UFC 302 Odds: Makhachev vs. Poirier, Strickland vs. Costa Betting Lines & How To Watch

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UFC 302 Odds: Makhachev vs. Poirier, Strickland vs. Costa Betting Lines & How To Watch

UFC 302 goes down this Saturday, June 1, at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The main event has seen significant betting line movement, with UFC lightweight champion Islam Makhachev now a -600 favorite over challenger Dustin Poirier, who comes in as a +490 underdog.

In the co-main event, former middleweight champ Sean Strickland (-225) is the favorite over Paulo Costa (+220), with those odds continuing to widen as the fight draws nearer.

Below, we’ll look at the current lineup for UFC 302. Full betting odds for the entire card are not out yet at online sportsbooks, but we’ll add more below as soon as they become available.

UFC 302 full fight card

Below are the fights currently announced or expected to take place at UFC 302 on June 1. Additional UFC betting odds will appear once they become available.

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UFC 302 main event odds and analysis

Islam Makhachev vs. Dustin Poirier

Makhachev (25-1) has not defended his UFC lightweight title against an actual contender from that division since winning it in 2022. Still, his performances en route to the title, not to mention his back-to-back wins over featherweight great Alexander Volkanovski, explain why he’s a hefty favorite here. He’s got solid, powerful striking but really excels in the grappling department, where he’s an aggressive workhorse who can drown opponents in offensive output.

Poirier (30-8) was something of a backup choice here after top contender Arman Tsarukyan turned down the title shot due to the short notice. At 35, this could very well be Poirier’s last chance to add an undisputed UFC title to his resume. His boxing and overall brawlability are his strongest assets, but his wrestling will almost surely be tested against Makhachev. Poirier sometimes has a bad habit of giving up position while trying for submissions, though at this point it’s hard to see him changing much.

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UFC 302 co-main event odds and analysis

Sean Strickland vs. Paulo Costa

Strickland (28-6) briefly held the UFC middleweight title after pulling off a major upset against longtime champ Israel Adesanya last year. This is his first fight since losing the belt in his first title defense, and it comes against a dangerous opponent with knockout power to spare. While Strickland may talk like a man in search of a bloodbath, his fighting style is quite the opposite. His awkward defense frustrates many opponents, and he has no problem patiently picking away at them en route to a decision.

Costa (14-3) looks the part of the knockout artist, with bulging muscles and a chiseled physique. He doesn’t always fight smart, but he does usually deliver some quality entertainment. He has that one-shot power that many in the division lack, though he can also take a good shot when he has to. He lost his last fight via decision against former champ Robert Whittaker, but he looked better than he has in years during that fight, and might have finished it with a few extra seconds to work with in the earlier rounds.

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