Here are the UFC betting lines for the Rashad Evans versus Dan Kelly middleweight bout at UFC 209 on Saturday at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada for fans who like to bet on UFC at SBG online sportsbook:
Daniel Kelly2½ (-135) +165
Rashad Evans 2½ (+115) -190
Evans has lost two fights in a row and four of his last six. His last win was TKO over Chael Sonnen at UFC 167 on November 16, 2013. Suga was slated to face Tim Kennedy in a middleweight matchup on November 12, 2016 at UFC 205 and then a month later at UFC 206 but was pulled from both cards after the New York State Athletic Commission and the Ontario Commission – respectively – refused to allow him to fight. “When they told me I couldn’t fight in New York, I was waiting for them to be like ‘oh we’re just kidding,” Evans told FOX Sports. Huh. Is the NYSAC fond of playing tricks on MMA fighters? Evans told MMAFighting.com that an irregularity in a pre-fight MRI is what led the NYSAC to deny him a license. Doesn’t really sound like a laughing matter. Evans “almost cried” when the Nevada State Athletic Commission confirmed Evans and approved him to compete at UFC 209. Maybe he thought it was one of those jokes that make you laugh so hard that you cry. “For the last 14 years I’ve been a fighter so I kind of forgot what it’s like to not have this as my biggest form of expression,” Evans also said. He’s an artiste and the octagon mat is his canvas. Evans has won 42% of his fights by decision and is averaging 2.12 strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 37.7.
If Suga has experience and the UFC betting odds on his side, Australian judoka Dan Kelly has momentum on his. Kelly is 12-1 (5-1 in UFC) and is on a three-fight winning streak. He also knows how to pull at the heartstrings of people who bet on UFC, such as when he dedicated his UD victory over Chris Camozzi at UFC Fight Night 101 on November 27, 2016 in his home city of Melbourne to his 11 year old son Erik who has a rare disease called cystinosis. Saturday’s will be Kelly’s biggest fight of his career and beating Evans – who is a former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion who has defeated the likes of the aforementioned Sonnen, Dan Henderson, Tito Ortiz, Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson, Chuck Liddell, and Mike Bisping – would certainly qualify as a UFC betting upset. Kelly was just as elated as Suga was to hear that NSAC gave Evans the go-ahead. “I’m very happy,” Kelly told the Herald Sun. “It’s all going to happen now, it’s good.” Don’t jinx it, Danny Boy. Remember; don’t count your chicks before the cows come home. Kelly has won 42% of his fights by submission and is averaging 3.67 strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 40.7.