“UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Shields” didn’t garner much hoopla on Wednesday night, but it wasn’t because the show didn’t offer its fair share of surprises.
In fact, half of the results were downright upsetting. No, I’m not referring to Jake Shields going into hostile territory to take a controversial split decision win over Demian Maia (pictured) in his homeland of Brazil.
Speaking of Maia, he was one of five odds-on favorites to fall last night in jiu jitsu country. In all, half of the card’s 10 bouts resulted in upsets.
Ildemar Alcantara was the first and heaviest odds-on favorite to falter. He was a 3.5-1 favorite against Octagon rookie Igor Araujo.
TJ Dillashaw was next. He was -240 against Raphael Assuncao. Mike Pierce was a 3-1 favorite over Rousimar Palhares before getting his foot cranked south.
Erick Silva was -260 prior to getting put to sleep by Dong Hyun Kim, and finally Maia was rated -280 before getting grinded out by Shields in the show’s featured attraction.
One of the best things about MMA is its unpredictability. Sure, someone might have a clear advantage on paper, but everything can change as soon as the cage door slams shut.
Sometimes, it certainly pays to be a longshot lover. In this case, it paid big dividends.