The Ultimate Fighting Championship will be back on Saturday, May 9 with a card in Jacksonville, Fla. It’s a major moment for the American sports world, and a sigh of relief for the nascent sports betting industry.
Nearly all of the nearly 1,000 casinos nationwide remain closed, but 10 states have online/mobile sports wagering, which allows bettors to stay at home and have some skin in the game for added entertainment. The prelims for UFC 249 are on ESPN, while the main card is on pay-per-view by way of ESPN+.
It’s widely considered one of the most stacked cards in UFC history, thanks to the cancellation of several cards over the past six weeks. The UFC is returning with a bang.
Here’s a look at the fights:
- Tony Ferguson vs. Justin Gaethje (lightweight championship)
- Henry Cejudo vs Dominick Cruz (bantamweight championship)
- Francis Ngannou vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik
- Jeremy Stephens vs. Calvin Kattar
- Greg Hardy vs. Yorgan De Castro
- Anthony Pettis vs. Donald Cerrone
- Aleksei Oleinik vs. Fabricio Werdum
- Carla Esparza vs. Michelle Waterson
- Uriah Hall vs. Ronaldo Souza
- Vicente Luque vs. Niko Price
- Bryce Mitchell vs. Charles Rosa
- Ryan Spann vs. Sam Alvey
The early prelims start at 6:15 p.m. ET. The main card starts at 10 p.m. ET
Online/mobile sportsbooks are especially eager to see as large a betting handle as possible for this event. The competition in the sports betting space is fierce, as books jockey for market position. Market leaders have already emerged since the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 fell before the Supreme Court in mid-2018, but it’s still a great time to be a sports bettor because of this competition.
In order to attract new customers or take bets from existing ones, the books are offering juicy UFC-related promotions. You can drastically increase the value of your wagers by taking advantage of them.
Here’s a look at the options out there:
FanDuel’s ‘UFC First Round Insurance’
If you’re looking for a bigger payday than wagering on a moneyline, the markets on method of victory give you significantly more ROI. At FanDuel, there’s a promotion to give you extra value on a pre-fight method-of-victory bet.
If your bet on method of victory for any of the fights loses and the fight ends in the first round, the sportsbook will give you a refund in site credit up to $50.
DraftKings’ ‘UFC 249 Profit Boost’
At DraftKings, the sportsbook is offering a 20% profit boost that applies to your winnings from any UFC wager (excluding your original bet). The maximum bet for this promotion is $50 and the maximum additional winnings that the boost would apply to is $250.
DraftKings is live in New Jersey, West Virginia, Indiana, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Iowa, and Colorado.
PointsBets’ UFC 249 Free Bet
PointsBet is keeping it a little bit simpler with a free $25. You can bet up to $25 on any of the prelims and, win or lose, get a matched free bet for the Ferguson vs. Gaethje main event.
PointsBet is live in New Jersey, Iowa, and Indiana.
FOX Bet’s match bonus
The platform is throwing the kitchen sink at UFC 249, and it’s to the benefit of bettors. You can wager up to $500 on a UFC 249 market and win or lose, you’ll get a 100% match in site credit.
FOX Bet is live in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
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