The Conor McGregor Bandwagoner’s Guide to UFC 204!
October 3, 2016 (One Comment) by Darren Bates

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UFC 204 is less than a week out and this is usually around the time that the “Conor McGregor Bandwagoners” come out of the woodwork in search of info that’ll help them impress that one mate who’s been watching UFC since before it was “mainstream”. To save you the trouble of having to scour the internet, we at The Sharpe have put together the definitive “Conor McGregor Bandwagoner’s Guide to UFC 204” with a few extra nuggets thrown in for good measure.

Is Conor McGregor fighting?

Sorry McGregor fans, ‘The Notorious’ isn’t scheduled to fight until UFC 205, the one after UFC 204 (get it, the numbers are sequential). The Crumlin native is set to go to war with the current UFC Lightweight Champ, Eddie Alvarez on November 12th at Madison Square Garden, New York. Conor was in rare form at Tuesday’s UFC 205 press conference; destroying anyone who attempted to badmouth him, in typical CMcG fashion! You’d be forgiven for forgetting all about UFC 204 and turning your attention towards UFC 205, but hold off on boarding the McGregor hype train just yet… UFC 204 is going to be worth the watch!

Nugget: UFC 205 will be the first MMA event to take place in New York since the state banned it over 20 years ago.

Where’s UFC 204 on?

UFC 204 takes place on Saturday, October 8th in the Manchester Arena, Manchester, United Kingdom.

Nugget: Manchester has hosted a UFC main event twice previously, having hosted UFC 70 and UFC 105. The UFC’s resident Mancunian and UFC 204 headliner, Michael Bisping, fought in both events, and both fights were awarded “Fight of the Night”.

What time is it on at?

It’s great that we don’t have to wait up ‘til stupid o’clock to watch UFC 204 given that it’s in Manchester, right!? Wrong! Rather annoyingly UFC 204 is scheduled to begin at around 11pm (to cater to fans from around the world, and more to the point, fans from the US), with the main card expected to start at around 03:00am. *Sets alarm to stupid o’clock*.

Who is fighting?

Truth be told, the hype around UFC 204 can be accredited to two things: 1) The fact that it’s taking place in Manchester and 2) Michael Bisping and Dan Henderson are headlining. That’s not to say that the bouts between Belfort & Mousasi and Saint Preux & Manuwa won’t be awesome, but let’s face it, the only reason you’re even contemplating watching UFC 204 is ‘cause of Bisping and Hendo’s long awaited rematch.

Henderson initially defeated Bisping back at the historic UFC 100, knocking him out with a Dan Henderson trademark right. That defeat has haunted Bisping throughout his career and the Manchester man swears to enact the perfect revenge at UFC 204. This one’s got all the makings of a good ol’ fashioned slobberknocker.

Nugget: Dan Henderson is the UFC’s oldest active fighter at age 46. Hendo’s been open about the fact that this fight with Bisping is his last opportunity to claim UFC gold and has said he’ll retire after the fight, win, lose or draw.

Who’s going to win, or in other words, who should I bet on?

The Count to enact revenge on Hendo is a measly 4/9 with Paddy Power, however the bet of the night is definitely Bisping in the third at 10/1. Bisping himself predicted that he’ll finish Hendo, by knockout, in the third round and who are we to argue with the UFC Middleweight Champ!

Where can I watch it?

If you’re fortunate enough to be able to afford to have BT Sports, then all your UFC 204 viewing needs are sorted! However, if you belong to the vast majority who don’t have access, then unfortunately you don’t have many options:

  • Subscribe to Eir: Eir taking over Setanta was effectively the death of live UFC for most Irish fans. Eir have more or less monopolised the market; removing the option for customers to subscribe to BT Sports only (i.e. third party subscription) and instead forcing customers to subscribe to their entire TV package. Damn you Eir! It’s an expensive option, but an option nonetheless.
  • Web Streaming: We at The Sharpe don’t advise you to ‘illegally’ stream ‘pay-per-view’ content; we’re just saying it’s an option… and a cheap one at that! Typing ‘UFC 204 live stream’ close to the event start time (11pm) into the Twitter search bar usually produces multiple streams. Don’t shoot the messenger!

Well we hope all that’s provided you with enough ammunition to get you through another UFC event unscathed and impress your MMA ‘mainstream’ mate at the same time. Happy viewing!

The entire card looks like:

Main Card

Michael Bisping vs. Dan Henderson (UFC Middleweight Championship bout – 5 rounds)

Vitor Belfort vs. Gegard Mousasi (Middleweight bout – 3 rounds)

Ovince Saint Preux vs. Jimi Manuwa (Light Heavyweight bout – 3 rounds)

Stefan Struve vs. Daniel Omielańczuk (Heavyweight bout – 3 rounds)

Mirsad Bektic vs. Arnold Allen (Featherweight bout – 3 rounds)

Preliminary Card (Prelims)

Iuri Alcântara vs. Brad Pickett (Bantamweight bout – 3 rounds)

Ian Entwistle vs. Rob Font (Bantamweight bout – 3 rounds)

Damian Stasiak vs. Davey Grant (Bantamweight bout – 3 rounds)

Leon Edwards vs. Albert Tumenov (Welterweight bout – 3 rounds)

Danny Roberts vs. Mike Perry (Welterweight bout – 3 rounds)

Leonardo Santos vs. Adriano Martins (Lightweight bout – 3 rounds)

Reza Madadi vs. Marc Diakiese (Lightweight bout – 3 rounds)

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The Conor McGregor Bandwagoner’s Guide to UFC 204!
October 3, 2016 (One Comment) by Darren Bates

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UFC 204 is less than a week out and this is usually around the time that the “Conor McGregor Bandwagoners” come out of the woodwork in search of info that’ll help them impress that one mate who’s been watching UFC since before it was “mainstream”. To save you the trouble of having to scour the internet, we at The Sharpe have put together the definitive “Conor McGregor Bandwagoner’s Guide to UFC 204” with a few extra nuggets thrown in for good measure.

