Five Props is a column featured on MMAOddsbreaker.com after every major MMA event that highlights the biggest underdog prop bets to cash out from that card. Here are five UFC 249 bets that cashed big based on the closing odds from across various sportsbooks.
1) Justin Gaethje wins in round five (+3450)
Justin Gaethje put on the performance of his career, landing swift combinations of hooks with brutal leg kicks to batter Tony Ferguson, eventually ending Ferguson’s 12-fight winning streak in the fifth round. No one expected Gaethje’s gas tank to last five rounds after taking the fight on relatively short notice, especially against a cardio machine like Ferguson. Gaethje in round five was the clear prop of the night at +3450.
2) Aleksei Oleinik by Decision (+1065)
It took 42 years and 73 fights, but heavyweight Aleksei Oleinik picked up the biggest victory of his career when he outstruck former UFC Heavyweight Champion Fabricio Werdum to win two out of three rounds and steal a decision. Oleinik performance was good for +1065 decision prop cash.
3T) Henry Cejudo wins in round two (+900)
Triple C handled everything former champion Dominick Cruz threw at him, surviving a head butt that opened up a cut to blast Cruz with a knee up the middle and 11 unanswered follow-up strikes to finish Cruz by KO/TKO for the first time in Cruz’s career. Cejudo then promptly retired. Cejudo in round two closed at a cool +900.
3T) Vicente Luque wins in round three (+900)
Niko Price had only ever seen the third round one time in his career and he’d never gone to the judges’ scorecards, so it wasn’t a shock that oddsmakers didn’t expect his fight against Vicente Luque to make it there either. Both men battered each other, but Luque got the better of the exchanges, hurting Price in each round with counter strikes and eventually finishing him late in the third. Luque by in round three paid +900.
5) Anthony Pettis by Decision (+440)
Both Anthony Pettis and Donald Cerrone had their moments, with Pettis gaining a slight edge in the striking department while Cerrone scored takedowns in two rounds, but when it was all said and done, all three judges sided with Pettis two rounds to one. Pettis by decision closed at +440
A $100 parlay on these five props would have netted a eight-figure cash with $22,332,950.