Recapping 211’s Wild Online UFC Betting ActionPosted by: Anthony Yaylor
This past weekend’s online UFC betting action was some of the best and most entertaining action the UFC has put on all year long. From top to bottom, from the preliminaries to the Main Card, the fighters put on a wildly entertaining show the entire night. Overall, the night had a little something for every UFC fan. From Demian Maia putting on a jiu-jitsu spectacle in his fight against Jorge Masvidal that ended up getting Maia a shot at the title, to Joanna Jedrzejczyk delivering a masterful striking performance, there was something to appeal to all tastes.
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The headlining match of the night wasn’t all that bad either. Stipe Miocic, who last tasted defeat at the hands of Rafael dos Santos, faced off against dos Santos for the second time in his UFC career. Dos Santos defeated Miocic by decision last time around, but at UFC 211 Miocic was determined to not let it go to the judges. In the end, Miocic knocked out dos Santos within one round, making it 5 straight that Miocic has knocked out a heavyweight challenger within the first round. With one more title defend, Miocic cements himself as the greatest heavyweight in online UFC betting history. But who else made a name for themselves at 211? Let’s take a look at the official results.
UFC 211 – Saturday, May 13th – Official Results
Stipe Miocic defends title against Junior dos Santos via first-round knockout.
Joanna Jedrzejczyk defends title against Jessica Andrade via unanimous decision.
Demian Maia defeats Jorge Masvidal via split decision.
Frankie Edgar defeats Yair Rodriguez via TKO.
Eddie Alvarez vs. Dustin Poirier ruled No Contest.
Chas Kelly defeats Jason Knight via TKO.
Chase Sherman defeats Rashad Coulter via TKO.
James Vick defeats Marco Polo Reyes via first-round TKO.
Cortney Casey defeats Jessica Aguilar via unanimous decision.
Enrique Barzola defeats Gabriel Benitez via unanimous decision.
Gadzhimurad Antigulov defeats Joachim Christensen via rear-naked choke.
Apart from the amazing headlining matches of the night, one of the biggest headlines to come out of 211’s action involved former UFC Lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez. Alvarez last stepped into the ring to face McGregor, who knocked him out to strip him of the belt. Because of that, Alvarez was looking for a dominant performance at 211 that would pave the way to a comeback. But Alvarez’ 211 performance was far from that.
The former champion should have been disqualified. Unfortunately, Herb Dean gave Alvarez the benefit of the doubt, stating that Alvarez threw an illegal knee accidentally. In MMA, you are forbidden from kneeing an opponent who is on the ground. The rules officially define a fighter as ‘on the ground’ once three limbs are touching the mat. Unfortunately, these rules aren’t universal, with some states requiring all four limbs to be touching the mat instead of three.
In the fight, Alvarez kneed Poirier while he was leaning against the cage, with just two limbs (his legs) touching the ground. Once the knee connected, Poirier fell forward and one of his arms made contact with the mat, and Alvarez proceeded to land a knee. Immediately, this should have been grounds for a disqualification, accounting for MMA rules within the state of Texas. Unfortunately, due to not having universal rules, there was some confusion and Dean let it slide.
From there, Poirier fell forward again, brining all 4 limbs in contact with the mat. Unfortunately, Alvarez had his head planted firmly in Poirier’s back, blinding him from seeing that all 4 limbs were now touching. Alvarez landed the knee and Dean stopped the fight. From there, there was some confusion as Dean wasn’t sure how the commission wanted to rule it. In the end, Poirier lost sight in his eye and was unable to continue, forcing Dean to rule the fight a No Contest. In hind sight, it should have been a disqualification for Alvarez.