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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Ultimate Fight Night – MacDonald vs Thompson – Results


June 18, 2016 at TD Place Arena, Ottawa, Canada

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Krzystof Jokto to beat Tamden McCrory – win

Jokto got us off to a winning start with a stunning over-hand crushing KO. He moved to 18-1 and is one to watch for future bets.

Misha Cirkunov vs Ion Cutelaba – win

15 seconds into this fight it looked highly likely someone was getting knocked out. Two absolute killers slinging leather. It was actually a submission win in the third round that got it done for Cirkunov.

Jason Saggo vs Leandro Silva – win

Saggo edged out the split decision win in this entertaining close fight to bring home the first bet. Good work fella.

Valerie Letourneau vs Joanne Calderwood – lose

The second bet fell at the first hurdle, with Jo Calderwood putting Letourneau away in the 3rd round. With money in the bank from the first bet, I’m not too disappointed though. I like winning money, but I’m really pleased for Jo Jo.

Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs Thibault Gouti – win

It took till the 3rd round, but Aubin-Mercier got the submission win.

Steve Bosse vs Sean O’Connell – lose

These two put on quite a war for us. O’Connell almost stopped Bosse in the 1st round, but it went the full distance and the judges had to make a tough decision. It went Bosse’s way, there was nothing in it really.

Donald Cerrone vs Patrick Cote – win

Cowboy looks excellent at welterweight. Cote is tough, but Cerrone was just a step ahead in all areas. Class performance from Cerrone.

Rory MacDonald vs Steven Thompson – lose

Not what you’d call a thriller of a main event. MacDonald never really managed to get into boxing range and Thompson was happy to stay at long range, landing more shots, particularly his kicking.

bet setled

Bet 1 – £10 returning £0.00

Rory MacDonald vs Steven Thompson

Donald Cerrone vs Patrick Cote

Bet 2 – £10 returning £0.00

Sean O’Connell to beat Steve Bosse

Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs Thibault Gouti

Valerie Letourneau vs Joanne Calderwood

Bet 3 – £10 (including £5 free bet) returned £58.25

Jason Saggo to beat Leandro Silva

Misha Cirkunov to beat Ion Cutelaba

Krzystof Jokto to beat Tamden McCrory

So 5/8 for me, but a profit for the night and significantly, I’m finally over the 1000% ROI mark for 2016 betting. Plenty of study to do for International Fight Week and three events in three days.

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Ultimate Fight Night – MacDonald vs Thompson – Preview

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June 18, 2016 at TD Place Arena, Ottawa, Canada

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I got another one in the win column at the last event, backing Michael Bisping to beat Luke Rockhold. I didn’t land my other seven fight accumulator, so as it stands, I’m still tantalisingly close to the 1000% ROI point for the year’s betting. Hopefully I can reach that milestone this weekend.

Rory MacDonald vs Steven Thompson

There’s a lot of hype building around Stephen ‘Wonder Boy’ Thompson, and rightly so. The only blemish on his record is a decision loss to Matt Brown in his second UFC fight, way back in 2012, and that’s no blemish at all really. In his last two outings he put Jake Ellenberger and Johny Hendricks away. The kid is a killer. With all that said, I’m backing Rory MacDonald to win this fight. His only losses have been to Carlos Condit, again in his second UFC fight in 2011, plus two losses in incredible wars with Robbie Lawler. MacDonald has struggled to reach terms with the UFC to renew his contract and has talked about testing the free agency market after this fight. With that in mind, plus the fight being in Canada, I think we’re going to see MacDonald at the top of his game, and that might be enough to derail the Thompson hype train.

Donald Cerrone vs Patrick Cote

I love having money on Cowboy because the bet is live till the final bell. Also, I like him as a Welterweight. Two losses to Rafael Dos Anjos break up what would otherwise have been a 10 fight winning streak. Cote will give Cowboy a war on the feet, and it could be a real barn-burner, but if it gets a bit too hot standing, Cowboy has a big advantage on the ground which could be the difference. Easy to back Cerrone here.

Steve Bosse vs Sean O’Connell

I was on Steve Bosse when he beat James Te Huna in Brisbaine in March. Although there’s no particularly strong reason to back either fighter in this bout, O’Connell is a very likable chap, having fun and giving gifts at weigh ins and stare downs. I’m going to get on him for the fun of it, partly because the next two fights I’m backing solid bookies’ favourites.

Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs Thibault Gouti

On Neutral ground, this could be a chance to back an upset, but with home-field advantage, and with Gouti coming off a loss, I think it just about makes Aubin-Mercier backable.

Valerie Letourneau vs Joanne Calderwood

I’ve been trying to find justification to back Jo Calderwood here. She’s got heart for days and she’s extremely likable. However, Letourneau took Joanna Jedrzejcyyk the distance back in November, and I think she represents a big jump up in class for Calderwood to deal with. Again, on neutral ground or even a UK card, I might bet with my heart and back Calderwood, but in Canada, I have to be sensible and back Letourneau.

I’ve got no strong feelings about the prelims, but have decided to have an interest bet on a few of them. I’ve got a free bet from Paddy Power to roll into it, so why not. These are shameless punt-bets on little or no solid information:

Jason Saggo vs Leandro Silva

Saggo due to home advantage.

Misha Cirkunov vs Ion Cutelba

Cirkunov as it’s Cutelba’s UFC debut.

Krzystof Jokto vsTamden McCrory

Jokto as he has the longer active win streak.

Joe Soto vs Chris Beal

This a 3 fight losing streak vs a 2 fight losing streak. No one ever got rich betting on prospects like that, so not getting involved with this one.

The Fight Pass prelims is some real finger in the air stuff, so I think we’ll call it quits there.

So the bets will be:

Bet 1 – £10 returning £32.31

Rory MacDonald vs Steven Thompson

Donald Cerrone vs Patrick Cote

Bet 2 – £10 returning £45.69

Sean O’Connell to beat Steve Bosse

Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs Thibault Gouti

Valerie Letourneau vs Joanne Calderwood

Bet 3 – £10 (including £5 free bet) returning £58.25

Jason Saggo to beat Leandro Silva

Misha Cirkunov to beat Ion Cutelba

Krzystof Jokto to beat Tamden McCrory

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