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In an absolutely jammed-packed combat sports weekend, fight fans had a full plate of entertainment with the Professional Fighters League (PFL), UFC and Paul vs. Woodley taking center stage in the sports betting world. Let’s take a quick look back at what bets were a knockout or a complete miss.
Friday, Professional Fighters League:
- HIT -210 Bubba Jenkins vs. +165 Chris Wade: The former NCAA Division I wrestling champion, Bubba Jenkins, was surprisingly outclassed in the grappling department and has to make adjustments for the 2022 PFL season. Chris Wade, who has a solid wrestling background, showcased a superior level of all-around grappling by winning most of the scrambles and attempting multiple submission attempts. Those who bet against Wade got a quick reminder that it’s mixed martial arts and being a master in one art is so the 1990s.
- MISS -170 Marthin Hamlet vs. +135 Cezar Ferreira: Seeing an MMA fight where a fighter breaks a leg is a more frequent occurrence than what happened in the Hamlet/ Ferreira fight. Ferreira, a live dog, landed a clean body kick to the midsection of Hamlet, but after resetting his stance, Ferreira’s hamstring gave out and Hamlet pounced on his injured prey like a lion to win in just 13 seconds. Whether or not the PFL’s extremely prolonged start to their main card broadcast had any affect on Ferreira’s freak injury may never be admitted, but nonetheless bettors who put cash on Ferreira have a bad taste in their mouths.
Saturday, Ultimate Fighting Championship:
- HIT -650 Makhmud Muradov vs. +430 Gerald Meerschaert: Oh what a hit and a half this fight was for people who threw money on the huge underdog Gerald Meerschaert. He shocked the world and broke the stereotype that he’s some type of stepping stone for “more promising fighters”. Meerschaert should have a fun fight lined up for him next after this solid showing.
- MISS -150 Kevin Lee vs. +120 Daniel Rodriguez: What a disappointing fight for Kevin Lee, who was once a rising star in the UFC and anything he said on the mic or did in the cage was a hit, but it’s been miss after miss since his interim title loss to Tony Ferguson back at UFC 216. For Rodriguez, he’s a fresh face in the already stacked UFC welterweight division, and he looked phenomenal on Saturday night making it three consecutive victories. Only bigger fights loom for the former street fighter.
Sunday, Triller Fight Club:
- HIT -209 Paul wins, +500 Fight Goes the Distance, +1000 Paul wins via Decision: This fight between YouTuber Jake Paul and former MMA champion Tyron Woodley was one of [if not] the biggest pay-per-view events of the year. Not too many times will I flex on you guys for my combat sports predictions, but if you guys read anything I wrote for the NBC Sports Edge about this fight, you would have made a ton of cash.
- MISS -125 Jake Paul via Knockout, +200 Tyron Woodley via Knockout: Those that were somehow reeled into expecting a very green boxer (Paul), or a retired MMA fighter (Woodley) would clean the other fighter’s clock, I feel your pain. But, when looking back it makes sense because Paul has enough boxing footwork to evade and survive, and Woodley hasn’t been KO’d by a punch in a 4oz glove in over nine years.
The combat sports coverage continues this week with Dana White’s Contender Series, UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Till and a few boxing events. Stay tuned.
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