The main card of UFC 202 is stacked from top to bottom with great match-ups. GTbets has the odds set, who are you betting will come out victorious?
Tim Means: -455 vs. Sabah Homasi: +320
Sabah Homasi, one of the biggest underdogs competing at UFC 202, will kick off the main card against tough veteran Tim Means. It’s a tough fight in your UFC debut, but Homasi has been wildly impressive in his past three bouts, winning each by KO within two rounds. The Floridian has a fan-friendly style that sometimes gets him into trouble, but allows him to be dangerous at all times.
Tim Means has had a rough year. After a highlight-reel knockout over John Howard last December, he was forced to sit on the sidelines due to a USADA anti-doping violation. Means was eventually cleared of any wrong doing after it was revealed a supplement he took was tainted, but lost time is never found again. Means will look to use his experience and strong stand-up game to take out the UFC newcomer early, as 17 of his 25 wins come via KO.
It’s no surprise this fight is kicking off the main card. Both fighters have a penchant for throwing caution to the wind during fights, and the clash of their styles will likely lead to a KO. Homasi is a big underdog, but could be a bet worth taking at this point.
Hyun Gyu Lim: -286 vs. Mike Perry: +225
The second fight of the UFC 202 main card sees another UFC newcomer taking on a veteran fighter. Mike Perry has looked great during his career by going 6-0, but faces one of the heaviest hitters at 170 pounds in Hyun Gyu Lim. Despite living in close proximity to two of the best MMA gyms in the US, Perry spends his training camps at the relatively unknown Team Sparta. If it’s not broke, don’t fix it, and nothing is broken for Mike Perry. He has finished all six of his opponents by KO, and all within two rounds.
Hyun Gyu Lim returns to the cage after a tough loss to Neil Magny in May. He has seen mixed results during his UFC career, going 3-2 since his debut in 2013. The one notable point on Lim’s UFC record that stands out is his KO ratio. He had won all three of his UFC fights by KO, two of which came in the 1st round. The South Korean fighter will likely embrace a stand-up brawl with Perry, which should lead to a fun match.
It seems like the UFC matchmakers were interested in putting on brawls for UFC 202. This is another fight with fireworks written all over it as both fighters look primarily for the KO and tend to put themselves in danger in order to win. Mike Perry is a bug underdog coming into this one according to GTbets, but with a 6-0 record, could be worth betting on.
Donald Cerrone: -167 vs. Rick Story: +135
One of the UFC’s most recognizable fighters gets back in the octagon this Saturday for the third time this year. We are of course talking about Donald Cerrone, who made US gambling news in February by moving up in weight to take on Alex Oliveira. “Cowboy” has looked tremendous at the new weight, finished the aforementioned Oliveira with a triangle choke in the 1st round, and finishing former light-heavyweight Patrick Cote by TKO in the 3rd round in June.
Rick Story is not getting the respect he deserves heading into this fight. The Washington native has defeated two of the toughest men at 170 pounds in his last two fights. His victory over Gunnar Nelson looks even more impressive after seeing what Nelson recently did to Albert Tumenov. Unlike many men that Cerrone faces, Story will not be afraid to engage in a stand-up battle, and also possesses a dangerous wrestling and submission game.
This is one of the hardest fights to call on the card. Both men are incredibly durable and consistently put on exciting fights. Could this be the fight where Cerrone’s weight disadvantage comes into play? Perhaps. Story is a slight underdog, but this fight is anyone’s to take.
Anthony Johnson: -222 vs. Glover Teixeira: +165
Hardcore MMA fans have been waiting on this one for a while. Two of the light-heavyweight division’s heaviest hitters will finally meet in the cage for a chance to take on Daniel Cormier for the championship.
Anthony Johnson might be the scariest fighter in the world in the first round. The welterweight-turned-light-heavyweight has destroyed everyone he has faced upon returning to the UFC with the notable exception of Daniel Cormier. Johnson is coming off two straight KO victories, the latter of which came against a surging Ryan Bader. Johnson has the power to take out any man on planet earth, and will likely charge at Teixeira from the opening bell looking for a KO.
There were some that wrote Glover Teixeira off after his loss to Phil Davis in October of 2014. He has since proved he is one of the best fighters in the world by winning three straight fights including a KO victory over former champion Rashad Evans. Glover is about as well-rounded as a fighter can get. He has devastating power, slick submissions, and is incredibly durable. His new strength and conditioning program has also benefited him tremendously as of late.
This is another tough fight to call. Anthony Johnson is inhuman during the first round of any fight. He has been working on his wrestling lately and desperately wants another shot at DC. Glover is as durable as it gets and also has the type of power to end the fight quickly. Glover makes an excellent underdog pick here, as he seems likely to be the more durable athlete as the fight drags into the later rounds.
Conor McGregor: -133 vs. Nate Diaz: +105
It’s finally here. No injuries, no contract issues, no drug test failures. The rematch between two of the most popular fighters in the sport is finally here and the MMA world can hardly wait.
Conor McGregor seemed invincible during his first seven UFC fights. He eventually secured a shot at Jose Aldo and made UFC history by knocking out the P4P number one fighter in just 13 seconds. McGregor attempted to move up in weight to challenge for the lightweight title but just 10 days before the bout, former champion Rafael dos Anjos pulled out after breaking his foot. Enter, Nate Diaz.
Nate Diaz was chosen as the replacement for dos Anjos after his impressive victory over Michael Jonhson. The proud Stockton native seemed to be the first fighter unaffected by McGregor’s trash talking, and entered the cage ready and unafraid.
For most of the first round, the Irishman beat Diaz to the punch and controlled position on the ground. At the start of the 2nd, however, it became apparent that McGregor was beginning to fade. A hard one-two combination by Nate Diaz stumbled Conor, and it was all downhill from there. Diaz eventually got the fight to the ground and finished the fighting pride of Ireland by rear-naked choke.
There are a swarm of questions heading into this rematch. Will Conor’s emphasis on conditioning allow him to continue what he started in the first round? How will a full-training camp impact Nate Diaz? The public seems split on this fight, and the odds makers at GTbets agree. This one is up to you to decide. It’s just too close to call.
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