UFC 209 delivers complete dud; USFantasy revs up NASCAR Vegas

Mar 7, 2017 3:02 AM

When it comes to columns, let’s call this a mixed bag.

First off, I had the chance to check out UFC 209 in person at T-Mobile Arena, which is an amazing venue. Unfortunately the majority PPV fights were hot garbage; well, not Lando Vannata vs. David Teymur, which looked like Robbie Lawler-Rory McDonald 2 in comparison to Rashad Evans-Dan Kelly and the rematch of Tyron Woodley-Stephen Thompson.

How bad was Woodley-Thompson? In the first FIVE minute round, Woodley was 5-12 in strikes, Thompson 6-19. That’s an average of just a hair over two strikes landed per minute and six attempts, in a TITLE FIGHT. Ugly.

The second round had to be better right?

Woodley 8-16, Thompson 8-24. Up to 3.2 strikes per minute and eight attempts. It got so bad the crowd started chanting, “FIGHT, FIGHT, FIGHT.”

US Fantasy

As March Madness is just around the corner, USFantasy expects to have plenty of pari-mutuel offerings for the tournament, including teams to win each region. One tidbit I found to be very cool was they will have a Pick-4 pool for each region winner.

For those not familiar with the term Pick-4, it’s similar to a four-team parlay. So in essence it’s a bet where a player picks the four teams he thinks will make the Final Four. It should be a popular bet since I don’t believe anyone offers that in the sportsbooks. And, it could have real nice payout attached if you are able to pick the right four teams.

The menu this week features six props for NASCAR Las Vegas: Pole Position for Sunday, Winner of the Boyd Gaming 300, two Kobalt 400 Best Finish Props, Winning Race Team, and Winning Car Number Ranges (Car No. 1-5; 6-15; 16-22; 23-34; 35-47; 48-99).

Keep an eye on those USFantasy basketball exactas. Last week featured a LeBron James/Jeff Teague Exacta for $215.60 for $2; Damian Lillard/Nikola Jokic $155.80 for $2 and LeBron/Jokic $113.60 for $2.

A reminder that a $2 four-team parlay would pay about $20; the value is tremendous and worth at least a $2 bet nightly, folks.

First Knight

The first-ever signing by the Vegas Golden Knights took place Monday, as 21-year-old prospect Reid Duke signed a three-year entry level contract.

He’s a former 6th Round pick of the Minnesota Wild in 2014. Duke will be invited to the Golden Knights development camp where he will have the opportunity to make the team or head back to the minors. Congrats to Mr. Duke.

After seeing T-Mobile Arena for my third time, I’m beyond hyped for the Golden Knights in the fall.