Dan Favale | Mon 06/05/2019 - 03:39 EDT

UFC 237 Betting Odds: Andrade and Namajunas Headline Stacked Fight Card

UFC 237 Betting Odds: Andrade and Namajunas Headline Stacked Fight Card
It is going DOWN in Brazil on Saturday, May 11. UFC 237 hits Rio de Janeiro with a stacked fight card headlined by Jessica Andrade and Rose Namajunas, and the stakes are high. The Strawweight Championship is on the line, and this marks the first match for Namajunas since UFC 223. Who should you be betting on? And which other fights should you take a flier on? Let's break it down, together.

Although the battle between Jessica Andrade and Rose Namajunas is the main draw at UFC 237, the fight card is littered with other good matchups—specifically the co-main event, which features Jared Cannonier and Anderson Silva. Our breakdown takes you through all of the UFC betting odds you’ll ever need:

  • UFC 237 odds for Main Events
  • Analysis of Andrade vs. Namajunas
  • Analysis of Cannonier vs. Silva
  • UFC Odds for Undercard Fights
  • Predictions

All of our UFC 237 lines come from Bovada and are accurate as of Sunday, May 5. Make sure to double-check these odds before deciding on a wager. They will shift between now and the opening bell.

UFC 237 Betting Breakdown

Complete UFC 237 Fight Card

Below are the odds for every fight scheduled on Saturday. We’re putting the main event first, the co-main event second, and everything else comes after:

  • Jessica Andrade (-145) vs. Rose Namajunas (+115)
  • Jared Cannonier (-160) vs. Anderson Silva (+130)
  • Jose Aldo (-145) vs. Alexander Volkanovski (+115)
  • Thiago Alves (-115) vs. Laureano Staropoli (-115)
  • Diego Ferreira (-160) vs. Francisco Trinaldo (+130)
  • Ryan Spann (-164) vs. Rogerio Nogueira (+145)
  • Thiago Moises (-155) vs. Kurt Holobaugh (+125)
  • Irene Aldana (-265) vs. Bethe Correia (+205)
  • Clay Guida (-550) vs. BJ Penn (+375)
  • Luana Carolina (-155) vs. Priscila Cachoeira (+125)
  • Warlley Alves (-145) vs. Sergio Moraes (+115)
  • Raoni Barcelos (-135) vs. Said Nurmagomedov (+105)
  • Talita Bernardo (-310) vs. Melissa Gato (+240) 

Jessica Andrade (-145) vs. Rose Namajunas (+115)

Rose Namajunas is putting her Strawweight Title on the line after quite a bit of time away from the octagon. She was on the bus that Conor McGregor attacked in April 2018 in order to get at Khabib Nurmagomedov. The experience apparently traumatized her to the point she isolated herself from people and competition.

Many expect that hiatus to hurt her chances of defending her belt. But she remains one of the craftiest UFC fighters on the planet, and she continued to train even when while she was away from the octagon.

It will, however, be interesting to see if Namajunas’ fighting style is impacted by her time away. Both she rand Andrade—who is working off a knockout victory over Karolina Kowalkiewicz—prefer to operate on their feet, rather than on-the-mat grapples. But whereas Andrade relies on her power, despite weighing in under 120 pounds, Namajunas is more dependent upon versatility. She prioritizes “sniper-like accuracy,” and the efficiency with which she lands her punches takes a physical toll on her opponent over the life of a match.

Simulating the fighting experience away from official competition can be difficult. Both oddsmakers and analysts seem to think Namajunas will have problems connecting at her usual clip in her first match back in the fold.

Others, meanwhile, are wondering whether her takedown defense has improved enough to allow her to play her preferred style. Again: Andrade doesn’t like to grapple all that much either, but she has been better in the fray than Namajunas for some time.

And yet, we’re ultimately not concerned. Namajunas’ mixed bag of tricks is too deep. She has 11 UFC matches under belt. It’s unlikely she’s lost her feel within the Octagon. 

Plus, while Andrade does have the power advantage, Namajunas is just flat-out quicker. Her speed has helped her secure early submissions in the past, and even if Andrade defaults to grappling, Namajunas is slippery enough to evade the typical holds. 

OSB Prediction: Rose Namajunas (+115) 

Jared Cannonier (-160) vs. Anderson Silva (+130)

Anderson Silva was always going to hold one of the main-card slots at UFC 237. He is a Brazilian legend. Hosting a UFC event in Rio de Janeiro without using him as a headlining attraction is out of the question.

Still, his status on the card doesn’t quite measure up with his recent performances. He has lost three of his past four matchups, including last February’s bout with Israel Adesanya. His regression is to be expected. He’s 44 years old and well past his heyday. No one stays at the peak of MMA fighting into their 40s.

In fact, it’s rather surprising that Jared Cannonier isn’t favored by more. He’s coming off an impressive win against David Branch, and they don’t call him “The Killa Gorilla” for nothing. Cannonier employs an aggressive fighting style that will be problematic for an older, slower Silva.

On top of that, Silva’s defense has declined over his past few matches. That alone puts him at a disadvantage. Maybe he gets an emotional boost from taking to the octagon in front of the Rio de Janeiro crowd, but we have to believe that Cannonier’s combination of speed and power will wear him down, if not get to him almost immediately after the opening bell.

Silva’s best shot at taking this one will be getting into Cannonier early. He can still jockey with the best when grappling, and he has more than a few submission-worthy moves. Closed-quarter punches and holds are his friend. Beyond that, though, it’s hard to see Silva walking away with the victory. He is, without question, the inferior fighter.

OSB Prediction: Jared Cannonier (-160) 

Check out this list of the top online sportsbooks so that you can decide which one to use for your UFC 237 bets:

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