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How the public is betting John Dodson vs. Merab Dvalishvili

John Dodson faces Merab Dvalishvili in a bantamweight bout at UFC 252 from Las Vegas on August 15th. We break down how the betting public is picking the fight.

Opponents John Dodson and Merab Dvalishvili of Georgia face off during the UFC 252 weigh-in at UFC APEX on August 14, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC

Opening the main card of UFC 252 are two ranked bantamweights when #12 John Dodson takes on #15 Merab Dvalishvili at the UFC Apex facility in Las Vegas as the first fight on pay-per-view

Dodson is 35-years-old and enters with a 21-11 MMA record, but has never been finished in his career. With a 10-6 record UFC record, he’s fought for the flyweight championship twice but fell short on both occasions. Averaging 3.30 strikes per minute and just 0.76 takedowns per 15-minute bout, he has 10 knockouts and two submission wins on his resume. He ended Nathaniel Wood in the third round on February 15th in his last outing.

Dvalishvili has won four in a row by decision after dropping his first two bouts in the UFC. 11-4 overall, the 29-year-old from Tbilisi, Georgia leads all of the promotion with an amazing 8.67 takedowns per 15 minutes of octagon time. But where he fails is to get stoppages: He has just two knockouts and one submission win in his MMA career.

Betting splits

Here are the betting splits at DraftKings Sportsbook for John Dodson vs. Merab Dvalishvili at UFC 252 on August 15th:

John Dodson: +188 (26% of action, 23% of bets)
Merab Dvalishvili: -240 (74% of action, 77% of bets)

Winning method splits

Here are the splits for the method of victory at DraftKings Sportsbook for John Dodson vs. Merab Dvalishvili at UFC 251 on August 15th:

Dodson-Dvalishvili Winning Method

Fights Odds % Handle % Bets
Fights Odds % Handle % Bets
Merab Dvalishvili By Decision -159 73% 76%
Merab Dvalishvili By Submission +1100 10% 6%
Merab Dvalishvili By KO, TKO or DQ +1200 7% 4%
John Dodson By Decision +400 6% 7%
John Dodson By KO, TKO or DQ +425 4% 6%

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