Welcome to the newest SharpSide MMA Prop Review! Today we are going to take a look back at a few of the best MMA prop bets that cashed on Saturday’s slate for UFC 240 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Several props caught our eye after cashing for big money.
Cris Cyborg – DEC (+660)
One of the heaviest favorites on the slate, Cris Cyborg, closed at -380 on the betting line but was widely expected to win inside the distance. She dished out continuous punishment against Felicia Spencer for a three full rounds, but Spencer showed impressive durability and never seemed in danger of being finished.
Cyborg won via a decision. With the decision victory, she cashed a +660 prop and once again set herself up for another opportunity at the champion, Amanda Nunes.
Geoff Neal – RND 2 (+400)
A bright prospect in the welterweight division, Geoff Neal was able to finish Niko Price with strikes in Round 2 on Saturday, cashing a solid +400 prop.
Price is always dangerous as an underdog. He landed some clean shots early in the fight, but Neal was able to work his grappling and eventually finish Price on the mat. It’s simply a sign that Neal is ready to continue working up the division and he’ll likely face a much stiffer test for his next opponent.
Hakeem Dawodu – RND 3 (+900)
Hakeem Dawodu ended up closing as the heaviest favorite on the card at -440, and arguably lost the first round against a speedy Yoshinori Horie. However, Dawodu was able to increase his pressure late in the fight and eventually swarmed Horie for the finish in Round 3, cashing a +900 prop. It was the first victory inside the distance for Dawodu since he entered the UFC in 2018.
Bettors are likely to be cautious with Dawodu if he earns a step up in competition for his next bout, but there’s no doubting Dawodu is a capable striker and has an opportunity to excel in the right matchup.
Gavin Tucker – SUB (+1225)
It had been nearly two years since Gavin Tucker last fought in the UFC, when he took a three-round beating at the hands of Rick Glenn that had many questioning whether he would ever fight again. Tucker returned on Saturday to submit Seungwoo Choi in the third round, cashing a heavy +1225 prop. There were definitely moments of doubt and questionable decision making from the hands of Choi, but ultimately Tucker’s efficient grappling was enough to earn the victory.
He’s still unlikely to turn the corner as a legitimate prospect, but it was nice to see a bounce back and clean performance from Tucker. Hopefully it doesn’t take another two years before we see Tucker back in the Octagon again.
Gillian Robertson – TKO +1415
For what Gillian Robertson may lack in athleticism, she makes up for in aggression and persistence, and it led to yet another finish on Saturday against Sarah Frota.
Robertson is a submission grappler, which is why her TKO prop of +1415 was so heavy and seemingly unrealistic. But Robertson was able to secure mount on the tired black belt Frota and eventually earned the stoppage with ground-and-pound.
Robertson has a clear ceiling, but she’ll always be a threat to defeat weaker defensive grapplers, and she’ll likely continue to earn respect from the betting public as long as she’s in a preferable matchup.
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