UFC 61 Costs Books a Bundle ; Rousey Routs Zingano in 14 Seconds ; Frampton Stops Avalos in 5

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UFC costs sportsbook nearly $1M

By Darren Rovell | ESPN.com
A remarkable number of upsets at UFC Fight Night 61 resulted in a historic beating for the sportsbook Bovada.LV.

Frank Mir’s victory over Antonio Silva in the main event in Porto Alegre, Brazil, on Sunday night marked the 10th win by an underdog, costing Bovada nearly $1 million, according to the
sportsbook’s manager.

Underdogs went 10-1, and as a result, parlay bets, in which gamblers bet between $1 and $5 on all underdogs, hit big.

According to Bovada sportsbook manager Kevin Bradley, one bettor had a $4 all-underdog parlay that paid $85,000. Another had four $1 parlays that paid $25,000 each.

“We had at least a dozen of these bets that paid out $10,000 or more,” Bradley said.

When all was tallied up, Bradley said the loss approached nearly $1 million on the single event.

“We take in so much more money on the NFL or the NBA that when you have these types of parlay winners, it’s hard to hurt [our business],” Bradley said. “With UFC, this will be hard to
come back from.”

“Normally, going into an event, I know what we need,” Bradley added. “But I was focused on the Oscars and the Daytona 500, both of which we were … doing well on. What happened with
UFC is just so rare.”

Bradley said the result was such a loser for the sportsbook that Bovada will likely need to win big in the Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao fight on May 2 to make its UFC/boxing
book a profitable one in 2015.

“We’re not getting this money back from the people that won,” Bradley said. “The type of bettor that wins these bets throws a small amount of money on all the favorites or all the
underdogs to try to get rich. Well, I guess it worked.”



Misguided aggression did not serve Cat Zingano well.

Ronda Rousey submitted Zingano with a straight armbar in the first round of their brief UFC 184 headliner, as she retained the Ultimate Fighting Championship women’s bantamweight crown
on Saturday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. It was over in just 14 seconds.

Zingano (9-1, 2-1 UFC) fired a flying knee right out of the gate and wandered recklessly into the clinch. She tossed Rousey to the canvas with an ill-advised throw, but the champion
scrambled immediately to the back, pinned the challenger’s exposed limb underneath her armpit and calmly cranked on the maneuver for the finish. Rousey (11-0, 5-0 UFC) has stopped all
11 of her opponents, seven of them in less than a minute.

Debuting Holm Decisions Pennington

In the women’s bantamweight co-main event, Jackson-Wink MMA representative Holly Holm walked away from her much-hyped organizational debut with a split decision over Raquel Pennington.
Two of the three cageside judges scored it for the unbeaten Holm: 29-28 and 30-27. A third cast a dissenting 29-28 nod in favor of Pennington (5-5, 2-2 UFC).

Holm (8-0, 1-0 UFC) worked well at range, applying pressure with accurate punches to the head and a steady diet of kicks to the body. The former Legacy Fighting Championship
titleholder shut down Pennington’s takedown attempts and piled up the points on the feet, firing the occasional head kick with ill intent.

A graduate of Season 18 of “The Ultimate Fighter,” Pennington landed sporadically throughout the first 10 minutes but saved her best effort for round three. There, she drew Holm into
more of a firefight, negated her footwork, briefly floored her with a right hand to the chest and bloodied her nose. Still, Holm steered clear of real danger and exited the cage with
her hand raised.

Ellenberger Taps Returning Koscheck

Reign MMA’s Jake Ellenberger submitted Josh Koscheck with a second-round north-south choke in a featured clash at 170 pounds. Koscheck (17-9, 15-9 UFC) tapped out 4:20 into round two,
the maneuver leaving him foaming at the mouth.

Koscheck enjoyed early success, as he struck for a takedown inside the first minute and later trapped “The Juggernaut” along the cage, attacking with foot stomps and close-range knees.
In the second round, however, Ellenberger (30-9, 9-5 UFC) began to score with his hands, and Koscheck was in visible distress due to damage to his left eye. He pushed into another
clinch, only to wander into Ellenberger’s clutches. The Nebraskan bit down on a figure-four guillotine before transitioning to the fight-ending north-south choke, eliciting the tapout
after an extended struggle.

The 37-year-old Koscheck has lost his last four fights.

Jouban Snipes Aussie Walsh

Resurrection Fighting Alliance alum Alan Jouban wiped out Richard Walsh with a first-round standing elbow and follow-up punches in a welterweight showcase. Walsh (8-3, 1-2 UFC) met his
end in the arms of referee John McCarthy 2:19 into round one.

Both men came out firing, throwing caution to the wind with aggressive punches up high and kicks to the legs and body. Jouban (11-3, 2-1 UFC) closed the distance near the fence,
cracked the Australian with an exquisite standing elbow to the side of the head and then polished off “The Ultimate Fighter Nations” semifinalist with a right hook and follow-up shots.

Jouban, 32, has won four of his past five bouts.

