It was an early morning for us as UFC Fight Night 34 went down from Singapore. The fights began at 6:30 am exclusively on the UFC’s new digital network, Fight Pass. While the card lacked the big names we have come to expect, besides a couple stinkers, the card delivered on a level we’d expect from a UFC geared toward a regional audience. It was a great morning for us as we had just 2 parlay bets and both of them ended up winning, giving us a nice profit in the process.
In the main event, hard hitting welterweight, Hyun Gyu Lim took on the former Strikeforce welterweight champ Tarec Saffiedine. It was a scary first round as Hyun Gyu Lim was throwing punches like crazy and with bad intentions while Tarec attempted to block the majority, but did get knocked down by a strike while attempting a leg kicks. Round 2, 3 and 4 were all Saffiedine as he beat the crap out of Lim’s lead leg, causing his punches to lack the power they had in the first round. It looked at multiple points like Lim wouldn’t be able to continue, but in true warrior spirit, he wouldn’t quit. In fact, we had Lim winning the fifth and final round as he continued to march down an incredibly tired Saffiedine on his one good leg. Saffiedine landed little in the way of offense in the fifth, but it didn’t matter as he had done enough earlier in the fight to take the unanimous decision. This was leg 1 of our Saffiedine/Holloway parlay.
Leg 2 of that parlay was Max Holloway to defeat the incredibly tall featherweight Will Chope. Holloway proved he was the much better mixed martial artist, with Chope not showing he knows how to use his reach advantage. It took 2 rounds, but overall, Holloway had the more effective striking throughout and was able to finish Chope with strikes in the second round. We profit 3.48 units on our 3 unit bet.
The second parlay was capped off by Kyun-Ho Kang who defeated Shunichi Shimizu via third round submission. Unfortunately, terrible referee Steve Percival (who made numerous mistakes on the night) decided he was going to take 2 points, yes not 1, but 2 points away from Kang in the first round for landing the illegal 12-6 elbows on Shimizu. It was all for naught though as Kang spent the majority of the fight on top of his smaller opponent and eventually locked up the submission to earn the victory.
Also in the second parlay was Mairbek Taisumov to defeat Tae Hyun Bang. Taisumov made no mistakes, using his technical striking to keep Bang at bay. Bang’s strategy for the entire fight seemed to be to counter punch, the problem was he wasn’t really landing many counter punches so he landed very little the entire fight. The win was the second leg in our second parlay.
The first leg of the second parlay was UFC vet Dustin Kimura to defeat Jon Delos Reyes. Kimura looked to be the better man right from the start, locking up a pretty arm bar at 2:13 of the first round. We profit 3.06 units on our 2 unit bet.
Correct Parlays: Kang/Taisumov/Kimura +3.06 units
Saffiedine/Holloway +3.48 units
Betting Record: 2-0
Event Profit: 6.54 units
Main Card Results
Saffiedine over Lim via unanimous decision
Kawajiri over Soriano via second round submission (rear naked choke)
Kunimoto over Dutra via first round DQ (illegal elbows)
Kang over Shimizu via third round submission (triangle choke)
Holloway over Chope via second round TKO
Kikuno over Mulhern via unanimous decision
Wee over Galera via unanimous decision
Taisumov over Bang via unanimous decision
Kimura over Reyes via first round submission (armbar)
Doane over Issa via second round submission (triangle choke)
Stay tuned in the next couple weeks as we gear up for UFC Fight Night 35: Rockhold vs Philippou and UFC on Fox 10: Henderson vs Thomson. As usual we’ll post our predictions and bets as the betting odds come out.