Jose Aldo v Conor McGregor UFC 194 Betting Preview – Sun 13th Dec by @J_RKeith

Jose Aldo v Conor McGregor UFC 194 – at 05:30 live on BT Sport 2

Here we go! The fight that everyone has been waiting for since June will finally commence this weekend as Jose Aldo will come up against Conor McGregor in Las Vegas for the UFC Featherweight title.

Aldo sits as the current champion having gone undefeated in 18 fights, his current record stands at 25-1 as the Brazilian has defended his UFC Featherweight Championship nine times.

The 29-year-old won the title when he beat Mike Brown in his 17th professional fight; winning by TKO in the second round, winning knockout of the night.

Aldo’s last fight was against Chad Mendes in Brazil, as this was their second battle after Aldo defeated Mendes in one round previously. The fight lasted five rounds before the Brazilian won through a decision by the judges. This match at UFC 179 went on to win fight of year for 2014.

 

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Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor

However, Aldo is not known as a fighter who makes a battle quick and easy, as six of his last ten fights have gone all the way lasting five rounds to which he has won all on decision.

On top of this, the best pound-4-pound fighter has beaten the likes of Urijah Faber, Frankie Edgar and Kenny Florian to keep hold of his belt.

Conor McGregor, meanwhile, is a different breed of fighter all together. For where Aldo is quiet and respectful, McGregor is cocky and loves to trash talk his opponents.

McGregor sits undefeated in 14 fights in his professional career with a record of 18-2 heading into this confrontation.

The Irishman made his debut in the UFC in 2013 and since then has gone on to win performance of the night four times.

His last fight was meant to be against Aldo, but due to an injury Chad Mendes stepped up as the replacement. McGregor went on to beat the American in two rounds through a TKO to win the UFC Interim Featherweight Championship.

The Notorious fighter has already become the poster-boy for UFC and in likes to finish his confrontations quick, with only one fight in his professional career lasting more than 2 rounds, beating such opponents as Dustin Priorier, Dennis Siver and Diego Brandao.

The original title match was supposed to commence in June, however, after Aldo suffered a rib injury he had to pull out leaving the fight to reschedule to December, so for the last year these two fighters have been at each other’s throats.

One thing to be sure of is that this will be an epic encounter. You have two fighters who aim to become the best in the sport, but go about it in different ways.

Betting Pick: Jose Aldo by Decision or Technical Decision at 5.5 with Betfair

Price correct at the time of writing.

By @J_RKeith

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Anthony Joshua v Dillian Whyte Betting Preview – Sat 12th Dec by @J_RKeith

Joshua v Whyte – at 22:00 live on Sky Box Office

On Saturday at the O2 Arena, Anthony Joshua will come up against Dillian Whyte for the British Heavyweight, WBC International and Commonwealth titles, these are two opponents who share a lot of hatred.

Anthony Joshua will go into this fight defending his two titles and fighting for the vacant British Heavyweight title. The Olympic gold medallist will want to build on what has been a solid start to his career, the 26-year-old’s last fight was against the undefeated Gary Cornish, who Joshua beat within the opening round, knocking the Scotsman down on two occasions.

Now, sitting 14-0 with 14 knockouts, this may be a bigger test as AJ’s fights have never lasted more than three rounds, defeating contenders within quick time as 10 of his fights have been by TKO.

 

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Anthony Joshua

The use of his right hand and power he gets behind his shots is frightening, for boxers seem to have no reply on getting a hit back on the rising star. Furthermore, the Olympian has defeated respectable names in the likes of Kevin Johnson, Michael Sprott and Denis Bakhtov to get this title shot.

Standing in front of AJ is the force of Dillian Whyte, who currently sits at 16-0 with 13 knockouts in the professional career.

Whyte’s last fight was against American Brian Minto who he beat within three rounds to attain the WBC Silver title. It was a fight the Jamaican born boxer dominated, knocking Minto down a couple of occasions.

The Orthodox stylings of Whyte has seen his fights last no longer than four rounds, with his quickest win coming against Zurab Noniashvili having defeated the Georgian within 52 seconds.
However, the Villain has had his history of bad press, having been banned from amateur level as well as being suspended in his professional career when the 27-year-old was sitting at 9-0.

This will be Whyte’s biggest fight in his career, as he’s had his ups and downs, but the tension between these two fighters is what is needed leading up to a heavyweight battle.

These two fighters have met before, but it was at an amateur level. Leading up to Joshua going to London 2012 Whyte took the chance to fight the upcoming fighter, and defeated AJ knocking him down.

Yet, this was some time ago and things have changed yet the hatred still stands.

As much as pundits and former boxers are backing Whyte giving Joshua a good test, I cannot see Joshua losing, or breaking any real sweat in beating the 27-year-old.

Betting Pick: Anthony Joshua Round 2 at 4.20 with Betfair

Price correct at the time of writing.

By @J_RKeith

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Darts Players Championship Outright Preview – Fri 27th to Sun 29th by @jbanksy91

The Players Championship roles in to Minehead today with the World’s best hoping to stamp their authority with less than three weeks to go before the start of the World Championship at Alexandra Palace.

There’s only one man to start with and that’s Michael Van Gerwen. The Dutch Destroyer is an absolute machine and seems to win everything at the minute. Questions about Michaels temperament and nerve have been asked previously. Can he hit doubles when it matters? Can he defend his major TV titles? Well the answer is yes. The World Number One looks an unstoppable force at the moment and the 2.75 about him winning this Championship is generous enough for me. He starts off with a tricky game against youngster Keegan Brown. I’ve got a lot of time for Keegan and he truly believes he’ll be a World Champion one day but MVG is on another planet and I can’t see many being able to stop him.

 

Michael Van Gerwen

The standard of Darts is so high at the moment and you could make an outside case for plenty of players. Taylor, Wright, Anderson, Wade, Huybrechts and more will all fancy their chances but I haven’t got time to talk about all of them today! The man I’m putting my outside money on is Adrian Lewis. The two time, back to back World Champion is a man who is hard work to back at times. He can be as good as anyone one minute and then lose the next. However, we started to see a bit of the old Adrian Lewis in the World Series Finals last week but lost to the man of the moment MVG in the Semi-Finals. Jackpot tells me he’s practicing really well and feeling good about his game which is great news for fans with the World’s so close. The 11.0 is a decent price about one of the world’s best and if I had to back someone other than the World Number One, Aidy is the man it would be.

Best Bet – MVG at 2.50 with Bet365

Outsider – Adrian Lewis 11.00 with Unibet

Prices correct at the time of writing.

By @jbanksy91

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