The monstrous bet would have paid out just $349,800, but it ended up being a rough night for the bettor, who lost a massive amount of cash on the event’s biggest favourite
Amanda Nunes lost her bantamweight title to Julianna Pena last night – and she also cost one punter $318,000.
The Brazilian had looked unbeatable since winning the belt in 2016, having picked up wins over a number of legends to become two-weight world champion before UFC 269.
But Pena shocked the world with a second-round submission to earn underdog backers a fortune, and lose one unlucky DraftKings player a colossal amount of money.
The bettor was mentioned on the official broadcast by commentator Jon Anik, and was confident that Nunes would do the business as she had since 2014, when she last lost.
And DraftKings confirmed it on their Twitter page with a tweet that would ultimately go viral after the result.
“BIG A*** BET!” The post declared to their 118,400+ followers. “One bettor is backing Amanda Nunes moneyline with $318K.
“Potential Payout? $349,800”
Nunes was as big as a 1/11 favourite with some bookmakers, making her what many tipsters would refer to as an “unbackable” bet, particularly in a contest where there are only three possible outcomes, of which only two are in any way likely.
But that didn’t stop this one anonymous gambler from betting a figure that amounts to almost ten times the average yearly salary for a member of the United Kingdom’s labour force.
Nunes was heavily favoured to beat Pena, having dispatched the likes of Holly Holm, Miesha Tate, Ronda Rousey, Cris Cyborg and Valentina Shevchenko twice on her way to the bantamweight and featherweight titles.
And she still holds the featherweight belt, which she won’t be pressured to defend given that the weight class doesn’t have a clear rankings system.
Nunes started the brighter on the night, dropping Pena with the first shot she threw; a calf kick.
And if anyone was going to be losing by submission in the first round, it was likely to be the American who had to defend multiple attempts from her Brazilian rival.
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But the second round was a completely different story, with Pena winning the striking exchanges before getting the fight to the ground.
From there the submission specialist found her way to the back of the champion and locked in a rear naked choke to take the title away from Nunes for the first time in over half a decade.
The same submission was used in the third round of the night’s main event, when Charles Oliveira submitted Dustin Poirier to defend his lightweight title.
“I told you don’t ever doubt me again. Willpower, strength and determination it will take you places,” Pena said after the fight.
“I definitely expected a win and I’m just so grateful, the world is my oyster. You have the ability to do anything you want in life and I just proved that in this fight.”
She has since offered Nunes an immediate rematch, which could take place at either weight class given that they are both now champions.