Curtis ‘Razor’ Blaydes wrestled his way to victory over seventh-ranked Alexander Volkov in Saturday’s heavyweight main event at UFC Vegas 3. Blaydes won by unanimous decision (48-47, 49-46, 48-46) as a -365 favorite.
The third-ranked Blaydes won his fourth consecutive fight since suffering his second loss to Francis ‘The Predator’ Ngannou. He was paid $90,000 to show and took home another $90,000 for the win. Volkov was paid $80,000 to show.
The co-main event lived up to the hype and garnered Fight of the Night honors, as Josh Emmett won a UD (29-28, 29-27, 29-28) over Shane Burgos as a +150 underdog.
Emmett, who is ranked eighth in the featherweight loop, won his third straight fight over the division’s 10th-ranked Burgos, who fell to 13-2 overall and 6-2 in the UFC.
In a women’s bantamweight scrap, Raquel Pennington topped Mario Reneau via UD (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) as a -240 ‘chalk.’ Pennington improved to 11-8 overall and 8-5 in the UFC.
Belal Muhammad improved to 7-1 in his last eight scraps with his UD victory (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) over Lyman Good as a -120 favorite.
In the curtain jerker for the main card, veteran lightweight Jim Miller beat Roosevelt Roberts with a first-round submission (armbar) as a +220 underdog. The 36-year-old Miller made his 35th career walk to the Octagon to face Roberts, tying Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone for the most appearances in UFC history.
Miller’s 10 career submissions are the third-most in UFC history. His 21 career UFC wins are also the third-most in the promotion’s history, as Miller trails only Demian Maia (22) and Cerrone (23).
Bets on ‘under’ 2.5 rounds (-105 price) for Miller-Roberts were winners. Also, the prop for Miller to win by submission netted a generous +435 payout.
Miller earned an extra $50,000 with a Performance of the Night bonus. Miller’s total earnings were $258,000 after his $104,000 payments to show and win.
In the Prelims headliner, Bobby ‘King’ Green won for just the second time since the summer of 2014 by capturing a UD win over veteran Clay ‘The Carpenter’ Guida. Green cashed tickets as a -280 favorite. The prop for Green to win by decision netted a +165 payout.
Tecia Torres, who is engaged to Pennington, snapped a four-fight losing streak with a UD triumph (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) over Brianna Van Buren as a +170 underdog.
In a middleweight contest, Marc-Andre Barriault picked up his first UFC win with a second-round KO victory over Oskar Piechota as a -130 ‘chalk.’ Bettors taking ‘under’ 2.5 rounds went to the window with a smile.
Justin ‘Guitar Hero’ Jaynes took a lightweight bout against Frank Camacho on just three days’ notice. Then Camacho missed weight by two pounds.
In his UFC debut, Jaynes scored a spectacular first-round KO as a +250 underdog.
Jaynes was only going to get $12,000 to show if he lost. Instead, he got the extra $12,000 win bonus and $5,000 from Camacho for missing weight (20% of Camacho’s show money). Tack on $50,000 for POTN honors and Jaynes took home $79,000 before getting his Reebok money.
My picks went 4-1 on Saturday night for 5.68 units of profit. I cashed with Muhammad, Emmett and ‘under’ 2.5 rounds for both Miller-Roberts and Barriault-Piechota.