Welcome to the SharpSide MMA Betting Review, where we review the best MMA bets that cashed big for bettors recently. In this edition, we’re going to take a look back at a few of the best props that cashed in when the UFC was in Singapore for UFC Fight Night. Although there were many obvious outcomes, several UFC bets caught us by surprised and cashed for big money. Here’s a look at the fight results, how those MMA bets were won, and what they paid out for winning bettors.
Demian Maia – RND 3 (+925)
After a competitive opening two rounds, Demian Maia was able to submit Ben Askren with a rear naked choke (RNC) in Round 3, earning the unofficial title as the best grappler in the sport of MMA.
It was an impressive finish for Maia, who proved he simply held more tools than Askren while cashing the +925 prop. Maia is nearing the close of his professional career, but he’s still absolutely dangerous in the right matchup and should be respected in the betting markets.
Askren will be matchup dependent moving forward. He should only be trusted against opponents who are underdeveloped wrestlers.
Stevie Ray – DEC (+335)
A late surge from Stevie Ray was enough to slip past the heavy favorite in Michael Johnson, cashing a +335 decision prop on Saturday.
The fight should have arguably been scored a draw, as Ray likely dropped the first two rounds, but his dominance in Round 3 was worth a 10-8 scorecard.
In reality it’s a more disappointing finish for Johnson, who simply can’t be trusted as a heavy favorite moving forward.
Beneil Dariush – RND 1 (+350)
With looming concerns over his durability, Beneil Dariush was extremely impressive on Saturday, earning a first-round submission against the dangerous Frank Camacho.
Camacho fights at a high pace and was likely to test Dariush’s chin as the fight progressed, but Dariush kept him at range and then secured the quick takedowns, which led to a RNC finish.
Dariush is a very talented fighter and presumably was overlooked in that spot, though the durability concerns still stand. He’ll be a competitive fighter in the lightweight division as long as his chin holds up.
Ciryl Gane – SUB (+485)
Many are dubbing Ciryl Gane as a future heavyweight champ, and he sure looked impressive on Saturday with a dominant finish against Don’tale Mayes.
Gane nearly finished the fight in the first round by knockout, but Mayes survived and ultimately held out until the final seconds of the bout when Gane jumped on a heel hook submission.
The only question here is the level of competition, as Gane hasn’t been tested yet. Time will tell whether his early abilities will translate against top-tier opponents.
Raphael Pessoa – DEC (+455)
Raphael Pessoa opened up the card on Saturday with a solid upset victory, closing as a +205 underdog and cashing a +455 decision prop.
Pessoa was schooled in his UFC debut by Gane and was facing a semi-respected opponent in Jeff Hughes, so the public simply didn’t have much hope in Pessoa’s prospects.
The fight itself was slow-paced, but Pessoa earned the nod on all scorecards. He’s likely to still close as an underdog in the future, and loss spells disaster for the hopes of Hughes’ UFC tenure moving forward.