Last week’s UFC 254 was highlighted by Khabib Nurmagomedov’s final display of dominance as he submitted Justin Gaethje early in the second round in defense of his lightweight title.
Viewers witnessed fights that ended via KO/TKO, decision and submission, but the most notable statistic of the night was the tale of the favorite as chalk went 10-0-2. Yes, that’s correct, 10 favorites, no underdogs, a draw and the Robert Whittaker-Jared Cannonier fight, which went off as a dead pick-’em.
Favorites in 2020 now stand 234-114-13, or 66.1%.
UFC 254 results for the night: 2-1, 1.3u as Nurmagomedov “ITD” and Shavkat Rakhmonov 140 were solid winners. The Cannonier release lost and was never really in jeopardy of winning, a poor handicap on my part.
2020 Insight the Octagon profitability stands: 35-23, 19.02.
Action returns this week to the Apex in Las Vegas and the smaller 25-foot octagon. Besides the main event in which Anderson “Spider” Silva competes, we’ll see a substantial drop in name recognition and fighter status as the organization allows its lifeblood the opportunity to earn.
Uriah Hall -235 vs. Anderson Silva + 200, middleweight (185 pounds), main event
Silva is one of the busts on the Mt. Rushmore of UFC greats, but this is the 45-year-old version of Silva and one whose placement in this main event seems more ceremonial than serious.