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.

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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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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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Ultimate Fight Night – Arlovski vs Barnett – Preview

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September 3, 2016 at Barclaycard Arena, Hamburg, Germany

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Yet another card filled with really tough picks. As you’ll see, I started out making sensible, well thought out decisions, but by the end, I decided to have some fun with the card that has led to a few speculative picks.

Andrei Arlovski vs Josh Barnett

The Pitbull surprised a lot of people with the solid career-saving record he put together between 2011-15. That was a run of 10 wins, punctuated by a lone loss to Anthony Johnson and an iffy NC against Tim Sylvia. That streak finally came to an end with two losses to the guys competing for the Heavyweight title next week, so no shame in that. Barnett hasn’t fought since his loss to Ben Rothwell back in January and although he’s still a tough night for anyone in the division, I’m going with Arlovski to get back in the win column here.

Alexander Gustafsson vs Jan Blachowicz

Gustafsson’s struggled to get back on track since being robbed by the judges in his title fight against Jon Jones at UFC 165. He beat Jimi Manuwa in his next outing but has posted two losses since, albeit to the best in the division, DC and Rumble. On paper, Alex should be too much for Blachowicz, but as much as I like the Swede, I’m going for an upset in this fight. Blachowicz looked pretty good against Igor Pokrajac in April and has the momentum going into this fight. Sorry Alex.

Ryan Bader vs Illr Latifi

This is a good match up for Bader. Although he’s sometimes struggled against real elite strikers, against fellow wrestlers he’s always done really well. Latifi has won his last 3 but against much lower tier opposition to what Bader has been facing and I feel like the style matchup favours Bader.

Nick Hein vs Tae Hyun Bang

How could you not back Sgt Nick Hein to win in Germany? He had to pull out late from the Rotterdam card in May and returning to action against the fantastically named Tae Hyun Bang looks ideal for Hein.

Jessin Ayari vs Jim Wallhead

Judo Jim Wallhead is a well-respected veteran of UK MMA finally getting his crack at the big show, and is riding a 4 fight win streak coming in to it. He’s fighting fellow debutant Ayari, who’s running hot himself, and even with Ayari having home field advantage, I like Wallhead to win.

Peter Sobotta vs Nicolas Dalby

This looks like a fairly even matchup, but for the punt, I’ll back Sobotta, purely as he’s the homegrown fighter.

Scott Askham vs Jack Hermansson

Askham entered the UFC in late 2014 with a perfect 12-0 record, but has gone 2-2 since being signed. Hermansson has a similar 13-2 record, but without the benefit of 4 UFC fights to his name. Backing the Englishman to win.

Rustam Khaboliv vs Leandro Silva

Although both guys have the same number of wins on their record, Khabilov has been fighting a higher level for longer, and I like him to grind out a win here against Silva.

Martin Buschkamp vs Alex Enlund

Two young Featherweights making their UFC debut here. Enlund hasn’t lost since 2013 and Buschkamp has yet to taste defeat in pro competition. I’m going for Enlund due to the shorter commute, and because as I’ve looked down these fights, I’ve decided on a few nationality based accumulators.

Taylor Lapilus vs beat Leandro Issa

For reasons below, I’m backing Taylor Lapilus.

Veronica Macedo vs Ashlee Evans-Smith

Macedo to win, again, see below.

Jarjis Danho vs Christian Colombo

Danho to win, see below

So, as I say, half way down the card, I decided to throw proper reasoning out of the window on some of these fights and have a bit of fun with nationality based accumulators. That does mean some fighters are getting backed a couple of times. It also means I’m backing both guys in the Bader vs Latifi and also the Wallhead vs Ayari fights. For the Perfect Game bet I’m going with Bader and Wallhead:

Soviet Block (ish) Success- £5 returning £71.50

Andrei Arlovski to beat Josh Barnett

Jan Blachowicz to beat Alexander Gustafsson

Rustam Khaboliv to beat Leandro Silva

Swedish Sorrow – £5 returning £64.17

Jan Blachowicz to beat Alexander Gustafsson

Ryan Bader to beat Illr Latifi

Scott Askham to beat Jack Hermansson

Home Field Heroes – £5 returning £27.44

Nick Hein to beat Tae Hyun Bang

Peter Sobotta to beat Nicolas Dalby

Jessin Ayari to beat Jim Wallhead

Brits Abroad – £ returning £

Jim Wallhead to beat Jessin Ayari

Scott Askham to beat Jack Hermansson

Alex Enlund to beat Martin Buschkamp

Brazillian Blow Out – £5 returning £16.96

Alex Enlund to beat Martin Buschkamp

Rustam Khaboliv to beat Leandro Silva

Taylor Lapilus to beat Leandro Issa

American (Bad) Dream – £5 returning £90.92

Andrei Arlovski to beat Josh Barnett

Illr Latifi to beat Ryan Bader

Veronica Macedo to beat Ashlee Evans-Smith

Danish Disaster – £5 returning £17.10

Peter Sobotta to beat Nicolas Dalby

Jarjis Danho vs Christian Colombo

Perfect Game – £1 returning £2448.47

Scott Askham to beat Jack Hermansson

Alex Enlund to beat Martin Buschkamp

Peter Sobotta to beat Nicolas Dalby

Rustam Khaboliv to beat Leandro Silva

Jarjis Danho vs Christian Colombo

Taylor Lapilus to beat Leandro Issa

Veronica Macedo to beat Ashlee Evans-Smith

Jim Wallhead to beat Jessin Ayari

Nick Hein to beat Tae Hyun Bang

Ryan Bader to beat Illr Latifi

Jan Blachowicz to beat Alexander Gustafsson

Andrei Arlovski to beat Josh Barnett

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