UFC 246 Will Be Huge for MMA Betting

UFC 246
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - OCTOBER 24, 2019: Former UFC lightweight champion, Irish mixed martial artist Conor McGregor, gives a press conference. Stanislav Krasilnikov/TASS (Photo by Stanislav KrasilnikovTASS via Getty Images)

As is the case when Conor McGregor fights, UFC 246 is garnering a ton of attention. Set to fight for the first time since October 2018, The Notorious One’s return has the fight world buzzing. One part of McGregor’s return at UFC 246 that isn’t being talked about much is the betting side of things. Sure, casinos have likely always had a lot of action when McGregor fights. But, online sportsbooks have become much more popular and accessible since he last fought. With a lot of fans expected to tune into the event, Saturday night could be a big day for those online sportsbooks.

UFC 246 and Gambling

Anyone who has watched a big fight card before with “casual” MMA fans has probably heard or participated in fight night wagering. They might not even know the names of either guy fighting. But, with a little alcohol involved, they are ready to bet on the fights while seemingly knowing nothing about them. These types of bettors are the ones that sportsbooks dream of. And since this is a McGregor card, there will be hundreds of thousands of that type of fans tuned into the fights. If you yourself are interested in laying down some wagers, check out the  bonuscodegenerator to find bonus codes ahead of Saturday’s action.

Another important part of this equation is the preliminary card being aired on ESPN. With that part of the card kicking off at 8:00 PM est, the watch parties will already be underway. If the prelims were on UFC Fight Pass or ESPN+, there obviously wouldn’t be as many people watching. But, everyone who has cable will have no problem changing the channel over to ESPN to watch the prelims. That just gives viewers more time to gamble and will result in more money for the bookies. UFC 246 and the amount of new viewers it will likely attract has bookies poised for a big night on Saturday.

The main event is shaping up to be a good one, with McGregor taking on Donald Cerrone. “Cowboy” has been a fan favorite for years now and won’t let McGregor’s mind games get to him. Heading into the fight, McGregor is a -280 favorite with Cerrone coming back as a +210 underdog. Two things are going against Cerrone in this fight. He is known for being a slow starter, and his chin hasn’t been holding up in recent fights. But, if he can drag this fight into the later rounds, there’s no doubt that the chances of an upset skyrocket.

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