UFC 259 Bets: Fighters To Consider, A 100-1 Promo, And An Enticing ‘Odds Boost’

Written By Dann Stupp on March 3, 2021
Savvy UFC bettors search out good wagering opportunities. Even savvier bettors, though, simply wait for the right opportunity to come to them.

Wagering on UFC fights can be a wild and unpredictable endeavor, frustrating even the most seasoned bettors.

Flash knockouts, fluke submissions, untimely injuries, a tough weight cut that saps a fighter’s energy: these are regular occurrences each Saturday night in the UFC octagon.

Savvy MMA bettors can factor in that unpredictability as they study the odds and look for opportunities. Even savvier bettors, though, simply wait for the right opportunity to come to them.

And for Saturday’s UFC 259 pay-per-view event in Las Vegas, that opportunity has arrived as a no-sweat bet. In fact, it would take a historic feat for this 100-1 endeavor not to be a winner.

After all, a fighter needs to land just one punch at UFC 259 for you to turn $1 into $100 at DraftKings Sportsbook.

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A 100-1 UFC Promo at DraftKings

The UFC currently promotes more than 40 MMA events per year. Approximately once per month, though, the world’s most prominent MMA promotion heads to pay-per-view for a cagefighting extravaganza.

These top-tier lineups usually feature a title fight in the main event. The really special cards, though, offer one of the following:

  • Multiple title fights
  • A champion vs. champion bout
  • The biggest stars, male and female

UFC 259 features all of the above. More specifically, it offers three title fights – something that’s happened just four times in the UFC’s 28-year history.

So, perhaps, it’s no wonder why DraftKings is rolling out a special promo just for Saturday’s big card: Bet $1 and win $100 if a fighter in your chosen bout lands a single punch. Yes, one punch.

A UFC bout without a single punch landed? It’s happened, but it’s even rarer than three title fights on a card. So, barring a truly historic lack of offensive output, this bet should be a quick no-sweat winning proposition.

Details for DraftKings’ UFC 259 Promo

The rules for the 100-1 promotion are pretty simple.

First, choose one of the night’s three title fights:

  • Light-heavyweight champion Jan Błachowicz vs. middleweight champion Israel Adesanya
  • Women’s featherweight champion Amanda Nunes vs. Megan Anderson
  • Bantamweight champion Petr Yan vs. Aljamain Sterling

Then, follow these guidelines:

  • This promo is for new DraftKings depositors only, and you must deposit at least $5 into your account.
  • Once you make your deposit, place a $1 bet on one of the fighters from the three championship bouts to win the bout. This must be done before the start of the main event.
  • If either fighter in the bout lands a punch, you get a $100 bonus. It will be paid as four (4) $25 free bets, which must be used within seven days.
  • The free Bet amount is not included in any returns or winnings. Additionally, free bets are not redeemable for cash, non-transferable, and non-refundable.
  • The promo excludes live bets, parlays, free bets, cash out bets and voided bets.

That’s it. Barring what would likely be the shortest fight in UFC history, you’ll collect your $100 bonus.

Why UFC 259 Is Appointment Viewing

Look, MMA holds a special place in my heart. After covering the sport for 15 years and watching hundreds of fights from cageside, it’s hard not to geek out a little bit about UFC 259’s 15-fight lineup.

The UFC 259 headliner is fascinating for multiple reasons. You have undefeated middleweight champion Israel Adesanya (20-0) moving up a weight class to fight light heavyweight champion Jan Błachowicz (27-8).

The champ-vs.-champ superfight features Adesanya, a 31-year-old Nigerian-born New Zealander and dazzling showman who could be the future of the sport. He meet 38-year-old Polish bruiser Błachowicz, who was the underdog in eight of his past nine fights despite going 8-1 during that improbable run.

The resurgent Błachowicz (+185) is again an underdog as he meets Adesanya (-230) in the PPV finale (10 p.m.).

The co-headliner isn’t nearly as competitive – on paper, anyway. But that’s often been the case for two-division champion Amanda Nunes, who’s the most accomplished female fighter in MMA history. Nunes (20-4), a massive -1250 favorite, puts her featherweight belt on the line against underdog challenger Megan Anderson (+750).

Additionally, in the night’s first title fight, bantamweight champ Petr Yan (-110) meets Aljamain Sterling (-110), who opened as an underdog. However, sharp UFC 259 bettors hammered the opening line of Sterling +125 to make the fight a pick’em.

Other UFC 259 Bets to Consider at DraftKings

If you’re looking for additional betting opportunities, UFC 259 offers plenty. That’s especially true if you dig deeper down the card, especially the prelims on ESPN+ (6 p.m.) and ESPN (8 p.m.).

Like me, many of my fellow MMA betting vets like Tim Elliott (+102) and Thiago Santos (+138) at plus-money.

A lot of those folks are also fading two aging vets. Casey Kenney (-137) is a popular pick against former bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz (+110). Additionally, many of them like Askar Askarov (-134) against former flyweight title challenger Joseph Benavidez (+110). Personally, though, my head and my heart aren’t aligned on those picks (I have a soft spot for the old guys).

But I do like Sean Brady (-230) as a straight play or as a piece of your parlay. However, like Elliott, it may be worth waiting to place your bet to see if the lines continue moving in our direction.

Additionally, one of my absolute favorite bets from the card is actually an “Odds Boost” offering from DraftKings. This special bet is a parlay of Adesanya, Nunes, and Sterling each to win. If you manually entered that parlay bet, you would get +197 odds, as of Wednesday afternoon.

However, with the “Odds Boost” option, your odds are jacked up to +250 odds. If you bet $20 on the manual parlay and won, you would get $39.40 in winnings. But with the UFC 259 Odds Boost, your winnings increase by 29.4% – to $50. Because I see Adesanya and Nunes defending their titles – and Sterling dethroning Yan – I’ll happily take that bigger payout (thanks, DraftKings!).

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Dann Stupp is a longtime sports journalist who’s written and edited for The Athletic, USA Today, ESPN, MLB.com and other outlets. He lives in Lexington, Virginia.

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