Who will be the first to fight at the Las Vegas Sphere? Francis Ngannou is the 3/1 FAVOURITE to be in the first bout at the new $2.3b venue!

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Francis Ngannou is the 3/1 favourite to be the first fighter to be in a bout at the MSG Sphere in Las Vegas.

Who will be the first to fight at the Las Vegas Sphere? Francis Ngannou is the 3/1 FAVOURITE to be in the first bout at the new $2.3b venue!

By Tomás Del Coro from Fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - The Sphere at The Venetian Resort, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=136454957

Jake Ashton Senior News Editor

Jake is a Football and Entertainment betting expert, with a Man City season ticket and a deep knowledge of reality TV betting angles

  • Francis Ngannou tops the betting market to be the first to fight at the new Las Vegas Sphere
  • UFC CEO Dana White revealed the promotion has the Sphere booked next year
  • The new venue cost a reported $2.3 billion

Francis Ngannou tops the betting market to be the first to fight at the new Las Vegas Sphere

Professional fighter Francis Ngannou leads the way in the betting odds to be the first to fight at the new Las Vegas Sphere.

Ngannou recently boxed for the first time in his career in a controversial points defeat to Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury.

Fury was dropped by Ngannou in the fight which shockingly saw Ngannou look dominant but the judges ultimately awarded the fight to Fury.

Now though we could see Ngannou's next professional fight take place in the MSG Sphere in Las Vegas with no bout taking place there yet.

The latest betting odds say there's a 3/1 chance that Ngannou fights at the Sphere first with those odds putting him at the top of the market.

Who will be the first to fight at the Las Vegas Sphere?
OddsProbability
Francis Ngannou3/125.0%
Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez4/120.0%
Conor McGregor4/120.0%
Jon Jones
4/120.0%
Israel Adesanya5/116.7%
What the expert says...

Francis Ngannou has a 25% chance of being the first to fight at the new MSG Sphere in Las Vegas with bookmakers offering odds on who could be in the first bout at the $2.3b arena.

Jake Ashton - Sports Betting Expert - OLBG.com

UFC CEO Dana White revealed the promotion has the Sphere booked next year

Dana White, CEO of MMA promotion UFC told reporters earlier this month that his promotion have booked the MSG Sphere for September 14th next year.

White said that the promotion have booked the arena to honour Mexican Independence weekend with the holiday falling on September 16th.

The UFC CEO admitted that it would be a "massive challenge" but that it'll be "the greatest live combat sports show anybody has ever seen."

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The new venue cost a reported $2.3 billion

Originally projected to cost approximately $1.2 billion, the Las Vegas Sphere's expenses surged beyond $2 billion due to the global supply chain crisis. 

This colossal sphere-shaped structure stands as the largest of its kind globally, towering at 366 feet in height and 516 feet in width—large enough to accommodate the Statue of Liberty.

The venue boasts a seating capacity of 17,500, which can be expanded to 20,000 with standing room, complemented by 23 VIP suites and the Sphere's exterior serves as a lucrative advertising space, adorned with 1.2 million LEDs capable of displaying a wide array of content.

Pitching the advertising potential, X member Pitch Deck Guy shared the Sphere's advertising rates, revealing that one week of airtime on this iconic structure comes with a hefty price tag of $650,000.

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