Five Crazy Props that Cashed Big for UFC Fight Night 81

Luke SandersFive 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 Bookmakerss. 1) Eddie Alvarez by Decision +420 In one of the less thrilling bouts of the evening, Eddie Alvarez took a split decision win over former UFC/WEC lightweight champion Anthony Pettiis. The former Bellator lightweight champion kept it close with Pettis on the feet and successfully employed his wrestling to win rounds in the eyes of the judges at Octagon-side. He played it safe and smart, now he enjoys a two-fight winning streak inside the Octagon and enters the title picture. This is a prop I recommended in my props article, so congrats to those who tailed. 2) Francisco Trinaldo by Decision +300 The Brazilian continued to stay red-hot by taking a unanimous decision win over Ross Pearson and extending his Octagon winning streak to five. He was a slight underdog heading into the contest and outpointed the Brit on the feet over the course of three rounds to pick up the nod. He employed a game-plan of counter-striking the counter-striking and it paid off. Now with five straight wins at 155-pounds, the Brazilian should draw ranked opposition for his next outing. Congrats to those who were riding the Massaranduba train with this prop bet. 3) Ed Herman by T/KO +900 “Short Fuse” made his UFC light heavyweight debut in this bout taking on fellow veteran Tim Boetsch and dispatching him with a knee from inside the clinch in the second round of action. It was a big win for Herman, who was the betting underdog heading into the contest, and a great way for him to return to the win column. Herman by T/KO was my pick in my short tidbit for this fight, but I didn’t have the sense to bet the prop. Congrats to those who did! 4) Paul Felder by Submission +900 Felder was arguably down two rounds against Daron Cruickshank headed into the third, and came out strong in the final stanza, ultimately finding Cruickshank’s back and sinking in a rear naked choke for the tap. Snapping a two-fight winning streak, “The Irish Dragon” returns to the win column with the first submission victory of his professional mixed martial arts career. This marked the third consecutive rear naked choke submission defeat for Cruickshank, so if you wagered on that trend to continue, congrats on hitting it big. 5) Luke Sanders by Submission +1080 Sanders made his UFC debut on short notice, replacing an injured Dennis Bermudez against veteran Maximo Blanco and defeated him via rear naked choke submission in the very first round of action. It was a very impressive debut for Sanders, who relinquished his RFA bantamweight title and stepped up to the featherweight division for this short notice bout. I’m sure those who took a gamble on this prop are out celebrating, as it was the biggest prop of the night. Plus, I think there has to be at least one lucky dummy who bet Sanders by Submission when he thought he was betting (Ben) Saunders by Submission. A $100 parlay on these 5 props would have netted $2,454,300.

Written by Gabe Killian

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