Ultimate Fight Night – MacDonald vs Thompson – Results


June 18, 2016 at TD Place Arena, Ottawa, Canada

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Krzystof Jokto to beat Tamden McCrory – win

Jokto got us off to a winning start with a stunning over-hand crushing KO. He moved to 18-1 and is one to watch for future bets.

Misha Cirkunov vs Ion Cutelaba – win

15 seconds into this fight it looked highly likely someone was getting knocked out. Two absolute killers slinging leather. It was actually a submission win in the third round that got it done for Cirkunov.

Jason Saggo vs Leandro Silva – win

Saggo edged out the split decision win in this entertaining close fight to bring home the first bet. Good work fella.

Valerie Letourneau vs Joanne Calderwood – lose

The second bet fell at the first hurdle, with Jo Calderwood putting Letourneau away in the 3rd round. With money in the bank from the first bet, I’m not too disappointed though. I like winning money, but I’m really pleased for Jo Jo.

Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs Thibault Gouti – win

It took till the 3rd round, but Aubin-Mercier got the submission win.

Steve Bosse vs Sean O’Connell – lose

These two put on quite a war for us. O’Connell almost stopped Bosse in the 1st round, but it went the full distance and the judges had to make a tough decision. It went Bosse’s way, there was nothing in it really.

Donald Cerrone vs Patrick Cote – win

Cowboy looks excellent at welterweight. Cote is tough, but Cerrone was just a step ahead in all areas. Class performance from Cerrone.

Rory MacDonald vs Steven Thompson – lose

Not what you’d call a thriller of a main event. MacDonald never really managed to get into boxing range and Thompson was happy to stay at long range, landing more shots, particularly his kicking.

bet setled

Bet 1 – £10 returning £0.00

Rory MacDonald vs Steven Thompson

Donald Cerrone vs Patrick Cote

Bet 2 – £10 returning £0.00

Sean O’Connell to beat Steve Bosse

Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs Thibault Gouti

Valerie Letourneau vs Joanne Calderwood

Bet 3 – £10 (including £5 free bet) returned £58.25

Jason Saggo to beat Leandro Silva

Misha Cirkunov to beat Ion Cutelaba

Krzystof Jokto to beat Tamden McCrory

So 5/8 for me, but a profit for the night and significantly, I’m finally over the 1000% ROI mark for 2016 betting. Plenty of study to do for International Fight Week and three events in three days.

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Ultimate Fight Night – MacDonald vs Thompson – Preview

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June 18, 2016 at TD Place Arena, Ottawa, Canada

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I got another one in the win column at the last event, backing Michael Bisping to beat Luke Rockhold. I didn’t land my other seven fight accumulator, so as it stands, I’m still tantalisingly close to the 1000% ROI point for the year’s betting. Hopefully I can reach that milestone this weekend.

Rory MacDonald vs Steven Thompson

There’s a lot of hype building around Stephen ‘Wonder Boy’ Thompson, and rightly so. The only blemish on his record is a decision loss to Matt Brown in his second UFC fight, way back in 2012, and that’s no blemish at all really. In his last two outings he put Jake Ellenberger and Johny Hendricks away. The kid is a killer. With all that said, I’m backing Rory MacDonald to win this fight. His only losses have been to Carlos Condit, again in his second UFC fight in 2011, plus two losses in incredible wars with Robbie Lawler. MacDonald has struggled to reach terms with the UFC to renew his contract and has talked about testing the free agency market after this fight. With that in mind, plus the fight being in Canada, I think we’re going to see MacDonald at the top of his game, and that might be enough to derail the Thompson hype train.

Donald Cerrone vs Patrick Cote

I love having money on Cowboy because the bet is live till the final bell. Also, I like him as a Welterweight. Two losses to Rafael Dos Anjos break up what would otherwise have been a 10 fight winning streak. Cote will give Cowboy a war on the feet, and it could be a real barn-burner, but if it gets a bit too hot standing, Cowboy has a big advantage on the ground which could be the difference. Easy to back Cerrone here.

Steve Bosse vs Sean O’Connell

I was on Steve Bosse when he beat James Te Huna in Brisbaine in March. Although there’s no particularly strong reason to back either fighter in this bout, O’Connell is a very likable chap, having fun and giving gifts at weigh ins and stare downs. I’m going to get on him for the fun of it, partly because the next two fights I’m backing solid bookies’ favourites.

Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs Thibault Gouti

On Neutral ground, this could be a chance to back an upset, but with home-field advantage, and with Gouti coming off a loss, I think it just about makes Aubin-Mercier backable.

