About a month after a policy change that banned UFC fighters and their closest associates from betting on UFC fights, investigation of non-standard betting patterns The featherweight bout between Darrick Minner and Shaylan Nuerdanbike kicked off on Saturday at the Apex in Las Vegas on the main card of UFC Vegas 64, ESPN reported on Sunday.
Nuerdanbike won by TKO at 1:07 of the first round. Minner landed a kick early in the fight and grimaced in pain before retreating to the cage. Nuerdanbike went to the finish line and was quickly stopped by referee Mark Smith.
Minner has lost three fights in a row and is 2-4 in the UFC.
According to an ESPN report, Nuerdanbik’s multi-state betting houses were flooded with money to win by first-round knockout. ESPN also reported that there were many bets that the fight would go under 2.5 rounds.
On Sunday evening, the UFC released a statement saying its betting partner would investigate, but stressed that neither the athletes nor their teams were suspected of any illegal activity.
“Like many professional sports organizations, the UFC is partnering with an independent betting integrity service to track betting activity on our events,” the UFC said in a statement. “Our betting integrity partner, Don Best Sports, the world’s leading provider of real-time sports betting data for North American sports, will conduct a thorough factual analysis and report its findings. At present, we have no reason to believe so. athletes participating in the fight, or anyone associated with their teams, behaved unethically or irresponsibly.”
Jeff Sherman of Westgate Superbook in Las Vegas told Sportzshala Sports in a text message on Sunday that he “knew nothing of the sort in our book.” The ESPN report did not specify which bookmakers received the bets.
Adding to the intrigue of the report is that James Krause, who is considered one of the sport’s elite trainers and works as Minner’s trainer, openly discussed his UFC fight betting before UFC policy changed last month. The UFC has changed its code of conduct to ban fighters and their close associates from betting on UFC fights because many betting-legalized states are enacting rules that ban athletes from betting on their sports.
Neither Krause nor any of the militants are suspected of any illegal activity.
ESPN said it received an analysis from US Integrity, a Las Vegas-based company that works with sports booklets and gambling regulators. Suspicions were reportedly raised when betting on Nuerdanbik continued even after the odds deteriorated.