Originally posted on 5thRound.com  |  Last updated 8/19/13
No, we’re not talking about the television ratings for “UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Sonnen,” because the reported 1.78 million viewers who tuned in Saturday night is considered a “smash hit” for the UFC and Fox Sports 1 in most circles. We’re referring to the upsetting results that took place in half of the card’s 12 scraps. Six underdogs served up upset specials this weekend, including Travis Browne  (+180) and Chael Sonnen (+110), who competed in the event’s two showcase fights, and the night’s biggest longshot, John Howard. Uriah Hall was a significant 4.5-to-1 odds-on favorite to get his hype train back on track by steamrolling Howard (+325). Unfortunately for Hall, his high-five and handshake fest resulted in a disappointing split decision defeat. Alistair Overeem (pictured) appeared to be well on his way to collecting a vicious TKO victory until Browne unleashed a front kick to the face that would have made Anderson Silva proud (or should we say, make Sensei Seagal proud?). James Vick (+150), Steven Siler (+160) and Michael Johnson (+200) were the show’s other dark horses to pull through. As the old adage goes, anything can happen in a fight. That’s what makes MMA, particularly betting on MMA, so exciting.
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