The 10 biggest MMA betting upsets of 2021
Who doesn’t like a great upset?
In 2021, mixed martial arts saw its reasonable share of underdogs who defied the chances – in the UFC, Bellator and beyond. While everybody has a viewpoint of who ought to win and who need to lose, the oddsmakers mainly get the last word on what history shows.
This year, with the aid of mixed martial arts database Tapology, mixed martial arts Addict has actually put together the leading 10 wagering upsets of 2021. Battles that were qualified were those which various significant online sports books acknowledged, and which Tapology taped prior to line close.
Have a look at the leading 10 mixed martial arts wagering upsets of 2021 listed below, per Tapology. Keep in mind that just significant mixed martial arts promos were consisted of in the tally.
Corey Samuels (+450) def. Isaiah Hokit (-715) | Bellator 261
Complete outcome: Corey Samuels def. Isaiah Hokit through knockout (punches) – Round 1, 0:10
Bellator is understood for constructing blue chip battling potential customers. So when battling standout [autotag]Isaiah Hokit[/autotag] entered the Bellator cage, lots of audiences anticipated him to breeze through. But [autotag]Corey Samuels[/autotag] spoiled the party when he knocked Hokit out just 10 seconds into their Bellator 261 bout.
Adriano Moraes (+460) def. Demetrious Johnson (-700) | ONE on TNT I
Full result: Adriano Moraes def. Demetrious Johnson via knockout (knee and punches) – Round 2, 2:24
It’s always weird when a seemingly unfinishable legend gets knocked out for the first time. So at ONE on TNT I when former UFC flyweight champion and all-time MMA great [autotag]Demetrious Johnson[/autotag] was finished with strikes for the first time, [autotag]Adriano Moraes[/autotag] turned the MMA world upside down.
Daniel Torres (+470) def. Salahdine Parnasse (-810) | KSW 58
Full result: Daniel Torres def. Salahdine Parnasse via TKO (punch) – Round 1, 1:49
[autotag]Daniel Torres[/autotag] wasn’t supposed to win at KSW 58, but he did. Against one of the world’s top featherweight champions, [autotag]Salahdine Parnasse[/autotag], Torres etched him name into MMA notoriety in 109 seconds with a knockout blow. Parnasse got his revenge 11 months later, however, when he defeated Torres in a rematch via unanimous decision.
Maheshate (+475) def. Achilles Estremadura (-700) | DWCS 46
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 02: (L-R) Maheshate punches Achilles Estremadura in a lightweight fight during Dana White’s Contender Series season 5, week 10 at UFC APEX on November 02, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)
Full result: Maheshate def. Achilles Estremadura via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Perhaps it was the lack of tape on [autotag]Maheshate[/autotag], or maybe it was the confidence in [autotag]Achilles Estremadura[/autotag]’s abilities. But when it came time to fight at DWCS 46, Maheshate shined as a brilliant prospect.
Jordan Young (+480) def. Omari Akhemdov (-675) | 2021 PFL Championship
HOLLYWOOD, FL – OCTOBER 27: Omari Akhmedov v Jordan Young in a light heavyweight bout during the PFL championships at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on October 27, 2021 in Hollywood, Florida. (Cooper Neill / PFL)
Full result: Jordan Young def. Omari Akhmedov via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 1:32
In what turned out to be [autotag]Jordan Young[/autotag]’s final MMA fight, he picked up arguably the biggest win of his career and did so in come-from-behind fashion when he rallied to defeat UFC alum [autotag]Omari Akhmedov[/autotag] at 2021 PFL Championship. Less than two months later, Young died at 27. A cause of death is not yet known.
Johnny Campbell (+585) def. Henry Corrales (-900) | Bellator 258
Full result: Johnny Campbell def. Henry Corrales via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 4:12
[autotag]Henry Corrales[/autotag] is a staple of the Bellator division and seems to provide a tough out for any fighter on the roster. That’s why non-rostered fighter [autotag]Johnny Campbell[/autotag]’s dominant finish came as such a surprise when he submitted Corrales at Bellator 258.
Gleison Tibau (+625) def. Rory MacDonald (-950) | 2021 PFL 5
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – JUNE 17: Rory MacDonald and Gleison Tibau in a welterweight fight during PFL 5 at the Ocean Casino Resort on June 17, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Cooper Neill / PFL)
Full result: Gleison Tibau def. Rory MacDonald via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Robbery or no robbery, the record remains the same. [autotag]Gleison Tibau[/autotag] defeated [autotag]Rory MacDonald[/autotag] at 2021 PFL 5 via split decision. While lots of disagree with the two judges who scored the fight in his favor, Tibau still picked up a win over arguably one of the biggest name opponents he has fought to date.
Ben Parrish (+630) def. Christian Edwards (-1000) | Bellator 266
Complete outcome: Ben Parrish def. Christian Edwards through knockout (punches) – Round 1, 0:38
In what was perhaps Bellator’s most prolific upset of the year, “Big Tuna” [autotag]Ben Parrish[/autotag] became an instant fan favorite. Up against [autotag]Christian Edwards[/autotag], a fighter being touted by many as potential Jon Jones-esque prospect, Parrish defied the odds when he flattened Edwards in front of a packed San Jose, Calif., crowd at Bellator 266.
Julianna Peña (+700) def. Amanda Nunes (-1125) | UFC 269
Julianna Peña vs. Amanda Nunes
Full result: Julianna Peña def. Amanda Nunes via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 3:26
[autotag]Julianna Peña[/autotag] is the UFC women’s bantamweight champ. That’s a statement that wasn’t on anyone’s bingo board entering 2021. Well, except for maybe Peña herself. Through self belief and smart game-planning, Peña defied the odds when she defeated [autotag]Amanda Nunes[/autotag] via second-round submission at UFC 269.
Ethan Hughes (+750) def. Mahmoud Sebie (-1250) | Bellator 271
Full result: Ethan Hughes def. Mahmoud Sebie via TKO (ground-and-pound) – Round 3, 4:05
It was not the most high-profile bout of 2021 and perhaps flew under some mixed martial arts fans’ radars, however [autotag]Ethan Hughes[/autotag] cashed as a near eight-to-one favorite at Bellator 271. Handling hyped Egyptian Olympic wrestler [autotag]Mahmoud Sebie[/autotag], Hughes made himself a multifight offer with Bellator when he controlled his challenger en path to a third-round TKO.
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.