Jake 'the Stake' Kirby is back with his thoughts and preview of the weekend's UFC 203 action, and our man believes backing a former WWE champion on his UFC debut is well worth an investment...
"I am going with logical thinking here and I honestly feel that there has been too much time and too many resources invested in CM Punk for the UFC to just let him fall at the very first hurdle."
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This weekend at UFC 203, the world will finally bear witness to the long awaited Mixed Martial Arts debut of professional wrestling legend, and former WWE Champion, CM Punk.
It has been the subject of a lot of media attention of late and rightly so... remember, Punk has absolutely zero combat experience of note (unless you can call hitting the GTS a few hundred times CV worthy).
It's hard as a pundit to analyse a fight with so little to go on. I've spent the last few weeks going back and forth on arguments for Punk, and arguments against. His opponent, Mickey Gall, is a young fighter who is unbeaten, and he certainly seems to have the hunger to want to progress.
The question I've been asking though is whether or not Gall is a legitimate prospect. He has looked okay in his first few fights, but I can't help but feel he's been fed cans to fuel the intensity of this match up. It is in the UFC's best interests to make it seem like Punk is going up against a stud on his debut, but in reality I think it's quite the opposite.
I've been quite modest in betting on this fight, and I've only had a sportsman's conservative bet purely because I'm genuinely interested in the match up and the outcome itself and want to feel modestly invested in it.
Very much as I did with the Mcgregor-Diaz fight a few weeks ago, I am going with logical thinking here and I honestly feel that there has been too much time and too many resources invested in CM Punk for the UFC to just let him fall at the very first hurdle.
You can get CM Punk at 3/1 on the Sportsbook which to me is exceptional value and Punk by decision can be found at around 12/1. I'm expecting a pretty tame, draining affair, which ultimately will result in Punk's hand being raised at the end.
The main event of the card sees two of Europe's top heavyweights squaring off for the belt in what looks set to be one heck of a way to cap off a great evening of fighting. In one corner is the recently crowned champion, Stipe Miocic, who dethroned Fabricio Werdum in devastating fashion back in May of this year, and in the other corner we have seasoned veteran and K1 hero Alistair Overeem, who finally has his shot at UFC gold.
Both fighters are great strikers, but I think what will be the difference here is Miocic's ability to land takedowns and work his ground and pound. It's a five round fight, however I don't see this one going past the halfway point, which is why I have backed Under 2.5 Rounds.
If your feeling lucky, the double of CM Punk to win via decision, and Miocic/Overeem Under 2.5 Rounds has a very tasty return.
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