UFC on ESPN+ 8 took place Saturday, April 27, 2019 in Sunrise, Florida. The card was headlined by a middleweight fight between Jack Hermansson and Jacare Souza.
Closing odds are courtesy of BetDSI. Here’s a quick recap of each of those fights.
Favorites that Won
Greg Hardy earned his first UFC victory with an easy first round TKO over Dmitri Smoliakov. Hardy closed -313 with the return on Smoliakov +259
Glover Teixeira recovered from a spinning back fist in the first round to come back strong in the second round and submit Ion Cutelaba. Teixeira closed -114 while Cutelaba closed -108
Roosevelt Roberts was dominant on the mat as he won each round over Thomas Gifford to win a decision for his second straight UFC win. Roberts closed -455 with the return on Gifford +365
Takashi Sato dropped Ben Saunders midway through the second round and landed a heavy elbow on the mat to finish him off forcing the referee to step in and stop the bout. Sato closed -250 while Saunders closed +205
Augusto Sakai was locked in a very close contest against Andrei Arlovski which saw both fighters have some success on the feet. Sakai won by split decision to earn the biggest win of his career. Sakai closed -161. Arlovski closed +140
Carla Esparza had her moments on the feet, but it was timely takedowns and top control which allowed her to win a decision over previously undefeated Virna Jandiroba. Esparza closed -120 while Jandiroba closed +101
Gilbert Burns went back to his bread and butter as he was able to control the back of Mike Davis in the second round and submit him on the mat. Burns closed -244 with the return on Davis +201
Jim Miller secured a double leg takedown in the first round and was able to find his way to Jason Gonzalez’ back. Once he took back control, it was only a matter of time until Miller secured a rear naked choke and earn his nineteenth UFC victory. Miller closed -127. Gonzalez closed +103
Angela Hill dominated the striking exchanges landing both kicks and punches on the counter to win a decision over Jodie Esquibel. Hill closed -556 while Esquibel closed +430
Underdogs that Won
Jack Hermansson put in a complete performance as he beat Jacare Souza by a dominant decision to enter into middleweight title contention. Hermansson closed +200 with the return on Souza -250
Mike Perry took over in the second round and battered Alex Oliveira around the cage to win a 29-28 decision across the board. Perry closed +140 while Oliveira closed -164
In one of the best fights of the year, Cory Sandhagen was able to edge John Lineker in a high volume, action packed affair for the biggest win of his career. Sandhagen closed +126 while Lineker closed -145
Dhiego Lima moved well throughout the fight and landed his left hook with regularity in all three rounds to take a split decision over Court McGee. Lima closed +130 while McGee closed -147
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