UFC 203 – Miocic vs Overeem – Results

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

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Jessica Andrade vs Joanne Calderwood

Argh. Jojo was weathering an early storm on the ground and was almost at the bell at the end of round 1, when she fell victim to a guillotine choke. Gutted for her, and for two of my three bets.

Uriah Faber vs Jimmie Rivera

Solid performance by Rivera, taking all three rounds. Certainly puts him in in the title picture and a big statement in his next fight, whoever that’s against could put him at the front of the line.

CM Punk vs Mickey Gall

Well, thanks for playing Phillip. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out. Poor fucker. Seems like a really nice guy, but if he wanted to be a fighter, he took the wrong career path a decade or more ago. Whatever he says, I’d be surprised if we see another appearance from him after that. Talking of nice guys, Gall sounds like a good kid too. Calling Sage Northcutt out now. Hope he gets it.

Fabricio Werdum vs Travis Browne

WTF is going on?!? Is Werdum the most creative striker in the Heavyweight division now? I guess that’s what can happen if you’re so much better on the ground than everyone else. He maybe needs to sharpen up his takedowns because he seems to be struggling to bridge the two ranges. Another win banked, but after a thrilling start, it petered out a bit. That was until after the final bell. Werdum was already reacting to the booing from a fairly shitty crowd, when Edmund Traverdyan said something that prompted a push kick from him, albeit a fairly light one. Lots of squaring up, and Babalu enters from the Brazilian corner to get involved too. Crazy scenes.

Stipe Miocic vs Allistair Overeem

Fuuuuckk. I thought Allistair had it when he straightened Stipe out for a split second, but he went for the guillotine and didn’t finish. For the rest of the round it looked like any strike from either guy could end the other’s night, but Stipe was the one that got there first. Great performance. After the fight Allistair claimed he felt a tap from the guillotine, but Joe Rogan and the replay truck called him out on it straight away. How embarrassing?! Afterwards Rogan made the point that Overeem had just been unconscious, so maybe he dreamed it while he was out.

So, 3/5 but a loss in each bet means nothing back.

Bet 1 – £10 returning £0.00

Jimmie Rivera to beat Uriah Faber – win

Joanne Calderwood to beat Jessica Andrade – lose

Bet 2 – £10 returning £0.00

Alistair Overeem  to beat Stipe Miocic – lose

Fabricio Werdum to beat Travis Browne – win

Mickey Gall to beat CM Punk – win

Bet 3 – £5 returning £0.00

Jimmie Rivera to beat Uriah Faber – win

Joanne Calderwood to beat Jessica Andrade – lose

Alistair Overeem  to beat Stipe Miocic – lose

Fabricio Werdum to beat Travis Browne – win

Mickey Gall to beat CM Punk – win

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UFC 203 – Miocic vs Overeem – Preview

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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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UFC Fight Night – Overeem vs Arlovski – Preview

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May 8, 2016 at Ahoy Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands.

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Alistair Overeem vs Andre Arlovski

Until he ran into Stipe Miocic at UFC 195, Andre Arlovski’s comeback winning streak had been very impressive. No shame in getting stopped by Miocic either, and I’m sure Andre hasn’t finished making an impact on the heavyweight division. That said, Overeem is putting a decent run of his own together, and I can’t see any way he loses his first fight in the Netherlands since 2009. Overeem is easy to back here.

Antonio Silva vs Stefan Struve

Big Foot is never in a dull fight, but he’s only tasted victory once in the last three years. Struve has really struggled over the last couple of years, with both a parade of extremely tough opponents, and trouble with a heart condition. He may not be the same fighter that put Stipe Miocic away in 2012, but fighting in front of Dutch fans against Big Foot will be huge for him. Happy to get on Sky Scraper to win.

Albert Tumenov vs Gunnar Nelson

Tumenov has put a very impressive 17-2 record together, including 11 KO/TKO finishes. He’s also never been stopped. However, he’s never faced a grappler of Gunnar Nelson’s calibre before and although he’s lost two of his last three, including a fascinating ground battle with Damien Maia, if Gunnar can get his hands on Tumenov, I fancy he could put the first submission loss on that record.

Germaine De Randamie vs Anna Elmose

These aren’t two fighters I know much about if I’m honest, so I would normally stay away from it with my money, but there are several factors that make De Randamie backable. She’s got more experience against higher level opposition, she’s training with champions at AKA and finally, as she’s Dutch she’ll have the crowd behind her. I may have a punt on her.

Nikita Krylov vs Francimar Barroso

With 19-4 and 18-4 records respectively, these two are hard to split. Brazilian Barroso is 3-1 since joining the UFC and has gone the distance in all four, although he does have plenty of finishes earlier record. Win or lose, Krylov rarely gets out of the first round and has both TKO and submission finishes since joining the big show. I’m leaning towards Krylov for another punt bet.

Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs Heather Jo Clark

At 8-0, Kowalkiewicz has already taken out a TUF 20 competitor in Randa Markos. She’ll get a chance to add another in Clark and go 9-0 here.

When I pick my bets, I look at records, form, style match ups, and any other potential influencing factor, then I make my decision, but I DON’T look at the bookies odds until I’ve got my choices made. This time, with the exception of Gunnar Nelson, I’ve picked five favourites to win, so I’m going to be brave and go for a single six fight accumulator on the main card.

As the event is showing at a very Europe-friendly time, I’m also going to have a real finger in the air hunch bet accumulator on the under card fights (excluding the couple that have VERY late replacements), so I’ve got some skin in the game throughout. For gods’ sake don’t follow me into this one, at least not if you value your money.

Bet 1 – £5 returning £79.10

Alistair Overeem to beat Andre Arlovski

Stefan Struve to beat Antonio Silva

Gunnar Nelson to beat Albert Tumenov

Germaine De Randamie to beat Anna Elmose

Nikita Krylov to beat Francimar Barroso

Karolina Kowalkiewicz to beat Heather Jo Clark

Bet 2 – £5 returning £26.83

Chris Wade to beat Rustam Khabilov

Magnus Cedenbald to beat Garreth McLellan

Yan Cabral to beat Reza Madadi

Bet 3 – £5 returning £31.50

Neil Seery to beat Kyoji Horiguchi

Leon Edwards to beat Dominic Waters

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