Anytime favorites come through in a big way, the Las Vegas sportsbooks lose out. Bettors love playing the chalk
and it was no different for UFC 91. The favorites took seven-of-nine fights and the biggest movers all came in. The city's players pounded Brock Lesnar. He closed right before the fight in the -140 range at most books. That was a 60-cent shift from when Randy Couture opened as the early favorite. Demian Maia, Dustin Hazelett and Matt Brown
all moved at least 50 cents and posted easy wins.
The Yahoo! MMA EXperts blog went 4-0 with its recommended plays on Maia (opened at -150), Kenny Florian (-200), Jeremy Stephens (-180) and Hazelett (-120). That makes it 14-1 on top plays dating back to September with UFC 88, UFN 15, UFC 89 and UFC 90.
Before players start thinking betting favorites is easy, don't forget that the dogs were a respectable 12-16-1 in the three previous events.
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- Demian Maia
- Dustin Hazelett
- Brock Lesnar
- Randy Couture