An sudden change to the UFC 213 most important occasion did not cease the interim middleweight title struggle between Robert Whittaker and Yoel Romero from turning right into a 5-spherical prompt basic.
The 2 fighters have been bumped as much as the headline spot on Saturday and didn’t disappoint, with Romero storming out of the gate with a robust begin earlier than Whittaker powered again late to earn the victory and grow to be interim champion.
Whittaker got here again regardless of a knee damage that appeared to sluggish him down early, however the New Zealand native continued to use strain to Romero all through the ultimate three rounds whereas including up the injury with a relentless hanging assault. When it was over, Whittaker’s offensive onslaught earned him the properly-deserved victory.
Whereas odds makers have been forwards and backwards on the struggle within the days main as much as UFC 213, fifty five % of fantasy gamers had picked Whittaker going into the cardboard, and with the win he earned an additional one hundred fifty-level bonus as a result of it was a title battle.
Within the co-essential occasion, Alistair Overeem gutted out a troublesome third spherical with former champion Fabricio Werdum to earn a unanimous determination win on this heavyweight showdown. Overeem was chosen by fifty five % of fantasy gamers, though a whopping seventy three % had picked him to win by knockout going into the occasion. Nonetheless, Overeem got here by way of with the victory whereas additionally incomes an additional one hundred twenty factors because of the shut matchup with Werdum.
The run of favorites profitable on the primary card continued with former light-weight champion Anthony Pettis incomes a unanimous choice victory towards Jim Miller. An awesome majority at eighty one % chosen Pettis, with one other sixty three % appropriately predicting that he would win by determination.
Whereas the favorites dominated the primary card, Aleksei Oleinik picked up an enormous win as an underdog on the prelims after he pulled off a powerful second-spherical submission towards Travis Browne. The forty-yr previous-Russian was chosen by simply 36 % of fantasy gamers, though one other forty eight % did decide him to win by submission as he wrapped up one other end.
Because it turned out, Oleinik was considered one of solely two underdogs to get wins based mostly on choices made by fantasy gamers at UFC 213. Rob Font obtained the opposite underdog victory after he beat Douglas Silva de Andrade, with forty five % of fantasy gamers choosing him on Saturday night time.
Chad Laprise acquired an enormous TKO end towards Brian Camozzi, with sixty nine % of gamers choosing him, whereas Thiago Santos was an enormous favourite, with eighty % of fantasy gamers appropriately predicting his victory towards Gerald Meerschaert.
Worldwide Battle Week kicked off on Friday night time with The Final Fighter: Redemption Finale, the place Justin Gaethje made a spectacular debut with a Battle of the Night time efficiency towards Michael Johnson.
Gaethje and Johnson engaged in an absolute struggle, exchanging greater than one hundred ninety strikes between the them in lower than two rounds. After a forwards and backwards battle that noticed each males staggered and almost completed, Gaethje discovered a gap to land a collection of devastating knees that put Johnson down and out for good.
Heading into the battle, Gaethje was truly a slight underdog based mostly on the choices by fantasy gamers, with forty three % choosing him to win. Gaethje pulled off a powerful victory whereas additionally incomes an additional forty factors for many who picked him because of the battle serving as his UFC debut.
The upsets continued within the light-weight division on the primary card as Drakkar Klose stored his undefeated document intact whereas handing extremely touted prospect Marc Diakiese the primary lack of his profession. Klose was solely chosen by 12 % of fantasy gamers going into the occasion, nevertheless it’s protected to say he’ll be a well-liked decide the subsequent time he fights.
Brad Tavares stored the underdog streak going together with his win over Elias Theodorou in a middleweight matchup on the primary card. Tavares was picked by simply 30 % of fantasy gamers, with one other sixty one % appropriately predicting that he would win the struggle by choice.
On the preliminary card, Angela Hill acquired again on monitor with a unanimous choice win over Ashley Yoder, with seventy three % of fantasy gamers choosing her within the struggle. In the meantime, CB Dollaway acquired again within the win column with a tough fought choice over Ed Herman after seventy two % of fantasy gamers chosen him within the mild heavyweight matchup.
Whereas the upsets have been few and much between on the preliminary card, Grey Maynard definitely made a robust assertion together with his win towards Teruto Ishihara in a lopsided victory for the previous title challenger. Maynard was picked by simply 37 % of fantasy gamers, however he additionally earned an additional one hundred twenty-level bonus as a result of the struggle with Ishihara was so shut heading into Friday night time.
All informed, between the fights out there to select from at UFC 213 and The Final Fighter Finale, solely six underdogs got here away with victories, whereas an awesome majority of 14 favorites acquired wins through the two Worldwide Struggle Week playing cards.