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Biggest MMA Betting Upsets

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MMA betting has become massively popular in recent years. The cutthroat nature of the fight game lends itself perfectly to wagering. You have a lot of different ways to bet on these events, such as the fight winner markets, method of victory, and predicting what round someone will win the fight.

There have been some massive upsets over the years that have seen massive underdogs actually coming out on top. This article will look at some of the biggest upsets in MMA betting history.

Julian Erosa (+350) Beat Sean Woodson (-500)

Erosa won this fight through submissions in the third round, using a D’Arce choke to defeat Woodson. It was Erosa’s third fight in the UFC and he overcame his demons from his previous two defeats to generate a great underdog story.

Billy Goff (+405) Beat Robson Gracie Jr. (-525)

Goff beat Robson Gracie Jr. by TKO in the second round, with a flurry of strikes bringing the fight to an end. This was the third time this fight was scheduled to go ahead. The third time lucky proved to be the charm following this brutal TKO. This Bellator bout showcased the quality of the organization and won it many fans, particularly among those bettors who had a wager on Goff.

Marius Zaromskis (+410) Beat Andrzej Grzebyk (-565)

Zaromskis beat Grzebyk following an injury TKO in the first round. The victor had a 20-year career in MMA and he was a massive underdog going into this fight. Following an injury towards the end of the initial round, he managed to be given the victory. In the fight game, a win is a win, so you need to take it when you can.

Sasha Palatnikov (+445) Beat Louis Cosce (-600)

Palatnikov beat Cosce in the third round via TKO. This was the victor’s debut in the UFC and he had only had five victories on his record in advance of this bout. Cosce had been a part of the Dana White Contender Series and was heavily fancied. However, Palatnikov managed to weather the shots coming from Cosce in the first couple of rounds. His endurance was shown through in the third round when a flurry of punches brought the fight to a conclusion.

Trevor Gudde (+455) Beat Khonry Gracie (-655)

Gudde beat Gracie through TKO in the third round. Gudde is a six-foot-six inches welterweight, which is not something you will see every day. This was also the Bellator debut for Gracie, so there was a lot of attention on this unique pairing. Following a violent knee and a flurry of punches, Gudde finished Gracie covered in blood.

Yutaka Saito (+450) Beat Mikuru Asakura (-715)

Saito was victorious in his bout against Asakura after a unanimous decision by the judges. Asakura was the big talked-up favourite for this fight. However, Saito showed great battle throughout the fight and ended up getting the decision come to the end.

John de Jesus (+450) Beat Valdyslav Parubchenko (-750)

John de Jesus beat his opponent through a unanimous decision on his debut in Bellator. Parubchenko had come into the fight with a lot of attention on him, with many people talking him up as the next big star for the organization. This victory for de Jesus set up a significant battle between himself and Aaron Pico later that year.

Timothy Johnson (+540) Beat Tyrell Fortune (-800)

Johnson was the victor in this fight after knocking out Fortune in the first round. This was one of the biggest knockouts in recent memory in Bellator. This heavyweight bout saw Johnson having lost his first two bouts in the organization after previously fighting in the UFC. However, he had a violent knockout of Fortune, who had been undefeated at that point in time.

Roxanne Modafferi (+525) Beat Maycee Barber (-850)

Modafferi beat Barber in a unanimous decision last year. Barber was seen by many as being a future star of the UFC. However, Modafferi had something else in mind, dominating this fight and getting a unanimous decision victory. Barber got a knee injury during the course of this fight and has not taken to the octagon since then.

Shana Dobson (+950) Beat Mariya Agapova (-1400)

Dobson beat Agapova via TKO in the second round. This was the biggest upset in 2020 when it came to MMA betting. It was also one of the biggest upsets of all time. As soon as the fight began, Agapova knew she was in for an absolute war. Dobson managed to overcome a three-fight losing streak to put down an impressive victory.

A Hugely Exciting Betting Activity

MMA betting is only going to get bigger as time goes on. The organizations that are involved in the sport are embracing the sector, entering deals with notable sportsbooks across the world.

With so much excitement in store with each and every card, it is an ideal way for bettors to enjoy the wagering experience. Just like it can be experienced on this website. One punch can change a fight and turn a massive underdog into a victor. This is something that excites bettors, as even those fighters who are long odds to win a fight can come out on top in the end.

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Mathias is a graduate student at the Newhouse School at Syracuse University. He is currently studying Broadcast and Digital Journalism on the Sports Media and Communications track. He graduated from The College of New Jersey in 2021, where he studied journalism and served as the Sports Editor and Opinions Editor for the school's newspaper, The Signal. He joined Overtime Heroics as a writer in June of 2019 and became an editor in December of 2020 before taking over the MLB department in June of 2021. Mathias is also a former varsity swimmer and is the youngest of five kids.