UFC on FOX 26 Rewind
December 17, 2017
By Brian Edwards
UFC on FOX 26 Betting Results
Former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos dominated former welterweight kingpin Robbie Lawler in the UFC on FOX 26 headliner Saturday night at Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, Canada. RDA’s unanimous-decision win improved his record to 3-0 since moving from lightweight up to 170 and likely earned himself a shot at Tryon Woodley’s strap.
Dos Anjos battered Lawler’s lead right leg from his southpaw stance with leg kicks galore. These had Lawler limping already in the second round and in rounds 3-5, ‘Ruthless’ was basically forced to stand against the cage and simply look for the home-run bomb.
RDA won the UD by 50-45 scores on all three judges’ cards as a short -120 favorite. Wagers on ‘over’ 2.5 rounds at a -155 price were winners, as were propositions bets on the fight to go to decision (+120), the fight to start Round 5 (-106) and RDA to win by decision (+485).
In the co-main event, Josh Emmett pulled a big upset by knocking out third-ranked featherweight Ricardo ‘The Bully’ Lamas with a beautiful first-round KO as a +245 underdog. Emmett knocked Lamas out cold with a perfect left hook that had Lamas unconscious before his body hit the canvas.
Bettors on the ‘under’ (2.5 rounds, +185) cashed lucrative tickets. Even more so, gamblers backing Emmett to win inside the distance (+765), by KO (+945) and to win in Round 1 (14/1!!) made out like thieves.
We should note that Emmett missed weight by 2.5 pounds and had to give up 30 percent of his purse to Lamas. Tipping the scales heavy prevented Emmett from being eligible for a Performance of the Night bonus.
In another welterweight tussle, 10th-ranked Santiago Ponzinibbio edged Mike ‘Platinum’ Perry by UD (29-28 three times) in a three-round slugfest. The first round was close, but VegasInsider.com scored it 10-9 in favor of Ponzinibbio, who was a bit more aggressive and diverse offensively. Ponzinibbio landed multiple leg kicks, while Perry stalked and looked to land heavy shots, several of which connected later in the opening round. Ponzinibbio’s jab kept finding a home on Perry’s face in the first round and early in the second.
However, the tide turned in Perry’s favor about a minute into the second stanza. He landed several heavy rights that had Ponzinibbio hurt and backing up. Ponzinibbio’s face was wearing the damage caused by Perry, as blood poured down the right side of his face. But the Argentine was able to recover and started to find his groove with about two minutes left in the round.
He hurt Perry with a left hook and then scored well with a flurry of strikes. Perry’s chin passed the test with flying colors, though. With about 30 seconds left, Perry landed an overhand right that stung Ponzinibbio. Perry tried to capitalize, but Ponzinibbio was able to escape and survive the round. Nevertheless, VI gave the stanza to Perry, who went into the third with the momentum.
It was anyone’s fight to grab in Round 3. A huge welt was growing on Ponzinibbio’s left eye. Perry connected with several punches that backed up Ponzinibbio, who threw a spinning back fist at the charging Perry, who got caught flush and went down with 3:15 remaining. Ponzinibbio jumped on Perry and made him carry his weight from the top on the round for next minutes and change.
Perry made it back to his feet with just under two minutes left. He was still game but at this point was trailing in the round. Perry was also fatigued and not packing as much power in his punches. He did land several, however, but Ponzinibbio was able to counter with a takedown. Perry got back to his feet again, but there was only 25 seconds left. Ponzinibbio landed more punches and a few kicks to leave no doubt about who won Round 3.
Ponzinibbio hooked up his backers as a favorite in the -160 range. Gamblers on ‘under’ 1.5 rounds (-140ish) took a loss.
Rumors of 38-year-old Glover Teixeira’s demise were greatly exaggerated. The third-ranked LHW only needed 2:45 to score a first-round KO over seventh-ranked Misha Cirkunov, who has now dropped back-to-back fights.
Cirkunov was getting the better of the striking exchanges in the early going, but Teixeira was able to get a takedown two minutes into the stanza. From there, he quickly took his opponent’s back and looked for a choke. As Cirkunov desperately tried to escape the choke attempt, Teixeira moved to mount. The Brazilian began to rain down punches, forcing Cirkunov to give up his back again. Teixeira kept battering his foe with strikes until the referee intervened.
Teixeira won as a +135 underdog, while the ‘under’ (1.5 rounds, +150) also cashed. Props for Teixeira to win inside the distance (+300), in Round 1 (+525) and by KO (+450) paid out generously.
In the prelims headliner on FS1, veteran LHW Jan Blachowicz beat Jared Cannonier by UD as a +165 underdog. The judges gave it to the Polish product by 29-28 scores.
Julian Marquez and Darren Stewart put on the Fight of the Night in a middleweight scrap. This bout featured lots of phone-booth fighting with both competitors standing in the pocket and going off on each other. Marquez was able to submit Stewart with a guillotine choke at the 2:42 mark of Round 2.
Marquez won as a -340 favorite that probably kept some parlays alive. The ‘over’ (1.5, -120) was a winner by only 12 seconds and ‘under’ backers had to be extremely disappointed because both fighters had to show off their toughness and durability to make it that far. Marques to win by submission paid out a sensational +950 return!
Other winners on the card included Chad Laprise (-150), Nordine Taleb (-155), John Makdessi (+145), Alessio Di Chirico (-160) and Jordan Mein, who defeated Brazilian Erick Silva by UD (30-27 across) as a -145 ‘chalk.’ Laprise knocked off Galore Bofando by first-round knockout, while Taleb starched Danny Roberts by KO in only 59 seconds (head kick and punch) to win a Performance of the Night bonus. Makdessi defeated Abel Trujillo by UD (30-27) across in a lightweight scrap, and Di Chirico won a POTN bonus with his second-round KO (knee) of Oluwale Bamgbose.
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