Round 4: The Conor McGregor Bandwagoner’s Guide To UFC 209!
March 4, 2017 (No Comments) by Darren Bates

woodley_v_thompson

Welcome back Conor McGregor Bandwagoner to another edition of the “Conor McGregor Bandwagoner’s Guide” and this time we’re pointing our peepers in the direction of UFC 209.

UFC 209, which takes place in the early hours of Sunday morning in Las Vegas (for all of us watching in this part of the world), was set to be the biggest UFC event of 2017 by a country mile, but sadly the news broke, on Friday, that the eagerly anticipated matchup between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson is off. Damn! Nurmagomedov had no choice but to withdraw, citing weight management medical issues and it’s highly unlikely that, at this late stage, Ferguson will get a fight.

There’s no doubt that the absence of the Khabib Nurmagomedov v Tony Ferguson bout leaves a gaping hole in the UFC 209 card, but we’ve still got one hell of a main event between Tyron Woodley and Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson for the UFC Welterweight Title as well as a few other fights that are more than worth tuning in for! So, let’s take a look at the card and get to making those all-important predictions.

The Main Event: Tyron Woodley v Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson

Woodley and Thompson left it all in the cage when the pair met, back in November, at UFC 205. I mean the fight became an instant classic, and the fact that it ended in a draw makes their rematch all the more enthralling.

Woodley’s strength lies in his tremendous knock out power, however in the early rounds of the two’s first fight, Woodley had a lot of success on the ground, so he may look to utilise his superior wrestling skills to wear down “Wonderboy” in their upcoming fight. If Woodley manages to do this effectively, the fight’s as good as his.

tyron_woodley_vs_stephen_thompson

According to Georges St Pierre, “Wonderboy” is the best striker he’s ever seen in his life and who could argue with the UFC legend. Thompson, the human highlight reel, has so many weapons at his disposal and if he can shake away the fight jitters he so clearly felt at UFC 205, then we could have a new Welterweight Champion.

Tyron Woodley has been the underdog in his last three fights and has overcome those odds every time. Although “Wonderboy” has all the tools to stop Woodley, and one hell of a chin to boot, I believe Woodley will out wrestle him, early on, and land his trademark overhand right, that’ll put Thompson away for good.

Prediction: Woodley to win.

Alistair Overeem v Mark Hunt

The UFC’s Heavyweight Division is on life support at the moment. Brock Lesnar’s retirement has left the Division lacking some serious star power and it doesn’t look like changing anytime soon. With that being said, the two names in the Division that actually carry some weight (pardon the pun) go head to head at UFC 209 and, on paper, this one’s got all the makings of a good old fashioned slobberknocker!

Overeem was on a four fight win streak until he came up against the current UFC Heavyweight Champ, Stipe Miocic, at UFC 203. After being knocked out in the first round, “The Reem” will be looking to get back in the title frame and a win over Mark Hunt will do just that.

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Mark Hunt, the king of the ‘Walk Off’ knockout is on a two fight win streak of his own (his fight with Brock Lesnar was ruled a no contest after Lesnar tested positive for a banned substance). A win over “The Reem”, who’s had his own history with performance enhancing drugs, will be the perfect justice for the “Super Samoan” who’s currently suing the UFC and Brock Lesnar over the whole ‘Lesnar testing positive’ thing.

Mark Hunt’s a man with a lot on his mind. Not only is he currently in a legal battle with the UFC and Brock Lesnar, but he has also said that he was forced into this fight due to contract obligations. Regardless of whether Mark’s heads in it, this one will be a case of who lands first, and I predict that it’ll be Overeem.

Prediction: Overeem to win.

Rashad Evans v Daniel Kelly

Former king of the Light Heavyweights, Rashad “Suga” Evans, makes his Middleweight debut after his two previous fights were scrapped due to medical licence issues. “Suga” takes on Daniel Kelly, who is 5-1 in the UFC and on a three-fight win streak.

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The Ultimate Fighter: Season 2 winner has been plagued with injury and since losing to Jon Jones in 2012, Rashad has been a shadow of his former self. If Evans overcomes the Australian, it will be his first win in over three years.

Rashad Evans is a UFC veteran with 14 wins in the Octagon, and can count notable names such as Rampage Jackson, Chuck Liddell and the current Middleweight Champion, Michael Bisping, amongst his victories. I feel as though this is very much a tune-up fight for Evans and it’s one that he should get through with relative ease (famous last words!).

Prediction: Evans to win.

Here’s what the entire main card looks like:

fight_card_new

Fancy A Flutter?

For what it’s worth, I had Nurmagomedov to beat Ferguson, and rather convincingly too… but that’s for another edition of a ‘Conor McGregor Bandwagoner’s Guide’ (I hope, anyway).

As for UFC 209, there are still fights to be fought, and thus, money to be made! I’m going to stick with my predictions and tip up the below:

Woodley, Overeem & Evans all to win at 9/2 with Paddy Power.

Where Can I Watch?

Unfortunately, if you reside on the beautiful Isle of Ireland, then your options are fairly limited, as far as watching UFC 209 is concerned.

Subscribe to BT Sports: If you’re not an Eir customer, you can pay a rather hefty €25 plus a once off activation fee of €9.99 to get all BT and Eir channels tacked on to your current Sky or Virgin package.

Live Stream: The bigger the event, the more live streams that will be available, which means there should be streams aplenty available for UFC 209. Searching ‘UFC 209 Live Stream’ on Twitter or Facebook usually produces a few reliable links to choose from.

Now, enjoy the fight and watch this space for the next ‘Conor McGregor Bandwagoner’s Guide…’!

