UFC Fight Night 29 took place tonight (Oct. 9, 2013) in Brazil and it proved to be a ridiculously unpredictable card overall with a number of out-of-nowhere finishes and funny decisions. Overall from a betting perspective, only four favorites won while six underdogs cashed out. Here’s a betting recap of UFC Fight Night 29 based on the closing odds at 5Dimes Sportsbook: UFC Fight Night Betting Underdogs That Won In the main event of the evening, Jake Shields outlasted Demian Maia over five rounds en route to a split decision win. It was an extremely close fight, but the judges felt that Shields won the first three rounds and he ended up stealing the nod in Brazil. Shields cashed out as a +300 underdog (bet $100 to win $300), while Maia lost as a -330 favorite (bet $330 to win $100) in what was an extremely disappointing outing from a fighter many felt was on the rise in the UFC welterweight division. In a welterweight bout, Dong Hyun Kim threw a punch out of nowhere and knocked Erick Silva out cold in the second round of their co-main event matchup. With the win, Kim improved to 9-2, 1 NC in the UFC so look for him to get a big-name matchup his next time out. Kim closed at +160 while Silva ended up losing as a -170 fav. In a welterweight bout, Rousimar Palhares submitted Mike Pierce in the first round with an ankle lock. Terrible performance by Pierce here, while “Toquinho” makes some noise in his welterweight debut. Palhares was a +210 underdog while Pierce lost as a -230 favorite. In a bantamweight bout, Raphael Assuncao eeked out a split decision over TJ Dillashaw. The fight was close and could have gone either way but in Brazil it was Assuncao’s victory to savor. Assuncao was a healthy +210 dog, while Dillashaw closed as a -230 favorite. In a welterweight bout, Igor Araujo upset Ildemar Alcantara via unanimous decision. Alcantara looked terrible and didn’t deserve to win, losing as a giant favorite. Araujo, who no one gave a chance to, closed at +315 while Alcantara ended up losing as a -345 fav. In a flyweight bout, Chris Cariaso defeated Iliarde Santos via second-round TKO. An excellent comeback win for Cariaso, who was dominated in the first round and then took advantage of a gassed Santos in round two. Cariaso closed at +140, while Santos was -150. UFC Fight Night 29 Betting Favorites That Won In a light heavyweight matchup, Thiago Silva beat up Matt Hamill en route to a dominant decision victory. A solid win for Silva, while Hamill will likely retire. Silva closed as a massive -380 fav, while Hamill was a +340 underdog. In a light heavyweight bout, Fabio Maldonado defeated Joey Beltran via split decision in what was a somewhat controversial decision. Maldonado was a -155 favorite, while Beltran closed at +145. In a welterweight bout, Yan Cabral defeated David Mitchell via unanimous decision in what turned out to be a fun BJJ match. Cabral was a -310 fav and Mitchell was a +280 dog. In a lightweight bout, Allan Patrick defeated Garett Whiteley via first-round TKO in a nice little match to open up the card. Patrick was -245, while Whiteley closed at +225.
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