If you haven’t heard about the upcoming Paul vs Woodley 2 boxing card, consider yourself lucky.
After all, it probably means you aren’t too involved in the combat sports world. More specifically, you’re probably oblivious to boxing and MMA‘s recent drift into the absurd.
You see, folks, combat sports has seemingly entered the Stupid Era.
Still, if you’re into that type of thing, as is the author of this piece, you’ve already made peace with your poor life decisions.
So why not go ahead and cash in with a promo of bet $1, win $100 at DraftKings Virginia? After all, if either fighter lands a punch in the upcoming Saturday, Dec. 18 pay-per-view headliner, you’ll be a winner. (Well, as much of a winner as you can be spending your Saturday night watching this lunacy.)
Paul vs Woodley 2 promo at DraftKings VA
Even by the lowly standards set by the fighting world, “Jake Paul vs. Tyron Woodley II: Leave No Doubt” is downright silly.
Woodley was a three-time NCAA Division I All-American wrestler at the University of Missouri who later became an undisputed UFC champion and the top-ranked welterweight mixed martial artist in the world.
Paul, meanwhile, is popular on the internet.
So they’ve decided to box each other. Again. For some reason.
(I’ll go into a little more detail below.)
But honestly, it doesn’t matter a whole lot. Not for this DraftKings VA promo, anyway. Not for this specific VA sports betting special.
As long as your chosen fighter lands one punch in the fight, you’ll receive $100 for your $1 bet.
The promo is limited to first-time customers at DraftKings. Simply deposit at least $5 into your account and then bet at least $1 on Paul or Woodley. If either fighter scores a punch (which is very, very likely), you’ll receive a $100 free bet bonus.
The bonus will be paid as four separate $25 free bets. They’re valid for seven days, and the free bet is not returned in any winnings. Excluded wager types include odds boosts, live bets, parlays, free bets, cash out bets and voided bets.
You don’t have to bet on boxing
OK, for this DraftKings Virginia promo, you don’t necessarily need to bet on Paul vs. Woodley 2. You can get the same promo offer if you wager on any single NFL, NBA, college basketball or college football game. As long as either team scores at least one point (again, it’s very likely), you get $100 in free bets for your $1 wager.
And by nearly all measures, a night watching any of those other sports would be far more palatable than watching combat sports’ latest cash-grab.
Still, as one crimson-headed MMA promoter likes to say, fighting is universal. It transcends languages and classes and cultures.
Two dudes about to throw down? That’s all most of us need to know to pull up a chair and grab some popcorn. So you won’t be alone in your poor-decision making on Saturday night.
Sure, Saturday night offers a lot. We have seven college football bowl games on the docket. There’s also a full slate of college basketball games, the NBA, NHL, soccer from across the globe, and even a real boxing event.
But if your TV is tuned to the Showtime PPV ($59.99) to watch the Paul vs. Woodley 2 action live from Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL? Sure, you might not have the best spending habits. But you also won’t be alone.
Paul vs Woodley 2 odds and ends
Paul and Woodley first fought on Aug. 29 in Cleveland, and 24-year-old trollmaster Paul earned a split-decision victory in the 190-pound fight after closing as a -175 favorite.
Paul is still a bit of a boxing novice. However, he’s amassed a solid 4-0 record fighting Woodley, fellow UFC vet Ben Askren, former NBA player Nate Robinson and something called AnEsonGib.
Few of the matchups made sense at the time. In hindsight, they still make little sense. But in recent years, combat sports has expanded (devolved?) with:
This time around in the eight-round bout, Paul is a -260 favorite over +210 underdog Woodley at DraftKings (as of Tuesday afternoon). A few Paul vs. Woodley 2 prop bets available at DK include:
- Will the fight go the distance: Yes (-140) or No (+100)
- Jake Paul by Decision or Technical Decision: +120
- Jake Paul by KO, TKO or DQ: +220
- Draw: +1400
- Tyron Woodley by Decision or Technical Decision: +800
- Tyron Woodley by KO, TKO or DQ: +330
Woodley took this rematch on two weeks’ notice as a replacement for Tommy Fury (broken rib and chest infection). In the first bout, Woodley never seemed to get out of first gear and didn’t capitalize when he had Paul hurt. Still, he made a pre-fight tattoo bet, and he paid up.
Noble? Stupid? Both? If nothing else, he’s a man of his word:
Thankfully, we’re aware of no such “fun bets” for Saturday’s rematch, which features a four-fight undercard.