Below are the UFC betting lines for the Alistair Overeem versus Mark Hunt bout at UFC 209 on March 4th at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada for people who bet on UFC at SBG sportsbooks:
Mark Hunt – 1½ (+110) +120
Alistair Overeem – 1½ (-130) -140
Like Mr. Kennedy (…Kennedy!), Overeem has wins over six former UFC champions; former heavyweight champions Andrei Arlovski, Fabricio Werdum, Frank Mir, Brock Lesnar, and Junior Dos Santos, and former light heavyweight and heavyweight tournament champion Vitor Belfort. However the Reem failed to beat current heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic for the belt at UFC 203 on September 10th, 2016. Before that Ubereem had won four fights in a row. Conversely, he has lost four of his last nine matches. The only way that Overeem can get close to the heavyweight title again is if he buys a front row ticket to UFC 211 – unless, that is, of course, if Junior Santos defeats Miocic for the championship on May 13th at the American Airlines Center. “That would be very good for my title attempts if Junior would win,” the British-born Dutch brawler told MMA Junkie. The Demolition Man has to go through Mark Hunt first, though. Overeem has defeated both Santos and Hunt in the past so, unlike winning the UFC heavyweight title, it’s not something he has not been able to do before. Perhaps that is why people who bet on UFC favor him to come out the victor at UFC 209.
And on the other side of this UFC betting bracket we have ‘Super Samoan’ Mark Hunt. About seven months ago MMA Mania’s Adam Guillen Jr. wrote that “it’s safe to say that barring an unprecedented turn of events, Mark Hunt’s time in the eight-walled cage has likely come to an end.” As it turns out, the so-called ‘King of Walk-Offs’ wasn’t able to walk away from UFC. And the “unprecedented turn of events” wasn’t so unprecedented, either. Simply put, a man’s gotta eat. UFC may be a “s*** company” as Hunt described it, but it does put food on his table. There’s a lesson to be learned here about not biting the hand that feeds you. Especially when that hand allows you to sue it and still books you in their cards. Hunt even wanted the make the UFC to put a clause in his contract wherein his opponents would lose their entire fight purse if they were caught cheating. Since that wasn’t going to happen in a million years, Hunt told Stuff he’ll just “personally sue every fighter I fight, if he gets caught through the process.” One wouldn’t expect someone that makes a living by beating the living tar out of other people – and getting the tar beaten out of him at the same time – to be this belligerent, but them’s the breaks. As UFC betting must remember – mostly because Hunt made sure no one forgot about it – the Samoa brawler lost a unanimous decision to Brock Lesnar on July, 2016 which was overturned after Lesnar tested positive for clomiphene.