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UFC 2023: Betting Results Saw Stunning Finishes and Plenty of Upsets

The year 2024 is poised to be an intriguing year in the world of MMA. In April, the UFC will commemorate its 300th Pay-Per-View.

We will begin the year of Pay-Per-View events with Sean Strickland’s inaugural middleweight championship defense. Additionally, there is a possibility that Conor McGregor could make his comeback to the Octagon.

UFC 2023: Betting Results Saw Stunning Finishes and Plenty of Upsets
In this UFC handout, Sean Strickland/Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC/AFP

In 2023, fight enthusiasts were presented with an abundance of captivating narratives. Dana White introduced the Power Slap leagueand then slapped his wife in public.

Amanda Nunes, widely regarded as the greatest female mixed martial artist of all time, decided to retire, leaving two weight divisions without titleholders.

Additionally, at the end of the year, five weight classes in the UFC had new champions. Alongside some of the craziest UFC betting odds cashing, there’s beenan abundance of surprises, to say the least.

These surprises encompassed sudden knockouts, astonishing upsets, and unforgettable events both within and beyond the octagon. However, what notable event occurred in the UFC in 2023 that warrants commemoration? Accompany me, Manyun, while I bring you up to date.

 


11 New UFC Champions Across 7 Divisions in 2023

Eleven times in 2023, we have heard Bruce Buffer drop his trademark phrase “and new,” and some astounding and unanticipated champions have been crowned. Whether it’s been an interim or undisputed title, seven weight classes have witnessed new champions being crowned … crazy right?

  • Brandon Moreno – Undisputed UFC Flyweight Championship (UFC 283)
  • Jamahal Hill – UFC Light Heavyweight Championship (UFC 283)
  • Yair Rodriguez – UFC Interim Featherweight Championship (UFC 284)
  • Alexa Grasso – UFC Women’s Flyweight Championship (UFC 285)
  • Jon Jones – UFC Heavyweight Championship (UFC 285)
  • Israel Adesanya – UFC Middleweight Championship (UFC 287)
  • Alexandre Pantoja – UFC Flyweight Championship (UFC 290)
  • Sean O’Malley – UFC Bantamweight Championship (UFC 292)
  • Sean Strickland – UFC Middleweight Championship (UFC 293)
  • Tom Aspinall – UFC Interim Heavyweight Championship (UFC 295)
  • Alex Pereira – UFC Light Heavyweight Championship (UFC 295)

 

Sean Strickland & Alexa Grasso: Biggest Underdog Champs of 2023

Put your hands up if you wagered on the MMA for 52 consecutive weeks this year, “raises hand.” Now, put your hands up if your UFC betting involved wagers on Strickland beating Israel Adesanya and Alexa Grasso defeating Valentina Shevchenko, *lowers hand.*

Yes, I was just as shocked as anybody when the betting odds were defied at UFC 285 and UFC 293, respectively.

The momentous occasion of the year will be Alexa Grasso’s submission of Valentina Shevchenko, which dethroned the prevailing champion and caused one of the greatest shocks in recent memory. More impressively, Grasso returned at UFC Noche and retained her title in a majority draw.


Perhaps more surprisingly, while also heralding in the Tarzan era, Strickland’s unexpected victory over Adesanya at UFC 295 tied with Grasso-Shevchenko for the title of upset of the year.

Strickland stunned one of the greatest kickboxers in mixed martial arts history, triumphing 4-1 on the scorecards to reclaim the middleweight title and produce a spectacle that many would have been unable to believe until they witnessed it. Sportsbook punters couldn’t believe it, and neither could I.

 


Dana White Slaps His Wife and Debuts Power Slap

It is quite remarkable that Dana White did not suffer any consequences for physically assaulting his wife in a public video. In January, a few weeks prior to the premiere of his latest production, “Power Slap,” he was observed engaging in a violent argument with his spouse at a nightclub in Mexico.

 


ESPN reporters were seemingly prohibited from commenting on or discussing the story. For White and the UFC, there were no significant alterations. When questioned about the absence of consequences, the CEO responded: “This is my punishment: I am obliged to bear the burden of this label for the entirety of my life.”

‘The Ultimate Fighter:’ Conor McGregor Returned

Conor McGregor has not yet made his comeback to the cage, but he did make a reappearance on “The Ultimate Fighter” this summer. “The Notorious” collaborated with Michael Chandler as a coach for the show’s most recent season.

 


The TUF framework is antiquated; however, this season remained exceptionally unpredictable. McGregor and his team initially had a record of 0-7, but they were saved from absolute defeat via a decisive knockout from Rico DiSciullo. The Irishman engaged in confrontations and engaged in verbal disputes with the former Bellator champion on many occasions, thus providing us with the McGregor we love and know.

The BMF Title is Back

The UFC’s BMF title is the MMA company’s closest approximation to a championship reminiscent of those found in WWE-style professional wrestling. In 2019, Jorge Masvidal and Nate Diaz competed in a singular match for the championship title, with “Gamebred” emerging as the victor.

 


Masvidal announced his retirement in April, having never defended the symbolic championship. Contrary to the UFC’s assertion that the title would only be used once, it decided to reinstate it for a rematch between Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje. “The Highlight” became victorious with a second-round knockout and, unlike Masvidal, has since shown a desire to defend the championship.

2024 UFC Q&A With Manyun

 

 

Questions Of The Day

Which weight class is poised for the most exciting matchups and potential title contenders in 2024?


The heavyweight division in 2023 has been the healthiest and most promising in decades.

Will the UFC be able to maintain its dominance in the world of combat sports in 2024?


With UFC 300 on the horizon, and the plethora of current and emerging talent throughout every weight class, the UFC’s competition will continue to pale in comparison.

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