Forrest Griffin Win Has Gamblers Looking Ahead to UFC 87

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Ever since last summer, the favorites have been winning on a regular basis at UFC events and this has left many a gambler numb.  Enter Forrest Griffin.  He defeated heavily favored Quinton Jackson at Saturday's UFC 86 event, the only underdog to do so.

The payout - while not extraordinary - provided better than 2 to 1 odds at Diamond Sports.

Griffin, winner of Season 1 of "The Ultimate Fighter, won a five-round upset decision over light-heavyweight title-holder Jackson on Saturday night in a raucous UFC 86 mixed martial arts main event before a sellout crowd of 11,172, good for a gate of US$3.3 million at the Mandalay Bay Events Center, according to the Canadian Press.

"I'm not a feared guy but I'm going to fight you for 25 minutes," said Griffin, who quit a career in law enforcement in Georgia to become a fighter. "Whoever you are, anybody at 205. I'm not going to break. I'm not going to quit."

The judges scored it 49-46, 48-46, 48-46 for Griffin.

"You know what, I didn't think Forrest could hang with me," Jackson said. "I said if Forrest gets past the third round, he'll gain my respect. And I respect him. And if I ever fight him again, I'm going to respect the hell out of him with my right hand."

The Griffin win could spark interest in the UFC among gamblers once again.  Recent UFC events have shown a sharp decline in online gambling activity as evidenced by Gambling911.com traffic numbers. 

"Last summer a number of big favorites lost in upsets that helped fuel betting activity," explains Gambling911.com Operations Manager, Payton O'Brien.

While UFC 86 was the most inquired about event over the weekend, numbers were dramatically off from last summer. 

UFC 87 once again features the potential for some lucrative payouts with Jon Fitch a +260 underdog (paying $260 for every $100 bet) verses -320 favorite George St. Pierre and Heath Herring paying $210 for every $100 bet if he were to beat Brock Lesnar. 

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