Yair Rodriguez vs. Josh Emmett Odds: 56% of Bets on Rodriguez to Beat Emmett

UFC 284 is this weekend from Perth, Australia. Johnny Covers breaks down the Yair Rodriguez vs. Josh Emmett odds. Let's get into it!
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Yair Rodriguez vs. Josh Emmett Odds: 59% of Bets on Rodriguez to Beat Emmett

UFC 284 will feature a strong lineup of combat sports best in Australia from top to bottom.  The second and fifth-ranked fighters in the featherweight division, Yair Rodriguez and Josh Emmett, respectively, will square off in the evening's co-main event in what should be one of the more underrated fights on the card. 

Alexander Volkanovski, the reigning Featherweight champion, will battle Islam Makhachev for the Lightweight title in the night's main event. That means Rodriguez and Emmett have a chance to win the interim championship. Let's take a closer look at both fighters and where the odds are headed. 

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Rodriguez vs. Emmett Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds

  • Date: February 11, 2023
  • Time: 10:00 PM EDT
  • Where: RAC Arena (AUS), Perth, Australia
  • Where to Watch: PPV

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Yair Rodriguez vs. Josh Emmett Prediction

Yair Rodriguez

Despite Yair Rodriguez's repeated protests, he will be competing for an interim championship. Since Volkanovski has moved up to Lightweight, he has vacated the championship for the time being, making this a fight for (almost) all the marbles. 

Some may question why Rodriguez is the favorite, at least by this number, despite his recent knockout victory against Brian Ortega. It was his first victory in three years, but his only defeat since 2018 came to Max Holloway.

One of the reasons he's favored is because he's expected to have the upper hand physically. At five inches taller, he also has an inch-and-a-half reach advantage. In addition to his 14-3 record, he has faced up against the division's elite on many occasions, which Emmett has not done. The fact that El Pantera is only 30 years old whereas Emmett is 37 is another glaring advantage to many.

Josh Emmett

Emmett has been undefeated in his last five bouts, making him a dangerous opponent in the Featherweight Division. We don't know if that's a huge compliment to him or if the division is simply a little weak right now. He has won by knockout over Michael Johnson and Mirsad Bektic, by unanimous decision against Shane Burgos and Dan Ige, and by split decision against Calvin Kattar in his most recent fight.

It's undeniable that Emmett is the more energized of the two fighters, but at 37 years old, he's hardly at his peak.  Kattar is one of the most talented fighters he's ever encountered, yet he's lost three of the past four and four of the last seven. Even worse, many people believed Emmett should have lost his close decision. Despite not having faced a single opponent in the top five, Emmett is getting a crack at the championship.

Yair Rodriguez vs Josh Emmett Odds

Opening as a -160 favorite, the younger Rodriguez saw immediate action, getting as high as -200 before seeing some buyback. Heading into the weekend, Rodriguez is low as (-180) at Caesars, while Emmett backers should head over to DraftKings (+160).

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Yair Rodriguez vs Josh Emmett Odds & Public Betting Data

BetMGM is offering (+150) for Emmett which is 56% of bets on him. Rodriguez has (-185) which is 44% of bets on him also courtesy of BetMGM.

How To Bet On Yair Rodriguez vs Josh Emmett

Now that we’ve given you all the odds and betting data you need to wager on Yair Rodriguez vs. Josh Emmett let’s dive into the best betting promo available.

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Johnny has been covering the sports betting markets and handicapping games for the better part of the past decade. Along the way, he has written for publications such as All-In Magazine, Blitz Predict, FantasyPros, Betting Pros, Sportsbook Review, and most recently, OddsChecker. In addition to giving out picks on Twitter, Johnny is the host of the podcast The Daily Sports Bet -- a 10 minute or less listen with actionable insights and no fluff or BS. Starting the podcast in June, he closed out 2021 up 26 units with a winning percentage of 55%.

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