UFC 205 – Alvarez vs McGregor – Preview


November 12, Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA

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So, after YEARS of talking about it, we’re finally going to see UFC at the Garden. Plenty of great fights to look forward to and get some cash on.

Alvarez vs McGregor

I’m not for a second underestimating Alvarez. He’s a serious dude and I’d be happy to back him against most of the lightweight division, but I’m a self-confessed McGregor nut hugger, and so that’s where I’m going. Two weight champion, here we go.

Tyron Woodley vs Stephen Thompson

I feel a bit bad for Woodley. He’s being overlooked by many people, but the Wonderboy hype train has some well-deserved momentum. I’ve got Thompson to win his eighth straight fight and capture the Welterweight belt.

Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs Karolina Kowalkiewicz

Joanna is obviously going into this bout a justifiable favourite, but at 10-0, and also because it’s an opportunity to back all three belts being contested to change hands, I’m going to take a punt on Karolina to get the upset.

Chris Weidman vs Yoel Romero

Got to back Weidman to win in New York, especially with Romero coming off his Juicing ban (tainted sample, my arse). Bisping gets the winner, so I’m hoping Weidman gets it done quickly and injury free so it’s sooner rather than later.

Kelvin Gastelum vs Donald Cerrone

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again; I ALWAYS bet on Cerrone to win, as the bet’s alive till the final bell.

Miesha Tate vs Raquel Pennington

Love me a bit of Miesha, so I’m straight on that bet.

Frankie Edgar vs Jeremy Stephens

ZERO chance Frankie is losing in New York.

Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Michael Johnson

After winning his long-awaited return in April, Nurmagomedov is going to want to get some momentum back, especially with Tony Ferguson getting himself to the front of the queue to fight the winner of tonight’s headline fight. Johnson is a tough out for anyone, but got to back Nurmagomedov for the win.

Rashad Evans vs Tim Kennedy

I really want to back Rashad to win his middleweight debut. When he fought Teixeira in April, I backed the Brazilian and said something to the effect that Rashad hadn’t beaten a genuine 205er since 2012, but had beaten Sonnen and Hendo, who I consider large middleweights. Kennedy isn’t a bad style matchup for Rashad, and he’s been inactive for a couple of years, so what the hell, Rashad it is.

Jim Miller vs Thiago Alvez

The only other fight on the card I have an opinion on is the Fight Pass headliner. Alvez was a massive Welterweight who frequently had problems making the weight. Post-USADA and trying to make lightweight, we could see a completely different creature. I’ve been on Jim Miller in his last two outings, and I’m going to get on him again here to spoil Alvez’ return.

So I’m going for the following bets:

Bet 1 – All champs to lose – £10 returning £159.01

McGregor to beat Alvarez

Thompson to beat Woodley

Kowalkiewicz toi beat Jedrzejczyk

Bet 2 – all New Yorkers to win – £10 returning £48.46

Weidman to beat Romero

Edgar to beat Stephens

Miller to beat Alvez

Bet 3 – the rest – £10 returning £94.95

Cerrone to beat Gastelum

Tate to beat Pennington

Nurmagomedov to beat Johnson

Evans to beat Kennedy

Bet 4 – clean sweep – £3.85 (my account loose change) returning £1609.70

McGregor to beat Alvarez

Thompson to beat Woodley

Kowalkiewicz toi beat Jedrzejczyk

Weidman to beat Romero

Cerrone to beat Gastelum

Nurmagomedov to beat Johnson

Edgar to beat Stephens

Tate to beat Pennington

Evans to beat Kennedy

Miller to beat Alvez


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