UFC 202 – McGregor vs Diaz 2 – Results

 August 20, 2016 at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, USA

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Nine predictions for this card with a total possible return of just over £900 from £31 staked, but there’s some very speculative picks on there so I wasn’t banking on anything.

Neil Magny vs Lorenz Larkin

Larkin looked absolutely savage, stopping Neil Magny, something Hector Lombard failed to do earlier this year. Watch out Welterweights. That’s a couple of my bets falling at the first hurdle, but it’s a long night.

Randa Markos vs Cortney Casey

After a shaky start, Casey had to fight her way out of a bad position and in the last seconds of the 1st round, found an armbar finish. Good effort.

Artem Lobov vs Chris Avila

Lobov finally adds a UFC win to his record, completely out-performing Avila, and chalks one up in the Dublin vs Stockton battle too. Still a little unconvincing from the Russian Hammer, as Avila offered little offensively and still saw the final bell.

Raquel Pennington vs Elizabeth Phillips

A hard fought victory for Pennington. It wasn’t pretty, but sometimes they just have to be ground out.

Cody Garbrandt vs Takeya Mizugaki

The fight opened up with Joe Rogan rabbiting on about how being such a big favourite in the fight could be a disadvantage to Garbrandt, causing him to take Mizugaki lightly. Cody soon shut that up with an early KO. As expected, with a bit of prompting from Rogan, Garbrandt took the opportunity to promise Dominick Cruz a broken jaw at the earliest opportunity.

Tim Means vs Sabah Homasi

Ah well, I did say the upset bets were just for fun. Means was an entirely different class to Homasi and by half way through the 1st round it was looking a case of not if, but when he’d get the finish.

Hyun Gyu Lim vs Mike Perry

Upset number two does come in, with Mike Perry beating the snot out of Hyun Gyu Lim. Will certainly be interested in his next outing.

Rick Story vs Donald Cerrone

COWBOY!! Story gave a decent account of himself in a 1st round that Cerrone probably won, but round 2 was all Cowboy and he bagged the show reel combination stoppage. I hope UFC give him the 155lbs title match against Alverez he’s asking for. If they do, my money will be straight on him.

Anthony Johnson vs Glover Teixeira

Rumble executed Glover in under a minute. Holy shit, that guy is a killer. It’s a good job he’s such a nice guy, because if he decided to go on a rampage, I’m not sure there’s much we could collectively do to stop him. Get ready DC, Rumble is coming for a second crack at your belt.

McGregor vs Diaz

What an incredible fight?! One and a half rounds in, it was looking like it might be a clinical and dominant win for Conor, but never count Nate Diaz out, who turned it into a war. I had it 10-8, 10-10, 9-10, 10-9, 9-10 so 48-47 overall. Two judges had the same score as me and another gave it a draw. Fantastic scrap, and for gods’ sake Conor, make that the last bout at 170lbs. Back to 145lbs to defend/unify that belt. There are other 155lbs I’d like to see both guys fight before they meet again, but I’m sure we’ll see the rubber match at some point.

So, 6/9 right a very small profit for the card:

Bet 1 – £10 returning £0.00

Neil Magny to beat Lorenz Larkin – lose

Cortney Casey to beat Randa Markos – win

Chris Aliva to beat Artem Lobov – lose

Raquel Pennington to beat Elizabeth Phillips – win

Bet 2 – £10 returning £0.00

Cody Garbrandt to beat Takeya Mizugaki – win

Sabah Homasi to beat Tim Means – lose

Mike Perry to beat Hyun Gyu Lim – win

Bet 3 – £10 returned £43.62

Donald Cerone to beat Rick Story – win

Anthony Johnson to beat Glover Teixeira – win

McGregor to beat Diaz – win

Bet 4 – £1 returning £0.00

Neil Magny to beat Lorenz Larkin – lose

Cortney Casey to beat Randa Markos – win

Chris Aliva to beat Artem Lobov – lose

Raquel Pennington to beat Elizabeth Phillips – win

Cody Garbrandt to beat Takeya Mizugaki – win

Sabah Homasi to beat Tim Means – lose

Mike Perry to beat Hyun Gyu Lim – win

Donald Cerone to beat Rick Story – win

Anthony Johnson to beat Glover Teixeira – win

McGregor to beat Diaz – win

Bet settled

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UFC 202 – Diaz vs McGregor 2 – Preview

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August 20, 2016 at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, USA

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It was UFC 196 – McGregor vs Diaz that started this year’s betting campaign for me. I got more right than wrong on the night, but made no profit as there was a loser in each accumulator. That included the main event where I put my money on Conor. So, let’s have a look at UFC 202 and see where my money’s going.

