World Series of Fighting 34 took place earlier today (Saturday, December 31, 2016) at Madison Square Garden in New York, New York, and it featured four title bouts. Overall from a betting perspective, three betting favorites won while two underdogs were victorious based on the closing odds at 5Dimes Sportsbook. Here’s a quick recap for each fight. WSOF 34 Favorites That Won In the main event of the evening, WSOF lightweight champion Justin Gaethje received all he could handle from short notice injury replacement Luis Firmino, as Firmino took the first two opening rounds, but Gaethje slugged it out in a complete barnburner until Firmino’s gas tank began to fail him. Eventually, Gaethje was able to do some serious damage the the fight was stopped by the doctor as Firmino’s eye was too heavily damaged. Gaethje came through as a -525 favorite (bet $525 to win $100) while Firmino lost at +450 (bet $100 to win $450). In a bantamweight title fight, Marlon Moraes landed some big strikes early, but the deciding blow came from Josenaldo Silva, who crumpled to a heap following a jumping knee attempt and was unable to continue after suffering a knee injury in the first round. Moraes was victorious as a -1000 favorite, while Silva was defeated as a +800 underdog. In the first title fight, middleweight champion David Branch was in complete control against an overmatched Louis Taylor, eventually submitting Taylor halfway through the fifth and final round. Branch came through as a -525 favorite while Tayl0r was +450. WSOF 34 Underdogs That Won In a welterweight title bout, Jon Fitch was able to overcome Jake Shields’ dangerous grappling by securing repeated top position and dropping some ground and pound as well as landing some damage in the clinch position en route to winning four of the five rounds and the belt. Fitch was a -185 underdog while Shields was a -200 favorite. In the final fight of the evening, Gushing Okami grinded out a controversial split decision over Paul Bradley in a fight many felt Bradley had won. Okami was a +130 underdog while Bradley was -140. In a heavyweight battle, Caio Alencar pulled off a shocker by clipping Jared Rosholt with an early right hand and refusing to let up with an onslaught of punches against his reeling foe, picking up a stoppage victory in less than two minutes. Alencar came through as a +235 underdog while Rosholt was -255.
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