UFC 254 Betting Tips

Unlike other sports during the COVID pandemic, the UFC has grown in popularity. Dana White was the first sports league president to put on events, and it has shown in their ratings. Even casual fighting fans began tuning into pay-per-views because, at one point, the UFC was the “only game in town.”

UFC 254 will take place on October 24th at the Flash Forum on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. 

The card is stacked from top to bottom for the event. Khabib Nurmagomedov will put his UFC Light Heavyweight Championship on the line against Justin Gaethje in the main event. Khabib is coming into the fight undefeated at 28-0, while Gaethje is entering with a record of 22-2

How to Bet on UFC 254

There are a ton of ways for you to make money on fight night. Let’s take a look at a few of the best ways to make money on the pay-per-view. All odds are courtesy of BetOnline. 


The moneyline will be the most popular betting option on Saturday night. This is when you choose a fighter straight up to win.

In the Khabib vs. Gaethje Lightweight Championship fight, Khabib is the moneyline favorite at -310. Gaethje is a big underdog at +240. Let’s take a look at the rest of the moneyline odds on the main card.

  • Middleweight: Robert Whitaker +102 vs. Jared Cannonier -120 
  • Heavyweight: Walt Harris +148 vs. Alexander Volkov -184
  • Middleweight: Jacob Malkoun +210 vs. Phil Hawes -265 
  • Light Heavyweight: Ion Cutelaba +225 vs. Magomed Ankalaev -290

A parlay would be combining multiple picks into a single bet. They all would have to hit for you to win. This is risky, but picking multiple correct outcomes will give you much higher winnings.

There are also preliminary fights to bet on, so go to BetOnline for the complete list of odds. 

Prop Betting

Betting on prop contests within a fight is a great way to win more money than just choosing a winner based on moneyline odds. Props add an extra element of fun to sports betting because of the number of different types of wagers that you can make on an event. Here are a few examples of prop bets for Saturday night’s main event between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje. 

Method of Victory

  • Khabib by: KO/TKO +420, Points +230, Submission +210
  • Draw: +5000
  • Gaethje by: KO/TKO +360, Points +900, Submission +260

Will the fight go the distance?

  • Yes: +190 
  • No: -260

Will the fight start round four?

  • Yes: -122
  • No: -108

There are many other props on the betting menu, so make sure to check them all out to have the most fun watching UFC 254.

Betting Tips and Finding the Right Sportsbook

Finding the right sportsbook gives you the highest rate of success. The sportsbook that offers the most wager possibilities gives you more chances to win big. Look for a sportsbook with a wide variety of props because these give you great odds for a massive payday when betting on UFC.

The best way to make money on UFC is by choosing a prop bet or making a moneyline parlay. These have a lower chance of success, but they also give you a higher return, so these are the wagers that you’ll want to study for UFC 254. 

Fighter records should play a big role in your bets for all pay-per-view fights. Despite this, UFC is a sport where one punch can end a fight, so nothing is certain. The best way to pick a winner is to research each fighter’s strengths/weaknesses and make a comparison to give yourself an idea of the fight outcome. 

If you do the research, success is more likely to come your way Saturday night. Enjoy UFC 254!


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