- Darren Till has -104 odds to win the main event but finds himself as a slight underdog in the opening lines against Robert Whittaker (-116).
- In the co-main event, Mauricio Rua (-200) is a heavy favorite against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (+170) in the light heavyweight battle.
ABU DHABI, UAE – With UFC Fight Night: Figueiredo vs. Benavidez 2 ending on Saturday, UFC bettors are already focused on next week’s fight.
In the third event to happen as Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, the UFC sports world is entertaining the last week as one of the few sports with live action.
Still, on Saturday, UFC Fight Night 174 will feature Robert Whittaker against Darren Till in a middleweight main event. With tons of fights on the main card including the co-main event between Mauricio Rua and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.
While it may be early for some to hop of the fighting odds, noting how they have changed over the upcoming week will only help those betting on the UFC see where the action has been heading.
UFC Fight Night 174 Main Card Odds
- Robert Whittaker (-116) vs. Darren Till (-104)
- Mauricio Rua (-200) vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (+170)
- Alexander Gustafsson (-318) vs. Fabricio Werdum (+268)
- Marina Rodriguez (-160) vs. Carla Esparza (+140)
- Paul Craig (-110) vs. Gadzhimurad Antigulov (-110)
- Alex Oliveira (-170) vs. Peter Sobotta (+145)
With Whittaker and Rua favored to entertain during the highlighted events of the night, bettors can get in a handful of prop bets that will be released around Thursday.
Breaking Down The Main Events
Despite losing his last bout, Whittaker was on a nine-match win streak with wins by decision (5), TKO (3), and KO (1). This will be only his third fight in the last three years so it will be interesting to see if the rust has been removed or not.
As for his opponent, Darren Till, his 2-2 record over his last four matches may not look impressive but lost to the likes of Tyron Woodley and Jorge Masvidal. Till’s odds are likely to shift to a larger underdog status, but those looking to taking a chance on him should wait until the odds for him to win by decision are released.
In the Rua vs. Nogueira fight, Rua’s opening line comes in as a rather decent favorite. The odds seem heavy in Rua’s corner as Nogueira has lost three of his last five fights and has only two fights to his name in the last three and a half years.
For Rua, nothing truly stands out as to why he is so heavily favored at online betting sites. With a 3-1-1 record in his last five, Rua lost three of the last four before that and has only four wins dating back to 2013. Still, this light heavyweight matchup will lead into the main event, when UFC Fight Night 174 kicks off on Saturday.
Michael spends most of his time betting on over/unders and analyzing algorithms in attempts to beat the book. His focus on statistics comes from an early understanding of mathematics as well as knowledge of opportunity costs. Michael enjoys playing basketball and reading about the NBA whenever he has the free time. When he is not writing, he can be found in Mississippi hitting the sportsbooks and enjoying a margarita… on the rocks, no salt.