Urijah Faber was -550 and Mike Brown was +400 actually. Unfortunately Mixed Martial Arts hasn’t been too kind to favorites ever since UFC 69 when Matt Serra shocked the world and took out Georges St-Pierre in just over 3 minutes to win the Welterweight championship and made the word “upset” possible.
It was only one event later when Gabriel Gonzaga decapitated Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic with a head kick at UFC 70. Another fight, another upset. UFC 71 was next and there were actually two upsets depending on who you talk to. Keith Jardine was KO’ed by relative newcomer Houston Alexander, while UFC posterboy Chuck Liddell was laid out by the then new UFC Light Heavyweight champion, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.
I could keep going but that’d take forever, I think you get the gist. Urijah Faber has been one of the most untouchable fighters in the world, next to Anderson Silva and Fedor Emelianenko. Faber’s 13-fight win streak was halted as Mike Brown shocked the world, but not the odds.
You see, the odds were actually in Brown’s favor because big favorites haven’t been doing so well lately. Just ask Mauricio “Shogun” Rua after his loss to Forrest Griffin at UFC 76.