Max Holloway v Frankie Edgar: Betting Options for December UFC Showdown

There’s no let up in terms of great UFC action as we run down the clock on 2017 but as UFC 218 approaches, the headline fight is massive and a real highlight of this or any other year. Max Holloway takes on Frankie Edgar with Holloway putting his UFC Featherweight belt on the line in Detroit.

The bookies are slowly assembling their markets for UFC 218 but most are already on board with the Holloway – Edgar bout and there is some great value to be had at this early stage.

Match Odds

The fight tops the bill at UFC 218 and if you haven’t already put the date in your diary this will go off on December 3. Defending champion Holloway, who took the featherweight belt at UFC 212 back in June this year, is the clear favourite with odds on prices across the board including the 5/12 currently being offered by SportNation.

Elsewhere, the best odds on Holloway in the straight result betting come in at 1/2 with Betway and MarathonBet so obviously the bookies feel there will only be one winner. However, if you are looking to take a punt on Frankie Edgar in this contest then you can currently pick up 14/9 with EnergyBet.

So, what are the chances of an upset and a high return on Edgar or should you be playing safe and looking to take a more modest profit on Holloway?

Champion

As we know, 25 year old American Max Holloway is the undisputed UFC Champion at this weight and he’s also ranked number 4 in the world as an overall pound-for-pound fighter. He turned professional in 2010 and as he heads into UFC 218, the man known as ‘Blessed’ has an overall record of 18 wins from 21 fights.

Included in that list is 8 victories by knockout and 2 by submission so that’s an impressive overall tally and one that makes him an obvious favourite here.

Moving on to Frankie Edgar and we have something of a contrast with a veteran of the sport at the age of 35. The American turned pro as an MMA fighter back in 2005 and in the UFC ring has 22 wins from 28 overall bouts. Of those victories, 7 have been by knockout and 4 by submission with the remainder going to a decision.

So, what can we read into those stats?

Distance

Clearly a greater percentage of Frankie Edgar’s wins have gone the distance so the first question to ask is whether he has the stamina to go all the way at the age of 35. Relatively few opponents are dealt with quickly, either by KO or by submission but you feel that he has to strike early in order to stand any chance in this match.

The losses column is greater too, although percentage-wise it doesn’t compare too badly with that of the champion Holloway. Experience may also count but is that enough for Edgar to upset those odds?

Betting Options

At the time of writing we still have nearly two months until the fight itself and it’s been fairly quiet so far in terms of side betting. You can bet on the total rounds and here, the bookies have set a line at 4.5.

If you think that the fight will last more than 4.5 rounds then you can get 11/21 with 10Bet while the best odds on under that 4.5 line stand at 17/12 with MarathonBet. Judging by recent and overall results, it suggests that there will be no quick finish to this bout so 11/21 is a better option at an admittedly low price.

Further markets may drop in as the fight draws closer so check our news feeds and your favourite bookies for any additional updates.

Picking a Winner

Have the bookies got it right here in making Max Holloway the outright favourite? Certainly he is the better boxer right now and is carrying the momentum of that initial title win from June 2017. Prior to that, ‘Blessed’ took the interim title with victory over Anthony Pettis last December and he also comes into this fight on an 11 match winning streak.

Frankie Edgar is 7 and 2 coming into UFC 218 but he has previously held this belt on two separate occasions. Therefore, there is the talent and quality to cause an upset but at 35, his best days are undeniably behind him. Overall, a bet on Max Holloway seems the best option but Edgar may keep him waiting, thereby bringing the over 4.5 round line into play.

Best Bets:

  • Max Holloway to win at 1/2 with Betway
  • Fight to last more than 4.5 rounds at 11/21 with 10Bet
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