October 8, Manchester Arena, Manchester, England
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Really looking forward to this event. Great to finally have a British UFC champion, and even better for him to be defending his belt on home soil. The only down side is the timings being set to suit US PPV. Still, can’t have everything I guess.
Bisping vs Henderson
I was one of the few people to put my money where Bisping’s mouth was when he won the title back at UFC 199 in June. I also think he’s a better fighter than Dan Henderson, and if they fought 10 times, Bisping probably wins 7 or even 8 of them. There’s no way Bisping goes down to another shuffle-shuffle-H Bomb in his home town. Got to back a revenge win and sending Hendo to the retirement home.
Vitor Belfort vs Gegard Mousasi
These two have an astonishing 84 professional MMA fights between them. Even though Mousasi actually has 10 more fights on his record, it feels like he’s still on the ascendancy, and Vitor is more winding his career down. You have to go all the way back to 2005 to find Mousasi’s only loss in Europe and if he can avoid the spinning shit for the first 5 minutes, I fancy him to keep the momentum he has going and win his third in a row here.
Ovince Saint Preux vs Jimi Manua
This is a tough call. OSP is coming of a 5 round war with Jon Jones, where even with a fucked up hand, he took the P4P UFC Douche Bag champ the distance. Jimi’s only two losses have come to Anthony Johnson and Alexander Gustafsson. Even though the bookies have OSP as favourite, I like Manua, buoyed by a UK crowd, to get the upset.
Stefan Struve vs Daniel Omielanczuk
Omielanczuk is a late replacement for Ruslan Magomedov and although he’s riding a three fight winning streak, Struve represents a significant jump in class from his opponents so far in his career. Got to favour the big Dutchman.
Mirsad Bektic vs Russell Doane
The rest of the card looks a lot like guesswork and I wouldn’t normally get involved, but this opener of the main card is backable. Doane is a late replacement who’s lost his last three, facing a 10-0 Bekitic. Easy pick there.
Just going for a single bet of £10 returning £73.22
Bisping to beat Henderson
Gegard Mousasi to beat Vitor Belfort
Jimi Manua to beat Ovince Saint Preux
Stefan Struve to beat Daniel Omielanczuk
Mirsad Bektic to beat Russell Doane
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