Valerie Letourneau vs Joanne Calderwood

I’ve been trying to find justification to back Jo Calderwood here. She’s got heart for days and she’s extremely likable. However, Letourneau took Joanna Jedrzejcyyk the distance back in November, and I think she represents a big jump up in class for Calderwood to deal with. Again, on neutral ground or even a UK card, I might bet with my heart and back Calderwood, but in Canada, I have to be sensible and back Letourneau.

I’ve got no strong feelings about the prelims, but have decided to have an interest bet on a few of them. I’ve got a free bet from Paddy Power to roll into it, so why not. These are shameless punt-bets on little or no solid information:

Jason Saggo vs Leandro Silva

Saggo due to home advantage.

Misha Cirkunov vs Ion Cutelba

Cirkunov as it’s Cutelba’s UFC debut.

Krzystof Jokto vsTamden McCrory

Jokto as he has the longer active win streak.

Joe Soto vs Chris Beal

This a 3 fight losing streak vs a 2 fight losing streak. No one ever got rich betting on prospects like that, so not getting involved with this one.

The Fight Pass prelims is some real finger in the air stuff, so I think we’ll call it quits there.

So the bets will be:

Bet 1 – £10 returning £32.31

Rory MacDonald vs Steven Thompson

Donald Cerrone vs Patrick Cote

Bet 2 – £10 returning £45.69

Sean O’Connell to beat Steve Bosse

Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs Thibault Gouti

Valerie Letourneau vs Joanne Calderwood

Bet 3 – £10 (including £5 free bet) returning £58.25

Jason Saggo to beat Leandro Silva

Misha Cirkunov to beat Ion Cutelba

Krzystof Jokto to beat Tamden McCrory

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UFC 199 – Rockhold vs Bisping – Results

June 4, 2016 at The Forum, Inglewood, California, USA

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In addition to a single bet on Rockhold vs Bisping, I’d gone for a big accumulator on seven main card and FS1 prelim fights.

Cole Miller to beat Alex Caceres – lose

Caceras out-struck Miller for the first two rounds and although Miller had some success on the ground in the final round, it was too little too late. Caceras took the decision and my big bet fell at the first hurdle.

Beneil Dariush to beat James Vick – win

Vick is big and strong for the weight, and is definitely a young prospect to watch, but as expected, Dariush was just too much for him here, bringing constant pressure, and being first to the punch more often than not. First round KO for Dariush.

Brian Ortega to beat Clay Guida – win

As usual, Guida set a blistering pace and certainly took the first round. In the second round Ortega did start to find his range and disrupt some of Guida’s aggression, but probably not enough to level it up. Deep into the final round, when it looked like the decision loss was certain, Ortega landed a big knee that shut Guida’s lights off and he snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.

Dustin Poirier to beat Bobby Green – win

Great performance and KO finish by Dustin Poirier, helped by the fact Bobby Green thinks dropping his hands and flapping his gums is a good idea in a fight. “Chat shit, get banged.” Poirier looks good at 155 and will likely be straight on the betting slip next time out.

Hector Lombard to beat Dan Henderson – lose

After a fairly slow start to the opening round, Henderson landed a right hand that wobbled Lombard, but that also fired him into action. Henderson took some heavy punishment and made it to the bell by the skin of his teeth. Early in the second both were looking to land their big power shot, but rather than the usual shuffle-shuffle-H Bomb doing the job it was a head kick, followed by a backwards elbow to the temple that Henderson landed to get Lombard out of there. Well done Dan. Hang ‘em up on a win mate.

Max Holloway to beat Ricardo Lamas – win

Great fight, and although Lamas pushed him pretty hard, Holloway just looked a class above. Clear decision win, and surely next in line for a title shot.

Dominick Cruz to beat Uriah Faber – win

There’s no quit in Uriah Faber, but this was the Dominick Cruz show. One-way traffic and an easy job for the judges.

Bisping to beat Rockhold – win

Genuine hair standing on end anticipation as I watched Bisping walk in to finally fight for a title. As I said in my preview piece, I’m a long time self-confessed Bisping nuthugger. I accepted that Rockhold deserved the favourite status going in to this fight, but to have Bisping as a 5/1 outside was insulting and a great betting opportunity. The 1st round was a close one and as it headed towards its conclusion, it was looking like a 10/10. That was until Michael “Pillow Hands” Bisping connected with a couple of left hands and knocked Luke Rockhold out. My winnng bet aside, I couldn’t be happier for the man. The first British UFC Champion, and a thoroughly deserving one. Haters gonna hate, but I’m a fan, and I can’t wait ti see him defend it, whoever that may be against.

