5 Lessons Learned – UFC 246

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Surprise, Surprise. The King Is Back

Well it wasn’t a surprise to those having a bet on the fight with Conor starting the $1.30 favourite.

After 469 days away from the Octagon, McGregor returned to the UFC with as dominant a performance as you are likely to see, beating veteran Cowboy Cerrone to a pulp within 40 seconds.

He couldn’t have made much more of an impression, firstly landing some unorthodox blows with his shoulder, which seemingly broke Cowboy’s nose, before knocking him down with a beautiful high kick and then stopping him due to some vicious and heavy shots on the ground.

McGregor looked fantastic as a UFC Welterweight and we could see him return to the Octagon very quickly having not expelled a lot of energy. There is talk of him being a replacement for the Ferguson vs Nurmagomedov fight at UFC 248 should one of them pull out, again.

There is also options to fight Kamaru Usman for the Welterweight title. That would see him break another UFC record by becoming the only fighter to win belts in three different weight classes.

The most likely scenario in my opinion will see McGregor take on the most popular fighter in the promotion right now in Jorge Masvidal for the newly created BMF title. When? My prediction is UFC 248 back in Vegas on Sunday March 8. Or could he co-headline the Khabib vs Ferguson card?

Don’t Bet Against Conor McGregor

Many punters rejoiced at the winning return of The Notorious at UFC 246 after the short priced favourite saluted in the first round.

Those that bet with us had the opportunity to take McGregor to win by KO/TKO in the first two rounds at $2.50. Kudos to those that took us to the cleaners.

One punter that was not happy with the Conor McGregor victory was Social Media Star Dan Bilzerian who lost a cool $1 million betting on Cowboy Cerrone.

The Stars Were Out

When the Conor McGregor show rolls into the town, the stars all come out.

From Matthew McConaughey to Dave Bautista. They were all there to witness the Irish superstar create history.

This Is The Fight Game

At the end of the day, two people are fighting in a cage and anything can happen.

Maycee Barber started the $1.10 favourite when she took on the higher ranked Roxanne Modafferi on the prelims.

In one of the bigger UFC upsets that this pundit (and punter) can remember, Modafferi executed her game plan perfectly against the well regarded youngster in Barber.

Barber did potentially tear her ACL in the early stages of the fight however it just goes to show that anything can happen inside that Octagon and to be weary of extremely short favourites.

In a weird twist in the fight, the doctor came out and tested Maycee’s knee. Something that is unprecedented in the middle of a fight.

Aleksei Oleinik Is Barely Human

Some incredible stats for MMA stalwart Aleksei Oleinik after his submission win over Maurice Greene at UFC 246.

  • He became the only fighter to have won MMA fights in four different decades (1990s, 2000s, 2010s & 2020s).
  • He has the second most submissions in UFC Heavyweight history (6) behind only Frank Mir (8).
  • He has an incredible 72 MMA fights to his name, with 58 wins and 13 losses. 46 of those wins have been by submission
  • Joe Rogan was in his second season of New Radio when he made his MMA debut (1996).

A fight with Fabricio Werdum is on the cards next for the 42 year old man that they call the Boa Constrictor.

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