Rose Namajunas vs Jessica Andrade Betting and Odds Preview – May 11, 2019
The weird and wonderful world of mixed martial arts often allows us to know what is coming a few months in advance. Some see that as a blessing and others choose to see it as a curse, but either way, it’s the truth. One such fight that we know is on the horizon is Rose Namajunas vs Jessica Andrade, as the two women prepare to square off for the UFC Women’s Strawweight Championship at UFC 237 in Curitiba, Brazil.
The blockbuster event is set to be held in front of more than 40,000 people, and as a result, fans are already starting to dream up their ideal card for the Brazilian spectacular. The UFC news sphere has yet to throw out too many big names, but one thing is for sure – Namajunas vs Andrade is a great place to start.
It’s rumoured to be the co-main event of the evening, as Thug Rose prepares to step inside the cage for the first time since defending her title against Joanna Jędrzejczyk at UFC 223. Namajunas holds an 8-3 professional mixed martial arts record, and at the age of just 26, she’s considered by many to be the future of the sport.
Jessica, on the other hand, is an 19-6 veteran who is coming off the back of a violent knockout win over Karolina Kowalkiewicz. She had her shot at the belt once before against Joanna but came up short, and now, she’ll be taking on the woman who was able to dethrone the Polish queen.
The early UFC betting odds for the event have been released, and as you can imagine, there are some interesting thoughts from the bookmakers.
It’s not exactly unusual for the champion to be the underdog in the UFC betting odds, and that’s exactly the case here with Rose Namajunas. She is currently priced at 11/10, whereas Andrade, who has double the amount of losses as Rose, is the 5/8 favourite. A lot of that can probably be put down to her most recent finish, but still, it’s kind of surprising.
Bet365 are even more in favour of the idea that a new champ will be crowned in South America, with Namajunas being priced at 13/10. Jessica remains the same at 5/8 but even with that being the case, there’s a theme starting to develop here – and it’d be interesting to know how the champion feels about being doubted like this.
There’s more of a ‘throw a spanner in the UFC news round’ feel to Royal Panda’s odds, with Andrade being the favourite at 4/7 and Namajunas being the 5/4 underdog. There’s certainly a belief there that Rose can get the win, but they aren’t confident enough (even after her recent performances) to fully get behind her.
Sport Nation rounds things off as the final company on our list that believe in the Andrade hype, as she’s the 5/8 favourite with Namajunas out at 11/10. Of course, they may end up looking like the smart ones once UFC 237 is in the books but for now, it certainly seems like there’s money to be made in giving Rose a shot.