UFC 201 – Lawler vs Woodley – Results

 July 27, 2016 at Phillips Arena, Atlanta Georgia, USA

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With Damian Brown knocking out Cesar Arzamendia (good effort young man), Serrano vs Benoit being moved up the card, and Michael Graves fighting Bojan Velickovic to a contentious draw, I went into the TV prelims with the full card bet alive.

Wilson Reis vs Hector Sandoval

After some early success standing for Sandoval, Reis took the fight to the ground and imposed his significant advantage down there, getting the quick submission.

Damian Grabowski vs Anthony Hamilton

I only had this one in the full coupon interest bet and had picked Grabowski. When will I learn, if I don’t have strong enough feelings about a fight to include it in the main bets, don’t include it in the long bet either. Now. I learn that now. Hamilton knocked Grabowski into a twitching heap in short order.

Ross Pearson vs Jorge Masvidal

They don’t come much tougher than Ross Pearson. Masvidal was a step ahead throughout the fight and had Pearson in some trouble in the 2nd round, but there’s no quit in the lad. Entertaining fight and still on track with Bet 2.

Ed Herman vs Nikita Krylov

“Wow, wow, wow…” to quote Joe Rogan, and he’s right. Krylov was putting on a clinic and picking Herman apart, when in the 2nd round a high kick landed and completely shut the lights off. Very impressive performance by Krylov that puts the 205 top 10 on notice. Might sound daft, but I think he needs to spend some of the inevitable bonus money on some English lessons because I see a lot of media spotlight in his future. Looks very much like a star in the making.

Matt Brown vs Jake Ellenberger

Oof! It looked like Matt Brown was going to recover from the early knockdown punch Jake Ellenberger landed, when he took a huge kick to the liver and that was that. Career saving stoppage for Ellenberger and a bet killer for me.

Rose Namajunas vs Karolina Kowalkiewicz

Very close fight that could genuinely have gone either way, with Kowalkiewicz taking the split decision. If I’m honest neither Karolina or Rose looked like Jedrzejczyk-beaters in this fight, but I guess we’ll soon see. Great for European MMA though.

Robbie Lawler vs Tyron Woodley

“Wow, wow, wow, wow…” to quote Joe Rogan again (come on Joe, try harder mate). Savage power from Woodley to knock Lawler out early in the opening round, and we have a new Welterweight champion.

Bet 1 – £10 returned £0.00

Robbie Lawler to beat Tyron Woodley – lose

Rose Namajunas to beat Karolina Kowalkiewicz – lose

Matt Brown to beat Jake Ellenberger – lose

Justin Scoggins to beat Ian McCall

Bet 2 – £10 returned £31.11

Nikita Krylov to beat Ed Herman – win

Jorge Masvidal to beat Ross Pearson – win

Wilson Reis to beat Hector Sandoval – win

Bet 3 – £1 returned £0.00

Robbie Lawler to beat Tyron Woodley – lose

Rose Namajunas to beat Karolina Kowalkiewicz – lose

Matt Brown to beat Jake Ellenberger – lose

Erik Perez to beat Fransisco Rivera – win

Justin Scoggins to beat Ian McCall

Nikita Krylov to beat Ed Herman – win

Jorge Masvidal to beat Ross Pearson – win

Damian Grabowski to beat Anthony Hamilton – lose

Wilson Reis to beat Hector Sandoval – win

Michael Graves to beat Bojan Velickovic – draw

Fredy Serrano to beat Ryan Benoit – lose

Damian Brown to beat Cesar Arzamendia – win

bet settled

I got more wrong than right on this card, but still turned a small profit thanks to the prelims so I can’t complain. Not sure if I’m betting on the upcoming Fight Night or holding out for UFC 202.

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UFC 201 – Lawler vs Woodley – Preview

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July 27, 2016 at Phillips Arena, Atlanta Georgia, USA

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My four fight accumulator at Ultimate Fight Night – Holm vs Shevchenko got me back on track after a very poor Fight Week, and I’m looking to build on that this weekend.

Robbie Lawler vs Tyron Woodley

I think we’re all finally used to the idea of Robbie Lawler as Welterweight champion now, and I like him to keep his strap at UFC 201. Woodley’s heavy handed, but I think Lawler will have a speed advantage, and as long as he can keep it standing, I’m on the champ here.

