WSOF 30 Closing Odds and Results

Dave BranchWorld Series of Fighting 30 took place last night/this morning (Saturday, April 2, 2016) at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, and it featured primarily some predictable bouts which saw the judges. Overall from a betting perspective, four betting favorites won while zero underdogs won based on the closing odds at Several Bookmakers. Here’s a quick recap for each fight. WSOF 30 Favorites That Won In the main event of the evening, WSOF middleweight and light heavyweight champion Dave Branch continued his run of dominance by outworking an overmatched Clifford Starks over the course of five rounds. Despite losing a point for landing a knee against a grounded Starks in the second round, Branch was able to control the stand-up with his superior reach and then gain top position with repeated takedowns on the ground. Branch worked for a finish in the fifth round after gaining mount halfway through the frame but wasn’t able to get it, instead holding on to win a one-sided unanimous decision victory. Branch came through as a -335 favorite (bet $335 to win $100) while Starks lost at +305 (bet $100 to win $260). In the co-main event of the evening, Jon Fitch did what Jon Fitch does best, grinding out opponents en route to a unanimous decision victory. Fitch took down welterweight title replacement opponent Joao Zeferino repeatedly and won all five rounds convincingly, easily taking 50-45 scores across the board when it was all said and done. Fitch was victorious as a -225 betting favorite while Zeferino was dominated at +205. In a light heavyweight battle, former UFC fighters Vinny Magalhaes and Jake Heun squared off. The bout was more competitive than many anticipated as Heun was able to avoid submission trouble against the ADCC world champion, but Magalhaes still did enough to win the first two rounds with a superior pace and aggression combined with a decent volume of kicks and knees. The third round was Heun’s however, as he took advantage of Magalhaes fading down the stretch, unleashing a blistering series of punches and elbows to the Brazilian’s midsection in the closing moments of the bout. When it was all said and done, the judges rightly awarded the bout to Magalhaes for his efforts in the first two rounds. Magalhaes was victorious as a -235 favorite, while Heun was defeated as a +215 underdog. In the opening bout of the main card, Abu Azaitar took Danny Davis Jr’s best shot, but was able to outstrike the wrestler enough to win a unanimous decision. Azaitar bombed away with heavy haymakers and wild aggression at times and was able to stifle Davis Jr’s takedowns in the first and third rounds. Davis Jr. was able to put Azaitar on his back for a good portion of the second frame, but it wasn’t enough to help him win a decision as Azaitar captured the victory with 29-28 scorecards from all three cageside judges. Azaitar won at -245 while Davis Jr. lost as a +225 dog.   WSOF 30 Underdogs That Won None.

Written by Brian Hemminger

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