Sean Strickland increasing as betting favorite against Jack Hermansson

    Sean Strickland is the oddsmakersโ€™ favorite in his upcoming matchup with Jack Hermansson, and that line is growing.

    According to Tipico Sportsbook, the exclusive sports betting and iGaming provider for USA TODAY Sports and MMA Junkie, Strickland is currently a -210 favorite, implying a nearly 68 percent chance of victory. That line means a successful bet on Strickland of $210 would be needed to secure a $100 win and a $310 total payout.

    Strickland opened as a -175 favorite.

    Meanwhile, Hermansson returns as a +160 underdog, meaning a success bet on โ€œThe Jokerโ€ of $100 would score a $160 win and a $260 total payout.

    The key middleweight contest is set to headline UFC Fight Night 200, which takes place Feb. 5 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. Hermansson is currently No. 8 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie middleweight rankings, while Strickland is just behind at No. 10.

    Strickland (24-3 MMA, 11-3 UFC) enters that matchup on a five-fight winning streak, most rcently earning a decision win over Uriah hall this past July. Meanwhile, Hermansson (22-6 MMA, 9-4 UFC) last saw action this past May, scoring a decision win over Edmen Shahbazyan.


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