Popularity in sports typically translates to increased volume at the betting windows, but that rule of thumb has an exception when it comes to Ronda Rousey.
Fan favorites, such as the Dallas Cowboys, New York Yankees and Notre Dame, are must-see attractions that also draw a wealth of betting action.
Rousey, the Ultimate Fighting Championship's dominant women's bantamweight champion, is skilled at drawing crowds, such as the 70,000 expected for her Saturday night (Pacific time) title defense against Holly Holm in Melbourne, Australia.
But the support for Rousey, who's from Venice, slows at the betting window.
"We have more bets against her than for her, because...