McGregor vs Diaz

I’m an unapologetic fan of McGregor, both as a fighter and as a personality. I would rather he was defending his Featherweight title, and if he insists on super fights at other weights, I’d prefer him to be looking at Lightweight first. But I had my money on him last time, and I am happy to get it on him again now. Just got to keep it standing.

Anthony Johnson vs Glover Teixeira

With the exception of his failed title attempt against Daniel Cormier last May, Rumble has been a killer since moving up to Light Heavyweight. Glover Teixeira was also looking lethal when he made short work of Rashad Evans in April. That said, a hot Rumble Johnson is a different prospect to a retirement-bound Rashad coming back after a long layoff. Rumble looks favourite and I’m happy to get on him.

Rick Story vs Donald Cerone

Story looked pretty good in his return in May against Tarec Saffiedine after a long break. But I always bet on Cowboy, because the bet is usually live till the final bell. Cerone only has two losses in over three years, both to recently dethroned champ; RDA, and I don’t see Story derailing the current run.

Hyun Gyu Lim vs Mike Perry
Tim Means vs Sabah Homasi

I tend to duck fights where late replacements are involved, especially when they are promotional new comers. However, just for fun, I’m going to take a punt on Perry and Homasi to both cause upsets, just because of the juicy odds. Perry is unbeaten and Homasi has won three times already this year, so it’s not impossible.

Cody Garbrandt vs Takeya Mizugaki

Garbrandt is lining himself up for a crack at Dominick Cruz and an impressive win over Mizugaki surely gets that title shot signed. He looked fantastic when he put Thomas Almeida away in May and this fight feels like an opportunity to get the mic in his hand to call out the champ.

Raquel Pennington vs Elizabeth Phillips

I reluctantly bet against Pennington in April when I thought she would get beaten by Bethe Correia and that proved to be a mistake. I like her to beat Phillips here.

Artem Lobov vs Chris Avila

Conor’s buddy has yet to chalk up a win in the UFC and although Avila is another promotional debutant, this might be another backable newbie. He’s finished his last three opponents and I’m going to back him to chalk up a win on his first time in the big show.

Randa Markos vs Cortney Casey

Markos has alternated L-W-L-W in her last four, all going the distance. After losing her first two UFC bouts, Casey finished Cristina Stanciu in July. It’s that recent stoppage win that’s making me lean her way.

Neil Magny vs Lorenz Larkin

Larkin is a very tough dude, and I’m reluctant to bet against him, but it’s Neil Magny. He’s an auto-back fighter at the moment and is surely marching towards top 5 opposition and a title fight.

The opening Fight Pass prelims aren’t ones I want to get on, so I’m looking at:

Bet 1 – £10 returning £119.07

Neil Magny to beat Lorenz Larkin

Cortney Casey to beat Randa Markos

Chris Aliva to beat Artem Lobov

Raquel Pennington to beat Elizabeth Phillips

Bet 2 – £10 returning £142.19

Cody Garbrandt to beat Takeya Mizugaki

Mike Perry to beat Hyun Gyu Lim

Sabah Homasi to beat Tim Means

Bet 3 – £10 returning £43.62

Donald Cerone to beat Rick Story

Anthony Johnson to beat Glover Teixeira

McGregor to beat Diaz

Bet 4 – £1 returning £598.36

Neil Magny to beat Lorenz Larkin

Cortney Casey to beat Randa Markos

Chris Aliva to beat Artem Lobov

Raquel Pennington to beat Elizabeth Phillips

Cody Garbrandt to beat Takeya Mizugaki

Mike Perry to beat Hyun Gyu Lim

Sabah Homasi to beat Tim Means

Donald Cerone to beat Rick Story

Anthony Johnson to beat Glover Teixeira

McGregor to beat Diaz

Bet

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UFC Fight Night – Teixeira vs Evans

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April 16, 2016 at Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida, USA.

