If you haven’t heard, UFC 196 was originally scheduled to be a heavyweight showdown between Fabricio Werdum and Cain Velaquez, but with neither big man available, the UFC canceled the main event and moved the main card down to Fox Sports 1 as part of its Fight Night 82 card featuring the main event matchup between Johny Hendricks and Stephen Thompson.Shortly thereafter, the UFC announced that its former UFC 197 card is now UFC 196: Dos Anjos vs. McGregor. Now, MMA betting enthusiasts have a pair of main card bouts that are both offering a ton of value as UFC 196 quickly approaches.Let’s examine both matchups.
Analysis: If you don’t like Conor McGregor (I don’t) and you’d like to see the reigning UFC featherweight champion get his ass kicked, then you’re in for a treat; I believe that’s exactly what’s going to happen when he throws down against lightweight champ Rafael dos Anjos. They’ll take to the octagon in Las Vegas for their UFC title bout on Saturday, March 5.
Betting on Rafael dos Anjos vs. Conor McGregor
Lightweight Title Fight
|Rafael Dos Anjos||Conor McGregor|
Rafael dos AnjosDos Anjos is 25-7 in 32 career bouts and enters this affair riding a five-match winning streak that includes his first round TKO (body kick and punches) of Cowboys Donald Cerrone at UFC on Fox on December 19.Dos Anjos has recorded five wins by KO, eight via submission and a dozen by way of decision. The reigning lightweight champ has also been on the wrong end of 1 KO loss, 1 submission defeat and five decision losses. Dos Anjos holds a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and a black praijed in Muay Thai.
Conor McGregorMcGregor is 19-2 in 21 career bouts, including his stunning first round featherweight title KO win over Jose Aldo at UFC 94 on December 12.McGregor has won an impressive 15 consecutive fights coming into his matchup against Rafael dos Anjos. 17 of McGregor’s career victories have come by way of knockout, with one win coming via submission and one via decision.McGregor has also been on the wrong end of two submission losses in his career, though his last defeat cam way back in 2010.Fight Prediction: Let me start by saying that Conor McGregor is absolutely explosive with his fists and could end any bout with one well-placed strike.Unfortunately, McGregor will be facing a slightly bigger – and stronger fighter in dos Anjos and it is this edge in power, not to mention Anjos’ huge edge in experience that I believe will be the difference in this bout.As a matter of fact, dos Anjos’ recent wins over Cerrone – and prior to that – his wins over elite lightweights, Anthony Pettis, Nate Diaz and Ben Henderson, that I believe provide a great glimpse of what will take place in this bout.Dos Anjos has excellent striking power, both at close range and on the outside, not to mention well-polished wrestling skills and a nearly unrivaled BJJ skill set.While McGregor may have the slight edge in speed, I also think he’s going to feel the difference in power that lightweights have over their smaller featherweight counterparts.In the end, I believe that Rafael dos Anjos is too versatile to lose to a powerful, but one-dimensional fighter like Conor McGregor.The Pick: Rafael dos Anjos via Third Round Submission
Betting on Holm vs. Tate
Bantamweight Title Fight
|Holly Holm||Miesha Tate|