The betting line for Alexander Volkanovski vs. Islam Makhachev has been released by BestFightOdds, and at present, they stand at Alex Volkanovski +300 vs. Islam Makhachev -400. The pound-for-pound #1 fighter in the world opened as a 3-to-1 underdog.
This line was released as Volkanovski revealed that he will be the backup fighter for the Lightweight title bout between Charles Oliveira and Islam Makhachev at UFC 283 on Oct. 22nd. This means that should either fighter be forced to pull out or miss weight, he will step in and face the remainder.
Odds were released for a potential Volkanovski vs. Oliveira fight as well. They are much closer with Oliveira coming in at -140 as a very small favorite and Volkanovski returning at +120. This is nearly an even money line where neither side is truly favored over the other.
Do you believe that these are the correct odds, and will they be needed come fight day?