- Walt Harris is a -150 favorite over Alistair Overeem.
- Taking the fight to end before Round 2 finishes comes with -135 odds.
- The odds are +950 for Harris to win by any method in Round 3.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – With the UFC having its third event in the last week, UFC bettors are getting a full dose of betting action in the sports world.
Saturday’s event – UFC Fight Night 172 –takes place beginning at 6 p.m. EST. Bettors will have plenty of time to watch the bets move in the earlier fights and take note of how some of the UFC prop bets can pay out rewardingly.
When it comes to the main event, it is Walt Harris vs. Alistair Overeem. Harris (-150) is the favorite but Overeem (+120) isn’t getting too much from the online sportsbooks.
Keep in mind that the last two main events have seen the underdog – Justin Gaethje (+150) and Anthony Smith (+155) – take the victory over the favorites. While bettors have the +120 odds in Overeem to play with, throwing a smaller risk on Fight Night 172 prop bets could be more rewarding.
Harris vs. Overeem Prop Bets
With both of these fighters, getting out of the first round can be a challenge. For Overeem, half of his last eight matches have ended in Round 1 while Harris has seen five of his last seven end the same way.
Still, oddsmakers are marking it a heavy favorite that the fight completes one full round (-255). While taking the +175 odds, it may come with a nice payout, but it still is difficult to pull off.
Safer bettors would happily take the increased vigorish (-135) on the fact that UFC Fight Night 172 doesn’t last two full rounds.
Looking deeper into the prop bets, UFC bettors have a way to find better odds on Harris to win.
Sitting at -150 on the moneyline, bettors can take the spread on the main event (Harris -5.5, -115). While bettors may be on edge about the spread level, stipulations surrounding the bet make it worthwhile.
“If either fighter wins inside the distance, they will be graded the winner regardless of spread.”
The only area of concern for Walt Harris bettors would be the fight actually going the distance. However, with -500 odds that it doesn’t (+300 to go the distance), oddsmakers are rather certain this will not be an issue.
Method of victory UFC props are also an exciting way to bet on UFC Fight Night 172. When finding these props, bettors should consider these as hedging opportunities or ways to hit a longshot bet.
Overeem winning by KO, TKO, of DQ (+210) comes with increased odds, as only one of his last six wins have come by points.
For those looking to score big, taking the exact round bet is the way to go. Odds extend up to +2200 (either fighter to win in Round 5) but can also reward bettors with 500% returns or more.
However, those looking to hit a UFC longshot bet might consider Harris to win in Round 4 (+1500), Harris to win in Round 3 (+950), or Harris to win Round 2 (+575).
All of the action for the UFC main event begins at roughly 11 p.m. EST.
Michael began writing as an NBA content writer and has spent time scouting college basketball for Florida State University under Leonard Hamilton and the University of Alabama under Anthony Grant. A graduate of both schools, he covers topics focused on legal sports betting, betting odds, and casino reviews. Michael likes to golf, play basketball, hike, and kayak when not glued to the TV watching NBA games.