UPDATE, 8:21 p.m.: Jim Miller wins by submission (armbar) at 2:25 of the first round. Miller held top position for most of the fight, and found and opening to sink in a flawless armbar. It’s a win in his record 35th octagon appearance, and his 10th submission win. He does so as a +185 underdog for the upset.
UPDATE, 1:50 p.m.: We’ve seen a little bit of money come in at DraftKings Sportsbook for the underdog this afternoon. Jim Miller is a sizable underdog, but he’s up to 22% of handle and 16% of total bets. It’s not huge, but there is a small crowd looking to back him.
Two lightweights heading in opposite directions face off tonight at UFC Apex as Jim Miller fights Roosevelt Roberts to open the main card at UFC on ESPN 11.
Miller is 31-14 as an MMA fighter, and might be serving as gatekeeper for his younger opponent in this fight. This will be his 35th UFC fight, where he’s 20-13 with a no contest. He has 17 submissions and four knockouts in his career, and likes to work the ground game. Right now just 14% of the bets and 10% of the cash is on him to have his hand raised tonight.
The 26-year-old Roberts beat Brok Weaver with a second-round rear-naked choke three weeks ago, and is 10-1 in MMA and 4-1 in the UFC. He’s not very active with just 2.88 strikes per minute, but can win either in the stand-up or on the mat with three TKO’s and five submissions. The bettors are all over him after his impressive win over Weaver, with 86% of the bets and 90% of the dollars wagered on this fight backing him to win.
Here are the betting splits at DraftKings Sportsbook for Jim Miller vs. Roosevelt Roberts at UFC on ESPN 11 on June 20th:
Jim Miller: opened +185, now +185
Roosevelt Roberts: opened -240, now -240
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