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UFC on ESPN 6

The UFC is more popular than ever with events airing on a near-weekly basis. The UFC has held numerous events at Boston’s TD Garden and will return in October with an action-packed UFC on ESPN card.

UFC on ESPN 6 will feature undefeated Dominick Reyes, the No. 4 light heavyweight contender in the world, facing off against former middleweight champion Chris Weidman. The event is also expected to feature a number of local fighters like Joe Lauzon and Eric Spicely.

Massachusetts lawmakers had hoped to roll out a bill that would legalize sports betting, including UFC betting, in time for the event but the issue has been held up in the state legislature. Governor Charlie Baker and other lawmakers have introduced nearly a dozen bills that would legalize UFC betting across the state but the final bill is not expected to be finalized until summer of 2020, according to Baker. Once approved, mixed martial arts fans will be able to place wagers on fights at one of the state’s existing casinos, online, and on their mobile devices.

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UFC ESPN 6 Odds

UFC on ESPN 6 will take place at TD Garden in Boston on October 18. The event will be headlined by Chris Weidman, who is fighting at light heavyweight for the first time in the UFC, taking on rising star Dominick Reyes, who is the slight favorite in the fight.

Weidman, who defeated longtime middleweight king Anderson Silva before successfully defending his title against top stars like Vitor Belfort and Lyoto Machida, is hoping to make a splash in the new division and hopefully gain a shot at champion Jon Jones with a win over the fourth-ranked light heavyweight Reyes.

Reyes opened as a -200 favorite in the fight but that has fallen to around -160 across most sportsbooks. Weidman is a +140 underdog.

UFC on ESPN Odds

Along with the main event, UFC on ESPN will also feature a number of local fighters like Joe Lauzon and Eric Spicely. Some confirmed bouts for the card include:

Maycee Barber vs. Gillian Robertson in the Women’s Flyweight division

Daniel Spitz vs. Tanner Boser in the Heavyweight division

Randy Costa vs. Boston Salmon in the Bantamweight division

Brandon Allen vs. Eric Spicely in the Middleweight division

Non-confirmed fights include:

Darren Stewart vs. Deron Winn in the Middleweight division

Molly McCann vs. Diana Belbita in the Women’s Flyweight division

Sean Brady vs. Court McGee in the Welterweight division

Kyle Bochiniak vs. Sean Woodson in the Featherweight division

Joe Lauzon vs. Jonathan Pearce in the Lightweight division

Manny Bermudez vs. Charles Rosa in the Featherweight division

There had been hope that Massachusetts would legalize sports betting in time for the event, which would have allowed Boston fans to bet on the fights. Unfortunately, even as New England neighbors like New Hampshire and Rhode Island have legalized sports betting, Massachusetts has been slow in moving toward full-scale legalization.

Under the current plan, the state is expected to license existing casinos, allowing them to accept sports wagers both in person and on the web. The state is also expected to allow a select few daily sports operators, like Boston-based DraftKings and FanDuel, to set up mobile betting platforms. The bill would allow betting on all pro sports but bar betting on amateur events. Only adults over 21 years of age who are located in the state will be eligible to place a bet. Though the bill has been delayed in the state legislature, Governor Baker says he is confident UFC betting and other sports wagers will be legal in Massachusetts by summer of 2020.