Alexander Volkov vs Alistair Overeem Betting and Odds Preview – April 20, 2019

Alexander Volkov
Alexander Volkov

The UFC Fight Night 149 scheduled for April 20 will feature one of the most awaited heavyweight fights fans have been dying to see. Alexander Volkov is expected to face legendary fighter Alistair Overeem in an exciting heavyweight bout between two former heavyweight champions.

The bout will headline UFC’s second event organized in Russia and the first in St. Petersburg. Taking place in the Yubileyny Sports Palace, the match will put home favourite Volkov against former K1 champion Overeem. The UFC Heavyweight rankings place Volkov and Overeem 6th and 7th on the list of best heavyweight fighters at the moment, making the bout even more attractive.

Alistair Overeem
Alistair Overeem

Alexander Volkov is a Russian fighter and a former heavyweight champion of both the M-1 Global and Bellator MMA promotions. A fierce puncher nicknamed Drago, 30-year-old Volkov has been competing in the UFC heavyweight division since 2009. He has a record of 30 wins and 7 losses in his first 37 matches including notable Performance of the Night rewards.

His next opponent in the octagon is a true fighting legend. Alistair Overeem is a Dutch MMA fighter and kickboxer and a former champion in many heavyweight promotions. He’s one of only two people to hold titles in K1 and MMA at the same time, with notable victories over Frank Mir and Brock Lesnar among others. The Reem is a beast of a fighter who never gives up, and even though almost 10 years older than Volkov, he’ll certainly be no pushover.

The odds for Alistair Overeem’s next fight can be found at many online bookies. The 20 April heavyweight bout will certainly be interesting from a fan’s and a punter’s point of view as well, considering how close the odds are for both fighters.


betwayBetway is a well-known name in the sports betting industry. If you like to punt every now and then, you’ve surely come across Betway. The official sponsor of West Ham United and eSports team Ninjas in Pyjamas has a strong presence on today’s bookmaker market and offers industry-leading odds in many sports. Betway’s promotions are great and there are many markets you can bet in, making it a complete online bookie.

MMA/UFC betting is available on Betway. Among the many matches in its offer, the Volkov vs. Overeem is one of the highlights. Unfortunately, Betway has chosen to offer only one market for the time being – Fight Winner. Picking the winner, though, may be a bit hard for punters. Both Volkov and Overeem have been given similar odds, so the choice is down to you.

Volkov is a slight favourite at 4/5, while former K1 world champion Alistair Overeem’s odds are 20/21. We have no recommendation for the fight. Just like Betway, we have a hard time separating both fighters. Just pick one and hope for the best – the return will be almost the same for both.

Royal Panda

royal pandaRoyal Panda has been ever-present on the online gambling market. Since arriving on it a decade ago as an exclusive casino game provider, the Asian operator decided to expand its business to sports betting. The sportsbook is just as successful as Royal Panda’s casino thanks to the thousands of markets on offer and exclusive rewards.

If you’re a UFC fan and avid punter as well, you’ll be pleased to know that Royal Panda offers betting on the sport. The UFC betting odds for the Volkov vs. Overeem fight are in favour of the Russian fighter. Volkov goes for 73/100, with Overeem available at 48/50.

Although a bit more apart than Betway, Royal Panda’s odds for the upcoming UFC heavyweight bout are still too close to pick a clear favourite. Volkov has a slight lead which is probably due to the fact that he’s fighting in front of his own fans. However, with an opponent such as Overeem you can never tell, so go with your instinct on this one.


lv betLV BET is a Maltese bookie established a few years ago that boasts about its impressive collection of sports and the variety of markets on offer. It is a customer-oriented brand that also offers an online casino. With over 40 sports in its offer and thousands of betting markets, LV BET has attracted the attention of many punters and it will stay like that for a long time.

The Volkov vs. Overeem fight is featured at LV BET, with the Russian (37/50), holding a slight lead over the Dutch fighter (49/50). Like other bookies, LV BET thinks that the fight will be pretty close and can’t really pick a heavy favourite.

Volkov will be fighting before his own fans, so maybe that puts him in a better position than Alistair Overeem. However, the Dutch fighter has experience on his side and has won more fights than Volkov against tougher opponents, so you might as well go with him.

Whoever you pick, expect a similar return for a reasonable bet – you should nearly double your investment.


energybetEnergyBet is a popular bookie based in Malta which holds licenses by the MGA and UKGC. Offering a number of popular and lesser-known sports in its offer, EnergyBet is the home to thousands of punters. One of the reasons for its popularity are the boosted odds and other prizes you’ll get as a reward for your loyalty.

The Volkov vs. Overeem fight is one of EnergyBet’s highlights in the UFC/MMA betting category. Once again, Alexander Volkov holds only a slight advantage over Alistair Overeem – they’re available at 11/15 and 49/50 respectively. As there are no other markets except for Fight Winner, choosing the winning fighter will be a bit hard in this heavyweight bout.

Listen to your gut on this one. You can either pick Volkov who will have the support of home fans or go with Alistair Overeem who is a former heavyweight champion. No matter who wins, you’ll get a similar return for both fighters. You may double a sizeable bet if you believe Overeem will win. According to experts, his chances are a bit higher, even if bookies don’t think so.