MMA Betting Recap: UFC on FOX 3 Closing Numbers

Please note: These closing numbers are provided by one of the sportsbooks we supply lines to, and we will keep their identity private.  These numbers are intended to show you what is going on behind the scenes in the sports betting industry. Most MMA bettors cashed winning tickets on the two biggest fights of the night during Saturday’s UFC on FOX 3 event at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  However, a larger amount of money came in on the losers of the bouts between lightweights Nate Diaz and Jim Miller and welterweights Johny Hendricks and Josh Koscheck.  The same could not be said for the first two fights on the main card. According to closing numbers of the event, nearly 70 percent of UFC on FOX 3 wagers came in on Diaz, who beat Miller as a +145 underdog (bet $100 to win $145).  Of the 3,050 bets on that headliner bout, 2,125 were on Diaz for a total of $90,000 while 925 were on Miller for $215,000.  Miller closed as a solid -175 favorite (bet $175 to win $100) and lost to Diaz in the second round via guillotine choke submission. In the co-main event, almost 62 percent of the wagers came in on Hendricks (13-1), who defeated Koscheck(19-6) as a small -130 favorite.  The opening number for this fight was even, but bettors liked Hendricks and moved the line in his favor and making Koscheck a +120 dog.  More than 1,655 tickets were cashed on Hendricks for a total of $105,000 while a little over 1,000 bets came in on Koscheck for a total of $155,000.  The bout ended up going to the judges, with Hendricks winning a narrow split decision 29-28, 28-29, 29-28. The other two winners on the main card had more money come in on them than their opponents.  Alan Belcher rallied to upset Rousimar Palhares in a dramatic reversal of fortunes between a pair of middleweight contenders after he looked to be done on the ground.  Palhares (23-4) could not get Belcher (17-5) to tap though and ultimately paid the price as he suffered a vicious TKO and failed to reward a majority of bettors (60 percent of more than 1,100) who picked him to win even though more money was on the underdog ($107,000).  Palhares opened at -385 and closed at -210 while Belcher went from +265 to +190. The first fight on the main card saw heavyweights Lavar Johnson and Pat Barry battle yet had the lightest amount wagered.  Like Belcher, Johnson made sure the fight did not go a second round, registering a first-round TKO.  Barry (7-5) saw little support and closed as a -150 favorite from an opener of -240 with only 157 bets for $23,000 while Johnson (17-5) had 388 for $61,000 and went from +180 to +140.

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