I know you’ve been waiting for it… and now it’s here. Better late than never, here’s the degenerate gambler’s corner for UFC 189:
Last event: 6-3 (66.7%)
Year to date: 148-87 (63.0%)
UFC 189 – STATISTICAL MODEL ESTIMATES
| Chad Mendes
| Rory MacDonald
| Dennis Bermudez
| Gunnar Nelson
| Thomas Almeida
| Matt Brown
| Alex Garcia
| Cathal Pendred
| Cody Garbrandt
| Louis Smolka
| Cody Pfister
Chad Mendes opened at -130 on the sportsbooks and the statistical model agrees with that line. Of course, since then there have been a tremendous number of bets on Conor McGregor, shifting the line on Mendes all the way to +168. It’s possible that the legions of Irish fans will give McGregor a home advantage of sorts in the MGM Grand Garden Arena, making him less of an underdog than the model anticipates.
The model also sees Rory MacDonald as a solid favorite over Robbie Lawler despite losing their first fight. That’s a very intriguing co-main event that’s flying under the radar.
Underdog picks for this event include: Mendes and Gunnar Nelson. The model also likes Cody Pfister by a very narrow margin, but my official pick is Cedeno due to the relatively strong betting line of -200.
DEGENERATE GAMBLER’S CORNER – SEASON TWO
Last event: +$4.93
Current bankroll: $340.96
Total investment: $734.87
Total profit: $240.96
Return on investment: 32.8%
The last event was a strange one, in which my biggest bet was on the unheralded Sirwan Kakai. Fortunately, Kakai was able to out-point Danny Martinez and help me win a small amount for the event two weeks ago.
For this event I have…
Cathal Pendred -110: $26.43 to win $24.03
Chad Mendes +168: $10.37 to win $17.42
Gunnar Nelson +160: $8.48 to win $13.57
Rory MacDonald -165: $7.55 to win $4.58
Cody Pfister +185: $7.49 to win $13.86
Mike Swick +355: $2.78 to win $9.87
Henry Briones +540: $2.27 to win $12.26
Cathal Pendred… here we go again. The model loved Cathal Pendred when he fought Sean Spencer, and Pendred got away with a terrible decision. The model loved Pendred again against Augusto Montano, and Pendred was able to grind out another decision victory. Now the model loves Pendred for a third time this year. Hopefully the Irish fans can help propel him to victory against John Howard.
Gunnar Nelson makes me nervous, since he got lit up by Rick Story and now faces terrifying striker Brandon Thatch. I’m hoping that Nelson will only need a single takedown to then eventually finish by submission. If Nelson can’t get the takedown then it’s hard to see this fight going his way.
I don’t actually like the bets on Swick or Briones, but the model says to do it, and it’s the same model that’s grown a $100 bankroll into $340 in half a year. So I’m placing the bets and fully expecting both fighters to lose.
MANDATORY DISCLAIMER: I am NOT a betting professional and I do NOT recommend you follow my bets in any serious way. Any bets you make are done at your own risk.
Best of luck and enjoy the fights!