Overeem vs. Volkov Odds: Bettors Backing Underdog Overeem

Oddsmakers are backing the Russian, but bettors like Overeem
Brian Good
Fri, February 5, 1:44 PM EST

Overeem vs. Volkov Odds: Bettors Backing Underdog Overeem

It’s a far way from the UFC 257 mega-fight we got when Connor McGregor and Dustin Poirier met in the main event. But, this Saturday, we’re getting another star-studded main event as Alistair Overeem and Alexander Volkov clash.

Overeem was once one of the most feared fighters in the entire company, but has since lost four of his last ten fights, including a devastating knockout at the hands of Francis Ngannou in 2017.

As for Volkov, he’s also been in a little bit of a rut. He’s lost two of his last four bouts, but he did defeat America’s least favorite fighter (human?) Greg Hardy.

So what can we expect on Saturday night? Let’s take a look at the numbers and the public betting data and see what they say.

Overeem vs. Volkov Public Betting Breakdown

As of Friday, Volkov is a fairly sizeable favorite over the former heavyweight title contender Overeem. Volkov, who comes in at 32-8 overall, has best odds of -185, but is as short as -225 in some places. The -185 odds indicate a 64.9% chance he wins, meanwhile his worst odds give him a 69.2% shot.

As for Overeem his best odds currently sit at +170. The 40-year old comes in with a 47-18-1 professional mixed martial arts record. At +170, oddsmakers are giving him just a 37% shot at the upset.

As far as the betting public is concerned, they’re siding with name recognition and value rather than backing the favorite. 62.07% of all moneyline bets are on Overeem to pull off the upset, meaning only 37.93% of bets have come in on the favorite Volkov.

As we approach the fight, will money start to come in on the favorite or will the betting trends stay the same? Only time will tell.

Overeem vs. Volkov Odds

Fighter Odds (Click to bet) Implied Probability % Public Bet
Alistair Overeem +170 37% 62.07%
Alexander Volkov -185 64.9% 37.93%
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