UFC 205 – Alvarez vs McGregor – Results

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

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Jim Miller vs Thiago Alvez

Solid win ground out by Jim Miller to get me off to a winning start.

Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Michael Johnson

A savage beardown handed out by Nurmagomedov. Whatever he says, I’m not sure if that answers the #1 Contender question. I think he must fight Ferguson to decide who takes on the winner of the main event.

Frankie Edgar vs Jeremy Stephens

Wow, great fight. Frankie has bottle for days and deserved the decision win.

Miesha Tate vs Raquel Pennington

Disappointing result and my first losing bet for the event. I think Miesha’s doing the right thing retiring too. A win here could have set up a third fight with Ronda, but with a loss, that looks highly unlikely, so may as well call it a day. Will be missed.

Chris Weidman vs Yoel Romero

Looked very much like Weidman was heading for a win and a shot at Bisping, when Romero delivered the good news by way of a flying knee. Looks like the Cuban might have pushed his way to the front of the queue.

Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs Karolina Kowalkiewicz

After a slow start, this turned into a hell of a fight. It went the wrong way for my bet, but it was always a long shot. Other than midway through the 4th round when Karolina rang Joanna’s bell, it was comfortable win for the champion.

Tyron Woodley vs Stephen Thompson

That was a great fight that could easily have been stopped in favour of Woodley in the 4. Bit of a cluster fuck at the end reading the scores out. Obviously 47-47-, 47-47, 48-47 is a majority draw, and the correct result, so reading it out as a split decision, was a bit of a cock up. Even though I’m not normally a fan, an immediate re-match makes some sense here.

Alvarez vs McGregor

Yeah baby. Conor delivers yet again. With a lethal combination of dynamite power and sniper accuracy another tough fighter is put away, and history is made. Unquestionably cemented himself as the best current P4P fighter in the game, and is well on the way to being the undisputed GOAT. For me, he should fight Frankie Edgar at 145 while Nurmagomedov and Ferguson fight an eliminator for fight him at 155 next. If he wins both of those, why not 170?

A loss in each of the bet sections so no cash back for me, but I don’t care. Still a great night.

Bet 1 – £10 return £0.00

McGregor to beat Alvarez – win

Thompson to beat Woodley – draw

Kowalkiewicz to beat Jedrzejczyk – lose

Bet 2 – £10 returned £0.00

Weidman to beat Romero – lose

Edgar to beat Stephens – win

Miller to beat Alvez – win

Bet 3 – £10 returned £0.00

Cerrone to beat Gastelum

Tate to beat Pennington – lose

Nurmagomedov to beat Johnson – win

Evans to beat Kennedy

Bet 4 – £3.85 (my account loose change) returning £0.00

McGregor to beat Alvarez

Thompson to beat Woodley – draw

Kowalkiewicz toi beat Jedrzejczyk – lose

Weidman to beat Romero – lose

Cerrone to beat Gastelum

Nurmagomedov to beat Johnson – win

Edgar to beat Stephens

Tate to beat Pennington – lose

Evans to beat Kennedy

Miller to beat Alvez – win

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UFC 205 – Alvarez vs McGregor – Preview

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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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UFC 204 – Bisping vs Henderson 2 – Preview

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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.

betJust 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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Ultimate Fight Night – Cyborg vs Lansberg – Results

September 24, 2016 at Ginasio Nilson Nelson, Brasilia, Brazil.

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Bah! 1 wrong in each treble.

£5 returning £0.00

Cyborg to beat Lansberg – win

Barao to beat Nover – win

Big Foot to beat Nelson – lose

£5 returning £0.00

Trinaldo to beat Felder – win

Santos to beat Spicey – lose

Pepey to beat De La Torre – win

£5 returning £0.00

Burns to beat Prazeres – lose

Yahya to beat Tanaka – win

Formiga to beat Ortiz – win

£5 returning £0.00

Erick Silva to beat Chagas – win

Patrick to beat Ray – win

Franca to beat Gillespie – lose

£1 on all of the above returning £0.00

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Ultimate Fight Night – Cyborg vs Lansberg – Preview

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September 24, 2016 at Ginasio Nilson Nelson, Brasilia, Brazil.

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Lots of fights I don’t have a much of a feeling about, so I’m keeping it simple and having a few small bets on a Brazilian clean sweep. So that’s:

£5 returning £30.94

Cyborg to beat Lansberg

Barao to beat Nover

Big Foot to beat Nelson

£5 returning £17.40

Trinaldo to beat Felder

Santos to beat Spicey

Pepey to beat De La Torre

£5 returning £20.31

Burns to beat Prazeres

Yahya to beat Tanaka

Formiga to beat Ortiz

£5 returning £41.02

Erick Silva to beat Chagas

Patrick to beat Ray

Franca to beat Gillespie

£1 on all of the above returning £717.58

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Ultimate Fight Night – Poirier vs Johnson – Results

September 17, 2016 at State Farm Arena, Hidalgo, Texas, USA.

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Evan Dunham vs Rick Glenn

A solid, if unspectacular performance by Dunham to get the decision victory. If the whole fight was like the last minute, it would have been a blinder. Saw plenty of Glenn’s bravery and resilience, but not really what he’s got to offer offensively. Will have to see what he’s got at Featherweight if he drops back down.

Uriah Hall vs Derek Brunson

Derek Brunson is a bad dude. After an opening minute of clinch work, the first punch Brunson landed was a sniper accurate left hand that dropped Hall. The stoppage was possibly slightly on the early side but not so much that the booing from the crowd was justified, but meatheads gonna meathead.

Poirier vs Johnson

Urgh. Johnson started the faster and got the knock out finish. He then shot himself straight to the top of the douche bag list with his celebration. Then in his post-fight interview he says he deserves Conor McGregor money. Pfft. I don’t specifically root AGAINST many fighters in particular, but I’m looking forward to supporting whoever is facing Johnson next.

£20 returning £0.00

Poirier to beat Johnson – lose

Derek Brunson to beat Uriah Hall – win

Evan Dunham to beat Rick Glenn – win

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Ultimate Fight Night – Poirier vs Johnson – Preview

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September 17, 2016 at State Farm Arena, Hidalgo, Texas, USA.

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Not much jumping out at me in terms of betting on this card, so I’m just having an interest bet on the top three fights.

Poirier vs Johnson

Johnson is a tough and talented guy, but he’s on a two fight losing strak, and he’s facing a Dustin Poirier who’s hit some real form since moving back up to 155lbs. Got to back Poirier to extend his streak to 5.

Uriah Hall vs Derek Brunson

This could be an absolute thriller. Brunson has stopped his last three opponents and hasn’t tasted defeat since suffering his only UFC loss to Yoel Romero in January 2014. Hall hasn’t made quite the impact we perhaps thought he would when we first saw him ice that dude on his TUF debut, but he is still a killer, capable of ending the fight in a heartbeat. Going with Bruson on form alone, but it’ll be one I watch from the edge of my seat.

Evan Dunham vs Rick Glenn

Glenn is stepping in as a late replacement for Abel Trujillio. Although he has a plenty of experience and has held the WSOF title, there’s no underestimating the UFC jitters, and Dunham is an old hand. Have to back the UFC vet to welcome the newcomer with a win.

bet£20 returning £66.05

Poirier to beat Johnson

Derek Brunson to beat Uriah Hall

Evan Dunham to beat Rick Glenn

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