MMA Odds and Ends for Thursday: Bellator 91 Closing Odds & Results

bellator-91 Another fun Bellator event is in the books, as Bellator 91 took place tonight in New Mexico and the card had its share of surprises. From a betting perspective, three favorites came through, while one underdog cashed. Here’s a betting recap for the event based on closing MMA odds: BELLATOR BETTING FAVORITES THAT WON In the main event of the evening, Attila Vegh defeated Christian M’Pumbu via decision to win the Bellator World Light Heavyweight Championship. This was easily one of the worst fights of the year and words like “terrible” do not describe it good enough, but congratulations go out to Vegh for winning the title. Vegh closed as -240 a favorite, while M’Pumbu was a +220 underdog. In a lightweight tournament semifinal, David Rickels dominated an undersized Jason Fischer to win a unanimous decision and move on to the tourney finals. The first two rounds were fairly competitive on the feet with the edge in striking going to Rickels, but in the third round “The Caveman” really started to go to work, taking Fischer down and absolutely schooling him on the ground. Rickels closed as a -275 favorite, while Fischer was a +250 underdog. In a preliminary bantamweight bout, Ed “Wild” West defeated Josh Montoya via head kick KO to qualify for the next 135-pound tournament. West unloaded leg kicks throughout the fight but it was a single shot right to the head that finally took Montoya out for good in the second round. West closed as a sizeable -315 favorite, while Montoya was a +285 underdog. BELLATOR BETTING UNDERDOGS THAT WON In a huge upset, Saad Awad knocked out Will Brooks in the first round to move on to fight Rickels in the finals of the lightweight tournament. Awad shot out of the gate as soon as the bell rang and swarmed Brooks with punches until the referee jumped in to stop it, although it should be noted it looked as though a few of the shots hit Brook in the back of the head. Awad closed as a juicy +405 underdog, while Brooks was a -455 favorite to win the fight. OTHER MMA BETTING ODDS AND ENDS FROM THE DAY Today was a slow news day, with perhaps the biggest piece of news coming out of Japan, where reporter John Morgan confirmed an upcoming welterweight bout between Mike Pyle and Gunnar Nelson at UFC 160, which takes place May 25 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV. This fight will be Nelson’s biggest test to date, as Pyle has been on an incredible roll as of late, finishing three-straight opponents via TKO. The line for the fight should be close, but it’s likely that Nelson, who has an incredible amount of hype behind him, will open as the favorite. And in other “news”, the the UFC announced that Korean entertainment personality SuJung Lee will be the ring card girl at this weekend’s UFC on FUEL TV 8 event. It was also announced that Azusa Nishigaki, who held the cards at UFC 144, is returning as well.

Written by Adam Martin.

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