Five Crazy Props that Cashed for UFC Fight Night 75

Mizuto Hirota“5 Crazy Prop Bets That Cashed Big” is a column on after every major MMA event that highlights the biggest underdog prop bets to cash out from that card. Here’s five crazy UFC Fight Night 75 prop bets that cashed big based on the closing odds at Several Bookmakers.   1) Mizuto Hirota vs Teruto Ishihara – fight is a draw +14500 This was obviously not a line that many bettors played. Regardless, those who did made out like bandits as they cashed one of the biggest tickets of the year. Hirota and Isihara had a competitive, back and forth fight that was tough to score, so a draw was fitting in this situation.   2) Uriah Hall wins by TKO/KO +1045 This has to be one of the biggest comebacks of the last few years. Hall’s opponent, Gegard Mousasi, completely dominated him in the first round, as he effortlessly passed Hall’s guard and almost finished him by submission on a few occasions. The first round did not cause Hall to lose confidence, as he came out and landed a spinning back kick right to Mousasi’s face. He then followed that up by landing a flying knee and ultimately finished the fight with a few punches when Mousasi hit the canvas. The kick was even more effective than it normally would have been because Mousasi was shooting for a takedown at the exact moment the kick landed, which enhanced the impact. Hall deserves respect for staying composed after a rough first round and picking up the biggest win of his career.   3) Keita Nakamura wins by submission +825 Nakamura’s fight against Li Jingliang may have been the best fight of the night and also featured a great comeback. Nakamura had a strong first round, as he knocked down Li with a punch and spent the majority of the round in top position. However, Jingliang completely dominated the second round and came very close to finishing Nakamura with strikes. Nakamura survived the round but Li did not let up once the third round started. Li was dominating the action on the feet, but he made a fatal mistake that cost him the fight. Instead of continuing to bust Nakamura’a face up with punches, Li shot for a takedown and got his back taken in a scramble. From there Nakamura locked in a tight standing rear-naked choke that put Jingliang to sleep.   4) Josh Barnett wins by decision +310 Barnett, who had not fought in nearly two years, put on a vintage performance right from the opening bell. He busted Nelson up in the clinch with powerful knees to the body combined with punches and elbows to the head. He also used kicks to the body and legs to further erode Nelson’s endurance. “The Warmaster” came into the fight in tremendous shape, which allowed him to push the pace for all 25 minutes. Hopefully Barnett will not take such a long layoff after this fight, as there are several interesting match-ups for him in the heavyweight division, which is a weight class that badly needs compelling fights.   5) Shinso Anzai wins by TKO +286 This was a tad controversial, even though Anzai was well on his way to winning the fight. Anzai won the first two rounds and was also controlling the third round, but the fight was stopped early when his opponent, Roger Zapata, dislocated a finger when his finger collided with one of Anzai’s punches. This was a definitely a fortunate outcome for those who bet on Anzai to win either by TKO or inside the distance.

Written by Mike James

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