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How public is betting and DFS considerations for Valentina Shevchenko vs. Jessica Andrade

Valentina Shevchenko and Jessica Andrade meet for the women’s flyweight championship on the main card of UFC 261 on April 24. We break down how the betting public is picking the fight and the DFS pricing from DraftKings.

(L-R) Valentina Shevchenko of Kyrgyzstan and Jessica Andrade of Brazil face off during the ceremonial UFC 261 weigh-in at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on April 23, 2021 in Jacksonville, Florida. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC

In a women’s flyweight title bout on the main card of UFC 261, Valentina Shevchenko will take on Jessica Andrade Saturday live from Jacksonville, FL and available on ESPN+ PPV.

The 33-year-old Shevchenko enters this contest with a professional fighting record of 20-3 and as the overwhelming favorite. She is receiving 85% of the handle and 85% of the bets. “Bullet” Shevchenko is ranked second in the women’s pound-for-pound rankings and is the champion of the women’s flyweight class. The accomplished mixed martial last fought at UFC 255, where she defeated Jennifer Maia by unanimous for her seventh-straight win.

As for Andrade, she walks into Saturday night’s event as the underdog at (+350) odds. “Bate Estaca” Andrade is receiving 15% of the handle and 15% of the bets. The Brazilian fighter has a professional fighting record of 21-8. She’s also ranked first in the women’s flyweight and fifth in the women’s pound-for-pound classes. The 29-year-old last fought at UFC Fight Night 180 in October, where she defeated Katlyn Chookagian by knockout in Round 1.

Here are the odds and betting splits at DraftKings Sportsbook for Valentina Shevchenko vs. Jessica Andrade at UFC 261 on April 24.

Odds and Betting splits

Valentina Shevchenko: -455 (85% of action, 85% of bets)
Jessica Andrade: +350 (15% of action, 15% of bets)

Winning Method

Valentina Shevchenko By Decision: +138 (20% of action, 36% of bets)
Valentina Shevchenko By KO, TKO or DQ: +195 (55% of action, 43% of bets)
Valentina Shevchenko By Submission: +550 (7% of action, 8% of bets)
Jessica Andrade By Decision: +900 (4% of action, 2% of bets)
Jessica Andrade By KO, TKO or DQ: +600 (10% of action, 8% of bets)
Jessica Andrade By Submission: +1200 (3% of action, 3% of bets)
Tie: +6600 (1% of action, 1% of bets)

DraftKings DFS Values

Valentina Shevchenko: $9,500
Jessica Andrade: $6,700

Shevchenko is the highest-priced fighter on Saturday night’s card as she defends her title against Andrade. “Bullet” is no joke and has put up a significant amount of points in MMA DFS. The veteran fighter is averaging 91.1 fantasy points per fight, and has scored at least 100-plus points in four out of her last six fights. In her last bout against Maia, Shevchenko scored 134.4 fantasy points (decision, 62 significant strikes, and five takedowns).

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