- Miesha Tate has opened as the betting favorite in her flyweight debut.
- Tate is scheduled to fight veteran Lauren Murphy at UFC 276 on July 2nd at the T-Mobile Arena,
- The former UFC women’s bantamweight champion is coming off a loss to Ketlen Vieira.
Miesha Tate has opened as the slight betting favorite to beat Lauren Murphy at UFC 276.
According to the best UFC sportsbooks, Cupcake is the -160 favorite and Murphy the +140 bottom dog in their three-round flyweight contest.
— BestFightOdds (@BestFightOdds) May 8, 2022
Tate and Murphy were originally booked to fight in this weekend’s UFC Fight Night event but last March, the UFC announced that the fight was moved to UFC 276 on July 2nd. This will be Tate’s debut in the UFC women’s flyweight division as she previously campaigned at 135 pounds.
Ketlen Vieira Wins Decision Versus Tate
— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) November 21, 2021
Tate is 1-1 since coming back to the UFC. The former UFC women’s bantamweight champion defeated Marion Reneau at UFC Vegas 31 last July 17, 2021, in her first fight back since losing to Raquel Pennington at UFC 205 in November 2016. In her most recent bout, however, Tate lost via unanimous decision to Ketlen Vieira in the main event of UFC Vegas 43 last November 20, 2021.
The 35-year-old Tate is currently the no. 10 ranked female bantamweight in the UFC. She was the Strikeforce 2010 women’s bantamweight tournament winner and former Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion. She won the UFC women’s bantamweight belt by submitting Holly Holm at UFC 196 but lost the title in her first defense against Amanda Nunes. Cupcake has a record of 19-8 with four knockouts and seven submission wins.
This marks the first time since her comeback that Tate has opened as the betting favorite. She was listed at +115 odds when the first betting lines for her comeback fight with Reneau although she closed at -180 odds. Meanwhile, Tate also opened at +140 against Vieira before closing at even money odds.
Valentina Shevchenko Finishes Murphy
— Damon Martin (@DamonMartin) September 26, 2021
Murphy is also coming off a loss in her last bout. The 38-year-old veteran challenged Valentina Shevchenko for the UFC women’s flyweight title in her most recent bout at UFC 266 last September 25, 2021. Unfortunately, it was Shevchenko who emerged victorious, finishing Murphy inside four rounds with a dominant performance. Prior to that loss, Murphy won five consecutive bouts at flyweight which earned her a title shot.
A former featherweight champion from the Alaska Cage Fighting and Alaska Fighting Championship promotions, Murphy was also a former Invicta FC bantamweight champion. She joined the UFC in 2014 and after a 1-3 start at bantamweight, she moved down to flyweight where she has found success. Murphy has a record of 15-5 with 8 knockouts and one submission victory.
Murphy is no stranger to being the betting underdog as this is the sixth time in her last eight bouts that she has opened with the plus money sign written next to her name. Despite that, she posted a 5-2 record in her previous seven bouts including three wins as a betting underdog.