Five Crazy Props That Cashed Big for UFC Fight Night 79

alberto_mina“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 79 prop bets that cashed big based on the closing odds at Several Bookmakers.   1) Alberto Mina wins by decision +560 The most unpopular decision of the night went to Mina defeating Yoshihiro Akiyama by split decision. This one was decided by how the judges scored the first round, as Mina clearly took the second round and Akiyama clearly took the third. I scored the fight a draw, as I gave Akiyama a 10-8 third round. Mina was exhausted by the third round and his left leg was badly damaged by Akiyama’s outside leg kicks that had taken their toll by that point. The kicks left Mina highly immobile, but he managed to survive the round. Mina moves to 2-0 in his UFC career.   2) Tae Hyun Bang wins by decision +550 Another interesting fight was Tae Hyun bang versus Leo Kuntz. This fight was actually the most talked about fight among bettors leading up to the event because of the crazy line movement that saw Kuntz go from a slight underdog to a more than six to one favorite. The fight featured a lot of back and forth action and several near finishes by both fighters. Bang was exhausted throughout much of the fight but Kuntz was unable to put him away and was actually hurt several times by Bang on the feet. This one was ultimately decided by the judges and they awarded the fight to Bang, the hometown fighter. Bang moves to 2-2 in his UFC career.   3) Dominique Steele wins by TKO/KO +542 Steele dominated the smaller and less active Dong Hyun Kim for two rounds before finishing him with a brutal slam and follow up elbows in the third round. Steele landed a flush left hand that dropped the South Korean early in the first round, but Kim survived the round. Steele then used his wrestling and top control to win the second round and it looked like that was going to be his strategy in the third round as well. Steele shot a double leg against the cage early in the third round, picked Kim up like a sack of potatoes, and slammed him to the mat. Kim smacked his head off the canvas and was out cold instantly, though Steele chose to land a few unnecessary elbows anyways. Steele moves to 1-1 in his UFC career with the win.   4) Fredy Serrano wins by TKO/KO +310 This one was over quickly, as Serrano’s opponent, Zhikui Yao, injured his arm after Serrano finished a takedown only thirty seconds into the fight. Serrano landed a few punches that convinced the referee to stop the fight, but this one was really over because of the injury. Serrano is now 2-0 to start his UFC career.   5) Mike De La Torre wins by decision +305 De La Torre, a member of the MMA Lab in Arizona, edged South Korea’s Yui Chul Nam by split decision on the preliminary card. De La Torre found a home for his left hook over and over, though he was unable to put away Nam, who has never been stopped by strikes. Nam looked to bring this fight to the ground after De La Torre started to bust him up on the feet, but he did not find any success in doing so. De La Torre stuffed almost all of Nam’s takedowns, though much of the fight was spent with the fighters jockeying for position against the cage. One judge inexplicably scored the fight for Nam, who got outstruck by a wide margin. De La Torre is now 2-2 (1 NC) inside the Octagon.

Written by Mike James

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