Sportsbooks Picking Antonina Shevchenko to Beat Cortney Casey

Antonina Shevchenko V Cortney Casey UFC Background

  • Antonina Shevchenko has opened as the -160 betting favorite against Cortney Casey.
  • Casey, who snapped a two-bout losing skid in her last bout, opened at +140 odds,
  • Shevchenko and Casey were supposed to fight last April 30 but the bout was moved to July 9th after Shevchenko suffered a knee injury while training.

Antonina Shevchenko is the oddsmakers’ favorite in her rescheduled bout with Cortney Casey.

The sister of UFC women’s flyweight queen Valentina has opened as the slight -160 betting favorite to beat Casey, whom the best UFC betting sites listed at +140 odds when the betting lines opened last Tuesday:

Shevchenko and Casey were supposed to meet last April 30th but the former sustained a knee injury while training forcing the showdown to be moved to July 9th.

Casey O’Neill Batters Shevchenko for TKO

The older of the UFC’s Shevchenko sisters heads to this bout after suffering a TKO loss to Casey O’Neill at UFC Vegas 38 last October 2, 2021. The defeat was her fifth in her last seven bouts and her second consecutive setback. One fight earlier, she was submitted by Angela Lee at UFC 262.

The 37-year-old Antonina is a former Muay Thai and Taekwondo champion. She began her MMA career with WXF and Phoenix FC. She joined the Contender Series 11 in 2018 and recorded a TKO win over Jaymee Nievara to earn her UFC contract. Life in the UFC has been anything but easy as she has gone 3-4 in seven Octagon appearances. Overall, Shevchenko has a record of 9-4 with 3 knockouts and one submission victory.

Shevchenko has been the betting underdog only once in her UFC career and that was during her last fight against O’Neill when she entered the Octagon at +225 odds. That means that she was the betting favorite in her three other UFC losses, including as a -330 favorite when she was upset by Roxanne Modafferi in 2019.

Cortney Casey def. Liana Jojua via UD

Casey dismantled an overweight Lina Jojua over three rounds at UFC Vegas 42. That victory ended Jojua’s two-fight winning streak and ended Casey’s own two-bout losing skid. Prior to that bout, Casey was submitted by Gillian Robertson at UFC on ESPN 11 and dropped a narrow split decision against JJ Aldrich.

The 35-year-old from Mesa, Arizona began her MMA career at XFC where he challenged for the XFC women’s flyweight and lost to Pearl Gonzalez. Casey also fought for PXC where she went 3-0 before joining the UFC in 2015. Casey has won just six times in 14 UFC bouts and has an overall record of 10-9 with three knockouts and four wins by way of submission.

This will mark the seventh time in 15 UFC bouts where Casey has opened with the plus money sign written next to her name. She has won from the underdog spot thrice in her UFC career, beating Cristina Stanciu at +140 odds, upending Randa Markos at +135 odds, and defeating Angela Hill at +115 odds.

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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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