live bets, parlays, free bets, cash out bets, and voided bets. You must be located in CO, IA, IL, IN, MI, NJ, PA, TN, VA or WV.

Main Event Betting Guide

Oliveira and Chandler vie for the belt vacated by retired champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. They are the No. 3 and 4 contenders. Dustin Poirier is No. 1 in the division, but after his shocking upset of Conor McGregor in January, he’s pointed toward a lucrative July 10 rematch with ‘The Notorious’, the sport’s cash cow.
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The McGregor-Poirier winner may fight the winner of this one late in the year. Oliveira or Chandler could thus parlay victory Saturday into a seven-figure payday.

Oliveira has won eight straight, including an impressive decision victory over former lightweight champion Tony Ferguson last December. Oliveira’s bettors won’t mind if he ‘chokes’. During one stretch, eight of his nine fights ended via submission, many via chokeouts or chokeholds. Three of his losses have occurred via submission too. This is often a feast-or-famine style for him. Oliveira thrives on ground fighting.

At FanDuel Sportsbook, bettors can obtain +165 on the fight ending by submission, whomever wins. At DraftKings, Oliveira is +188 and Chandler +1600 for submission. Chandler scored an impressive victory over Dan Hooker in his UFC debut. It was a one-round stoppage in January. A head feint set up an explosive left hook that essentially ended the contest.

UFC 262 Best Bets and Values

Looking at Dariush vs Ferguson, Dariush has been consistent, for those eyeing the win line. He is 6-0, with two decisions, two K0/TK0 and two submission triumphs. Ferguson, who had the title in 2017, had a rough 2020. He was a beaten favorite, stopped by Justin Gaethje last May, and then was decisioned by Oliveira. Dariush is favored despite being ranked ninth in the division. Ferguson is fifth.

In the Burgos vs Barboza bout, Barboza is 2-5 in his last seven fights but against world-class opposition. Burgos comes off a defeat to sixth-ranked featherweight Josh Emmett. One fighter is sliding down, another can’t get over the top.

As mentioned above, Oliveira vs Chandler submission at FanDuel Sportsbook for +165 covers both fighters. Chandler is +188 at DraftKings Sportsbook to be the winner by submission. Oliveira’s win over Ferguson justifies his favored status.

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Dave Bontempo, who writes extensively on the emergence of legalized sports betting, is a recipient of the Sam Taub Award for Broadcast Excellence by the Boxing Writers Association of America. He has broadcast boxing for all the major networks over the last four decades and is a member of the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame as well as the Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame. His work also can be seen at the Press of Atlantic City and iGamingPlayer.

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