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Midnight Mania! Khamzat Chimaev opens as significant favorite over Colby Covington

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Though the bout is not officially booked, UFC and Dana White have made it clear the plan moving forward at 170 lbs. is to book Colby Covington vs. Khamzat Chimaev. Chimaev has already agreed to the match up, promising to “smash his face,” and “Chaos” has mentioned the Chechen several times in previous trash talk. Hopefully, there are no obstacles in booking the fight later this year ... though it never seems that simple at Welterweight.

For the sixth time in a row, Chimaev will enter this UFC match up as a significant favorite. Though the odds aren’t quite as blown up as his 3-1 odds over Gilbert Burns, Chimaev will open as a -200 favorite per The action comes back on Covington at +170.

***UPDATE: The line has already dropped to -125 (4/5) for Chimaev and +105 (21/20) for Covington as money starts pouring in from combat sports bettors looking to get a piece of that early action.

Despite a less-than-dominant showing opposite Burns, public confidence remains high in Chimaev. His brawl at UFC 273 was an instant classic and revealing fight (watch highlights), but he took some huge shots and arguably lost the decision. After 10 straight examples of straight SMESH, bloody and fatigued was a different look for the Chechen wolf, but it still isn’t enough to deter betters from “Borz.”

Of course, Covington is another step up in competition. “The King of Miami” is fresh off a dominant win over Jorge Masvidal, and prior to that win, he took pound-for-pound king Kamaru Usman to the absolute brink for a second time.

Is he undervalued here, or are the oddsmakers on the money?

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