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Odds Favor Trump Attending UFC 244; Odds Also Favor the President Getting Booed

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Donald Trump is expected to be in attendance at UFC 244 this weekend. Photo by Gage Skidmore (flickr).
  • Donald Trump is expected to be in attendance at UFC 244 in New York City
  • The odds suggest he’ll hear a chorus of boos if he’s shown on the big screen
  • Get the latest odds and betting analysis on the Trump/UFC 244 props

UFC 244 goes down this Saturday, Nov. 2, at Madison Square Garden in New York City. President Trump is expected to be in attendance with his sons, but will he/they actually show up?

Online betting sites have posted odds on Trump gracing MSG with his presidential presence, plus another prop on the two headliners, Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal, saying his name after the event, and a third on Trump getting booed.

Let’s take each one in turn.

Odds President Trump Attends UFC 244 With Any of His Sons

Outcome Odds
Yes -600
No +400

All odds taken Oct. 30.

Will Trump Attend?

Donald Trump has yet to attend a UFC event this year, but his sons, Donald Jr. and Eric, attended Colby Covington’s UFC Newark fight against Robbie Lawler, and Trump called Covington after his fight.

It is well known Trump and UFC president Dana White have a relationship of some sort; they have been seen together and helped bring Covington to the White House last year.

Right now, it seems like a lock his sons will be there, and it is almost certain Trump will be in attendance. Trump is on the VIP list for the event and secret service is expected to be heavy at the event. For security reasons, the UFC won’t comment on whether Trump will show up, but right now, the best bet is yes.

Pick: Yes (-600)

Odds Diaz or Masvidal Says “Trump”

Outcome Odds
Yes +500
No -800

Is Either Fighter Political?

Nate Diaz has never really been overtly political. Betting the “yes” here means banking on Masvidal.

Years ago, Masvidal did speak openly about Donald Trump and politics. According to longtime teammate and friend Colby Covington, Masvidal is a Trump supporter.

“I know it’s not the MAGA stuff … because he is a big Donald Trump fan himself,” Covington said on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show. “I know that because I’ve seen the support he’s put in the past for him. He loves the MAGA stuff and he’s always told me he respected that I was taking the Trump side even though people were going to hate me. He loved what Donald Trump [was] doing and he’d always make fun of Hillary.”

Yet, even though he is supposedly a Trump supporter, he has not talked about politics or Trump in quite a while on his social media. I would still take a stab with the “yes” side of this prop, though, given it is at a healthy +500.

Pick: Yes (+500)

Odds Fans Boo Trump If He’s Shown/Announced at UFC 244

Outcome Odds
Yes -230
No +190

There is a very good chance Donald Trump gets booed at UFC 244. Just look at his appearance at the World Series.

I think there is a very good chance he is shown on the jumbotron at MSG and be boo’d.

Pick: Yes (-230)

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