Bet 1 – £10 returned £60.00

Bisping to beat Rockhold

Bet 2 – £10 returned £0.00

Dominick Cruz to beat Uriah Faber

Max Holloway to beat Ricardo Lamas

Hector Lombard to beat Dan Henderson

Dustin Poirier to beat Bobby Green

Brian Ortega to beat Clay Guida

Beneil Dariush to beat James Vick

Cole Miller to beat Alex Caceres

settled

So, I got 5 out of 7 right for my big bet, so no cash there, but I backed Bisping to win, so  I turned a profit for the event. Time to start planning for UFC Fight Night MacDonald vs Thompson.

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UFC 199 – Rockhold vs Bisping – Preview

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June 4, 2016 at The Forum, Inglewood, California, USA

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After a pretty shocking performance, picking only one out of six bouts correctly on UFC Fight Night 88, I’m looking to redeem myself at UFC 199. Looking down the coupon, there’s only one non-favourite I want to get behind.

Luke Rockhold vs Michael Bisping

Rockhold clearly goes into this fight as the favourite. He dismantled Chris Weidman to take the title, and eighteen months ago, he put Bisping away. However, as a British MMA fan who’s been a confirmed Bisping nut-hugger for a decade, I can’t foresee any situation where I would cheer or bet against him. He’s just beaten the Spider GOAT, he knows this is his one and only shot at this belt, and the stars have aligned with other top 5 injuries and schedules to give it to him. Also, 5/1??? Come on, it’s not that much of a long shot. WARRR on Bisping!!

Dominick Cruz vs Uriah Faber

With the injury nightmares Dominick Cruz has had over the last five years, there’s a chance MMA fans have been robbed of one of the great UFC careers of all time, only fighting four times in five years since the WEC buy out. That said, if he can stay healthy, he’s only 31. There’s time to put together a decent title defence streak yet. He’s 1-1 with Faber, and that loss is his only one on his record. This rubber match is four years in the making, and Cruz is listed as a strong favourite, rightly so IMO.

Max Holloway vs Ricardo Lamas

Holloway is on a very impressive 8 fight win streak and surely it’s only a matter of time before he fights for the Featherweight strap. Getting past a tough guy like Lamas is likely the last hurdle to put him in line to take on the winner of Aldo vs Edgar at UFC 200 (depending on what Conor decides to do). I fancy the Hawaiian to do that this weekend.

Dan Henderson vs Hector Lombard

This is Dan Henderson’s last fight on his UFC contract and he’s openly said that there’s a good chance it could be his last time strapping on the gloves. It’d be great to see him go out on a win, but he’s lost 6 of his last 8, including being on the receiving end of a few nasty KOs. Before Neil Magny pulled off one of the most incredible final round comebacks you’ll ever see in March, Lombard was savaging him, and I fear Dan Henderson could find himself on the wrong end of a beating here.

Dustin Poirier vs Bobby Green

Green hasn’t fought since his 2014 loss to Edson Barboza. In that time Poirier has beaten three really good guys, and is a seriously tough comeback fight. I like Poirier to win what could be a really entertaining fight.

Brian Ortega vs Clay Guida

Ortega is so far unbeaten, and although Guida has a huge experience advantage over him, I think he’ll be up to the task. Guida is always game, but I think the young prospect will take it.

Beneil Dariush vs James Vick

This is an odd replacement vs replacement fight. I was leaning towards backing Evan Dunham to beat Leonardo Santos, but the latter pulled out through injury and was replaced by James Vick. I was very impressed with Vick at UFC 197, and was planning on backing him against Dunham. However, Dunham is now also out and has been replaced by Beneil Dariush, who’s a tough ask for the young lad. I will likely be backing Vick at some point in the future, but this weekend, I’m on Dariush.

Jessica Penne vs Jessica Andrade

I’m not liking the look of this one for my bets. Neither have fought since last year and both lost their last runouts. No particular reason to get my money on either fighter.

Cole Miller vs Alex Caceres

This is another replacement vs replacement fight. Originally it was BJ Penn vs Dennis Siver, and I was planning on backing BJ. When Siver pulled out and was replaced by Cole Miller I was switching to Miller. Now BJ is out, Miller faces Alex Caceras. As entertaining as the kid is, I’m yet to be convinced by “Bruce Leeroy” and although Miller hasn’t chalked up a win since January 2014, I like him to get back in the win column here.

There’s nothing on the Fight Pass prelims that I want to get my money on (although the featured bout of Breese vs Strickland could be a belter) so my bets are going to be:

Bet 1 – £10 returning £60.00

Bisping to beat Rockhold

And as I’m backing all the favourites, I’m going big with:

Bet 2 – £10 returning £98.32

Dominick Cruz to beat Uriah Faber

Max Holloway to beat Ricardo Lamas

Hector Lombard to beat Dan Henderson

Dustin Poirier to beat Bobby Green

Brian Ortega to beat Clay Guida

Beneil Dariush to beat James Vick

Cole Miller to beat Alex Caceres

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