Rose Namajunas vs Karolina Kowalkiewicz

I made the mistake of betting against Thug Rose last time out, and made a mental note to back her against whoever she faced next, because she looked outstanding. Prior to that she gave Paige VanZant a savage beating too. I’ve been impressed with Kowalkiewicz so far, and was on her when she beat Heather Jo Clark in May, but I have to go for Namajunas to hand Kowalkiewicz her first professional loss.

Matt Brown vs Jake Ellenberger

Brown has lost three out of his last four, albeit against top 5 opposition. That’s not form I would usually back, but I think he’ll get one in the win column on Saturday against Ellenberger who’s only chalked up one win in the last three years.

Francisco Rivera vs Erik Perez

Talking of unbackable form, Rivera has lost four from his last five, but still arguably represents a jump in class for Perez, who’s fought much less often against lower ranked fighters. The bookies are struggling to split them, and so am I.

Ian McCall vs Justin Scoggins

McCall’s last outing was a loss to John Lineker all the way back in January 2015. I like Scoggins to increase his stock by picking off the higher ranked McCall here.

Ed Herman vs Nikita Krylov

I had Krylov on my betting slip when he choked Francimar Barroso in Rotterdam in May. That was his fourth win in a row, and although I expect Ed Herman to give him a scrap, I don’t see that win streak derailed.

Ross Pearson vs Jorge Masvidal

This is a fast turnaround for Pearson who only lost to Will Brooks three weeks ago. Masvidal is coming off a loss himself, but he’s had longer to regroup. This will likely be a bit of a striking thriller, and my money is on Masvidal to get the better of it.

Wilson Reis vs Hector Sandoval

Reis was supposed to be fighting Demetrious Johnson for the title on this card (which if we’re honest, seems a bit soon on his record, but DJ’s running out of opposition). Instead he has to settle for a prelim opener against promotional newcomer Sandoval. It’s a big opportunity for Team Alpha Male product Sandoval, but taking into account the short notice and the infamous debut jitters, Reis is the solid pick.

I’ve no strong feelings about Grabowski vs Hamilton or anything on the Fight Pass prelims. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any upsets to get behind so I’m backing all favourites here. Splitting them into two main bets, plus a small stake bet on every favourite on the card for fun.

Bet 1 – £10 returning £38.64

Robbie Lawler to beat Tyron Woodley

Rose Namajunas to beat Karolina Kowalkiewicz

Matt Brown to beat Jake Ellenberger

Justin Scoggins to beat Ian McCall

Bet 2 – £10 returning £31.11

Nikita Krylov to beat Ed Herman

Jorge Masvidal to beat Ross Pearson

Wilson Reis to beat Hector Sandoval

Bet 3 – £1 returning £184.85

Robbie Lawler to beat Tyron Woodley

Rose Namajunas to beat Karolina Kowalkiewicz

Matt Brown to beat Jake Ellenberger

Erik Perez to beat Fransisco Rivera

Justin Scoggins to beat Ian McCall

Nikita Krylov to beat Ed Herman

Jorge Masvidal to beat Ross Pearson

Damian Grabowski to beat Anthony Hamilton

Wilson Reis to beat Hector Sandoval

Michael Graves to beat Bojan Velickovic

Fredy Serrano to beat Ryan Benoit

Damian Brown to beat Cesar Arzamendia

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Ultimate Fight Night – Holm vs Shevchenko – Results


July 23, 2016 at United Center, Chicago, Illinois, USA

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After the combat overdose of Fight Week, I needed a break and skipped the previous UFC Fight Night. Back in the saddle for this one for a four fight accumulator on the main card.

Felice Herrig vs Kallin Curran

Close one, my arse, Herrig made that look easy. She opened up with some crisp striking, then on the ground was in complete control, getting the early submission and we’re off to a winning start.

Francis Ngannou vs Bojan Mihajlovic

Ngannou made all his height, reach, weight and experience advantages over Mihajlovic count, getting an early TKO stoppage. There’s an argument Herb Dean was a bit quick to step in, but Ngannou was winning that all day.

Edson Barboza vs Gilbert Melendez

My left leg is bruised just watching Edson Barboza. All credit to Melendez for surviving the full 15 minutes, but an easy decision for the judges and Barboza marches on.

Holly Holm vs Valentina Shevchenko

Although she never had Holm in any danger of being stopped this was a comfortable decision win for Shevchenko. I had it the same way as all three judges, giving Holm the 1st round and Shevchenko the rest. Although she’s holding her own at 135, I feel like Shevchenko needs a 125 division to really shine.

Another nice win booked and the profit for the year continues to grow.

