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Sam Stout needed just 3:52 to score a cool $70,000 for a “Knockout of the Night” bonus for his jaw-dropping KO of Yves Edwards Saturday night at UFC 131 in Vancouver. An unnamed gambler had to sweat things a bit more.
When all was said and done though a bettor on online sports book Bodog.eu correctly picked all 12 fights (a $200 bet on a 12-fight parlay) to win $51,547.
“Hitting parlays in MMA happens often but to hit every fight right on a 12-fight card in one night is unheard of, especially that the parlay included a mix of favorites and a few medium underdogs, including two controversial decisions that went in the bettor’s favor.” Bodog Sports Book Director Richard Gardner told MMAFighting.com.
Dos Santos again an underdog
The fight hasn’t even been announced yet, but Junior Dos Santos (who pounded Shane Carwin to a bloody pulp at UFC 131) is already a +130 underdog for his upcoming title fight against heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez, which could come as early as October or November.
MMA oddsmaker Joey Oddessa has already set a line of -150 for the undefeated champ Velasquez, who is recovering from rotator cuff surgery on his right shoulder, and +120 for Dos Santos in their bout, which possibly could come at UFC 136 in Houston. Bodog placed Velasquez as a -160 favorite and Dos Santos, who actually opened as a favorite at a few online books, at +130 underdog.
Prez with a pen
Today Dana White wrote an op-ed piece for the New York Daily News asking for New Yorkers to support MMA regulation in the The Empire State. Later in the afternoon the Codes Committee in the New York State Assembly passed the current MMA regulation bill by a vote of 17-1.
New TV Deal
Last week the The Wall Street Journal reported that UFC is in talks with NBCUniversal about possibly buying a controlling stake of its G4 channel.
But White told MMAjunkie.com before UFC 131 that no deal is in place and that the organization is in negotiations with its current cable partner Spike TV — which has aired all 13 seasons of the popular reality show “The Ultimate Fighter.”
“It actually blew my mind that huge media sources would go out and announce that when there is no deal. It’s crazy to me,” White said to MMAjunkie.com. “We’re negotiating with all the networks. That’s it.”
Fly I I I I I I I I
White said the UFC would likely add a 125-pound flyweight division to its existing seven weight classes by the end of 2011. The merger of the WEC brought in the featherweight (145 pounds) and bantamweight (135 pounds) divisions, and now the intro of flyweight could bring on an influx of top-notched Japanese and Mexican fighters.
Elimination Round back on TUF
The Ultimate Fighter 14, which will feature featherweight and bantamweight fighters for the first time ever for the popular reality show on Spike TV, will bring back the elimination round — meaning all 32 fighters immediately compete to see who stays in the house. The elimination round was left off of last season’s TUF No. 13.
The show — featuring middleweight contenders Michael Bisping and Jason “Mayhem” Miller, who serve as coaches for their respective teams — airs Sept. 21.
The UFC will implement five-round fights for all main events, regardless of whether the fight is a title fight or not, starting after the headlining bout between Rashad Evans and Phil Davis at UFC 133 in Philadelphia in August.