UFC Fight Night: Best bets for Anthony Smith vs. Glover Teixeira

    Reed Kuhn is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, and strategy and analytics consultant. He is the author of “Fightnomics: The Hidden Numbers and Science in Mixed Martial Arts,” the first book to quantify drivers and performance metrics in combat sports.

The UFC pulled off its first fight card Saturday with UFC 249 in a socially distanced world, and just days later, we’re getting another event. Given the backlog of talent awaiting a matchup, this card is fairly stacked with talent for a Wednesday night card. Why not? After all, MMA is one of the only shows in town at the moment.

The odds are very close up and down the event, with only one betting favorite priced above 2-to-1 (Sijara Eubanks). It’s one of the closest full events of betting lines in a long time, making it receptive for bettors who see a clear angle.

Let’s take a closer look at the light heavyweight main event between two former title challengers and also look for value further down the card.

Prelims from VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena begin in Jacksonville, Florida, begin at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN+, and the main card begins at 9 p.m.

Odds courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook.

Light heavyweight main event: No. 3 Anthony Smith (-180) vs. No. 8 Glover Teixeira (+150)

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