Saturday is a big night for the Ultimate Fighting Championship as it hosts their first pay-per-view in front of a sold out crowd in more than a year in Jacksonville, Florida. It also marks a significant step forward in their partnership with gaming powerhouse DraftKings, and new bettors can cash in on the UFC 261 DraftKings promotion.
To celebrate the big occasion, DraftKings Sportsbook has a terrific offer for new players: sign up, deposit $5 or more, and bet $5 on the main event to win $130.
The main event from the Veterans Memorial Arena in north Florida features a long-anticipated rematch for the UFC Welterweight Championship. Titleholder Kamara Usman enters a heavy favorite, having defeated fourth-ranked Jorge Masvidal in their first encounter.
Masvidal has rested and claims a complete training camp has him better prepared to take on the champ. Usman is a rising star in UFC, having defended his title in February with a third-round stoppage of Gilbert Burns.
Outside of the main event, the card features a variety of exciting bouts, including two women’s title fights, as Weili Zhang puts her strawweight title up against Rose Namajunes, and flyweight champ Valentina Schevchenko takes on Jessica Andrade. As in the main event, the holders enter heavy favorites.
How to get started on DraftKings
For those who still haven’t checked out one of the top-rated sportsbooks in the country, getting started is really easy. In fact, those who have accounts with DK for daily fantasy already have most of the work done already.
Signing up requires some basic information, like a photo ID. Start out where the service is available (up to 10 states now), click the link to access the special deal, and get started with a deposit of at least $5.
While the book has an app that is great for betting on the go, we recommend signing up on a secure connection on a laptop to protect proprietary information as much as possible.
Once started, it’s easy to link to existing DraftKings accounts. In fact, the service allows players to bet from their accumulated winnings from the DFS side and use the balance on both options, along with the online casino (where available).
Once started, select either Usman or Masvidal on a simple moneyline bet to win the main event of UFC 261. The book will issue an odds boost in the betting slip of +2600, with a max bet of $5. Make the wager before 11 PM EST on Saturday, April 24th to get in the action. Once wagered, the bet cannot be cashed out.
Potential UFC 261 DraftKings Payout
For this promotion, DraftKings has two paths for players. Those in Colorado, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, and Michigan, the winning odds boosts will pay out as free bets, good for seven days following payout and available in segmented amounts. Bettors in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Tennessee, and West Virginia can get the bonus amount as cash.
This is a great opportunity for those who still haven’t gotten involved with DraftKings to get in the game. The site always has excellent promotions and a full menu of sports to wager, from the Big 4 leagues to the burgeoning international table tennis scene. With the NBA and NHL playoffs around the corner, this is a great chance to build some bankroll and get ready for some spring excitement.
UFC helped keep DraftKings going when the pandemic shut down major leagues last spring. Now that the MMA powerhouse can welcome full crowds, this is a great thank-you gift from their new partners to the fans. Take advantage of this great deal.