Ronda Rousey may have suffered defeat at the hands of Holly Holm on Saturday at UFC 193 in devastating fashion, but according to at least one oddsmaker, they like 'Rowdy's' chances if and when the two UFC women bantamweight square off again. That is, at least to get the betting started.
Oddsmaker Bovada has set the opening line to Rousey vs. Holm 2 as follows:
Ronday Rousey -175 (4/7)
Holly Holm +145 (29/20)
The decision is curious given the overwhelming nature of Holm's victory as well as the record financial losses sportsbooks suffered in Las Vegas as a result of the heavy odds on Rousey on Saturday. That said, oddsmakers often set lines to induce betting action from customers.
"It is no secret that Rousey losing over the weekend was bad for the book, but for us was devastating. With Holm as high as 9-1 earlier in the week and closing at just over 5-1, we got slammed at every price making it our worst MMA result of all time and essentially wiping out what would have been a good NFL Sunday. For comparison sake, Pacquaio beating De La Hoya when he was an underdog was our worst boxing loss ever and the losses for the Rousey fight were triple that," said Kevin Bradley, Sports Book Manager, Bovada.lv, via press release.
Holm defeated Rousey via KO at :59 of the second round in the main event of UFC 193. That event took place at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.