Five Crazy Prop Bets that Cashed for UFC 192

adriano_martins“Five 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 192 prop bets that cashed big based on the closing odds at Several Bookmakers Sportsboook.    1) Daniel Cormier wins by split or majority decision +675 Daniel Cormier and Alexander Gustafsson fought for five grueling rounds in one of the best light heavyweight title fights in UFC history. The former Olympic wrestler had to dig deep in the championship rounds to retain his title. Constant forward pressure and clinch striking ultimately won him the fight, as his wrestling was largely negated by the talented Swede after the first round. Cashing a +675 ticket is always a feat, so congrats to all who took a chance on this one.   2) Adriano Martins win by knockout +575 The heavy-handed Martins is one of the most underrated fighters in the UFC’s lightweight division. His opponent, Islam Makhachev, entered this contest with a lot of hype. That did not matter much to a veteran like Martins, who absolutely floored the Dagestani native with a counter right hook in the first round. Martins capitalized on Makhachev’s recklessness and predictability. This line on the knockout prop was pretty generous in hindsight, as Martins is always a threat to score a knockout.   3) Sage Northcutt wins by knockout +280 Northcutt entered his UFC debut with a ridiculous amount of hype, which was the result of him being featured on a UFC reality show that starred UFC President Dana White and former UFC Welterweight Champion Matt Serra. While he may have had a lot of hype entering this contest, Northcutt did not let that get into his head and showed everyone that he is ready for this level of competition. Northcutt capitalized when his opponent, Francisco Trevino, slipped and fell. A vicious flurry of punches and elbows ultimately finished Trevino only 57 seconds into the first round. Overall, it was an impressive debut for the youngster and I am looking forward to his second fight in the promotion.   4) Ruslan Magomedov wins by decision +250 Magomedov, one of the UFC’s up and coming fighters in the heavyweight division, battered Texas native Shawn Jordan for three rounds in route to taking a clear win on the judge’s scorecards. The Dagestani fighter stuffed Jordan’s takedown attempts and had a clear advantage with his striking, especially from range. A wager on the decision prop was a solid bet, as Magomedov had a clear path to victory but is not much of a finisher.   5) Derrick Lewis wins by knockout +172 Houston was able to celebrate a win by hometown fighter Derrick Lewis, who banged out Victor Pesta from top position in the third round. The win was impressive because Lewis had virtually no success in the fight for the majority of two rounds. Pesta had some success with his grappling early, but gassed out badly late in the second round. A late round flurry almost finished Pesta in the second round, but he managed to survive. That mattered little, however, as Pesta had nothing left and was quickly finished in the third round. Congrats to those who took the Lewis by knockout prop, as that was his clear path to victory for this matchup.

Written by Mike James

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