UFC 200 (plus fight week) – Results

July 9, 2016 at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, USA

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With three fight cards in three days, adding up to 35 bouts, that’s more than I’ve got the time or dedication to research and come to an opinion on. So the plan is to stick to the top couple of fights on the UFN on 7th July and TUF Finale on 8th July, putting most of my focus onto the epic UFC 200 on Saturday 9th July.

UFN 90
Roy Nelson vs Derrick Lewis

Close fight in this battle of the big men. Nelson landed several takedowns but didn’t do much damage on the ground, and Lewis was able to get up when he decided to. Lewis was landing the heavier strikes on their feet and he takes the split decision, rightly IMO.

Rafael Dos Anjos vs Eddie Alvarez

Both fighters came out strong but RDA was arguably throwing the bigger shots. That was until Alvarez landed a wide right hook that put the champ on queer street. Herb Dean could have jumped in at any time during the following beating, as the result looked inevitable from that point on. Eddie Alverez is our new Lightweight champ. Nice of Jon Anik to induct Alverez into the Hall Of Fame in the post-fight interview.

TUF 23
Ross Pearson vs Will Brooks

This was a close and entertaining fight that could easily have gone either way but all three judges gave the fight to Will Brooks. Bit soon to be calling out Eddie Alvarez Will.

Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs Claudia Gadelha

Great fight. Claudia got off to a great start, dropping Joanna early and out grappling her for the first couple of rounds. Joanna started to find her rhythm in the later rounds and did enough to retain her belt. Disappointing, because I really grew to like Claudia during the season, and found Joanna thoroughly unpleasant.

UFC 200
Jim Miller vs Takinori Gomi

Excellent job by Jim Miller opening the show with an efficient win over Gomi. Hopefully that can be the first win of a streak for Miller.

Gegard Mousasi vs Thiago Santos

Gegard Mousasi reminded us why he’s to be taken seriously, dominating Santos on the ground before knocking him out. Gegard said in his post-fight that Santos is a dangerous young fighter who is capable of beating top 10 guys and I agree. Impressive win.

Diego Sanchez vs Joe Lauzon

Well, we didn’t get the three round bloody war we might have expected. Instead, Joe put Diego away early in the 1st with a savage barrage of punches.

Sage Northcutt vs Enrique Marin

I’m beginning to think the hype around Super Sage is justified, and we’re going to see him climb the ranks over the next couple of years. This close decision win was the sort of work out and learning experience he needs. Good for his fight IQ.

T.J Dillashaw vs Raphael Assuncao

Not what you’d call a thriller of a fight. Not that there was a lack of action, as both fighters had their foot to the floor throughout. It’s just neither had the other in any kind of trouble at any time. Dillashaw avenges his previous decision loss, but not exactly emphatically.

Johny Hendricks vs Kelvin Gastelum

Great effort by young Gastelum, taking Big Rig on points. I gave him all three rounds, as did two of the judges, but I can see an argument for Hendricks nicking the 2nd round as the one judge did. Hendricks probably thinks he was robbed, but then he always does.

Cat Zingano vs Julianna Pena

After a strong start by Zingano, Pena dominated on the ground in rounds 2 & 3 and picked up a deserved judges’ decision.

Cain Velasquez vs Travis Browne

Cain’s still got it, mauling Travis Brown and getting a stoppage late in the 1st round. Added some spinning shit to his game too. Brings one of my bets in too, albeit one of the small ones. There’s a good case to be made for a shot at the belt ASAP, or failing that, a rematch with Werdum at a more sensible altitude than Mexico City.

Jose Aldo vs Frankie Edgar

Can’t fault Edgar for his heart and determination, but he just couldn’t impose himself on Aldo. It was a measured performance by Aldo, but I don’t think Conor McGregor sat in the front row would have seen anything to worry him and will be looking forward to unifying the belt later in the year.

Daniel Cormier vs Anderson Silva

My money was on DC to beat JBJ, but I decided not to get any money on this late replacement fight. The inevitable happened; DC dry humped Anderson for the majority of the fight and took the decision. Understandable that we didn’t get to see the best of either guy here in the circumstances.

Brock Lesnar vs Mark Hunt

What a load of rubbish. Sorry, maybe it’s because I have absolutely no interest in Professional Wrestling, but I couldn’t care less about Brock Lesnar. I don’t enjoy watching him ‘fight’ and if he does come back into the Octagon, I’ll be betting against him on every opportunity. He’s an enormous and powerful man, but he’s not a skilled fighter and I don’t like the effect he has on the division as a whole, i.e. the rest of the fighters bulk up to 265 and slow right down.

Miesha Tate vs Amanda Nunes

Heart-breaking for Tate to work so hard to climb the mountain, only to lose the belt at the first defence, but Nunes just had too much for her standing and once she’s rung Miesha’s bell, she never let her recover.

Not great results for me, with only one of my bets coming in, and picking only 8 out of 15 which I could have done flipping a coin.

