UFC Betting Odds for Rory MacDonald vs Demian Maia

rory macdonald vs demian maia betting

Now that GSP has taken a leave of absence, Rory MacDonald is the top representative for Canadian MMA inside the UFC. MacDonald will look to start a new winning streak as he faces Demian Maia at UFC 170 this Sat. Feb. 22, in a bout that has future title implications. See betting odds for MacDonald vs Maia along with breakdown of the Canadian fighter’s chances to win.

The odds makers have Rory MacDonald as a (-300) betting favourite with Demian Maia coming in at (+240). The odds for the fight to last the  full 3 rounds are (-205).

Many had considered Rory MacDonald as the successor to Georges St. Pierre’s UFC welterweight belt, but those plans were spoiled when when Rory suffered a big loss to underdog Robbie Lawlor that brought an end to his 5 fight winning streak, and put whatever title aspirations he had on hold.

Even though he comes into this fight off a loss, Demian Maia is not a pushover by any means. Maia is a BJJ world champion who is 3-1 since dropping down to the UFC’s welterweight division. He dropped his last fight to Jake Shields by split decision, but was not dominated at all and has yet to be hurt at welterweight.

Clearly, Rory will be looking to avoid the takedowns and clinches of Maia, while using his footwork and working off of his jab in an attempt to keep the fight standing. This is because if the fight remains on the feet, then Rory will have the advantage and should be able to pick Maia apart while avoiding the strong-suit of the high level Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner.

All in all, Maia is a decent matchup for Rory because he does not possess the same punching power that Robbie Lawler troubled him with. The takedown defense of Rory MacDonald has been steadily improving throughout his career and he has now stuffed 86% of takedown attempts. It is for this reason, along with his footwork, that he is able to dictate where the fight takes place, as he did in his win over wrestler Jake Ellenberger.

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MacDonald vs Maia: Round Betting Props

Demian Maia To Win in Round 1 +1200
Demian Maia To Win in Round 2 +1400
Demian Maia To Win in Round 3 +1800
Demian Maia by Pts or Technical Decision +350

Rory MacDonald To Win in Round 1 +450
Rory MacDonald To Win in Round 2 +800
Rory MacDonald To Win in Round 3 +1200
Rory MacDonald by Pts or Technical Decision +100

MacDonald vs Maia: Total Rounds Betting

Over+2.5-270
Under+2.5+185

MacDonald vs Maia: Method of Victory Props

Demian Maia by KO,TKO,DQ +1400
Demian Maia by Pts or Technical Decision +350
Demian Maia by Submission +650

Rory MacDonald by KO,TKO,DQ +260
Rory MacDonald by Pts or Technical Decision +100
Rory MacDonald by Submission +1200