£10 returned £86.25

Shevchenko to beat Holm – win

Barboza to beat Melendez – win

Ngannou to beat Mihajlovic – win

Herrig to beat Curran – win

Bet settled

Plenty of good fights in the upcoming UFC 201 to get my teeth into. Time to get studying.

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Ultimate Fight Night – Holm vs Shevchenko – Preview

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July 23, 2016 at United Center, Chicago, Illinois, USA

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As seems to be increasingly the case, this UFN is not filled with exciting bets. I’m sure the fight card will be entertaining, but in terms of where to put my money, it’s not thrilling me. So, I’m going to have an interest bet on the main card only.

Holly Holm vs Valentina Shevchenko

I won’t pretend to have picked Holly Holm to beat Ronda Rousey back in November, but sooner or later the long-time champ was going to get caught by a striker. Before that, if we’re honest, Holm wasn’t always especially convincing. Shevchenko is coming of a loss to the new champ, Amanda Nunes, although she did take her the distance. I’m picking Shevchenko to get the upset here in a striking war against Holm.

Edson Barboza vs Gilbert Melendez

Barboza is a straight up killer and win or lose, you know what to expect from him. The UFC continues to line up fighters that will go to war with him and Gilbert Melendez is no exception. Although Gil’s 1-3 since joining the UFC, he’s going to stand in front of Barboza and throw down. I agree with the bookies that Barboza is a solid favourite and that’s where my money is going.

Francis Ngannou vs Bojan Mihajlovic

Ngannou was impressive when he fought on the Fight Night card in Croatia in April and was part of a winning bet for me. He’s a massive favourite to beat debutant Mihajlovic, and although the odds are terrible, I have to include it in the bet.

Felice Herrig vs Kallin Curran

This is the toughest pick of all four main card fights and the bookies have them even too. On the basis that Herrig has more experience against higher level opposition, I’m giving her the nod, but it’s a close one.

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So in terms of the bet, nothing fancy, just a four fight accumulator

£10 returning £86.25

Shevchenko to beat Holm

Barboza to beat Melendez

Ngannou to beat Mihajlovic

Herrig to beat Curran

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UFC 200 (plus fight week) – Results

July 9, 2016 at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, USA

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With three fight cards in three days, adding up to 35 bouts, that’s more than I’ve got the time or dedication to research and come to an opinion on. So the plan is to stick to the top couple of fights on the UFN on 7th July and TUF Finale on 8th July, putting most of my focus onto the epic UFC 200 on Saturday 9th July.

UFN 90
Roy Nelson vs Derrick Lewis

Close fight in this battle of the big men. Nelson landed several takedowns but didn’t do much damage on the ground, and Lewis was able to get up when he decided to. Lewis was landing the heavier strikes on their feet and he takes the split decision, rightly IMO.

Rafael Dos Anjos vs Eddie Alvarez

Both fighters came out strong but RDA was arguably throwing the bigger shots. That was until Alvarez landed a wide right hook that put the champ on queer street. Herb Dean could have jumped in at any time during the following beating, as the result looked inevitable from that point on. Eddie Alverez is our new Lightweight champ. Nice of Jon Anik to induct Alverez into the Hall Of Fame in the post-fight interview.

TUF 23
Ross Pearson vs Will Brooks

This was a close and entertaining fight that could easily have gone either way but all three judges gave the fight to Will Brooks. Bit soon to be calling out Eddie Alvarez Will.

Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs Claudia Gadelha

Great fight. Claudia got off to a great start, dropping Joanna early and out grappling her for the first couple of rounds. Joanna started to find her rhythm in the later rounds and did enough to retain her belt. Disappointing, because I really grew to like Claudia during the season, and found Joanna thoroughly unpleasant.

UFC 200
Jim Miller vs Takinori Gomi

Excellent job by Jim Miller opening the show with an efficient win over Gomi. Hopefully that can be the first win of a streak for Miller.

Gegard Mousasi vs Thiago Santos

Gegard Mousasi reminded us why he’s to be taken seriously, dominating Santos on the ground before knocking him out. Gegard said in his post-fight that Santos is a dangerous young fighter who is capable of beating top 10 guys and I agree. Impressive win.

Diego Sanchez vs Joe Lauzon

Well, we didn’t get the three round bloody war we might have expected. Instead, Joe put Diego away early in the 1st with a savage barrage of punches.

Sage Northcutt vs Enrique Marin

I’m beginning to think the hype around Super Sage is justified, and we’re going to see him climb the ranks over the next couple of years. This close decision win was the sort of work out and learning experience he needs. Good for his fight IQ.