Bet 1 – £5 returned £0.00

Rafael Dos Anjos to beat Eddie Alvarez – lose

Derrick Lewis to beat Roy Nelson – win

Bet 2 – £5 returned £0.00

Claudia Gadelha to beat Joanna Jedrzejczyk – lose

Will Brooks to beat Ross Pearson – win

Bet 3 – £5 returning £0.00

Daniel Cormier to beat Jon Jones

Mark Hunt to beat Brock Lesnar – lose

Miesha Tate to beat Amanda Nunes – lose

Bet 4 – £5 returning £11.43

Cain Velasquez to beat Travis Browne – win

T.J Dillashaw to beat Raphael Assuncao – win

Sage Northcutt to beat Enrique Marin – win

Bet 5 – £5 returning £0.00

Kelvin Gastelum to beat Johny Hendricks – win

Thiago Santos to beat Gegard Mousasi – lose

Jim Miller to beat Takinori Gomi – win

Bet 6 – £5 returning £0.00

Frankie Edgar to beat Jose Aldo – lose

Cat Zingano to beat Julianna Pena – lose

Joe Lauzon to beat Diego Sanchez – win

Bet 7 – £1 returning £0.00

Daniel Cormier to beat Jon Jones

Mark Hunt to beat Brock Lesnar

Miesha Tate to beat Amanda Nunes

Frankie Edgar to beat Jose Aldo

Cain Velasquez to beat Travis Browne

Cat Zingano to beat Julianna Pena – lose

Kelvin Gastelum to beat Johny Hendricks – win

T.J Dillashaw to beat Raphael Assuncao – win

Sage Northcutt to beat Enrique Marin – win

Joe Lauzon to beat Diego Sanchez – win

Thiago Santos to beat Gegard Mousasi – lose

Jim Miller to beat Takinori Gomi – win

Bet settled

I’m taking an event off, not betting on the Ultimate Fight Night on 13th July. Next card I’ll be getting some money on for will be The Holm vs Shevchenko UFN on 23rd July,

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UFC 198 Werdum vs Miocic – Preview

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May 14, 2016, Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil

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UFC 198 is an absolute cracker, and as I started to look up and down the card for who to get my money on, it became obvious which way I was going to go. Simply, this Saturday, I’m flying the Brazilian flag all night. It’s going to mean betting against some fighters I really like and would normally bet on, and a few of the Brazilian picks are shakier than others, but it’s the only way to go.

Main Card

I really like Stipe, and in normal circumstances, I’d be happy to get my money on him, but against Werdum in Brazil, backing the champ is a no brainer.

The co-main event is the only Brazil vs Brazil action, but Jacare is easy to get on against Vitor here. Should be a great fight, but Jacare all day.

I was going to back the Spider Goat to chalk up his first win since Stephan Bonner in 2012 (taking into account the Diaz win being overturned to a NC), but the damn injury bug bit again and he’s out. Get well soon Anderson.

Cyborg is surely the biggest favourite ever in a UFC fight, and I’m reluctant to put it in on principle. 1/14??

The most worrying bet on the main card is Shogun vs Corey Anderson. If this fight was happening anywhere else in the world, I’d be on Corey Anderson in a flash, but in Brazil, I think Shogun will find a way to win.

Prelims

The four Brazilians on this section of the card are all clear favourites. It breaks my heart to bet against Matt Brown, who’s one of my favourite fighters, but Damian Maia in Brazil must take this.

Fight Pass Prelims

Again, it’s the featured bout that worries me most of the opening three fights. The smart money should probably be on Pat Cummins, but Little Nog fighting in Brazil must be backed.

So the only question is, how to split them up to get maximum enjoyment from the card? My first thought was to just have three accumulators on the separate sections of the card, but if Shogun loses, my main card is dead early. Instead, I decided to put the two dicey bets together, the first and last three together, all the mid-card favourites, including the Cyborg fight ending in 1.5 rounds or under, and then for the hell of it, a big 10 fight accumulator, leaving out Little Nog, Shogun and Anderson Silva (if he gets sparked out to kill a massive bet like that, I’d be devastated).

Bet 1 – £5 returning £164.06

Werdum to beat Miocic

Souza to beat Belfort

Justino to beat Smith

Maia to beat Brown

Alves to beat Barerena

Santos to beat Marquardt

Lineker to beat Font

Trinaldo to beat Medeiros

Moraes to beat Chagas

Moicano to beat Tukhugov

Bet 2 – £5 returning £20.93

Maia to beat Brown

Alves to beat Barerena

Santos to beat Marquardt

Lineker to beat Font

Justino to beat Smith in under 1.5 rounds

Bet 3 – £5 returning £24.64

Trinaldo to beat Medeiros

Moraes to beat Chagas

Moicano to beat Tukhugov

Bet 4 – £5 returning £10.77 (rubbish having lost a fight from the treble)

Silva to beat Hall

Souza to beat Belfort

Werdum to beat Miocic

Bet 5 – £5 returning £36.09

Rua to beat Anderson

Nogueira to beat Cummins

bet 1

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