Did you hear that ruckus on Saturday? No, it wasn’t Fedor Emelianenko’s bandwagon clearing out, it was the sound of gambleholics rejoicing over Antonio Silva’s shocking destruction of the most decorated heavyweight in MMA history. March Madness isn’t officially supposed to jump off for another month, but “Bigfoot” served up the ultimate upset special in his quarterfinal shootout with the Russian.
“The Last Emperor” was a hefty 5.5-to-1 favorite to dispose of Silva in the opening round of Strikeforce’s Heavyweight Grand Prix. The Brazilian checked into the biggest scrap of his young career at +325.
Let’s take a look at just how lucrative – ahem, costly – these investment options were:
If you bet $100 on FEDOR to WIN, would have pocked $18.18 in profits if he would have won.
If you bet $100 on SILVA to WIN, you pocked $325 in profits with his win.
Saturday night wasn’t the first time Emeliananko provided some long shot lovin’. He was a whopping 6-to-1 favorite when Fabricio Werdum submitted him in June to send him on the longest losing streak of his illustrious career.
Speaking of the OG upset specialist, Werdum is a 2.5-to-1 underdog in his quarterfinal matchup against Alistair Overeem.