Okay, so maybe this isn’t as crazy as the time Vegas Dave bet nearly $80,000 on Miesha Tate to upset Holly Holm at UFC 196 back in early 2016, but for a fight that opened at near-even odds, dropping $30,000 on Jorge Masvidal to beat Nate Diaz at UFC 244 seems risky.
Even if the bettor (or bettors) grabbed Masvidal’s -120 opening line, that’s still a $30k risk to make roughly $25k in profit.
A $30k wager was placed on Jorge Masvidal (@GamebredFighter) to defeat Nate Diaz today at the Las Vegas SuperBook, per @vegasmurray. The book is expecting a sizable betting handle for the BMF title fight.— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) September 28, 2019
The translation for you non-bettors is UFC 244, which takes place Sat., Nov. 2, 2019 inside Madison Square Garden in New York City (see the current fight card here), is expected to be the type of pay-per-view (PPV) event that has casual and hardcore gamblers alike rushing to the window (or online outlet) to place their bets.
Masvidal (34-13) is coming off back-to-back knockout wins over Darren Till and Ben Askren. Diaz (20-11), meanwhile, returned from a three-year layoff to capture a unanimous decision win over Anthony Pettis last August.
Expect the betting line, currently at -185 to +160 in favor of “Gamebred,” to continue to shift as we get closer to fight night.