Conor McGregor v Donald Cerrone Betting and Odds Preview – January 19, 2020
The biggest fight night of the new year is scheduled for January 19 when Conor McGregor will lock horns with Donald Cerrone at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. This will be the main event of the UFC 246 card and is also bound to be the biggest pay-per-view event of 2020.
Conor McGregor returns to the Octagon after a one-year break in which he had to soak in all the derisive comments after his submission defeat to Khabib Nurmagomedov at that much talked about UFC 229 event.
His opponent will be none other than the UFC veteran and legend Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone. Cerrone will be participating in his 51st UFC fight to date and will look to extend his all time UFC record for wins to 24. However, he is not the favourite to win this fight as Conor McGregor will be the man to beat here.
Speaking of favourites, bookmakers have already come out with some very enticing UFC odds for the fight which promises to be one for the history books. Let’s take a look at the UFC betting offer from four very reputable sports betting providers.
Event Date: January 19, 2020
Betway offers UFC betting enthusiasts a quite competitive offer for the Conor McGregor vs Donald Cerrone fight. They are known for frequently coming up with the best fight odds in the industry, but even by their standards they have outdone themselves here.
They make Conor McGregor their favourite and give him industry-high odds of 4/11 to triumph in this fight. The Irishman has only 4 defeats in his professional career and he had a highly productive period between 2011 and 2016 in which he won every fight he was part of.
His opponent, Cowboy Cerrone is unlikely to be fazed by this record though, especially as he holds quite a lot of UFC records himself. Cerrone holds the record for finishes, as he has completed 16 fight finishes and has the most post-fight bonus awards next to his name, 18 to be precise. In addition to this, he has UFC’s highest number of knockdowns which currently stands at 20.
That’s why it is a little surprising that Betway gives high odds of 21/10 to such an accomplished fighter who can surprise anyone on his day and is the favourite in most fights he appears in.
Unibet is a great place to bet on the underdog if this is your first bet. The betting operator is known for giving punters the chance to win their stake back if their first bet is a losing one and that can definitely be of use for this fight.
Donald Cerrone is the underdog with Unibet here as he is given higher odds of 2/1. Those odds seem even more enticing if you know that you have the cushion of getting your stake back if you lose. What’s more, punters who back the Cowboy will also have Cerrone’s motivation to win here going their way too. The veteran fighter will look to bounce back after two consecutive stoppage defeats to Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje and we all know how dangerous the Cowboy is when he comes back swinging.
Conor McGregor on the other hand, comes with quite lower odds with Unibet as he is given odds of 2/5. He is the favourite with all betting operators and Unibet is no different. However, one has the feeling that McGregor will have to work very hard to justify the favourite tag.
Pinnacle offers odds of 19/10 for Donald Cerrone to win this fight and those are odds that most experienced punters will pounce on. This is because of several factors such as Donald Cerrone’s experience and the fight records he holds.
However, the main factor why these odds are so appealing is the fact that the fight will be fought at 170 lbs. Both of these fighters normally fight at 155 lbs and while those 15 lbs might not seem like a big difference, they can be crucial in determining the winner here.
This is because Cerrone is a much taller guy than McGregor and when he bulks up by 15 lbs he will be a much more powerful version of himself than McGregor at 170 lbs. This will especially be true if the fight goes the distance. In that case, McGregor will get exhausted and it is very likely that a surprise outcome might occur here and all those who backed Cerrone get their just reward.
In spite of all this, Conor McGregor will still get the bigger backing here. Even with that physical disadvantage he has agreed to most people will still jump at his Pinnacle odds of 11/25.
Sports Interaction specializes in offering UFC fight odds and this certainly shows in their offer for the McGregor vs Cerrone fight. For it, they make McGregor the clear favourite to win.
Connor McGregor may have suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of Khabib Nurmagomedov, but if there is one thing which can be said about the Irishman it is that he learns from his defeats and comes back much stronger and much smarter.
A clear example of this is his two-fight match-up with Nate Diaz. In the first fight, Nate Diaz absolutely bossed the bout and managed to win by submission in the second round. However, when they met again on August 20 2016, McGregor showed that he learned his lesson and defeated Diaz with a majority decision. It is a well known fact that McGregor rarely wins by decision and the fact that he did it in this fight shows that he learns from his mistakes and comes back stronger.
That’s why it might be a smart decision to back McGregor to win this fight even though he is given lower odds of 43/100 compared to his opponent, Donald Cerrone, who is given odds of 7/4.