The champion is going to be defending the gold for the first time at the event and she comes into the bout as a historically huge underdog.
Bet DSI Sportsbook has posted early odds for the title fight, with Montano listed at a +360 underdog and Shevchenko is listed at a -550 favorite. For those who aren’t very familiar with betting odds, a bet of $100 for Montano would win the person a profit of $360, while betting the same amount on Shevchenko would give a profit of $18.18 according to MMA Junkie.
These odds are historical because according to Bet DSI Sportsbook claims that the next closest odds for a defending UFC champion was when welterweight champion Matt Serra fought Georges St. Pierre in a rematch at UFC 83. Serra came in at +430 at fight time, but was much lower prior to fight day (that number wasn’t revealed).
UFC 228 takes place on Saturday, September 8 from the American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas with no main event announced at this time. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.