Bet On UFC 202 Online
How To Bet On UFC 202 Online
By Paul Seaton
Conor McGregor (-130) vs. Nate Diaz (Even), Midnight ET
The rematch the world of UFC has been waiting for is almost upon us. Despite defeat in the first bout, Conor McGregor is favorite, but why? The first fight was epic and perhaps that was the problem, and UFC legend Chael Sonnen has stated ahead of this rematch that McGregor only has “seven minutes of energy”. It’s a bold claim, but does the action from the original battle bear it out?
While Diaz got the better of McGregor, the Irish MMA artist who some say has revolutionized the sport was gracious in defeat. Ahead of the weigh-in, legendary coach Firaz Zahabi went on record as saying he doesn’t believe that energy was the problem with McGregor last time out. McGregor has brought Irish boxing champions into his training team this time around, and sparred specifically with those in Diaz’s weight class.
Here are the two-men at their weigh-in:
McGregor fans maintain that weight was not the big issue many said it was in the first bout. McGregor has fought at 155lb twice, regularly fighting at 145lb. Diaz is noticeably taller and the naturally stronger man. McGregor knows from bitter, choke-held experience that the smallest margins matter. The question is whether he’ll be able to compensate for this deficiency in the rematch.
Diaz has been defeated nine times, while McGregor’s first defeat came in the first clash between the pair. Of his losses, Diaz has only been submitted once, with the other eight defeats coming via a decision. Are we expecting McGregor to win if it goes to a decision? Punches and kicks (McGregor’s obvious strength) have only taken down Nate Diaz once, and McGregor’s submission game may not be strong enough to succumb an opponent who is a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
While McGregor definitely has a shot, if it happens, it will have to happen early. If you’re a McGregor supporter, take the +150 on offer for the Irishman to win by KO, THO or DQ. He’s +1500 to win by submission and you should dodge that like you would a Diaz roundhouse.
Diaz to win by decision or technical decision is +600 and that’s our chosen line on the outsider. Either way, it should be an incredible confrontation and one worth reminding ourselves of ahead of the action:
Other Featured Fights
Here are a few of the other fights we see some serious value investing in.
Anthony Johnson (-200) vs. Glover Teixeira (+160) 11.30pm ET
Johnson has proudly held the the record for sub-minute KOs in UFC with 4 takedowns inside 60 seconds. We think he can make it five at the weekend.
Our pick: Anthony Johnson to win in Round 1 (+150)
Donald Cerrone (-165) vs. Rick Story (+135) 10pm ET
Cerrone has recently won by submission, but Story returned to action after a lengthy layoff with a unanimous decision. Story may be the underdog, but his hunger looks to be there in spades.
Our pick: Story to win by decision or technical decision (+225)
Elizabeth Phillips (+205) vs. Raquel Pennigton (-265)
While Pennigton is rightly hot favorite, so too is the fight going a fair distance. We think this could be over quickly and that’s value.
Our pick: Total Rounds under 2.5 (+185) 9pm ET
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