Aljo vs Dillashaw UFC 279 Odds Tighter One Month After Going Live

Sterling And Dillashaw UFC Odds

  • The betting odds for the Aljamain Sterling vs T.J. Dillashaw bout have gotten tighter one month after hitting the odds boards.
  • Sterling opened at -205 odds but is now just the -175 favorite to retain the UFC bantamweight belt.
  • Meanwhile, Dillashaw has seen his odds climb from +175 to +145 with still two months left before fight night.

Less than one month after going live at the best UFC betting sites, the betting odds for the 135-pound title fight at UFC 279 have tightened.

UFC bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling opened as the -205 betting favorite last June 16th to successfully defend the belt against former two-time champion T.J. Dillashaw. Sterling’s odds are now down to -175 at online sportsbook Bovada. Meanwhile, Dillashaw opened at +175 odds but is now at a shorter +145 price.

Upset City

Sterling is coming off a huge betting upset of Petr Yan in their rematch at UFC 273 last April. Aljo entered the fight as the +340 betting underdog but defied not just the oddsmakers but also his detractors who never gave him a shot at beating Yan in a fight that did not end in a disqualification.

It can be recalled that Sterling became bantamweight champion when Yan was disqualified at UFC 259 after landing an illegal knee to a grounded Sterling. The strike was ruled intentional and Sterling was declared as champion via disqualification. A rematch was set 13 months later and Yan was heavily-favored to reclaim his belt. But that did not happen.

Aljo put on the performance of his life at UFC 273. While UFC President Dana White later said that Yan deserved to win the fight, it was Sterling who took the fight to Yan and dominated the early portion of the fight, winning the first three rounds on two judges’ scorecards and two of three in the third scorecard. So While Yan finished stronger by winning the last two rounds across all three scorecards, Sterling had built enough cushion to win via split decision.

Dillashaw Edges Sandhagen

Dillashaw got the September 10th title shot despite having fought only once since his return from a two-year USADA suspension. In that lone fight, the former two-time UFC bantamweight champion edged the ranked Cory Sandhagen via split decision at UFC Vegas 32 to announce his return to the division.

At +145 odds, the TUF 14 Finalist is in familiar territory, having opened as the betting underdog in three out of his last five bouts. Dillashaw also closed as the betting underdog during the first two instances, facing Garbrandt at +180 odds during their first bout and fighting Sandhagen as the +160 bottom dog. He won both bouts, as well as his UFC 173 title challenge against Renan Barao where he closed at +675 odds.

In contrast, Sterling will be the betting favorite for the first time in a UFC title fight. The current bantamweight champion closed as the +310 bottom dog in his first bout with Yan and was an even bigger +350 betting underdog in their rematch. Interestingly, Sterling has been upset as a betting favorite only once, during his first career loss to Brian Caraway where he closed as the -310 favorite.

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Shane Acedera / Author

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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