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Odds: Israel Adesanya opens as early favorite over Alex Pereira, Volkanovski an underdog to Oliveira

Check out the opening odds for Adesanya vs. Pereira and Oliveira vs. Volkanovski.

UFC 276: Adesanya v Cannonier
Israel Adesanya and Alexander Volkanovski go on to defeat Jared Cannonier and Max Holloway at UFC 276.
Photo by Mike Roach/Zuffa LLC

Israel Adesanya has opened as the early betting favorite over Alex Pereira while City Kickboxing teammate Alexander Volkanovski is the underdog in a potential super-fight against Charles Oliveira.

BetOnline has Adesanya, the reigning UFC middleweight champion, as a -165 favorite to defeat + 145 underdog Pereira following ‘The Last Stylebender’s’ successful title defense against Jared Cannonier on Saturday.

Pereira, who is 2-0 over Adesanya in kickboxing, is expected to challenge Adesanya for the middleweight title following his stunning knockout victory over then-No. 4-ranked middleweight Sean Strickland at UFC 276. The Brazilian is the only man to KO Adesanya in kickboxing and will look to become the first man to KO the Nigerian-born New Zealander in MMA.

Volkanovski, on the other hand, may be headed to the lightweight division following his 3-0 shutout victory over Max Holloway in Saturday’s UFC 276 co-main event. If he does move up in weight, oddsmakers have Volkanovski as an underdog against Oliveira, the No. 1-ranked lightweight on the planet. Volkanovski currently sits at +110 while Oliveira is -130.