Ahead of this weekend’s UFC 264 pay-per-view headliner between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier, be sure to shop around.
Especially if you plan to bet on the UFC fights.
Saturday’s event marks the UFC’s return to pay-per-view (following preliminary card fights on ESPN and ESPN+). It also marks one of the most anticipated and heavily promoted trilogy fights in MMA history.
The 13-bout fight card at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas is also understandably one of the biggest sports events of the year thanks to McGregor (22-5) and Poirier (27-6). As a result, Virginia sportsbooks are offering all types of deals to get you engaged, whether or not human cockfighting is your thing.
And honestly? Even if you prefer home runs and touchdowns to knockouts and submissions, the UFC betting opportunities this weekend are worth your consideration.
Road to Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier 3
Conor McGregor won the first meeting with Dustin Poirier via TKO way back in 2014. “Notorious” then won a few UFC belts, quickly became a worldwide superstar, started and sold a whiskey company, and even scored a massive payday thanks to a PPV boxing “Money Fight” with Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Poirier, meanwhile, took the slow-and-steady approach afterward, and he went a stellar 9-1 run over his next 10 fights and even won an interim belt.
Poirier couldn’t unify the titles after falling short to since-retired champ Khabib Nurmagomedov.
However, he got a nice consolation prize soon after: a big-money rematch with McGregor. And after knocking out McGregor in January to tie the series 1-1, the rubber match is now upon us.
Dustin Poirier or Conor McGregor in rubber match?
Heading into Thursday, Poirier (-126) was a small favorite over McGregor (-102) at FanDuel in Virginia. At those odds, you’d have to bet $126 on Poirier to make $100 in profit with a winning bet. For McGregor, meanwhile, you’d need to wager $102 to make $100.
In other words, it’s a fairly close fight on paper. In fact, it should tighten up even more since the infamous contingent of Conor McGregor fans seem to bet a lot on the day of the fight.
However, you can increase those odds even further – and find some other tempting UFC 264 betting possibilities – if you do a little searching. And it doesn’t matter which UFC 264 main event fighter you bet on.
FanDuel, for example, is offering all customers (new and existing) a risk-free wager on any fight from the McGregor-Poirier 3 lineup. If you lose, you get up to $25 back in site credit. You simply need to wager at least $1, and after opting in, the first bet you place is the one that will be refunded (up to $25) if you lose.
Additionally, new FanDuel customers who make a deposit can get +3000 odds on either McGregor or Poirier. Bet $5, and if your fighter wins, you get a 30-1 payoff ($150 on a $5 bet).
UFC 264 betting promos galore
That’s not the only alluring promo offer in VA, though. At DraftKings, for example, new and existing customers can get an odds boost to +150 on either Poirier or McGregor.
No matter which UFC 264 headliner you like, you can get a nice little payoff if he wins.
However, if McGregor is your guy, you may want to check out BetRivers, if you haven’t already. After all, the sportsbook is offering a special “TRILOGY Time!” Mega-boost for McGregor to win via KO/TKO/disqualification. Those odds have been boosted from +140 to +264.
William Hill is offering boosted odds for a McGregor prop:
- McGregor to win in Round 1: +300
William Hill also has some intriguing boosts for the undercard:
- Gilbert Burns Wins By KO/TKO/DQ or Submission vs. Stephen Thompson: +325
- Greg Hardy wins by decision vs. Tai Tuivasa: +400
- Irena Aldana wins by KO/TKO/DQ or sub via Yana Kunitskaya: +400
Additionally, William Hill has a special “Knockout Cashout” promo for UFC 264. Simply bet on either McGregor or Poirier on the moneyline. If your fighter wins by KO or TKO, you get the following bonus payout (up to $100) based on the round in which the fight ends:
- 100% boost on net winnings: Round 1
- 50% boost: Round 2
- 25% boost: Round 3
- 20% boost: Round 4
- 10% boost: Round 5
Full UFC 264 fight card and odds
Here’s the latest UFC 264 fight card and odds, courtesy of FanDuel, as of Thursday:
Main card (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m.)
- Conor McGregor (-102) vs. Dustin Poirier (-126)
- Gilbert Burns (+122) vs. Stephen Thompson (-156)
- Tai Tuivasa (-142) vs. Greg Hardy (+112)
- Irene Aldana (-126) vs. Yana Kunitskaya (-102)
- Sean O’Malley (-1000) vs. Kris Moutinho (+580)
Late preliminary card (ESPN. 8 p.m.)
- Carlos Condit (+150) vs. Max Griffin (-192)
- Niko Price (+132) vs. Michel Pereira (-168)
- Ryan Hall (+192) vs. Ilia Topuria (-260)
- Dricus du Plessis (-118) vs. Trevin Giles (-108)
Early preliminary card (ESPN+, 6 p.m.)
- Jennifer Maia (-215) vs. Jessica Eye (+164)
- Omari Akhmedov (+138) vs. Brad Tavares (-176)
- Zhalgas Zhumagulov (-370) vs. Jerome Rivera (+260)
- Alen Amedovski (-146) vs. Hu Yaozong (+114)