UFC championship upsets continue as Woodley knocks out Lawler
August 02, 2016 3:07 AM
by Vegas Runner
2016 continues to be a year for underdogs, with gold changing hands often. In fact, just this past Saturday night we witnessed the UFC’s newest champion Tyron Woodley (16-3) wrap the welterweight title around his waist.
Woodley beat former belt holder Robbie Lawler (27-11-0-1) in devastating fashion via a first round knockout. More importantly for bettors, Woodley entered the Octagon as challengers usually do, as the underdog.
According to sportsbooks that was not a good result for the house. As reflected in the betting line, which listed Lawler as high as a -200 betting favorite when it opened, then as low as -140 when it closed, both recreational bettors and wiseguys alike had backed Woodley.
That same night in another combat sport the WBA (Super) Featherweight title changed hands when Carl Frampton (23-0, 14 KO’s) handed former champion Leo Santa Cruz (32-1-1, 18 KO’s) his first loss.
Though Santa Cruz had captured titles in three different weight divisions, many criticized “El Terremoto” throughout his career for facing less than stellar opposition. Yet he still entered The Barclays Center to face Frampton as heavy chalk. Santa Cruz went off as almost a 4-1 betting favorite.
Although the judges awarded Frampton the victory via majority decision, most at ringside appeared surprised when one scorecard had the fight a draw at 114-114. I too thought the underdog had clearly won the fight.
It’s only August and with five months still remaining in 2016, and some really good mixed martial arts and boxing bouts scheduled, it’ll be interesting to see whether or not the “Year of the Dog” continues.
Thus far we’ve seen Tyson Fury, Nate Diaz, Holly Holm, Amanda Nunes, and Michael Bisping (more than once) just to name a few cash tickets as significant underdogs this year. And rest assured between now and Dec. 31, we’ll have plenty more names to add to that list and try to have some money on them before the upsets are pulled off.