Combate Americas recently held its 46th event in Tucson, Arizona on Friday. Here are the betting results of the fights, as explained by MMA oddsmaker Nick Kalikas.
Jose Alday opened +100 and closed -110
Joby Sanchez opened -130 and closed -120
Alday climbed all the way to -170 at one point, but sharp action came in on Sanchez, who closed as a small favorite. It was a close, competitive bout, but Sanchez clearly won two rounds out of three to win the decision. The sharp Sanchez bettors gobbled up some profits, but the sportsbooks profited overall.
Erik Aguilar Radleim opened +750 and closed +755
Anthony Birchak opened -1750 and closed -1110
There wasn’t a lot of action on this fight, not much Birchak action at all because the line was appropriately set. Birchak quickly scored a quick submission in the first round, proving the oddsmakers correct. The sportsbooks profited small due to most of the action coming in on the dog.
Joao Camilo opened +400 and closed +430
Jaime Alvarez opened -600 and closed -580
There wasn’t significant betting action on this fight, with an even amount coming in on both sides. Alvarez left his neck exposed and got caught in Camilo’s guillotine choke, tapping out just past the midway point of the first round in the biggest upset of the night. The sportsbooks were safe in this bout thanks to the two-way action.
Lucero Acosta opened +135 and closed +150
Valerie Quintero opened -175 and closed -180
Acosta pushed forward, winning a very hard-fought and competitive decision to begin her career on the right track. She gained some hype with an excellent performance, winning as a small underdog and putting on a show. The action wasn’t heavy, but most of it came in on Quintero so the sportsbooks made a small profit on this one.
Orlando Jimenez opened +220 and closed +130
Guillermo Torres opened -300 and closed -150
This was one of the best fights of the night for multiple reasons. Both fighters are talented, train in great camps and put on a show. The fight played out just as I expected, with Torres edging out the first round, Jimenez bouncing back strong to take round two, and then Torres responding in the third round with his wrestling and top position to take the fight in a back-and-forth outstanding scrap. All the action came in on Jimenez, public and sharp, dropping the line all the way down to -136 at one point. The books ended up making a decent profit on this fight.
Jesus Rivas opened+165 and closed +160
Humberto Duarte opened -215 and closed -200
The fighters didn’t even get a chance to settle in as Rivas caught Duarte in a slick armbar in about 30 seconds, justifying his frontrunner status as I described on the Combatecast. The sportsbooks lost small on this fight.
Michael Robertson opened +200 and closed +240
Raymond Pina opened -270 and closed -300
Pina was the superior grappler and was winning on the scorecards before putting Robertson away via rear naked choke in the third round after threatening with multiple submissions throughout the contest. The sportsbooks lost small on this one as well.
135 lbs.: Joby Sánchez derrota a José Alday vía Decisión Unánime (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
135 lbs.: Anthony Birchak derrota a Erik Radleim vía Sumisión (Mata León) a los 1:40 del R1
125 lbs.: João Camilo derrota Jaime Alvarez via Sumisión (Guillotina) a los 2:48 del R1
140 lbs.: Lucero Acosta derrota a Valerie Quintero vía Decisión Unánime (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
135 lbs.: Guillermo Torres derrota a Orlando Jiménez vía Decisión Unánime (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
125 lbs.: Jesús Rivas derrota a Humberto Duarte vía Sumisión (Palanca de brazo) a los 0:33 del R1
170 lbs.: Raymon Piña derrota a Michael Robertson vía Sumisión (Mata León) a los 2:46 del R3
135 lbs.: Chris Quiroz derrota a Gabe Brown via Split Decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)
145 lbs.: Dorian Ramos derrota a Anthony Elijah vía TKO (Puños) a los 1:55 del R1
125 lbs.: Erick Barrera derrota a Aaron Hernández vía KO (Punch) a los 2:23 del R1