Chris Weidman is the early betting favorite against Vitor Belfort. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
Wednesday’s Nevada Athletic Commission hearing saw Vitor Belfort receive a conditional license to fight in Las Vegas. The UFC wasted no time booking his next bout.
UFC officials announced that Belfort will face middleweight champion Chris Weidman in the main event of UFC 181 on Dec. 6 in Las Vegas; the card will air on pay-per-view. The matchup was originally scheduled to take place at UFC 174, but numerous complications wound up scrapping the fight.
Two bookmakers have released their opening lines for the freshly-announced bout between “All American” and “The Phenom,” and both have listed Weidman as the betting favorite.
According to BestFightOdds.com, the broker 5Dimes.eu currently lists Weidman as the favorite at -425 or 4/17, while Sportbet.com puts the odds at -407 or nearly 4/1. On the opposite end, Belfort is getting play at +305 and +323.
In layman’s terms, a bet of $425 or $407 on Weidman would net you an additional $100 (plus your investment), while a $100 wager on Belfort would earn $305 or $323 (plus the $100 back).