Fight Island has finally come! UFC 251 will be the first UFC event to be held at Fight Island in Abu Dhabi. UFC 251 will have 13 fights, including the Welterweight title fight between champion, Kamaru Usman and challenger, Jorge Masvidal. For the event, DraftKings is running a UFC special. For UFC 251, DraftKings will offer a 50% profit boost for two single wagers on any UFC 251 market.
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Fight Island will have 13 total fights by which you can wager on. I’ve isolated two I really think have the makings for some safe plays.
The first is the Muslim Salikhov (-134) vs Elizeu dos Santos (+108).
Both fighters have a propensity to win via knockout, so I’m pushing the win-type here for the smart money. Salikhov has won 75% of his fights via knockout, while dos Santos has won 63% via knockout. The value play here is taking either via knockout. You can take dos Santos at +280 or Salikhov at +175 to win by knockout and get promising value, given their historical knockout records. Taking either to win via knockout should be a good play here.
In the main event, Kamaru Usman (-235) is fighting Jorge Masvidal (+190).
I like the prop bet here of Usman via decision. Though Usman has power, his wrestling background is his bread and butter. Usman typically ends his fights via decision and Jorge Masvidal hasn’t lost a fight by Knockout or submission since 2009. He has lost nine times over that span, all via decision, so I love Usman via decision here at +140. The round line here is 4.5, so the expectation is that the fight will be a lengthy one.
It’s possible Masvidal could see the writing on the wall midway through the fight and get exposed to a submission or knockout, but I think Usman’s plan here is to play it safe, outscore Masvidal, and retain his title. After all, what does Usman have to prove here? He knows he can defend the belt if he plays it conservatively.