Conor McGregor was one of the favorites to win this weekend’s main event against UFC Lightweight Champion Dustin Poirier, and it looked like he would pull off the upset. But in the end, McGregor was unable to fight off Poirier’s takedowns and was forced to retire in his corner after a second-round TKO.

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Conor McGregor’s leg injury was the main event, but the main event at UFC 264 confused the betting and ended a unique card.

McGregor’s inability to start the second round qualified the result as a technical knockout in Dustin Poirier’s first round, moving the odds to 9-1. It also means that the fight lasted less than a round and a half (the first 7:30).

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At first, for about 30 seconds, many guests were uncertain, but then they understood the significance of this unusual situation. Stations Casino’s director of sports betting, Chuck Esposito, told ESPN that this was also mentioned in the broadcast. McGregor became an underdog (+110) for only the third time in his UFC career, losing in each of his last two situations.

At the end of the week, we had a high dunk from Poirier. But then, as of Thursday, the fight was pretty lopsided in Conor’s favor. We also had some big bets on the over and parlay related to the over, Esposito said.

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After McGregor became the favorite for the second fight in January with a -333 handicap, the trilogy fight opened as a pick-n-roll, but respected and sharp bettors tilted the odds in Poirier’s favor. Those ratings barely changed in the week of the fight, although the public supported McGregor as they usually do. But perhaps because the pandemic restricted international travel, the Irishman received only a modest number of assignments, not the usual influx.

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Chalk has held up well in trilogy fights, with the favorite winning nine of his last ten fights. Furthermore, the only loss was against a slight favorite (-115) when Stipe Miocic defeated Daniel Cormier.

Poirier’s victory crowned an unusual night for the UFC, who often impresses fans with her striking. Still, the favorites took an 11-1 (or 10-2, depending on your bookmaker) lead Saturday night. The only disappointment came from the main event: Gilbert Burns (+140) won by decision over Stephen Thompson.

Bookmakers Balls

– The U.S. basketball team was a 28.5-point favorite for Saturday’s game against Nigeria for the Summer Olympics. Nigeria won 90-87. A gambler in William Hill, Nevada, bet $200 on Nigeria to win at odds of 25-1.

According to the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, the United States are the favorite to win a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics with an odd of -500.

– The NFL season is only two months away. Below are the odds and totals for the first round matches via William Hill’s Caesars Sportsbook :

Dallas Cowboys – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-6.5, 52)
Pittsburgh Steelers – Buffalo Bills (-6.5, 50.5)
New York Jets – Carolina Panthers (-4, 43.5)
Jacksonville Jaguars (-2.5, 45.5) at Houston Texans
Arizona Cardinals at Tennessee Titans (-3, 52)
Los Angeles Chargers (-1.5, 44.5) at Washington
Philadelphia Eagles at Atlanta Falcons (-4, 48)
Seattle Seahawks at Indianapolis Colts (-2.5, 52)
Minnesota Vikings (-3, 48) at Cincinnati Bengals
San Francisco 49ers (-7.5, 46) at Detroit Lions
Cleveland Browns at Kansas City Chiefs (-6, 53.5)
Denver Broncos (-1, 42.5) at New York Giants
Green Bay Packers at New Orleans Saints (-2.5, 50.5)
Chicago Bears at Los Angeles Rams (-7, 45)
Baltimore Ravens (-4, 51) at Las Vegas Raiders

– Italy beat England on penalties on Sunday to win Euro 2020. Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill won 8-1 over Italy. France entered the tournament with a lead of +450. England was at +600.

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