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I was all ready to get my money on Tony Ferguson to ruin Khabib Nurmagomedov’s long-awaited return, but the damn Injury Bug struck and we’re denied that awesome fight. I was also planning on backing Dan Henderson to Shuffle-Shuffle-H Bomb his way to victory, but Lyoto Machida removed himself from the card due to an ‘accidental PED’ issue. There’s still plenty of great fights on the card though. Here are my picks from up and down the card:

Glover Teixeira vs Rashad Evans

Since losing his title shot against Jon Jones, then his next fight to Phil Davis. Glover has gotten back on track with two solid wins over Patrick Cummins and next week’s main event saviour, Ovince Saint Preux. Rashad’s last outing was a loss last October to Ryan Bader, which was his comeback fight after almost two years out. He hasn’t beaten a genuine Light Heavyweight since early 2012, and I don’t like his chances against Glover. Possible swan song for Rashad here, and Glover is a justifiable favourite at 1/2.

Rose Namajunis vs Tecia Torres

Since losing the title fight to Carla Esparza in the TUF finale, Thug Rose has looked great, beating Angela Hill in one round, and dominating Paige VanZant for five rounds in December. Against anyone else, I’d be happy to back her, but Tecia is 7-0 with 7 unanimous decision wins, including one over Rose. Paddy Power has Rose as favourite, but I like Tecia to win by decision at 23/10.

Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Darrell Horcher

After two full years off, and multiple planned comebacks bailed on due to injury, this is a much more appropriate comeback fight for Nurmagomedov than the very dangerous Tony Ferguson. Darrell Horcher has put a 13-1 record together outside the UFC, but talk about being thrown to the wolves on your debut. This looks very much like a comeback win for Nurmagomedov. Unfortunately, he’s such a big favourite, I can’t really get a bet on him, other than in a big accumulator.

Cub Swanson vs Hacran Dias

Swanson has lost his last two, but that’s to a streaking Max Holloway and an always tough Frankie Edgar. Prior to that he won 6 straight against really tough opposition. Dias has put together a 23-3-1 record but Swanson is a big step up in class. The fact Dias has won his last 2 and Swanson has lost his last two convinces bookies to list this as a really close fight, but I think Swanson is a solid favourite to win.

Beneil Dariush vs Michael Chiesa

Dariush has won five straight, including some really tough guys. Chiesa has won his last two and is a tough fight for anyone at Lightweight, but I like Dariush to keep his win streak going here, and so do Paddy Power, listing him at 1/2.

Bethe Correia vs Raquel Pennington

Pennington is a tough girl, but she just can’t seem to put a run together. Correia on the other hand was destroying her opponents and was 9-0 until she ran into Ronda Rousey last time out. Correia will be looking to get back on track and I’m happy to put my money behind that, especially as Pennington is listed as favourite.

John Dodson vs Manny Gamburyan

Dodson is the second best Flyweight in the world. If Demetrious Johnson didn’t exist, he’d potentially be the dominant champion in the division. Gamburyan has won his two fights since moving back down to Bantamweight, but Dodson should bring that to a halt as he joins him in the division. Gamburyan hasn’t been finished since getting KO’d by Jose Aldo in 2010, so I like Dodson by decision.

There’s nothing else that on the card that jumps out at me, so I’m breaking my picks down into the following bets:

Bet 1 – £10 returning £74.25

Torres to beat Namajunis by decision

Dodson to beat Gamburyan by decision

Bet 2 – £10 returning £69.00

Dariush to beat Chiesa

Correia to beat Pennington

Swanson to beat Dias

 Bet 3 – £5 returning £212.92

Torres to beat Namajunis

Dodson to beat Gamburyan

Dariush to beat Chiesa

Correia to beat Pennington

Swanson to beat Dias

Nurmagomedov to beat Horcher

Teixeira to beat Evans

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