Ferguson Choke Submits Tibau

“The Ultimate Fighter” Season 13 winner Tony Ferguson submitted American Top Team’s Gleison Tibau with a first-round rear-naked choke in a featured lightweight scrap. Tibau (33-11, 16
-9 UFC) conceded defeat 2:37 into round one, his modest three-fight winning streak snapped in decisive fashion.

Ferguson (18-3, 8-1 UFC), who will carry a five-fight winning streak into his next outing, masked kicks to the body and legs with stinging punches. He staggered Tibau with a right hand
behind the ear, drove him to the canvas with punches and softened him with ground-and-pound. “El Cucuy” then advanced to the back, flattened out Tibau and cinched a back-to-the-mat
choke for the finish.

The 31-year-old Ferguson became just the second man — Joe Stevenson was the first — to submit Tibau.



Carl Frampton stops Chris Avalos

By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com
It was easy work for junior featherweight titleholder Carl Frampton on Saturday.

Fighting in his hometown of Belfast, Northern Ireland, where he is a major star, Frampton made the first defense of his 122-pound world title in devastating fashion as he laid a
sustained beating on American Chris Avalos en route to a one-sided, fifth-round knockout at the Odyssey Arena.

The victory may have paved the way to a world title unification match against England’s Scott Quigg, who was ringside for the fight and then joined Frampton for a joint post-fight
interview on ITV, the British terrestrial network that returned to boxing after years away to televise Frampton-Avalos.
Fighting in his hometown of Belfast, Northern Ireland, Carl Frampton, right, rocked American challenger Chris Avalos through five rounds to retain his 122-pound world title.
A Frampton-Quigg showdown is one of the biggest fights that can be made in the United Kingdom, and it surely got even bigger after how impressive Frampton was in destroying Avalos, the
mandatory challenger from Lancaster, California.

“I want it. It’s a huge fight,” Frampton said with Quigg standing next to him. “I would love it. I think Scott wants it. This summer. It’s a huge fight.”

Added Quigg: “It was a good performance. Avalos was game. I want the fight. The British public wants this fight. It doesn’t matter where the fight is, let’s get the fight on.”

Other than landing punches twice on the break in the first round — and getting a hard warning from referee Howard John Foster after the second time — Avalos did very little except
throw wild punches and eat shots in return.

Frampton’s right hand could not miss and he rocked Avalos with it in the second round. Avalos appeared to have hurt his shoulder, and when he turned sideways and began to walk away
from Frampton (20-0, 14 KOs), Frampton rushed at Avalos and cracked him with a right hand.

In the third round, Frampton, 28, continued to pound Avalos (25-3, 19 KOs), 25, with heavy punches from both hands. By the end of the round Avalos was bleeding from his mouth and
looked like he had very little left.

He took a ferocious beating in the fifth round. Yet another clean right hand staggered him and Frampton continued to pound him around the ring. When he rocked Avalos with another right
hand, Foster intervened and waved off the contest at 1 minute, 33 seconds.

Avalos earned the mandatory position by knocking out Japan’s Yasutaka Ishimoto in Macau, China, last May, and also won a tuneup fight in November to extend his winning streak to six
while awaiting his title opportunity.

The only previous losses of Avalos’ career both came by split decision to fighters who were unbeaten at the time — in 2011 to Jhonatan Romero, who later won a world title, and
Christopher Martin in 2010. But despite promising a knockout victory, Avalos was no match for Frampton, who won his world title by lopsided unanimous decision against Kiki Martinez in
their September rematch in Belfast. Frampton had previously knocked out Martinez in the ninth round in a European title fight in February 2013.

Now Frampton hopes to face Quigg next, going so far as to say he would be willing to leave Belfast, where he enjoys massive fan support, to fight in England.

“It’s the biggest fight in the U.K. except maybe Amir Khan and Kell Brook,” Frampton said, referring to that possible Brook welterweight title defense. “A huge domestic showdown.”

The 26-year-old Quigg (30-0-2, 22 KOs), who has defended his secondary title five times, is sidelined until the summer after undergoing surgery to repair tendon tears he suffered in a
November defense. A fight with Frampton would be a spectacle upon his return.

Barry McGuigan, the Hall of Fame former featherweight champion from Ireland, who is Frampton’s promoter, said he would like to make the fight with Quigg promoter Eddie Hearn of
Matchroom Boxing.

“I said this before — this is the best [122-pound fighter] in the world,” McGuigan said, pointing at Frampton. “Aficionados think it’s [unified champion Guillermo] Rigondeaux. There’s
also Quigg and [titleholder Leo] Santa Cruz. But Carl is. He is a sensational fighter and over the next couple of years we aim to prove that.

“I am sure Scott would come here [to Belfast] but we can fight in London or Manchester, but he has to remember who the real champ is. We pack arenas. [Frampton] earns tons of money,
he’s the draw. As long as Scott understands that. But we would love to fight Scott Quigg next. We will compromise on some issues.”
Dan Rafael
2013 BWAA Nat Fleischer Award winner for excellence in boxing journalism
ESPN.com boxing writer since 2005
Five years at USA Today

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