- Petr Yan opened as a -300 betting favorite for his interim bantamweight title bout against Cory Sandhagen at UFC 267.
- But Yan’s odds have moved to +210 while Sandhagen has gone from a +250 to a +180 at the BetOnline App.
- If the current trends continue, this could be the second closest fight in Petr Yan’s UFC career, at least odds-wise.
The betting lines for the Petr Yan vs. Cory Sandhagen interim bantamweight title fight at UFC 267 have moved as fast as the fight was put together.
With current UFC bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling unable to get a medical clearance to fight at UFC 267, the UFC decided to pit Yan against Sandhagen for the interim title. Shortly after the UFC announced the fight, the opening odds for the bout went live.
Yan opened at -300 while Sandhagen came back at +250:
UFC 267 Opening Odds:
— FightOdds.io (@FightOdds_io) September 28, 2021
But in less than 24 hours, the odds have moved to Sandhagen’s favor.
As of the latest betting board from the BetOnline App, the champion is now just at -210 and the challenger at +180. FanDuel even has Yan at a longer -205 and Sandhagen at a shorter +172. While Yan’s fans might want to disagree, the current odds might be the better indicator of how close this fight is going to be.
Yan Disqualified Due to an Illegal Knee
Petr Yan was disqualified due to an illegal knee, making Aljamain Sterling the UFC bantamweight champion #UFC259
— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) March 7, 2021
Yan had just won the vacant UFC bantamweight title by defeating Jose Aldo at UFC 251 and was making his first title defense against Aljo at UFC 259 last March. Yan looked like he was well on his way to outpointing Sterling but in a sudden twist, he hit his opponent with an illegal knee that caused his disqualification, and the title.
Due to the controversial nature of the fight’s conclusion, a rematch was set at UFC 267 but with Sterling out, the UFC has decided to pit Yan against the next highest ranked contender. Since no. 2 T.J. Dillashaw is still on the mend after an injury, the opportunity was bestowed on no. 3 ranked Cory Sandhagen.
Sandhagen coming off a loss to Dillashaw was probably the main reason why Yan opened at such short odds (+300). But that was a close fight and it could’ve gone either way really. Now that the betting money is starting to come in, the line has tightened and the odds are much closer now than what they were when they first went live.
— John McAuley (@_JMcAuley) September 29, 2021
As expected, Sandhagen got the call after Aljo was pulled out. Prior to his loss to Dillashaw, the Sandman had won seven out of his eight UFC bouts with his only loss coming at the hands of Sterling via submission. In his two bouts before the Dillashaw loss, he knocked out former WSOF champion Marlon Moraes and UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar.
This marks only the third time in his UFC career where Sandhagen has opened as the betting underdog. He was a +135 bottom dog when he eked out a split decision win over Jon Lineker and was defeated as the -111 underdog against Sterling. If the current odds hold, Sandhagen will be the biggest underdog of his UFC career when he faces Yan.
Meanwhile, Yan has never seen the plus money in his last nine bouts. No Mercy has opened and closed as the betting favorite in all of his eight UFC bouts. His shortest odds ever in the UFC was when he closed at even money against Aljo. If Sandhagen keeps his current price or if it continues to shorten, this will be the only be the second time that Yan isn’t at least a 2/1 favorite in an MMA bout.