- Total Invested: $100
- Last Week’s Losses: $45
- Total Profit: $258
Maybe unsurprisingly, the 5 AM Fight Pass exclusive UFC Fight Night 132 from Singapore gave us our first notch in the L column. Naoki Inoue came up on the short side of a tight split decision and the rest of the night was history. Before fight night I deemed this matchup to be lopsided, I thought Inoue had the grappling advantage and better fight IQ to outclass Matt Schnell. The fight was extremely hard to judge, but according to FightMetric statistics, the decision was warranted, as Schnell out landed Inoue in fewer punches.
My betting strategy was to include all lopsided matchup in a parlay bet to maximize the profit. Inoue was the first fighter in the 7-man parlay and was ultimately the only one to lose on fight night.
Both men came out at a torrid pace, Schnell opened up looking to hurt Inoue’s lead leg with kicks. As the first round got going, Naoki started having success with the quick, straight jab. Schnell learned and got smart to the punch, waiting for the jab and countering with right and left hooks.
Matt Schnell was able to match Inoue’s speed on the feet and got hit with the occasional flurry, but nothing that gave him any worry. I’m surprised Inoue didn’t try to get the fight to the ground, only attempting one unsuccessful takedown according to FightMetric. The Japanese fighter’s ability to suffocate and pass guard on the ground is unparalleled, but he didn’t care to show it off in Singapore. Overall this loss is a tough one to swallow for Inoue and Tap In alike, both being our first loss in MMA.
It wasn’t all despair though, our other golden boy Song Yadong took on Felipe Arantes at Bantamweight and promptly starched the Brazilian. The secret is out that Song likes to start fast, opening up with a stiff jab right after touching gloves (first UFC fight opened up with a left high kick right after touching gloves).
Song gave Arantes no room to breathe and you could tell the Brazilian was uncomfortable in the Octagon. He threw many wild, searching shots that Song shook off like nothing. Arantes’ chance to win was to get it to the ground and secure a submission but Yadong didn’t give him the time and space to even attempt a takedown.
Song had an obvious power and speed advantage, it didn’t take him long to find the holes in Arantes’ defense, landing 39 significant strikes in two rounds (FightMetric).
With ten seconds left in the second round and the damage visibly accumulating on Arantes’ face, Song fired a short, slashing elbow that connected right on the Brazilian’s cheek, sending him straight to the ground for the nasty knockout (you can see Dan Hardy jump up in excitement in the background).
Thankfully Song redeemed our pride and pocketbook a slight bit. Other fights we correctly called were a win for Leon Edwards, Li Jingliang, Petr Yan, Shane Young, and Jake Matthews.
Luckily the UFC talent pool is so deep these days that we’re back in action July, 6th from Las Vegas for UFC Fight Night: Tavares vs. Adesanya. Israel Adesanya headlines a card filled with intriguing fighters, like former “Tuesday Night Contender Series” winner Julian Marquez and Polish power puncher Oskar Piechota. The losing streak will stop at only one defeat and we’ll get back to making bookoo bankrolls soon.