Michael ChiesaUFC on Fox 19 took place earlier tonight (Saturday, April 16, 2016) at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida, and was headlined by a light heavyweight bout between Glover Teixeira and Rashad Evans. Overall from a betting perspective, eight favorites won while three underdogs came through according to the closing odds at 5Dimes Sportsbook. Here’s a quick recap for each fight. Favorites That Won In the main event of the evening, Glover Teixeira took out former light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans with a nasty left hook along the fence followed by ground strikes to put “Suga” out cold inside the first round. Teixeira was victorious as a -215 (Bet $215 to win $100) favorite while Evans lost as a +195 (bet $100 to win $195) underdog. In a women’s strawweight contest, Rose Namajunas and Tecia Torres put on an extremely competitive three round battle. Both ladies had their moments, landing heavy strikes against one another with serious technical improvements from their first meeting but it was Namajunas who walked away with a decision this time around. Namajunas won at -155 while Torres lost as a +145 dog. In a lightweight bout, Khabib Nurmagomedov ran through a game Darrell Horcher. Horcher put up a fight, but he had no answer once Nurmagomedov put him on the floor. Nurmagomedov unloaded with big punches and elbows in both the first and second rounds to eventually score a TKO victory due to ground strikes. Nurmagomedov held serve as an enormous -900 betting favorite while Horcher was +700. In a featherweight showdown, Cub Swanson came on strong, dropping Hacran Dias in the second and third rounds to walk away with a solid unanimous decision victory. Swanson came through as a slight -110 favorite while Dias was +100. In a women’s bantamweight scrap, Raquel Pennington and Bethe Correia had a hotly contested battle over three rounds. Both women landed big punches, but Pennington was able to diversify her attack a bit better both from distance and the clinch to eek out a split decision. Pennington was -210 while Correia was a +190 underdog. In a welterweight fight, Santiago Ponzinibbio obliterated Court McGee. Ponzonibbio landed repeated heavy punches from distance against the TUF 11 winner, eventually hurting him and swarming with heavy strikes against the fence to pick up a first round TKO. Ponzonibbio was victorious as a -115 favorite while McGee was +105. In a welterweight contest, Michael Graves showcased his superior wrestling against long and lanky prospect Randy Brown. Graves took Brown down multiple times then hopped on his back in the second frame to pull off a rear naked choke victory. Graves held serve as a -140 favorite while Brown was a +130 underdog. In a bantamweight bout, John Dodson made a thunderous return to the division, taking out veteran Manny Gamburyan in just 47 seconds with a flurry of left hands along the fence to score a TKO victory. Dodson closed as a massive -500 betting favorite while Gamburyan was +435. Underdogs That Won In a lightweight bout, Michael Chiesa survived early against Beneil Dariush to pull off a shocking second round submission. Dariush landed huge leg kicks and some big punches in the first round, but Chiesa scored a second round takedown, hopped on Dariush’s back and squeezed a rear naked choke over Dariush’s chin that was so tight the King’s MMA product was forced to tap anyways. Chiesa was the winner despite being a +150 underdog while Dariush lost as a -160 favorite. In a middleweight fight, Cezar Ferreira weathered the early storm from Oluwale Bamgbose, nearly getting knocked out in the first round before utilizing his superior ground game to win the final two rounds and a decision. Ferreira was +165 while Bamgbose was -175. In the opening bout of the evening, welterweights Omari Akhmedov and Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos put on a very entertaining back-and-forth battle. Akhmedov scored three takedowns but was reversed each time by dos Santos’ leg lock sweeps. By the third round, Akhmedov was gassing and Zaleski swarmed him with heavy punches, elbows and knees in the clinch to pick up a TKO victory. Zaleski dos Santos was a +130 underdog while Akhmedov closed as a -140 favorite.  


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