UFC 203: Four of the best bets for the Saturday night spectacular

Fabricio Werdum and Stipe Miocic are both in action this weekend
Fabricio Werdum and Stipe Miocic are both in action this weekend
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He may be a lightweight but Betfair's Adam Baylis is a teak-tough competitor and returns to the arena for a run through of the UFC 203 card, and has the following four wagers for your consideration...


"Commercially the UFC have given Punk a potentially easy lock to pick with this fight and he'll no doubt feel the nerves and pressure of his first bout inside the Octagon, but I expect him to come out on top nonetheless in a fight that may not be for the purists."

Stipe Miocic vs Alistair Overeem

Back Miocic to win via Decision @ [4.0]

A giant heavyweight clash, both are well-rounded, technical fighters and this should be a hugely interesting fight with Overeem looking to utilise his superior kickboxing and Miocic his wrestling. However I suspect stamina could be the deciding factor here; Stipe will have no issues going the distance to gain victory in front of his home crowd and so it would be in "The Reem's" best interests to blast out of the gates and end this one as soon as possible. That home advantage could end up being the deciding factor so take Miocic to win via Decision.


Fabricio Werdum v Travis Browne

Back Werdum to win via Submission @ [2.9] and in Round 2 @ [5.0]

When these two first met in 2014 it was assumed that Browne had a solid striking advantage, however it was Werdum who came out on top, out-boxing Travis convincingly, displaying some supreme takedowns and developed Muay Thai. Quite simply, it's hard to see this fight going any differently for Browne, such was Werdum's dominance.

There were moments in the fight's infancy when "Hapa" looked to have his opponent rocked and if he's to have any chance it'll be by following a similar game plan but I just can't see it happening and Werdum could be set for another title shot after victory here.


CM Punk v Mickey Gall

Back CM Punk to win via Decision @ [11.5]

For many I'm sure this is the most anticipated fight on the card with former pro wrestler CM Punk the latest athlete to make the jump into the UFC. With no fight form to go on we're better off focusing on his opponent Mickey Gall who with two victories to his name has looked the part.

However - as our very own Jake the Stake alludes to here - it has to be taken into account that both of the fighters that Gall faced were making their respective debuts and one can be fairly certain that Punk will have been far better prepared than those - as former Lightweight Champion and training partner Anthony Pettis has gone out of his way to confirm.

Commercially the UFC have given Punk a potentially easy lock to pick with this fight and he'll no doubt feel the nerves and pressure of his first bout inside the Octagon, but I expect him to come out on top nonetheless in a fight that may not be for the purists.


Urijah Faber v Jimmie Rivera

Back Jimmie Rivera to win via Decision @ [2.54]

It's a sad sight to see Faber stuck propping up the main fight card but unfortunately based on his insistence to carry on competing that's the position the 37-year-old finds himself. He's a legend in his own right, but I just don't think he'll be able to keep up with the speed and boxing prowess that Rivera possesses.

Not only is "El Terror" 10 years his junior, he's also unbeaten since 2008 through 18 fights and with 12 of those coming via decision it should be a safe bet that he'll be able to do enough to get the win over "The California Kid".


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