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In this edition, we’ll be taking a look back at UFC Fight Night in Boston, Massachusetts, which featured a handful of good fights and was capped off by Dominick Reyes knocking out Chris Weidman. Here are a few of the best props that cashed on the slate. Although there were many obvious outcomes, several props caught us by surprised and cashed for big money.
Joe Lauzon – TKO (+650)
A true fan favorite, Joe Lauzon returned to action Friday to win by TKO in his hometown against the debuting Jonathan Pearce. Lauzon was simply too much for the young opponent, rocking Pearce early in the first round and then tying him into a knot on the mat, before forcing the ref to jump in and save Pearce from the ground-and-pound.
Lauzon has had a long and fruitful career, and it was a wonderful moment to see him back on top. Although he hasn’t officially announced his retirement, it would be wise of Lauzon to consider stepping away from the sport for good, as he has nothing left to prove.
Maycee Barber – RND 1 (+350)
A bright prospect in the women’s flyweight division, Maycee Barber backed up her smack talk with a first-round TKO against Gillian Robertson, cashing a +350 prop.
Robertson has had much success in the UFC but she’s dependent on getting the fight to the mat, and Barber forced her to strike in this matchup. After a late burst of strikes against the cage, the ref was forced to step in.
It was an impressive showing for Barber, and although she has more left to prove, she deserves respect on the betting line against the majority of opponents in her division.
Charles Rosa – SUB (+800)
Returning from action after a 2.5-year layoff, Charles Rosa locked in a first-round submission against Manny Bermudez to cash a +800 prop.
Bermudez was controlling the first several minutes, bashing Rosa on the ground and holding him against the cage. He left his arm out too far, however, and Rosa latched onto it for the early arm-bar finish.
It was nice to see Rosa grab a win in his hometown, but it was a disappointing showing from Bermudez. Neither fighter has a complete game and will likely continue to be booked in competitive matchups going forward.
Randy Costa – RND 1 (+475)
A protégé of Joe Lauzon, Randy Costa earned his first UFC victory with a quick knockout against Boston Salmon on Friday.
Costa is very green, but he’s aggressive and willing to hunt for the knockout, and that style paid dividends as he rocked Salmon badly multiple times.
Costa shouldn’t be trusted in spots where he is forced to fight for a full 15 minutes, but he will generally have potential to win with a quick knockout, and will likely bring exciting matchups for the foreseeable future.
Brendan Allen – SUB (+950)
Making his UFC debut Friday, Brendan Allen impressed with a second round submission against Kevin Holland, cashing a +950 prop.
Allen was able to land several takedowns and advance position in the early portion of the fight, and eventually locked in a rear naked choke once Holland started to fade. Holland continues to make mistakes and give up position on the mat, and it’s something he’ll need to address if he can be trusted from a betting perspective.
Allen is still a relatively green fighter, but he’s likely to have success in matchups where he can control position on the mat. Keep an eye on Allen for those specific matchups moving forward.