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UFC 202: All the best bets from the key bouts ahead of Saturday in Vegas

Will we see a repeat of UFC 196 when Diaz meets McGregor? The American won by submission in their first meeting
Will we see a repeat of UFC 196 when Diaz meets McGregor? The American won by submission in their first meeting
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Betting.Betfair's deadly duo - Adam Baylis and Danny Smart - go through the key fights on the UFC 202 card and offer up the following four bets...

"McGregor has only gone the distance once in his UFC career, Diaz will surely want to take this into the latter rounds and wait for his opponent to tire like he did the first time round."

Back Diaz to win via submission @ 5/2

Nate Diaz v Conor McGregor
Back Diaz to win via submission @ 5/2

This is without question the biggest rematch in UFC history and the most anticipated fight of 2016.

Nate Diaz has many reasons to be confident heading into this fight. Not only did he beat McGregor stepping in at late notice back in March, he's also three inches taller and sports a two-inch reach advantage over the naturally smaller McGregor.

Twelve of Diaz's 19 UFC wins have come via submission and all three of McGregor's losses have been by the same fate. McGregor has only gone the distance once in his UFC career, Diaz will surely want to take this into the latter rounds and wait for his opponent to tire like he did the first time round. With a full training camp behind him there's nothing to suggest that he will not look to stand and strike, absorbing punishment before looking for a late submission.


Anthony Johnson v Glover Teixeria
Back Teixeria to win via submission @ 11/2

Since his loss to current Light Heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier, Rumble Johnson hasn't looked back and has now finished 15 of his 21 wins by way of knockout. Likewise Teixeira has finished 21 of his 25 so the chances of this going the distance are pretty slim.

These two power punchers are sure to go hell for leather and for the first time in a few fights, Johnson meets an opponent who can certainly match him on his feet. Moreover, Teixeira possesses a superior ground game as he proved in his 'Fight of the Night' performance this time last year.

Assuming Johnson's chin holds up, Glover's well rounded skill set could be the key to this fight so take the Brazilian to win via submission.


Rick Story v Donald Cerrone
Back Cerrone to win via KO/TKO @ 23/10

Fan-favourite Cowboy Cerrone returns after a 'Performance of the Night' KO win against Patrick Cote and can take a further step towards a title challenge providing he gets through Rick Story, but that's no easy task.

Story will be looking to frustrate Cerrone and no doubt try to wear him down with a view to a decision victory, but Cowboy should be well-prepared for this. His explosive offensive attack as well as his ability to make it into the latter rounds should give him the platform to counter Story's raw power and win this via KO/TKO.


Cody Garbrandt v Takeya Mizugaki
Back Garbrandt to win via decision @ 11/8


A clash that arguably should be billed on the main card, rising star Cody Garbrandt continues his journey to future potential Bantamweight glory. Standing in his way is a gatekeeper of sorts in Mizugaki whose price of 5/1 surely reflects his slim chance in this match-up.

The way in which Garbrandt went through Thomas Almeida last time out (ending a 21 fight win streak) ear-marked him as a fighter to follow and with eight KOs from nine bouts, a first round win would be the way to play this were it not for the fact that Mizugaki has only been finished twice in his 11 year career. That said, "No Love" Garbrandt should show exactly that for his opponent and win a comfortable decision en route to further riches.

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