This weekend, July 11th, Fight Island will officially be underway. The long rumors of the fabled fight Island were in fact true. UFC 251 will be the first UFC event to be held at Fight Island in Abu Dhabi. UFC 251 will host 13 fights, including the title fight between Welterweight 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.
The promo is easy. First, you’ll need to login to DraftKings and go to the MMA wagers under the Game Lines tab. From there, you’ll “Get two (2) 50% Profit Boosts for UFC 251.” Click the “Opt-In” button in green and you’ll be issued two single-use Profit Boosts to use on any UFC 251 market. Select the boost on the bet slip prior to placing the bet in order to apply the boosted price.
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UFC 251 picks:
There are 13 fights from which to wager on, and there are many ways to bet them. I’ve singled out two fights I really like for betting the “method of victory.”
The first is Muslim Salikhov (-134) vs Elizeu dos Santos (+108). Salikhov has won 75% of his fights via knockout, while dos Santos has won 63% via knockout. Since both fighters have a propensity to win via knockout, I’m betting the win-type here for the smart money. 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 is looking like a pretty safe play.
The second fight I really like is the main event. Kamaru Usman (-235) versus Jorge Masvidal (+190) has all the buildup of your typical title fight, but with few similarities between the fighters. 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. 85% of the bets right now are on Masvidal, so you can likely get good value for Usman.