Joseph Benavidez (26-5) shows he's far from done, snapping Alex Perez's eight-fight tear with a torrent of strikes! The three-time UFC/WEC title challenger is 7-1 in his last eight. It's his first finish since 2014. #TUFFinale pic.twitter.com/Y8vElNlfn8— Tanuki Usman (@Hamderlei) December 1, 2018
UFC Fight Night 142 on Saturday in Adelaide, Australia, and “The Ultimate Fighter 28 Finale” on Friday in Las Vegas combined to stage 25 fights, so it should come as little surprise that a number of sizeable prop bets wound up cashing. Here are the five most notable props that cashed for big bettors during the Ultimate Fighting Championship doubleheader:
Joseph Benavidez Wins by TKO (+1100)
One of the more mathematically surprising outcomes at “The Ultimate Fighter 28” Finale came in the flyweight clash between Benavidez and Alex Perez, which resulted in the former winning by first-round technical knockout. Considering it was the first knockout win for Benavidez since 2013 and the first career knockout loss for Perez, it becomes easy to see why the odds were this wide. However, those who had the foresight to this outcome were rewarded handsomely, as the props on Benavidez winning via TKO and Benavidez winning in the first round both cashed at identical +1100 numbers.
Jim Crute Wins in Round 3 (+875)
In a memorable UFC debut, the undefeated Australian prospect beat down Paul Craig for nearly three full rounds before executing a kimura submission with just nine seconds remaining in their UFC Fight Night 142 affair. Craig is no stranger to late submissions, as he used a triangle choke to finish Magomed Ankalaev with one second left in their encounter at UFC Fight Night 127. This time, he was on the wrong side of the stoppage. The prop on Crute winning by submission was +685, but the prop on his winning in the third round was even better. It caused at +875.
Macy Chiasson Wins by Submission (+860)
Chiasson showed no Octagon jitters in her UFC debut at “The Ultimate Fighter 28” Finale, as she tapped Pannie Kianzad with a second-round rear-naked choke to win the season’s women’s featherweight tournament. Chiasson showed off some sharp striking skills, but she shined on the ground. Kianzad fought off her advances for as long as she could but ultimately succumbed to the choke. The prop on Chiasson winning in the second round hit at +775, while the prop on her finishing by submission cashed at +860.
Mauricio Rua Wins in Round 3 (+2350)
The most significant upset of the weekend saw “Shogun” finish Tyson Pedro with punches in the third round of their UFC Fight Night 142 co-main event. Considering that Rua is 10 years older and was recently knocked out by Anthony Smith, it made sense why Pedro was so heavily favored. However, “Shogun” showed that experience still matters in this game, as he rebounded from a slow start to win in devastating fashion. The prop on the 2005 Pride Fighting Championships middleweight grand prix winner authoring a knockout cashed at a hearty +760, but the real gem of a prop was Rua winning in the third round, which scored at massive +2350 odds.
Anthony Rocco Martin Wins in Round 3 (+1600)
Since moving to the welterweight division, all Martin has done is win. After a rocky start to his UFC career as a lightweight, Martin has gone 3-0 at 170 pounds, with his latest victory coming via third-round technical submission against Jake Matthews. After two competitive rounds -- the judges actually had Martin down in both -- the American Top Team rep managed to lock in the anaconda choke and secure the stoppage early in Round 3. The prop on Martin winning in the last round cashed at monster +1600 odds.
Adam Martin is a mixed martial arts journalist who has been covering the sport since 2011. He is currently the lead odds analyst for Sherdog.com, as well as the lead staff writer for MMAOddsbreaker.com. Adam is also the co-host of “The Parting Shot Podcast” on iTunes. His favorite fight of all-time is Dan Henderson-Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, and he wishes Pride Fighting Championships never died. Adam is based out of Toronto, and he is a graduate of the University of Toronto and Centennial College. Get in touch with him on Twitter at @MMAdamMartin.