Mike Wilkinson (+650) upsets Niklas Backstrom (-1000)
Knockout, Round 1
UFC Fight Night 53 — 10/4/2014
Sitting at 0-1 in the UFC, coming off a one year layoff, and facing a seemingly far superior and much more hyped fighter, no one had much faith in Mike Wilkinson’s ability to get the W here. Despite that, he made it look easy. The bout was fairly competitive in the early moments, with Backstrom getting the better of the striking exchanges. The early success seemed to be his downfall, however, as he looked to get increasingly overconfident as every second ticked away.
Niklas marched forward with his hands down, drilled his much smaller opponent with a front kick right on the grill, then ate a counter on his chin chin. The overhand right put him out cold before he even hit the mat. Sometimes one punch is all it takes in mixed martial arts.
Opening line: +435 — 5Dimes
Peak line: +725 — 5Dimes
Closing line: +650 — 5Dimes