The UFC fight between Darrick Minner and Shayilan Nuerdanbieke is being investigated by an American based betting integrity firm after several bookies reporting suspicious betting close to the fight.
This UFC featherweight clash on Saturday ended in the first round, with Nuerdanbieke winning via TKO stoppage following an injury to Minner after just one minute.
While Nuerdanbieke went into the clash as favourite, his odds dramatically went from -220 to -420 in just hours before the fight. Seconds into the fight, Minner felt his leg after throwing a kick, with Nuerdanbieke taking advantage and landing powerful knee shots in the clinch.
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However, it seems as though it was not public knowledge, or indeed to the UFC, if Minner was carrying an injury heading into the fight, which raised suspicions when several bets were placed on Nuerdanbieke to win the fight in the first round.
In October, we saw TJ Dillashaw enter UFC 280 with a serious shoulder injury that was kept from the UFC and media in the lead up to his title fight with Aljamain Sterling.
President of the U.S Integrity Matthew Holt spoke to ESPN and said they cannot reveal details of the ongoing investigation.
“Our goal as always is to notify the industry of any potential nefarious, abnormal or suspicious activity as soon as possible, so they can take action as quickly as possible.
In this case, we hope that by sending a couple hours before the fight started, we may have helped prevent some more suspicious bets from getting through.”
The UFC today released a statement on the issue.
“Like many professional sports organisations, UFC works with an independent betting integrity service to monitor wagering activity on our events.
At this time, we have no reason to believe either of the athletes involved in the bout, or anyone associated with their teams, behaved in an unethical or irresponsible manner.”