Adesanya vs Whitaker 2 Betting Odds Reopen As Fight Made Official for UFC 271

Adesanya Vs Whittaker UFC Background

  • The rematch between Israel Adesanya and Robert Whitaker is official for UFC 271 on February 12, 2022.
  • Adesanya has opened as a -200 to beat Whitaker who came back at +170 at the opening lines at BetOnline.
  • The Last Stylebender closed as a -130 betting favorite in their first bout at UFC 243.

Israel Adesanya will be the betting favorite when he defends the UFC middleweight title against top contender Robert Whitaker.

According to the online sportsbook BetOnline, the Last Stylebender is a -200 to beat Whitaker who came back at +170 when the betting lines for their rematch opened at the BetOnline App.

Izzy a -200 Favorite to Repeat over Reaper

This isn’t the first time that the betting lines for the Adesanya vs Whitaker rematch have opened. Just days after Izzy’s successful title defense against Marvin Vettori, the betting lines for the Adesanya vs Whitaker rematch went live at BetOnline.

Back in June, Adesanya opened as the -240 betting favorite while Whitaker hit the betting boards at +205. But after it was confirmed that the fight would not happen at its targeted event at UFC 268 in New York due to the new pandemic-related restrictions in the United States, those odds were pulled out. There were also plans to hold the fight in Australia but stricter COVID-19 protocols there forced the UFC to look for a later date at a U.S. venue.

The odds are now back live after the UFC officially announced that the pair will be headlining UFC 271 on February 12, 2022 at Houston’s Toyota Center. Although Adesanya is still listed as the favorite, the odds have moved – even by just a bit, to Whitaker’s favor. However, the champion is still a bigger favorite now than he was during their first fight when he opened at the +160 underdog and closed as the -130 favorite.

Adesanya Knocks Out Whitaker at UFC 243

Adesanya knocked out Whitaker at UFC 243 to become the undisputed UFC middleweight champion. The loss ended a run of nine straight wins for Whitaker, including the last eight at middleweight. The former TUF Smashes welterweight tournament winner defeated Yoel Romero at UFC 213 to become interim middleweight champion before being promoted to full champion status.

Since losing to Adesanya however, Whitaker has rebuilt his resume and won three in a row against Darren Till, Jared Cannonier, and Kelvin Gastelum. Whitaker has been underdog seven times before, including at UFC243. But at +170, the Reaper has opened as the biggest underdog of his UFC career.

Adesanya meanwhile, is coming off a successful title defense against Marvin Vettori at UFC 263. The win came one fight after Izzy’s unsuccessful attempt to wrest the UFC light heavyweight title from Jan Blachowicz at UFC 259 last March. That defeat was the first in Adesanya’s career and came in a fight where he was the -225 favorite. The Last Stylebender has never been a betting underdog in his entire MMA career.

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Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.

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