After receiving so much hype in the months leading up to it, UFC 156 seemed destined to fall short of expectations all along. Then, it didn’t. The UFC 156 Pay Per View event was one wild ride, featuring shocking upsets, incredible technical clashes, and a championship fight that resulted in broken bones and shattered dreams. While 11 different fighters raised their hand after winning, significant injuries and a lack of parity in terms of financial figures may change the way some sports betting fans recognize who the real winners from UFC 156 were, especially considering three of the victors will spend significant time away from the Octagon following major injuries.
The three winners that suffered major blows that resulted in medical suspensions from the Nevada State Athletic Commission include Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Evan Dunham, and Francisco Rivera. Rivera was diagnosed with a hand injury that will keep him out pending X-ray and Dunham is out with a right orbital blowout fracture, but the biggest blow went to Nogueira, who will celebrate his win with an indefinite suspension that is the result of a right eye injury suffered in his victory of Rashad Evans. One of the true online sportsbook upsets of the night Nogueira emerged from UFC 156 with a unanimous decision win but took a few solid blows to the eye that will prevent him from even training until he gets clearance from an ophthalmologist.
Meanwhile, Evans may not have won his fight with Nogueira, but that doesn’t mean he still wasn’t the biggest winner at UFC 156. Evans topped the salary payroll with a clean $300,000 that night, a base $126,000 more than the man that beat him in Nogueira. While the Brazilian did receive a $67,000 win bonus, the fact that Evans made the most that night in a loss is a surprise to some, especially with a championship fight on the online betting card. UFC Featherweight champion Jose Aldo made $240,000 for his successful title defense over Frankie Edgar only after including his $120,000 win bonus, with the challenger settling for $120,000 in defeat. Surprisingly enough it was the man that scored the biggest upset of the night that came out with one of the smallest salaries from the main card, as Antonio Silva made just $60,000 compared to the $285,714.29 cashed in by the man he knocked out in Alistair Overeem.
UFC 156 undoubtedly lived up to the hype as one of the more entertaining UFC events in recent months, but the real sportsbook story is whether or not the winners were the true winners at all. With the majority of the payroll going to losing fighters, and three separate winners suffering significant injuries that led to medical suspensions, perhaps the fight winners weren’t the real winners when it came to the bigger picture after all. For all of the latest NFL news and future betting odds, be sure to check out the best online betting sites.