UPDATE, 7:35 p.m.: Tecia Torres wins by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27). It was a dominating performance from pillar to post, as she was able to tie up Van Buren and keep her on her feet while landing some vicious fists and kicks. It was a nice sized upset, as Torres went off as a +180 underdog, but the outcome was never in doubt after the final horn.
UPDATE, 1:50 p.m.: We’ve seen a slight uptick in DraftKings Sportsbook betting on the favorite. The public is betting Brianna Van Buren to the tune of 79 percent of both bets and handle.
Brianna Van Buren could be a rising star at strawweight, and she might be ending another fighter’s UFC career when she faces on Tecia Torres during UFC on ESPN 11 tonight in Las Vegas.
Torres comes in as the veteran underdog gatekeeper, losing her last four fights in the octagon all by unanimous decision. She’s 6-5 overall in the promotion, but might be fighting for her contract despite being ranked #11 at strawweight. With only one stoppage in her 10-5 career record, 24% of the cash and 25% of the tickets taken are on her to win tonight.
Van Buren is 9-2 career and won her UFC debut against Livinha Souza last July via unanimous decision. The American Kickboxing Academy fighter has five stoppages in her career (three KO’s, two submissions), and previously fought in Invicta. She’s the favorite and adding more weight, with 76% of the cash and 75% of the bets on her rise to continue.
Here are the betting splits at DraftKings Sportsbook for Tecia Torres vs. Brianna Van Buren at UFC on ESPN 11 on June 20th:
Tecia Torres: opened +175, now +180
Brianna Van Buren: opened -225, now -230
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