Let’s take it from the top.
After media-related shenanigans scuttled their UFC 200 rematch, Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz are once again set to do battle at UFC 202, which goes down this Saturday evening (Aug. 20, 2016) inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Meanwhile, Glover Teixeira dukes it out with Anthony Johnson to decide the next Light Heavyweight contender, while Rick Story will look to put his spoiling prowess to the test against Donald Cerrone.
That's just the tip of what will likely turn out to be a very entertaining pay-per-view (PPV) iceberg. UFC 202 features a quality set of fights, so let’s see if we can’t exploit the hell out of them at the sportsbook.
Let's get cracking:
UFC 202 Odds For The Undercard:
Cody Garbrandt (-600) vs. Takeya Mizugaki (+450)
Artem Lobov (-115) vs. Chris Avila (-105)
Raquel Pennington (-260) vs. Elizabeth Phillips (+220)
Randa Markos (-140) vs. Cortney Casey (+120)
Neil Magny (-140) vs. Lorenz Larkin (+120)
Colby Covington (-345) vs. Max Griffin (+285)
Marvin Vettori (-170) vs. Alberto Pereira (+150)
Thoughts: Honestly scratching my head here ... and not in the good way. Takeya Mizugaki should probably be closer to +200 and I expect him to give Garbrandt some real problems, but I’m not about to recommend a bet on him. The rest of the "Prelims" undercard matches are either too close to call -- like Magny-Larkin -- or feature underdogs with histories of dramatic finishes like Max Griffin and Alberto "Uda". Let’s just enjoy these and see what we can squeeze out of the PPV main card.
UFC 202 Odds For The Main Card:
Conor McGregor (-130) vs. Nate Diaz (+110)
Anthony Johnson (-210) vs. Glover Teixeira (+175)
Donald Cerrone (-165) vs. Rick Story (+145)
Hyun Gyu Lim (-270) vs. Mike Perry (+230)
Tim Means (-440) vs. Sabah Homasi (+350)
Thoughts: Nate Diaz is undervalued. Glover Teixeira is criminally undervalued.
"Rumble" is an absolute monster at 205 pounds, but he’s a very straightforward monster with a history of struggles against great ground artists. Teixeira offers both world-class Brazilian jiu-jitsu and some of the division’s heaviest hands -- not to mention a grand total of zero stoppage losses in the last 14 years. He has looked great since his loss to Phil Davis and has an excellent takedown game to boot. I have full faith that he can shut down the monster and earn himself another title shot, so bet accordingly.
Nate Diaz took Conor McGregor’s best punches, rocked him in return, and forced him into such dire straits that he shot a desperation takedown. This took just 1.5 rounds. Now, McGregor’s stepping into the cage without his momentum behind him and Diaz has 25 minutes to break him again. I’m someone who delights in the Diaz brothers’ struggles and even I think he’s a steal here.
UFC 202 Best Bets:
- Single bet -- Nate Diaz: Bet $70 to make $77
- Single bet -- Glover Teixeira: Bet $50 to make $87.50
Somebody’s mouth is getting shut. See you Saturday, Maniacs!
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