Bellator 166, Legacy FC 63 and Titan FC 42 Closing Odds and Results

Eduardo DantasBellator was back in action last night (Friday, December 2, 2016) for its 166th event taking place in Thackerville, Oklahoma. The event featured a headlining bout with a bantamweight title fight between champion Eduardo Dantas and former champ Joe Warren. If that wasn’t enough MMA for you, Legacy FC and Titan FC also held their own shows. Overall on the night, nine betting favorites were victorious while two underdogs picked up wins based on 5Dimes Sportsbook‘s closing odds. Bellator 166 Favorites That Won In the main event of the evening, Eduardo Dantas started strong in his bantamweight title rematch against Joe Warren, avoiding takedowns and cracking Warren with counters every time “The Baddest Man on the Planet” attempted to wing hooks his way. Eventually, Dantas’ pace slowed down and he was also deducted a point in the fifth frame, but he had done just enough in the judges eyes to retain his belt via majority decision. Dantas pulled it out as a -230 (Bet $230 to win $100) favorite while Warren lost as a +210 (Bet $100 to win $210) underdog. In a featherweight affair, AJ McKee continued his impressive undefeated run, proving his massive betting favorite status with a one-sided unanimous decision victory over Ray Wood. McKee was victorious as a -410 favorite while Wood lost at +365. In a bantamweight attraction, Marcos Galvao started strong against LC Davis in a back-and-forth battle, then held on to secure the win as he faded in the third round. Galvao came through as a -135 favorite while Davis was +125. In the opening bout of the main card at welterweight, Chris Honeycutt completely dominated an overmatched Ben Reiter to win an extremely lopsided decision on the judges’ scorecards. Honeycutt was a -220 favorite while Reiter was a +200 dog. Bellator 166 Underdogs that Won None   Titan FC 42 Favorites that Won In the main event of the evening, Jason Jackson continued to live up to the hype by demolishing Dhiego Lima via first round knockout to win the welterweight title. Jackson connected with a big right hand about two minutes in and followed up with four strikes on the ground, which was enough for the referee to intervene despite Lima’s protests. Jackson was a -192 betting favorite while Lima was +177. In a featherweight affair, Kurt Holobaugh took Yosdenis Cedeno to school with a suffocating ground attack, repeatedly taking the Cuban down before finally wearing him out and submitting him early in the third round. Holobaugh was victorious as a -290 favorite while Cedeno lost at +260 In a lightweight contest, former featherweight champ Des Green started strong against Martin Brown, and managed to hold on after fading late to earn a majority decision victory. It wasn’t pretty, but he was effective enough to earn the W. Green came through as a -260 favorite while Brown almost pulled it off as a +240 underdog. In a catchweight bout, former lightweight champion Gesias Cavalcante easily won a decision against Robert Turnquist, who had earned his ire by missing weight for the fight. Cavalcante rocked Turnquist in the first round and then cruised from there. “JZ” was a -315 betting favorite while Turnquist closed as a +285 dog. Titan FC 42 Underdogs that Won In a bantamweight title fight, Andrew Whitney could not keep up with a very game Farkhad Sharipov. Sharipov started slow but really kicked it up a notch in the middle rounds in a very entertaining battle. Both men had their moments, but the judges awarded the vacant title to Sharipov when it was all said an done. Sharipov came through as a +145 underdog while Whitney was a -155 betting favorite.   Legacy FC 63 Favorites that Won In the main event of the evening, Gerald Harris returned from retirement to easily dispose of Aaron Cobb in a catchweight bout. Cobb missed weight the day before, coming in at 189 pounds in a middleweight fight and Harris made him pay, lifting him up into the air and then slamming him violently into unconsciousness. Harris was a massive -675 favorite while Cobb was a +425 underdog. Legacy FC 63 Underdogs that Won In a welterweight contest, Bilal Williams blasted Trey Houston in the first round with a nasty right hand to earn a surprising victory via TKO. Williams was a +145 underdog while Houston was -185.

Written by Brian Hemminger

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