The oddsmakers don’t have a lot of faith in Thiago Santos. For all the Brazilian’s ferocious, fight-altering power, he’s being effectively counted out by the bookies ahead of his UFC 239 showdown with seemingly unbeatable UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones.
The online bookmaker BetOnline has labelled Jon Jones as a huge -800 favorite, which means you’d have to successfully bet $800 to win $100 (h/t MMA Fighting). Santos, meanwhile, is a near 6-1 underdog at +575. That means that a successful $100 bet on him would earn you $575.
The same bookmaker has also released odds for the upcoming flyweight title fight between champion Valentina Shevchenko and challenger Jessica Eye. Shockingly, Shevchenko has been pegged as an even bigger favorite than Jon Jones at -1250 (bet $1250 to win $100). Eye, on the other hand, is sitting at +825 (bet $100 to win $825).
Jon Jones and Thiago Santos fight at UFC 239, which goes down July 6 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Valentina Shevchenko and Jessica Eye will do battle roughly a month earlier, at UFC 238 on June 8 in Chicago.
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This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 3/29/2019.