A massive bet has already come in for UFC 281 later tonight (Sat., Nov. 12, 2022) live on ESPN+ PPV from inside Madison Square Garden in New York City, but it doesn’t include any of the top fighters on the stacked “Big Apple” card. While UFC 281 will feature the likes of Israel Adesanya, Alex Pereira, Carla Esparza, Zhang Weili, Dustin Poirier, and Michael Chandler, a mixed martial arts (MMA) fan has decided to put all of his eggs in Claudio Puelles’ basket. Puelles will be matched up against fan-favorite fighter Dan Hooker to spark the ESPN+ PPV main card.

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CHAMPIONSHIP DOUBLE-DIP! Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to “The Fight Mecca,” Madison Square Garden in New York, N.Y., on Sat., Nov. 12, 2022, featuring two highly-anticipated championship showdowns. In UFC 281’s pay-per-view (PPV) main event, Middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya, will look to settle the score with former kickboxing foe and No. 5-seeded contender, Alex Pereira. In the ESPN+-streamed PPV co-main event, women’s Strawweight champion, Carla Esparza, intends to defend her newly-won title for the first time against former champion and No. 2-ranked contender, Zhang Weili.

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According to a recent Twitter post by, a fan has bet $79,000 on Puelles to defeat Hooker at UFC 281 later tonight. If Puelles is victorious, the payout would be close to $200,000. Check it out below:

We’ve seen some wild UFC bets in the past, but this one is a little out there. While Hooker has struggled over the past few years to create success inside of the Octagon he’s still a very dangerous fighter returning to the lightweight division. Puelles, on the other hand, is a very good fighter in his own right. However, the Peruvian contender isn’t some sort of world beater that it makes sense to throw $79,000 on the table like it was rent money.

Still, Puelles is riding a five-fight streak at 155 pounds while finishing three of those victories by way of kneebar. Hooker has been submitted three times in his 33-fight career so maybe this fan is banking on another “Hangman” tap out.

What say you, fight fans? Will this $79K bet be all for nothing or will this fan have a weekend to remember? will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 281 fight card RIGHT HERE, starting with the early ESPN+ “Prelims” matches at 6 p.m. ET, followed by the remaining undercard balance on ESPN+/ESPNews at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN+.

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