T.J Dillashaw vs Raphael Assuncao

Not what you’d call a thriller of a fight. Not that there was a lack of action, as both fighters had their foot to the floor throughout. It’s just neither had the other in any kind of trouble at any time. Dillashaw avenges his previous decision loss, but not exactly emphatically.

Johny Hendricks vs Kelvin Gastelum

Great effort by young Gastelum, taking Big Rig on points. I gave him all three rounds, as did two of the judges, but I can see an argument for Hendricks nicking the 2nd round as the one judge did. Hendricks probably thinks he was robbed, but then he always does.

Cat Zingano vs Julianna Pena

After a strong start by Zingano, Pena dominated on the ground in rounds 2 & 3 and picked up a deserved judges’ decision.

Cain Velasquez vs Travis Browne

Cain’s still got it, mauling Travis Brown and getting a stoppage late in the 1st round. Added some spinning shit to his game too. Brings one of my bets in too, albeit one of the small ones. There’s a good case to be made for a shot at the belt ASAP, or failing that, a rematch with Werdum at a more sensible altitude than Mexico City.

Jose Aldo vs Frankie Edgar

Can’t fault Edgar for his heart and determination, but he just couldn’t impose himself on Aldo. It was a measured performance by Aldo, but I don’t think Conor McGregor sat in the front row would have seen anything to worry him and will be looking forward to unifying the belt later in the year.

Daniel Cormier vs Anderson Silva

My money was on DC to beat JBJ, but I decided not to get any money on this late replacement fight. The inevitable happened; DC dry humped Anderson for the majority of the fight and took the decision. Understandable that we didn’t get to see the best of either guy here in the circumstances.

Brock Lesnar vs Mark Hunt

What a load of rubbish. Sorry, maybe it’s because I have absolutely no interest in Professional Wrestling, but I couldn’t care less about Brock Lesnar. I don’t enjoy watching him ‘fight’ and if he does come back into the Octagon, I’ll be betting against him on every opportunity. He’s an enormous and powerful man, but he’s not a skilled fighter and I don’t like the effect he has on the division as a whole, i.e. the rest of the fighters bulk up to 265 and slow right down.

Miesha Tate vs Amanda Nunes

Heart-breaking for Tate to work so hard to climb the mountain, only to lose the belt at the first defence, but Nunes just had too much for her standing and once she’s rung Miesha’s bell, she never let her recover.

Not great results for me, with only one of my bets coming in, and picking only 8 out of 15 which I could have done flipping a coin.

Bet 1 – £5 returned £0.00

Rafael Dos Anjos to beat Eddie Alvarez – lose

Derrick Lewis to beat Roy Nelson – win

Bet 2 – £5 returned £0.00

Claudia Gadelha to beat Joanna Jedrzejczyk – lose

Will Brooks to beat Ross Pearson – win

Bet 3 – £5 returning £0.00

Daniel Cormier to beat Jon Jones

Mark Hunt to beat Brock Lesnar – lose

Miesha Tate to beat Amanda Nunes – lose

Bet 4 – £5 returning £11.43

Cain Velasquez to beat Travis Browne – win

T.J Dillashaw to beat Raphael Assuncao – win

Sage Northcutt to beat Enrique Marin – win

Bet 5 – £5 returning £0.00

Kelvin Gastelum to beat Johny Hendricks – win

Thiago Santos to beat Gegard Mousasi – lose

Jim Miller to beat Takinori Gomi – win

Bet 6 – £5 returning £0.00

Frankie Edgar to beat Jose Aldo – lose

Cat Zingano to beat Julianna Pena – lose

Joe Lauzon to beat Diego Sanchez – win

Bet 7 – £1 returning £0.00

Daniel Cormier to beat Jon Jones

Mark Hunt to beat Brock Lesnar

Miesha Tate to beat Amanda Nunes

Frankie Edgar to beat Jose Aldo

Cain Velasquez to beat Travis Browne

Cat Zingano to beat Julianna Pena – lose

Kelvin Gastelum to beat Johny Hendricks – win

T.J Dillashaw to beat Raphael Assuncao – win

Sage Northcutt to beat Enrique Marin – win

Joe Lauzon to beat Diego Sanchez – win

Thiago Santos to beat Gegard Mousasi – lose

Jim Miller to beat Takinori Gomi – win

Bet settled

I’m taking an event off, not betting on the Ultimate Fight Night on 13th July. Next card I’ll be getting some money on for will be The Holm vs Shevchenko UFN on 23rd July,

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