UFC on ESPN+ 9 took place Saturday, May 4, 2019 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The card was headlined by an exciting lightweight bout between Donald Cerrone and Al Iaquinta.
Closing odds are courtesy of Several Bookmakers. Here’s a quick recap of each of those fights.
Favorites that Won
Shane Burgos landed the bigger punches as he edged out Cub Swanson by split decision for the biggest victory of his career. Burgos closed -182 while Swanson closed +154
Walt Harris put on a striking assault early in the first round as he made Sergey Spivak crumble to the canvas as he earned a TKO victory. Harris closed -169 with the return on Spivak +143
After taking a lot of damage in the second round, Andrew Sanchez secured a pivotal takedown in round three to earn a hard-fought decision victory over Marc-Andre Barriault. Sanchez closed -161 while Barriault closed +141
Macy Chiasson was dominant in top position landing heavy punches over and over to force the referee to stop the bout in the second round to give her a TKO victory over Sarah Moras. Chiasson closed the biggest favorite on the card at -714. Moras closed +487
Nordine Taleb was the better striker landing solid leg kicks throughout the fight to win a clear decision over Kyle Prepolec. Taleb closed at -526 with Propolec at +385
Matt Sayles reversed a poor takedown attempt of Kyle Nelson’s in round three to get full mount and secure a head and arm choke to earn a submission victory. Sayles closed -200 while Nelson closed +160
Underdogs that Won
Donald Cerrone put in a tremendous shift battering Al Iaquinta over the course of five rounds to earn a decision and put him very close to title contention. Cerrone closed +114 while Iaquinta closed -132
Derek Brunson secured takedowns throughout the fight and landed the better strikes to win a hard-fought decision over Elias Theodorou. Brunson closed -103 while Theodorou closed -116
Vince Morales was more active on the feet landing the more effective strikes to earn a decision victory over Aiemann Zahabi. Morales closed +155. Zahabi closed -172
Despite being out struck in all three rounds, Arjan Bhullar was awarded a unanimous decision over Juan Adams. Bhullar closed +119 while Adams closed -137
Cole Smith was able to secure takedowns in the final two rounds to earn a deserved decision over Mitch Gagnon. Smith closed +115 with the return on Gagnon -135