Darren Bates
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Round 4: The Conor McGregor Bandwagoner’s Guide To UFC 209!
March 4, 2017 (No Comments) by Darren Bates

woodley_v_thompson

Welcome back Conor McGregor Bandwagoner to another edition of the “Conor McGregor Bandwagoner’s Guide” and this time we’re pointing our peepers in the direction of UFC 209.

UFC 209, which takes place in the early hours of Sunday morning in Las Vegas (for all of us watching in this part of the world), was set to be the biggest UFC event of 2017 by a country mile, but sadly the news broke, on Friday, that the eagerly anticipated matchup between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson is off. Damn! Nurmagomedov had no choice but to withdraw, citing weight management medical issues and it’s highly unlikely that, at this late stage, Ferguson will get a fight.

There’s no doubt that the absence of the Khabib Nurmagomedov v Tony Ferguson bout leaves a gaping hole in the UFC 209 card, but we’ve still got one hell of a main event between Tyron Woodley and Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson for the UFC Welterweight Title as well as a few other fights that are more than worth tuning in for! So, let’s take a look at the card and get to making those all-important predictions.

The Main Event: Tyron Woodley v Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson

Woodley and Thompson left it all in the cage when the pair met, back in November, at UFC 205. I mean the fight became an instant classic, and the fact that it ended in a draw makes their rematch all the more enthralling.

Woodley’s strength lies in his tremendous knock out power, however in the early rounds of the two’s first fight, Woodley had a lot of success on the ground, so he may look to utilise his superior wrestling skills to wear down “Wonderboy” in their upcoming fight. If Woodley manages to do this effectively, the fight’s as good as his.

tyron_woodley_vs_stephen_thompson

According to Georges St Pierre, “Wonderboy” is the best striker he’s ever seen in his life and who could argue with the UFC legend. Thompson, the human highlight reel, has so many weapons at his disposal and if he can shake away the fight jitters he so clearly felt at UFC 205, then we could have a new Welterweight Champion.

Tyron Woodley has been the underdog in his last three fights and has overcome those odds every time. Although “Wonderboy” has all the tools to stop Woodley, and one hell of a chin to boot, I believe Woodley will out wrestle him, early on, and land his trademark overhand right, that’ll put Thompson away for good.

Prediction: Woodley to win.

Alistair Overeem v Mark Hunt

The UFC’s Heavyweight Division is on life support at the moment. Brock Lesnar’s retirement has left the Division lacking some serious star power and it doesn’t look like changing anytime soon. With that being said, the two names in the Division that actually carry some weight (pardon the pun) go head to head at UFC 209 and, on paper, this one’s got all the makings of a good old fashioned slobberknocker!

Overeem was on a four fight win streak until he came up against the current UFC Heavyweight Champ, Stipe Miocic, at UFC 203. After being knocked out in the first round, “The Reem” will be looking to get back in the title frame and a win over Mark Hunt will do just that.

overeem-vs-hunt-2

Mark Hunt, the king of the ‘Walk Off’ knockout is on a two fight win streak of his own (his fight with Brock Lesnar was ruled a no contest after Lesnar tested positive for a banned substance). A win over “The Reem”, who’s had his own history with performance enhancing drugs, will be the perfect justice for the “Super Samoan” who’s currently suing the UFC and Brock Lesnar over the whole ‘Lesnar testing positive’ thing.

Mark Hunt’s a man with a lot on his mind. Not only is he currently in a legal battle with the UFC and Brock Lesnar, but he has also said that he was forced into this fight due to contract obligations. Regardless of whether Mark’s heads in it, this one will be a case of who lands first, and I predict that it’ll be Overeem.

Prediction: Overeem to win.

Rashad Evans v Daniel Kelly

Former king of the Light Heavyweights, Rashad “Suga” Evans, makes his Middleweight debut after his two previous fights were scrapped due to medical licence issues. “Suga” takes on Daniel Kelly, who is 5-1 in the UFC and on a three-fight win streak.

rashad-evans-v-daniel-kelly

The Ultimate Fighter: Season 2 winner has been plagued with injury and since losing to Jon Jones in 2012, Rashad has been a shadow of his former self. If Evans overcomes the Australian, it will be his first win in over three years.

Rashad Evans is a UFC veteran with 14 wins in the Octagon, and can count notable names such as Rampage Jackson, Chuck Liddell and the current Middleweight Champion, Michael Bisping, amongst his victories. I feel as though this is very much a tune-up fight for Evans and it’s one that he should get through with relative ease (famous last words!).

Prediction: Evans to win.

Here’s what the entire main card looks like:

fight_card_new

Fancy A Flutter?

For what it’s worth, I had Nurmagomedov to beat Ferguson, and rather convincingly too… but that’s for another edition of a ‘Conor McGregor Bandwagoner’s Guide’ (I hope, anyway).

As for UFC 209, there are still fights to be fought, and thus, money to be made! I’m going to stick with my predictions and tip up the below:

Woodley, Overeem & Evans all to win at 9/2 with Paddy Power.

Where Can I Watch?

Unfortunately, if you reside on the beautiful Isle of Ireland, then your options are fairly limited, as far as watching UFC 209 is concerned.

Subscribe to BT Sports: If you’re not an Eir customer, you can pay a rather hefty €25 plus a once off activation fee of €9.99 to get all BT and Eir channels tacked on to your current Sky or Virgin package.

Live Stream: The bigger the event, the more live streams that will be available, which means there should be streams aplenty available for UFC 209. Searching ‘UFC 209 Live Stream’ on Twitter or Facebook usually produces a few reliable links to choose from.

Now, enjoy the fight and watch this space for the next ‘Conor McGregor Bandwagoner’s Guide…’!

Darren Bates
Lover of sports, lifter of weights, singer of songs and explorer of places.

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