MMA fans have been hit with a barrage of new betting lines over the past month. Odds are out for a staggering seven upcoming fight cars. Three of those events are less than a month away.
Leading the way is Sportsbook currently offering lines on UFC Fight Night 18, UFC 97, UFC 98, UFC 99 and UFC 100. The Malta based operation has become a must have bookmaker for MMA fans. They’ve come a long way since changing hands in 2006. Payout times have turned around significantly while its poker platform has doubled in traffic.
Full UFC Fight Night 18 odds should be posted later today though lines for the main card have been out for a week now. In the main event former WEC star Carlos Condit takes on Dutch striker Martin Kampmann. Lines makers cant split the two welterweights. Both are available at the -110 mark. Make sure to lines shop, all fight odds are currently available at our favored MMA betting destinations Sportsbook, Bookmaker/Betcris and Betus.
Bellator Fighting Championships hold their first card this weekend. A talented line-up that includes Jorge Masvidal and Eddie Alvarez make it must watch viewing on ESPN Deportes. Lines are currently available at Betcris and Bookmaker.
Dream 8 takes place on April 5th and is headlined by welterweight tournament bout between Shinya Aoki and Hayato Sakurai. Also featured on the card is top heavyweight fighter Sergei Kharitonov, Ikuhisa Minowa and Murilo Rua. Full card odds are only available at Betcris/Bookmaker.
On April 18th it's the long awaited showdown between lightweight legends Chuck Liddell and Mauricio "Shogun" Rua at UFC 97. Despite coming off a devastating knockout loss to Rashad Evans "The Iceman" is -200 favorite to get past former Pride star "Shogun" Rua. "The Iceman" needs an impressive performance to remain a serious light heavyweight contender according to Dana White. Anderson Silva vs. Thales Leites is co-headlining the card. At -500 "The Spider" should make quick work of Leites
Concluding a busy month is Jason Miller's return to MMA. Mayhem will face the talented Kala Hose at Kingdom MMA 1 on Apr 18th. The MTV star is a -450 favorite to get past "Kolohe".
I get many emails asking me to release my plays earlier than a day or two before the event. This is a rarity for me but as I see a number lines moving sharply in the upcoming days and weeks. I'll make an exception for the regular readers of this column. Below are five of my selected best bets for this month, available to you weeks before the event. Make sure to get on these plays as soon as you can. I promise these numbers will start moving within days.
Best Bets For April
* Mauricio Rua at +165 (Bookmaker) over Chuck Liddell.
* Hayato Sakurai +200 over Shinya Aoki. (W)
* Jorge Masvidal at -350 over Nick Agallar. (W)
* Eddie Alvarez at -500 over Greg Loughran. (W)
* Jason Miller -450 over Kala Hose.