Cain Velasquez’s Victory Over Brock Lesnar Was Very Upsetting

Written by Tom Ngo
October 25th, 2010

UFC heavyweight Cain Velasquez

Nobody likes to be proven wrong, so imagine how irked the Gambling Gods were after underdog Cain Velasquez decisively dethroned Brock Lesnar at UFC 121.

Lesnar opened as high as -175 when the line was first posted and remained steady up until fight week. Five days before showtime, money abruptly started moving on Cain’s side of the sand.

The powers that be were forced to lower Lesner’s odds to -125, while Velasquez went from +135 to +105.

However, WWE fanboys quickly pounced on the more favorable line. Their aggressive action left the sports books with no choice but to push Brock back up to -155 by the following day.

Chips continued to stack behind Lesnar as Saturday approached. The last available line before the curtain was drawn inside the Honda Center in Anaheim, California showed Lesnar -200/Velasquez +160.

Four minutes and 12 seconds later, Velasquez served up his upset special and a new heavyweight king was crowned – sending gambleholics across the globe into mass hysteria.

There was plenty of unusual movement when Lesnar faced Shane Carwin at UFC 116, as well. He opened up as high as a 2-to-1 favorite against the interim title holder, but their line was nearly a Pick ‘em by the time the cage door slammed shut. However, all that action didn’t do down until game day.

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