Is Conor McGregor fighting?

Sorry McGregor fans, ‘The Notorious’ isn’t scheduled to fight until UFC 205, the one after UFC 204 (get it, the numbers are sequential). The Crumlin native is set to go to war with the current UFC Lightweight Champ, Eddie Alvarez on November 12th at Madison Square Garden, New York. Conor was in rare form at Tuesday’s UFC 205 press conference; destroying anyone who attempted to badmouth him, in typical CMcG fashion! You’d be forgiven for forgetting all about UFC 204 and turning your attention towards UFC 205, but hold off on boarding the McGregor hype train just yet… UFC 204 is going to be worth the watch!

Nugget: UFC 205 will be the first MMA event to take place in New York since the state banned it over 20 years ago.

Where’s UFC 204 on?

UFC 204 takes place on Saturday, October 8th in the Manchester Arena, Manchester, United Kingdom.

Nugget: Manchester has hosted a UFC main event twice previously, having hosted UFC 70 and UFC 105. The UFC’s resident Mancunian and UFC 204 headliner, Michael Bisping, fought in both events, and both fights were awarded “Fight of the Night”.

What time is it on at?

It’s great that we don’t have to wait up ‘til stupid o’clock to watch UFC 204 given that it’s in Manchester, right!? Wrong! Rather annoyingly UFC 204 is scheduled to begin at around 11pm (to cater to fans from around the world, and more to the point, fans from the US), with the main card expected to start at around 03:00am. *Sets alarm to stupid o’clock*.

Who is fighting?

Truth be told, the hype around UFC 204 can be accredited to two things: 1) The fact that it’s taking place in Manchester and 2) Michael Bisping and Dan Henderson are headlining. That’s not to say that the bouts between Belfort & Mousasi and Saint Preux & Manuwa won’t be awesome, but let’s face it, the only reason you’re even contemplating watching UFC 204 is ‘cause of Bisping and Hendo’s long awaited rematch.

Henderson initially defeated Bisping back at the historic UFC 100, knocking him out with a Dan Henderson trademark right. That defeat has haunted Bisping throughout his career and the Manchester man swears to enact the perfect revenge at UFC 204. This one’s got all the makings of a good ol’ fashioned slobberknocker.

Nugget: Dan Henderson is the UFC’s oldest active fighter at age 46. Hendo’s been open about the fact that this fight with Bisping is his last opportunity to claim UFC gold and has said he’ll retire after the fight, win, lose or draw.

Who’s going to win, or in other words, who should I bet on?

The Count to enact revenge on Hendo is a measly 4/9 with Paddy Power, however the bet of the night is definitely Bisping in the third at 10/1. Bisping himself predicted that he’ll finish Hendo, by knockout, in the third round and who are we to argue with the UFC Middleweight Champ!

Where can I watch it?

If you’re fortunate enough to be able to afford to have BT Sports, then all your UFC 204 viewing needs are sorted! However, if you belong to the vast majority who don’t have access, then unfortunately you don’t have many options:

  • Subscribe to Eir: Eir taking over Setanta was effectively the death of live UFC for most Irish fans. Eir have more or less monopolised the market; removing the option for customers to subscribe to BT Sports only (i.e. third party subscription) and instead forcing customers to subscribe to their entire TV package. Damn you Eir! It’s an expensive option, but an option nonetheless.
  • Web Streaming: We at The Sharpe don’t advise you to ‘illegally’ stream ‘pay-per-view’ content; we’re just saying it’s an option… and a cheap one at that! Typing ‘UFC 204 live stream’ close to the event start time (11pm) into the Twitter search bar usually produces multiple streams. Don’t shoot the messenger!

Well we hope all that’s provided you with enough ammunition to get you through another UFC event unscathed and impress your MMA ‘mainstream’ mate at the same time. Happy viewing!

The entire card looks like:

Main Card

Michael Bisping vs. Dan Henderson (UFC Middleweight Championship bout – 5 rounds)

Vitor Belfort vs. Gegard Mousasi (Middleweight bout – 3 rounds)

Ovince Saint Preux vs. Jimi Manuwa (Light Heavyweight bout – 3 rounds)

Stefan Struve vs. Daniel Omielańczuk (Heavyweight bout – 3 rounds)

Mirsad Bektic vs. Arnold Allen (Featherweight bout – 3 rounds)

Preliminary Card (Prelims)

Iuri Alcântara vs. Brad Pickett (Bantamweight bout – 3 rounds)

Ian Entwistle vs. Rob Font (Bantamweight bout – 3 rounds)

Damian Stasiak vs. Davey Grant (Bantamweight bout – 3 rounds)

Leon Edwards vs. Albert Tumenov (Welterweight bout – 3 rounds)

Danny Roberts vs. Mike Perry (Welterweight bout – 3 rounds)

Leonardo Santos vs. Adriano Martins (Lightweight bout – 3 rounds)

Reza Madadi vs. Marc Diakiese (Lightweight bout – 3 rounds)

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