April 23, 2016 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
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I had two accumulators on UFC 197, all focused on the main PPV card, starting with:
Yair Rodriguez vs Andre Fili
Rodriguez comfortably won the first round in both the standing and ground exchanges. The second round started much the same, until Rodriquez timed a jumping left roundhouse kick that knocked Fili clean out. Great start to the PPV and to my betting slip.
Robert Whittaker vs Rafael Natal
Next up, I had Robert Whittaker to beat Rafael Natal. Whitaker had a clear advantage in the striking and rang Natal’s bell a couple of times towards the end of round 1. Natal had some success in the 2nd round with leg kicks, which Mike and Joe obsessed over in commentary. Whittaker still had the better of things in my opinion and had two rounds in the books after 10 minutes. As well as a badly bruised left leg, Whittaker seemed to be dealing with a damaged right hand, but solid jabs and hooks with the left were the difference and he comfortably wins the round on my card. Whittaker almost found a finish in the last 30 seconds, but settles for a solid decision win. Only one judge agreed with Joe Rogan in giving Natal the 2nd round. The other two agreed with me and gave Whittaker all three.
Anthony Pettis vs Edson Barboza
So I needed Edson Barboza to upset the odds and beat Anthony Pettis to nail my first bet of the card. Tough to score round 1, with Pettis landing more volume, but Barboza undoubtedly landing the heavier shots. Similar story in the 2nd round, maybe closer still. Barboza opened up in the final round, especially chewing up the lead leg of Pettis. Deserved decision win earned by Edson Barboza, and my treble comes in.
Demetrious Johnson vs Henry Cejudo
So, with money in the bank from the previous three bouts, I’m looking at Demetrious Johnson to get my main/co-main double off to a winning start. Again, DJ makes it look easy, knocking Cejudo out in the first round. Hard to argue with Joe Rogan’s constant pimping of Johnson as the P4P king.
Jon Jones vs Ovince Saint Preux
So for a perfect night of bets, I just needed for Ovince Saint Preux to upset the odds and ruin Jon Jones’ comeback. For the record, it was always a ‘bet with the heart, over the head’ situation here. I was taking the juicy odds, and also betting against a personality in Jon Jones that I just CAN’T get behind. The first three rounds were close with the only thing separate them, apart being the repeated side and oblique kicks to OSP’s knees. Jones put a stamp on the 4th with a takedown and some GnP, and also the huge slam in the 5th. There’s no doubt in my mind that Daniel Cormier would have soundly beaten that version of Jon Jones, but sadly for my bet, Ovince Saint Preux wasn’t quite up to the task tonight.
Rodriguez to beat Fili – win
Whitaker to beat Natal – win
Barbosa to beat Pettis – win
£5 returned £25.73
Johnson to beat Cejudo – win
Saint Preux to beat Jones – loss
Small profit for the night, but Jon ‘Moans’ Jones spoils the bigger of the two bets. Time to start planning the bets for UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs Arlovski. Some cracking fights on that one to pick the bones out of.
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