Betting Lines – Khamzat Chimaev Remains Massive Favorite Over Gilbert Burns Ahead Of UFC 273

    ByRoss Markey

    Mar 29, 2022
    Khamzat Chimaev

    Initially opening as a sizeable betting favorite over the #2 ranked Gilbert Burns at UFC 273 on April 9. – the undefeated, Khamzat Chimaev remains a distinct outlier just over a week out from the event as punters favor the Chechen-born finisher continually.

    Khamzat Chimaev, undefeated in 10 professional fights, has embarked on a promotional-perfect, four-fight run since his landing in the Octagon back in July 2020, and currently occupies the #10 rank at the welterweight limit.

    The unbeaten wrecker, Khamzat Chimaev, faces a stern challenge next Saturday night in the promotion’s return to Jacksonville, Florida for their UFC 273 pay-per-view card, drawing the one-time division title chaser, Burns in what could earn either man a title tilt at 170lbs.

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    Khamzat Chimaev has opened as a betting favorite in each of his four UFC outings

    Chimaev is set to return for the first time since October of last year, where he lodged a hugely one-sided opening round rear-naked choke win over the then-#11 ranked, Li Jingliang, while Burns has since rebounded from his February 2021 title challenge loss to Usman.

    Appearing to be overlooked by the majority of punters ahead of next weekend’s Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena outing, Sanford MMA staple, Burns turned in a dominant unanimous decision victory over two-time title challenger, Stephen Thompson back in July in the co-main event of UFC 264.

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    Initially opening as a favorite over Burns upon the official confirmation of their UFC 273 pairing, Chimaev can now be backed at odds of -650 against Burns at, who himself is placed as a betting underdog almost exclusively, at prices of +425.

    Chimaev sits as the second biggest betting favorite on the entire UFC 273 card, with defending champion, Alexander Volkanovski the sole other higher priced favorite as he enters his bout against Chan Sung Jung as a -800, while the challenger sits at +500.

    Other sizeable favorites on the ‘Sunshine State’ card include the night’s co-main event bantamweight title unification rematch. Current interim crown wearer, Petr Yan is currently available at odds of -465 to defeat fellow champion, Aljamain Sterling, who is sat at +365 and successfully unify the bantamweight titles.