UFC 193 CONTESTS: Prediction and Betting Game Results

By Tom Strong, MMATorch UK Contributor


WOW! WOW!! WOW!!! Did that really happen? What a fantastic performance from Holly Holm to become the new UFC Bantamweight Champion. Not many would’ve predicted the outcome of the main event, and by viewing the confidence points placed on Ronda Rousey, none of us did either. Joanna Jedrzejczyk once again put on a dominating performance, out pointing Valerie Letourneau with a unanimous decision victory, whilst I’m still wincing from the front kick Kyle Noke threw to TKO Peter Sobotta, that’s going to hurt for some time!

Ok, enough of my waffle, let’s see how you all got on!

Quarterfinal results in our latest World Cup are also in, so check out if you’ve made in through or not.


30 people submitted an entry for this card. Here’s a combined breakdown of how many confidence points you placed on each fighter (Winner in bold):

Holly Holm – 0
Ronda Rousey – 349

Joanna Jedrzejczyk -342
Valerie Letourneau – 0

Mark Hunt – 168
Antonio Silva – 24

Robert Whittaker – 125
Uriah Hall – 105

Jared Rosholt – 34
Stefan Struve – 106

Jake Matthews – 294
Akbarh Arreloa – 0

Kyle Noke – 40
Peter Sobotta – 99

Gian Villante – 194
Anthony Perosh – 27

Danny Martinez – 52
Richie Vaculik – 53

Dan Kelly – 11
Steve Montgomery – 155

Richard Walsh – 199
Steve Kennedy – 0

James Moontasri – 163
Anton Zafir – 1

Ben Nguyen – 46
Ryan Benoit 24



Lisa Smith (55 points) beats Cambo Nelson (33) to remain the MMATorch Confidence Picks Champion.

The Champion Lisa scored a respectable 55 points making light work of the challenger Cambo Nelson, this was made easier by the fact Cambo only predicted 4 of the 13 fights correctly and scored 33 points, the lowest score of anyone on the night.

Next up for Lisa will be Ben Heather who topped the pool with 67 points, having come a close second last time out at UFC 192. Ben somehow managed to go one step further and pull off an unlikely win to be next in line to challenge Lisa at UFC 194. Ben pipped myself by 1 point, as I returned 66 points; next in line was Joel Wielenga scoring 65 points.

Well done Lisa and Ben who will battle it out at UFC 194.

Here are the results of the Confidence Picks pool:

67- Ben Heather

66- Tommy Strong

65- Jaymon1002

64- Richard Race

64- Mark Sacchetti

63- Kevin Seng

62- Sean Simpson

61- Dave Hughes

60- Chris Houten

59- Dan Moore

58- Jeff Barbone

58- Mac Kinder

58- James Brown

58- Anthony Sinnott

57- Clay Burley

57- Eugene Kim

57- Alex Potapoff

57- Brian Foe

56- Malcolm Piper

55- Lisa Smith

55- Scott Pipher

54- Charles Mickael

53- Sam Martin

49- David ‘Short Fuse’ Little

48- Joel 2/8 Wielenga

42- John Lewish

40- Neal Hollic

33- Cambo Nelson

Note: Should either champion, or challenger fail to submit picks for UFC 194 (Aldo vs McGregor) Tommy Strong would step up as a challenger and so on. Everyone else will be fighting for the No 1 contender slot on the night, and the right to face off against either Lisa or Ben at UFC 195.



Joel 2/8 Wielenga ($490) beats Cambo Nelson ($0) to become the new MMATorch Betting Champion.

Both men had nights to forget especially Cambo as he lost on every bet placed. This meant Joel’s single returning bet was enough for him to take the title.

It’s been a while Joel, but great job winning the title.

Joel 2/8 Wielenga: $490

$200 on Noke for $490

Cambo Nelson: $0

Up next to challenge will be Ben Heather, who returned a massive $4725.11 to ensure he topped the betting pool. With shrewd bets on Noke, Martinez, and Whittaker, it was his crafty $100 bet on Holm which not only returned him $1350 it also brought him victory over myself. I thought this title challenge was mine, surely $3512.73 was more than enough to win as there was no hope of Holm pulling off the upset! How wrong I was.

Top work Ben!

Here (in no particular order) are the results from the Betting Picks pool:

Ben Heather: $4725.11

$200 on Martinez for $373.91

$200 on Noke for $490

$200 on Whittaker $450

$100 on Holm for $135

$200 Parlay on Whittaker, Noke and Martinez for $2061.20

Tommy Strong: $3512.73

$200 on Nguyen for $337.93

$100 on Martinez for $186.96

$500 on Whittaker for $1125

$200 Parlay on Whittaker, Martinez and Nguyen for $1862.84

Mark Sacchetti: $1573.37

$300 on Martinez for $560.87

$450 on Whittaker for $1012.50

James Brown: $1320

$300 on Roshold for $585.71

$300 on Noke for $735

Eugene Kim: $1225

$500 on Noke for $1225

Dan Moore: $1125

$500 on Whittaker for $1125

John Moterson: $980

$400 on Noke for $980

Sean Simpson: $735

$300 on Noke for $735

Mark Lavery: $711.75

$460 on Hunt for $627.27

$50 on Nyugen for $84.48

Sam Martin: $705

$150 on Noke for $367.50

$150 on Whittaker for $337.50

Jaymon1002: $675.86

$400 on Nguyen: $675.86

Jeff Barbone: $675

$50 on Holm for $675

Dave Hughes: $600.48

$200 on Roshold for $390.48

$200 on Joanna for $310

Kevin Seng: $612.50

$250 on Noke for $612.50

Anthony Sinnott: $675

$300 on Whittaker for $675

David Little: $450

$200 on Whittaker for $450

Lisa Smith: $360.12

$250 on Joanna for $262.50

$50 on Roshold for $97.62

Alex Potapoff: $309.52

$250 on Villante for $309.52

Charles Mickael: $272.73

$200 on Hunt for $272.73

Neal Hollic: $245

$100 on Noke for $245

Richard Race: $165

$50 on Kelly for $165

John Lewish: $0

Brian Foe: $0

Malcolm Piper $0

Mac Kinder: $0

Scott Piper: $0

Chris Houten: $0

Cambo Nelson: $0

Note: Should either champion, or challenger fail to submit picks for UFC 194 (Aldo vs. McGregor) Tommy Strong would step up as a challenger, and so on. Everyone else will be fighting for the No 1 contender slot on the night, and the right to face off against either Joel or Ben at UFC 195.


Quarterfinal Round World Cup Results:

Ben Heather (67) def. Richard Race (64) & Alex Potapoff (57)

Mark Sacchetti (64) def. Cambo Nelson (33)

Chris Houten (60) def. David Little (49)

Tommy Strong (66) def. Charles Mickael (54) & Eugene Kim (57)


Performer of the Night: Step forward Ben Heather, every dog has his day and last night was yours sir, great work!

GOAT: We’ve all been here before, and it’s not the place you want to see your name, though it’s the time for Cambo Nelson who had a torrid night.

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