UFC 202 Main Card Offers Must Have Propositional Wagers

Glover Teixeira

Swinging Johnson

Friday, August 19, 2016 8:24 PM UTC

Friday, Aug. 19, 2016 8:24 PM UTC

The UFC odds makers are putting out a variety of props on a multitude of matches. Let's get in on the action and get down on our best betting picks at UFC 202.

Diaz vs. McGregor
So here we are, back again. In the most highly anticipated sequel since Godfather 2, Nate Diaz will prove once and for all he is the better man or a rubber match is sure to follow should McGregor walk away victorious. As you all recall in the last bout, Conor McGregor gave the crafty Nate Diaz exactly what he wanted in round two which was a scrap on the mat. After weathering a barrage of McGregor's sledgehammers in the opening round, Diaz remained upright, unlike the featherweights whom McGregor routinely floored. Once the bodies hit the floor, Diaz went to work using his third-degree BJJ black belt skills he learned under Cesar Gracie's tutelage. At 4:12 of the second-round McGregor tapped after Diaz locked in a rear naked choke and the rest is history.

This time you can expect McGregor to continue his relentless pursuit of Diaz, who by the way never met a brawl he didn't like, and will live or die standing up. This will be a battle of haymakers and if McGregor begins to fade then Diaz will bring him to the mat like a crocodile pulling an antelope into and under the water. This fight will not last into the third round but we will take the extra 2 ½ minutes that the UFC odds makers are giving us on this prop bet. One way or another, a hand will be raised and it will come sooner rather than later in this rematch.

Free UFC Pick: Under 2 ½ (-130) 
Best Line Offered: at Heritage 

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Teixeira vs. Johnson
Anthony "Rumble" Johnson has five losses on his record and four of those came via submission. It just so happens his opponent on Saturday night is fairly well equipped to do the very same thing and induce Johnson's fifth career tapout. Glover Teixeira is a BJJ artist with a penchant for choking his opponents out despite having knockout power in both fists. I will grant you there exists a pretty good chance Teixeira will never be allowed to submit Johnson as that is a difficult feat to accomplish when you're lying on your back courtesy of another devastating Johnson KO.

Both men can turn the lights out instantly but Teixeira has the added benefit of a sublime grappling game on his side. If he plays this one right, he will avoid a battle of the bazookas with Johnson and take this fight to the mat where he owns a distinct advantage. If that happens we can see Teixeira putting the finishing touches on Johnson via submission. This is why we will take the generous return of +450 in our UFC betting picks for a Teixeira submission.

Free UFC Pick: Teixeira by submission +450 
Best Line Offered: at Bovada

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Story vs. Cerrone
Rick Story is a UFC veteran who has lost eight times with seven of them coming via decision. Saturday night he will lock horns with one of the most respected and feared lightweights in the world, who has recently made the step-up to the welterweight category. Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone has not only defeated both his opponents at 170 pounds but finished them as well, earning him Performance of the Night bonuses in each.

The Cowboy has the chops to wear out an opponent with his stinging Muay Thai but of his 22 finishes, 16 have come courtesy of his submission skills. This looks like a bit of a mismatch here as I don't believe Story has the necessary tools to compete with a pure hybrid like Cerrone. Not only do I think the odds are cheap on Cerrone to win the match but I believe he will finish Story by submission.


Free UFC Pick: Cerrone wins by submission +350 
Best Line Offered: at Bovada
UFC Record: 4-2

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