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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Ultimate Fight Night – Hunt vs Mir – Results

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20th March Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, Australia

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Here’s how I got on with my bets for Ultimate Fight Night – Hunt vs Mir. All odds quoted were from Paddy Power.

As a reminder, I stuck to the main card for my betting and went for a double on outsiders Bosse and Kelly, followed by a treble on favourites Matthews, Magny and Hunt.

Bec Rawlins vs Seohee Ham

Me and one of the judges both scored this 29-28 Rawlins and the other two judges gave her all three rounds. It was as close as expected and I’m glad I left it out of the bet.

James Te-Huna vs Steve Bosse – Bosse @ 15/8

bosseBosse put the 1st round KO loss from his UFC debut firmly in the rear view mirror by sparking Te-Huna out with a beautiful short right hook. Bosse stood over the face-planted Te-Huna screaming victoriously, but there was no need for any follow up shots. Clean knock out win for Bosse.

Dan Kelly vs Antonio Carlos Junior – Kelly @ 4/1

The 1st round was complete domination on the ground by Antonio Carlos Junior, AKA Shoe Face. Kelly showed a lot of resilience fighting off multiple choke attempts and almost succumbed to an arm bar in the dying seconds of the round. As the 2nd round got underway, it was becoming clear why Shoe Face was such a big favourite. He’s the better striker and on the ground its BJJ World Champion vs BJJ Purple Belt. Kelly was going to have to find something extraordinary to win this. That said, Shoe Face’s double leg attempts were slowing down and he was finding it harder to hold Kelly down as the fight went on. The 3rd round opened up with Shoe Face landing an accidental knee to the groin, but Kelly barely took any recovery time. He wanted to get after it and in the following clinch, he lifted and threw Shoe Face, landing a kick to the head in the melee. Shoe Face attempted a double leg, but ended up on the bottom. Dan Kelly unloaded everything he had and got the TKO stoppage. Wow!! I’d started to say goodbye to my bet, but the Gambling Gods must be on my side tonight. One bet in the bag. Ch-Ching.

Jake Matthews vs Johnny Case – Matthews @ 4/5

The 1st round was almost entirely a close kickboxing match with Matthews landing the majority of the eye-catching shots. The 2nd round added in some grappling that was just as competitive as the stand-up. Matthews landed a couple of heavy body kicks which were the difference in the round. In the 3rd, Case started to slow down a little, possibly as a result of the continued body shots. Just as it looked like we were heading to the judges for a decision, Matthews took Case’s back and worked hard for a choke that got the tap. A well-earned win for Jake Matthews.

Neil Magny vs Hector Lombard – Magny @ 8/11

magny 1Lombard landed an early punch combo that stunned Magny. There was a prolonged ferocious barrage on the ground and I’m sure Magny went out a couple of times. He showed incredible heart to survive and for the last minute of the round, Magny looked the much fresher on the feet. The opening couple of minutes of the 2nd round was all Magny, as he started to utilise his reach and speed advantage, but mid-way through the round, a huge straight left from Lombard dropped him. Rather than pound on Magny, Lombard attempted a leg lock which cost him position. Magny almost finished the fight with a triangle choke, but had to settle for beating the hell out of Lombard for the remainder of the round. Magny took the fight straight back to the ground with ease at the start of the 3rd round, mounted, and resumed the battering he was handing out before the break. Ref Steve Percival had finally seen enough and stepped in to award the fight to Magny by TKO. Fantastic performance.

Mark Hunt vs Frank Mir – Hunt @ 4/7

huntNot much to say about the Main Event. Mark Hunt seemed to be working Frank Mir like a puppet. Every punch or feint he threw was getting a reaction and he was reading what he saw to get his timing down. A few heavier shots started to go in, then at just short of 3 minutes, we were treated to a classic walk-off Mark Hunt KO from a crushing right hand. There was a delayed reaction from ref Marc Goddard as Mir lay on his back staring at the ceiling, but Hunt knew it was over.

So hopefully, lots of you got on both bets with me and are sat wondering what to spend your winnings on. If not, see you back here before the next event and I’ll tell you where my money’s going, and maybe you’ll join me then.

Bet Payout

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Ultimate Fight Night – Hunt vs Mir

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20th March Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, Australia.

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I’m only looking at the main card of this event. I don’t have strong enough feelings about the Prelim fights to put my money on anything there.

mark-hunt-vs-frank-mir-ufc-australia-19-03-16Mark Hunt vs Frank Mir

I love Frank Mir, and I’ve been trying to find a reason to back him in this fight, but I’m struggling. Hunt has knock out power, and win or lose, Frank has a habit of getting hit. It’s a long time since Hunt has been submitted, which is where Mir obviously has the advantage. I think Frank might take a bit of a pounding here. Hunt is a justifiable favourite.

Neil Magny vs Hector Lombard

Hector-Lombard-x-Neil-MagnyMagny has fought 10 times in the last two years and has won 9 of them. The only loss was to Damian Maia who dominated him on the ground, so Magny rocked up to Damian Maia’s next seminar and learned from the man who beat him. Great attitude. Lombard hasn’t fought in over a year after being banned for juicing. Magny is favourite and I’m happy to roll him up in an accumulator.

Jake Matthews vs Johnny Case

Jake Matthews is the narrowest of favourites against Johnny Case. Matthews almost got KO’d and submitted in the first round of his last outing, but fought through it and beat the snot out of Akbarh Arreola in the second round to win by doctor’s stoppage. Case put together an 18-4 record entirely in the Mid-west regional shows, but has since fought in four different countries and time zones in four straight UFC fights. This will be his 5th. It hasn’t resulted in a loss yet, but Brisbane is a LONG way from Iowa, and I’m giving Matthews home field advantage.

Dan Kelly vs Antonio Carlos Junior

Paddy Power have Antonio Carlos Junior installed as 1/6 favourite over Dan Kelly. Sure he won TUF Brazil 3, but he’s only 5-1 (1 NC) and it seems a bit early for him to be that big of a favourite, especially against an Aussie fighting on home turf. I wouldn’t want to put it in an accumulator with the safer bets, but at 4/1, there’s some value in a bet on Kelly.

James Te-Huna vs Steve Bosse

thiago-santos-ufc-fight-night-70-highlights-videoSteve Bosse was 10-1 when he entered the Octagon for the first time, and was on an 8 fight winning streak. He was largely speaking knocking dudes out too, but he got welcomed into the big show by Thiago Santos who gave him a taste of his own medicine, absolutely starching him with a brutal walk off head kick KO in 29 seconds. Te Huna hasn’t won since early 2013, and has lost three on the bounce, although to be fair, against much more seasoned opposition than Steve Bosse (Marquart, Shogun, Teixeira). With all that said, I think Paddy Power might be making a mistake listing Te Huna as a 2/5 favourite. I’m interested in Bosse at 15/8.

Bec Rawlins vs Seohee Ham

Ham is bookies favourite, but despite an unimpressive on paper record of 6-4, Rawlins hasn’t lost in Oz since her 2011 debut. Feels like a pick ‘em and a trap bet.

So, what do we fancy then? Well I’m reasonably confident in the favourites in the top three fights. £5 on Hunt, Magny and Matthews returns £24.43. The longer shots on the card are Kelly and Bosse, and £5 on that double returns a juicy £71.88.

Fiver on each it is then.

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