Nobody ever likes to be proven wrong, so imagine how the Gambling Gods felt after providing inaccurate odds for the third straight UFC main event. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson was the latest to reap the benefits of their faulty predictions with his controversial split decision victory over Lyoto Machida at UFC 123.
“The Dragon” opened as a heavy -290 favorite to collect his 17th professional victory when the line first posted in September. Machida’s odds didn’t change up until the athletes arrived in Detroit, Michigan last Tuesday.
The early fight week money abruptly started to stack on Jackson’s side of the pendulum. The powers that be were forced to frantically rethink their line for the light heavyweight showdown in Motown.
Machida remained steady at -260 up until game day. In the early morning, Lyoto dropped to as low as -240, but settled at -260 just before the curtain was drawn inside The Palace of Auburn Hills.
Fifteen minutes later, Rampage served up his upset special and sent long shot lovers across the globe into mass hysteria.
Cain Velasquez was a heavy underdog against Brock Lesnar in the main event at UFC 121 and managed to pull off through. Nate Marquardt was a 2.5-to-1 favorite to take down Yushin Okami in the featured contest at UFC 122, as well.
Now that Rampage has completed the trifecta, can Josh Koscheck keep the upset train rolling when he challenges reigning welterweight king Georges St-Pierre for his crown on December 11th.
GSP is a whopping 4-to-1 favorite to retain his strap in the main attraction at UFC 124.