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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UFC 198 Werdum vs Miocic – Results

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

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It’s not often I have skin in the game in every bout on a fight card, so as I settled in to watch UFC 198, I was braced for an exciting ride. With £25 staked, my maximum returns were £256.49:

bet 1

Fight Pass Prelims

Renato Moicano got me off to a winning start edging out Zubaira Tukhugov with a split decision win.

I thought my bets were in danger early in the next fight when late replacement Luan Chagas temporarily starched Sergio Moraes with a huge head kick. Chagas’ gas tank emptied, and for me it was 29-28 to Moraes at the final bell. One judge gave it to each fighter and the third was undecided, so the result was a draw. I thought that would kill Bet 1 and Bet 3, but I got a nice surprise when I checked my account post-event, as the draw voided the selection, and instead Bet 3 became a double on Moicano and Trinaldo to win, so all bets were still live.

Next up was Antonio Rogerio Nogueira to beat Pat Cummins in the Fight Pass featured prelim. Cummins had some success with his kicking, but wasn’t able to transition to his wrestling with Noguiera fighting off his take down attempts fairly easily. When little Nog started to let his hands go, he gave the Brazilians, and me something to cheer for, putting Cummins away late in the opening round. All bets still healthy going into the Fox Sports prelims.

Fox Sports Prelims

John Lineker was my first interest in this section of the fight card, facing Rob Font. After a couple of minutes to find his range, Lineker methodically picked his opponent apart, winning a unanimous decision and barely breaking a sweat (although somehow, one judge found a way to give a round to Font).

The remaining fight in Bet 3 was Francisco Trinaldo to beat Yancy Madeiros. As I said, I thought this bet was dead so was watching it fairly passively. Trinaldo won an entertaining war and banked me a surprise win. [DISCUSSION POINT: if Fighter A wins 4:30 of a round and Fighter B lands a big shot and inflicts 0:30 of GnP, who wins the round? It’s fighter A for me, but according to Brian Stann, it’s Fighter B. The judges agree with me, because in this case, Trinaldo was Fighter A and he won by a landslide score].

Next up, to progress Bet 2 I needed Thiago Santos to beat Nate Marquart, which he did by KO in the 1st.

I hated betting against Matt Brown in the featured prelim, as he’s one of my favourite fighters on the roster. I just couldn’t see Damien Maia losing in Brazil. Brown almost managed to fight Maia’s submission attempts for three full rounds, but the Brazil finally got the tap in the dying seconds of the final round.

Main Card

The first fight on the main card was Warlley Alves who I needed to beat Bryan Barberena to progress Bet 2. After a strong start by Alves, he tired and Barberena ground out the win. Bets 1 & 2 go down.

Next up is Shogun who needed to beat Corey Anderson to complete my veterans double. Shogun edged a really close fight and banks me a win. [DISCUSSION POINT: if fighter A completes a takedown but fighter B immediately springs to their feet, does the take down score? There was zero ground control, which is surely the purpose of the takedown.]

With bet 1 & 2 already dead, the Cyborg vs Smith bout no longer mattered to my pocket. There were no surprises though as Cyborg won by first round execution. Smith complained, but she looked done to me. The UFC needs to build a 145 women’s division, because 135ers aren’t going to want to keep stepping up to fight Cyborg in catch weight fights, and there’s no way she’s making 135.

With Anderson Silva having to pull out of his fight, be 5 is just the co-main and main events. First up, Jacare needed to handle business with Vitor. Jacare didn’t seem at all interested in using his superior grappling to submit Vitor. Instead, he dominated position and smashed his face in. Solid win for Jacare. I would personally like to see him and Bisping fight for next in line for the middleweight shot, rather than straight to it, but I think more likely, he’s front of the line.

Finally, I had Fabricio Werdum to retain his belt against Stipe Miocic, who’s another fighter I really hate betting against, and for very good reason. Late in a 1st round that Werdum was arguably edging, Stone Cold Stipe nails the charging champ with a right hook on the retreat that shut the lights out. We have a new heavyweight champ, and Tommy Toehold couldn’t be happier (if you don’t know what that means, search Youtube. You’re in for a treat).

Results

Bet 1 – £5 returning £164.06 – lose

Bet 2 – £5 returning £20.93 – lose

Bet 3 – £5 returning £19.17 – win

Bet 4 – £5 returning £10.77 – lose

Bet 5 – £5 returning £36.09 – win

I picked 12 results and got 9 wins, 2 loses and a draw, so £55.26 is a little bit disappointing as a return, but profit’s profit and finding out a bet you thought was a loser is actually a winner is always a nice bonus. A week off now to watch and write up a classic event, before pricing up UFC Fight Night: Almeida vs Garbrandt.

Settled

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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

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