It was a gambler’s utopia Sunday at “UFC 144: Edgar vs. Henderson.” In anticipation of the craziness headed our way via March Madness, seven underdogs in yesterday’s 12-bout roster managed to serve up an upset special in Japan.
Furthermore, four of the seven favorites that appeared in the pay-per-view broadcast took a tumble, including the show’s two featured tangos.
We’ve all heard it before, ‘A fight’s a fight, and anything can happen in a fight,’ so it’s not unheard of to watch favorites topple. However, it is not often so many heavy underdogs are able to shed their longshot status in a single event.
Tiequan Zhang, Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto, Cheick Kongo and Yushin Okami (Pictured) were all at least 3-to-1 odds-on favorites entering their respective scraps. Takeya Mizugaki and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson were more than 2-to-1 favorites that lost.
From a betting perspective, Okami’s TKO defeat to Tim Boetsch was the most astonishing. The former middleweight top contender was pegged as a -375 favorite going into his shootout.
Just to give you an idea on the investment options you could have made, betting $375 on Okami would have netted you a $100 profit had he won. Taking Boetsch for $100, on the other hand, would have earned you a $275 payday following his comeback victory.
Unpredictability can be a fabulous thing when you back the correct dark horse.