UFC Fight Night 91 Closing Odds and Results

Tim Boetsch 2UFC Fight Night 91 took place earlier tonight (Wednesday, July 13, 2016) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and was headlined by a bantamweight fight between Michael McDonald and John Lineker. Overall from a betting perspective, three favorites won while nine underdogs came through according to the closing odds at Several Bookmakers. Here’s a quick recap for each bout. Favorites That Won In a lightweight bout, Tony Ferguson survived a huge scare against UFC newcomer Landon Vannata, getting rocked from a spinning back first and nearly finished by a head kick in the first round. Ferguson held on, then landed huge stiff jabs in the second round to hurt Vannata badly. Vannata ducked into a guillotine choke and Ferguson latched on a submission, forcing a tap after transitioning to a D’Arce. Ferguson barely held on as a massive -750 (Bet $750 to win $100) favorite while Vannata almost shocked the world as a +600 (Bet $100 to win $600) underdog. In a middleweight fight, Sam Alvey beat Eric Spicely at his own game, locking up a nasty standing guillotine as Spicely hunted for a takedown along the fence and forcing a tapout in the first round. Alvey was victorious as a hefty -265 favorite while Spicely was +245. In a lightweight contest, Scott Holtzman outworked a game Cody Pfister, outstriking him on the feet and securing top position in most ground exchanges to easily win a unanimous decision. Holtzman held serve as a -250 favorite while Pfister was a +230 underdog. Underdogs That Won In the main event of the evening, John Lineker and Michael McDonald started slow, but that all changed when Lineker landed a huge shot, swarming McDonald and knocking him down repeatedly. McDonald fired back with huge shots, but Lineker kept the pressure on and put McDonald out for good with a nasty left hook to the chin and some follow-up strikes. Lineker won as a +100 dog while McDonald was -110. In a middleweight bout, Tim Boetsch used Josh Samman’s poor fight IQ against him. Samman was landing big kicks and punches from distance, but repeatedly tried to clinch and hunt for takedowns and wound up on his back. Samman found himself on his back in the second round and Boetsch punished him with big ground and pound from back mount to pick up a TKO. Boetsch was +215 while Samman was -235. In a heavyweight fight, Daniel Omielanczuk weathered the early grappling storm from Olexey Oliynyk, landing a few big shots on the feet and actually securing top position for most of the second and third rounds to win a majority decision. Omielanczuk was a +165 underdog while Oliynyk lost as a -175 favorite. In a welterweight bout, Keita Nakamura survived some early damage from Kyle Noke, eventually turning the tides and putting on the pressure against the Australian before putting him away with a rear naked choke in the final second of round two. Nakamura was a +140 underdog while Noke was -150. In a flyweight contest, Ben Nguyen and Louis Smolka exchanged incredible grappling scrambles early in the first round, but Smolka eventually would win those exchanges, securing top position and landing brutal ground and pound. Nguyen was incredibly game, escaping multiple submissions, but he wilted and was eventually finished late in the second frame. Smolka was +110 while Nguyen was a -120 favorite. In a woman’s bantamweight fight, Lauren Murphy and Kaitlyn Chookagian traded rounds one and two, with Chookagian scoring on the feet from distance in the first and Murphy winning the second with a big takedown and ground strikes. Murphy decided to keep her distance in the third round, refusing to go for takedowns or the clinch and she was beat up en route to a unanimous decision loss. Chookagian was +155 while Murphy was a -165 favorite. In a strawweight contest, Cortney Casey landed some big strikes on the feet, then landed huge ground and pound against Cristina Stanciu, finishing the fight at the midway point of the first round with nasty elbows. Casey was +145 while Stanciu was -155. In a bantamweight bout, Rani Yahya took Matthew Lopez’s best shots early, but outscrambled the UFC newcomer, eventually wearing Lopez down with submission attempts and ground strikes to pull off a late submission as time was expiring in round three. Yahya was victorious as a +155 underdog while Lopez came up short at -165. In the opening bout of the evening, middleweights Devin Clark and Alex Nicholson threw down. Clark had early control with a near submission and a big right hand which hurt Nicholson, but Nicholson connected with a last blow that hurt Clark badly and he followed it up with ground strikes to pull off a TKO victory at the end of round one. Nicholson was +190 while Clark was -210.

Written by Brian Hemminger

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