Five Crazy Props that Cashed Big for UFC 195

Abel-TrujilloFive Crazy Props is a column featured on after every major MMA event that highlights the biggest underdog prop bets to cash out from that card. Here’s five crazy UFC 195 prop bets that cashed big based on the closing odds at Several Bookmakers.   1) Abel Trujillo wins by submission +1725 In one of the most surprising results of the night, Abel Trujillo submitted Team Elevation member Tony Sims via first round guillotine choke. The fact that Trujillo won is not at all surprising, but the way he won is. Trujillo is not known for his submission skills and has had trouble against grapplers. Sims was actually winning the fight rather easily for the first few minutes, as his counter-punching and range were giving Trujillo problems. Sims seemed to be in a good place as time ticked away in the first round because Trujillo usually slows down quite a bit after the first round. However, Sims made a critical error when he shot in for a takedown and left his neck exposed. Trujillo deserves credit for capitalizing on Sims’ mistake and ending the fight. Congrats to those who cashed the biggest prop of the night!   2) Alex Morono wins by decision +850 In the biggest upset of the night, Alex Morono defeated veteran Kyle Noke via controversial split decision. Morono entered his UFC debut as a +310 underdog against the far more experienced Noke, who was originally scheduled to face Kelvin Gastelum. Morono took the fight on 11 days’ notice after Gastelum was forced to withdraw from the fight due to injury. Most observers scored the fight for Noke, as he landed the cleaner shots in the first two rounds. Additionally, Noke also scored a takedown in the second round and finished the round with some solid ground and pound. Morono arguable won the third round, as he came close to submitting Noke with a tight armbar late in the round. Two judges scored the fight 29-28 for Morono, with the other judge scoring it 30-27 for Noke.   3) Michael McDonald wins by submission +650 The always exciting McDonald returned to the Octagon for the first time since a December 2013 loss to Urijah Faber. The 24-year old was forced to sit on the sidelines the last two years while he was rehabbing injuries to his hand and wrist. The fight was not going very well for McDonald for the first two rounds, as Kanehara was able to take him down and keep him on the canvas. The end of the fight came two minutes into the second round when Kanehara locked in an arm-triangle choke that seemed pretty tight. However, McDonald managed to explode out of it and instantly take Kanehara’s back and lock in a rear-naked choke that forced the Japanese fighter to tap. The submission win was McDonald’s first win since he submitted Brad Pickett in August of 2013.   4) Robbie Lawler wins by split/majority decision +595 Fans had very high expectations when the UFC announced Robbie Lawler would defend his UFC Welterweight Championship against Carlos Condit at UFC 195. After all, both fighters are known for their finishing ability, exciting fights, and incredible toughness. Well, they did not let fans down one bit, as they battled for five grueling, back and forth rounds. There were several near finishes in the fight by both fighters, but they somehow managed to survive 25 minutes of action. The scoring of the fight was quite controversial and ultimately came down to how the judges scored the third round, as rounds 1, 2, 4, and 5 were easy to score based on the action. Lawler won rounds 2 and 5, while Condit won rounds 1 and 4. The third round was close, but Condit landed several more significant strikes. Lawler’s strikes in the round were more powerful, but he did not throw the amount of volume that Condit did. In the end it comes down to what the judges were looking for and how they weighed Condit’s volume versus Lawler’s power.   5) Sheldon Westcott wins by TKO +581 UFC 195’s opening bout was a welterweight contest between former The Ultimate Fighter Nations finalist Sheldon Westcott and Edgar Garcia. Westcott came out guns blazing and ultimately dominated the fight from beginning to end. Garcia didn’t have any answers for Westcott’s physicality, especially once Westcott was able to take him to the ground. The referee was forced to intervene after Westcott took Garcia’s back and landed several hard shots to Garcia’s head. The win was Westcott’s first in the UFC.

Written by Mike James

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