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Beating the UFC

Savvy sports bettors find a way to profit from the Ultimate Fighting Championship
Michael Kaplan
From the Print Edition:
Saturday Night Live: How it Shapes Our Politics & Culture, September/October 2011

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First, Musketa gives the stock bromide about working hard (he puts in an hour per fight, analyzing records and watching previous matches). He lets that hang for a moment before offering the real advice: “Start following the younger fighters who are getting into MMA from scratch. Other handicappers don’t give them enough credit, and neither do the sports books. John Jones, who is considered the best fighter in mixed martial arts, is only 23 years old and a champion. His first few fights, you could have gotten him at less than 3-to-1 and it was an absolute steal. It was like watching Mike Tyson on his way up. How nice would that be?”

I tell Musketa that he makes it sound easy. He neither agrees nor disagrees. But he responds by saying, “Find those guys, take notes on them, watch them in their next fights. Then away you go.” v

Michael Kaplan is a Cigar Aficionado contributing editor.

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