UFC 203 – Miocic vs Overeem – Preview


September 10, 2016 at Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, USA

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Really torn on some of these fights, with several of my favourite fighters clashing. It’s going to be really difficult to pick sides.

Stipe Miocic vs Alistair Overeem

As much as I like Miocic, I was reluctantly on Werdum to beat him back in May. Although there’s no doubt he’s fought and put away a decent list of opponents, it does feel like he’s missed out on facing some huge names on the rosta, and they don’t come much bigger than Overeem. As much as I like the sound of Stipe’s 1st defence of his title in his home city, I feel like Alistair is going to spoil the party.

Fabricio Werdum vs Travis Browne

As I said above, I was backing Werdum in his title defence against Miocic, and as much as I like the current champ, it still feels like an upset. Werdum should get himself back in the win column, especially given the relatively short notice Browne is stepping in at.

CM Punk vs Mickey Gall

I keep changing my mind on how I feel about this fight, and also on CM Punk himself. I have absolutely no interest in professional wrestling so had no idea who this fella was until he got signed by the UFC a couple of years ago. When I heard about him, my first reaction was to hope the ACTOR got his ass kicked by whichever FIGHTER he eventually ended up facing. Having seen Gall on ‘Looking For A Fight’ I was happy to get behind him to spoil Punk’s long awaited debut. With all that said, everything I’ve seen of Punk makes me really like the chap. I do still think he’s going to lose, but I’m hoping he does well enough to earn everyone’s respect and buy himself a second fight down the line.

Uriah Faber vs Jimmie Rivera

It feels like we’re one bad loss away from Faber announcing his retirement. I’m really hoping we get to see him settle his beef in the cage with former teammate TJ Dillashaw before he does hang them up. However, if I’m right on the first count, we may never see that, because Rivera is riding an 18 fight win streak and has won three inside the Octagon in just over a year. I’m going to be backing Rivera to win this fight.

Jessica Andrade vs Joanne Calderwood

I reluctantly bet against Jo Calderwood in her last outing and couldn’t help be pleased that I was wrong. I really like her as a fighter and as a character, so I really didn’t mind the bet going down. Although I expect Andrade to be a tough fight for her, I’m going to get on her this time out.

There’s nothing particularly backable on the prelims so I’m sticking to the main card and splitting it up like so:

Bet 1 – £10 returning £36.00

Jimmie Rivera to beat Uriah Faber

Joanne Calderwood to beat Jessica Andrade

Bet 2 – £10 returning £39.00

Alistair Overeem  to beat Stipe Miocic

Fabricio Werdum to beat Travis Browne

Mickey Gall to beat CM Punk

Bet 3 – £5 returning £70.20

Jimmie Rivera to beat Uriah Faber

Joanne Calderwood to beat Jessica Andrade

Alistair Overeem  to beat Stipe Miocic

Fabricio Werdum to beat Travis Browne

Mickey Gall to beat CM Punk


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