With his victory over "the Cowboy" the Irishman claimed to be the first fighter in UFC history to win by Knockout in three different weight divisions. But is it a new record?
UFC 217 By The Numbers: Key Betting Stats to Care About
The Return of St-Pierre, UFC's Top Draw
It's been a difficult year for the UFC, to say the least. Their biggest cash cow, Conor McGregor pursued the big money boxing match with Floyd Mayweather Jr. while their top-selling pay-per-view, UFC 214 (estimated 850,000 buys) was tainted by headliner Jon Jones's second doping scandal. Not counting UFC 214, the UFC's 2017 PPVs averaged 220,000 buys. In total, they combined for 1.7 million buys. In comparison, McGregor's last UFC PPV alone sold 1.3 million.
But there are key numbers that bode good news for UFC 217 courtesy of the returning legend, Georges St-Pierre:
- 12 million: the total gate for UFC 129 in American dollars, the UFC's largest event of all time, which St-Pierre headlined
- 1.6 Million: the PPV buys for UFC 100, the UFC's highest-selling PPV, which St-Pierre co-headlined
- 713,000: the average PPV buys from UFC events St-Pierre headlined or co-headlined
- 7.4 million: the combined amount of Facebook page likes, twitter followers, and Instagram followers for St-Pierre, third-most among active UFC fighters behind Conor McGregor (35 million) and Anderson Silva (16.5 million).
St-Pierre has an established fanbase even if he has missed the last four years in the UFC. This time saw great changes within the UFC including the debut of USADA, the anti-doping agency that saw several notable fighters like Jones, Silva, and Brock Lesnar get suspended for doping violations. The former welterweight champion, however, has kept a clean profile and has stayed in shape.
Bisping vs St-Pierre By The Numbers
The middleweight championship bout pits two of the UFC's oldest veterans against each other. UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping has seen his fair share of wars while St-Pierre has also taken a lot of damage through his decade-long UFC career.
The lines are now even at -115 (SportsInteraction) though Bisping opened at +135. Betting action in the last week has gone up and down with plenty of backers on both sides. Here's a more in-depth look at Bisping and St-Pierre's best betting performances in their last five bouts:
- -185: the best line you can find on St-Pierre in his last bout against Johny Hendricks. St-Pierre opened as a -225 favourite and won the fight via contentious split decision. This was St-Pierre's highest line since he rematched B.J. Penn way back in 2009 (-165).
- +2500: the line on Bisping to win in the first round of his rematch with former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold; Bisping was also a +590 to win and a +900 to win by T/KO. He rewarded gutsy bettors with a scintillating first-round KO victory over Rockhold, the first and only KO victory in his 11-year UFC career thus far.
- 5-0: St-Pierre's betting record in his last five bouts, which also includes the over in round totals, him to win by decision, and his record as a favourite. St-Pierre is a bettor's dream. Fans may criticize his ultra-tactical fighting style but bettors love the consistency they get from him.
- 4-1: the betting record for the over in round totals for Bisping's last five bouts; these bouts all ended in a decision as well. The only loss came when Bisping finished Rockhold in one round. The under for this bout was set at 1.5 rounds at a pick'em price of -110.
UFC 217 Betting Trends To Care About
Before Bisping and St-Pierre touch gloves, UFC 217 features a stacked card with 11 more bouts including two championship bouts. Here's a rundown of the most interesting betting odds/stats:
- -655: UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk's betting line, the biggest favourite of the entire card; Jedrzejczyk opened at -440.
- +415: Rose Namajunas's betting line, the biggest underdog of the card. Namajunas opened at +305.
- +74%: the line movement for Aiemann Zahabi (+135) since opening, the most significant plus line movement by 27% (Rose Namajunas at +47%).
- +205: the betting line for St-Pierre's last opponent, former welterweight champion Johny Hendricks. He is the fifth-biggest underdog on the card.
- 84%: the percentage of bets for Ion Cutelaba (-480) to finish Michal Oleksiejczuk (+330)
- +210: the average underdog betting line.
- 4: the number of underdogs upwards of +250 on the betting lines: Namajunas (+415), Oleksiejczuk (+330), Godbeer (+265), and Aleksei Oleinik (+260).
- +165: the betting line for over 1.5 rounds for the Cutelaba-Oleksiejczuk fight, the biggest underdog line for total rounds.
*Note: all betting odds are from SportsInteraction
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