UFC 196 CONTESTS: Prediction And Betting Game Results

By Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

UFC 196 will be remember for mostly two things: Nate Diaz handing Conor McGregor his first defeat since joining the UFC, and Miesha Tate finally realising her dream of being the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion by submitting Holly Holm in the fifth round to take the title.

It was a night for the underdogs; seven of the twelve bouts all went in favour of the underdog in a night full of surprises and just desserts. No, no, no…. Before all you McGregor fans hunt me down, I’m not talking about Conor McGregor being dethroned, but Erick Silva’s cheap shot on Nordine Taleb which moments later resulted in Silva being knocked out.

Lets see how you all go on!


24 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):

Nate Diaz – 11
Conor McGregor – 193

Miesha Tate – 6
Holly Holm – 181

IIir Latifi – 158
Glan Villante – 12

Corey Anderson – 171
Tom Lawlor – 23

Amanda Nunes – 65
Valentina Shevchenko – 47

Siyar Bahadurzada – 21
Brandon Thatch – 168

Nordine Taleb – 12
Eric Silva – 160

Vitor Miranda – 185
Marcelo Guimaraes – 6

Darren Elkins – 20
Chas Skelly – 96

Diego Sanchez – 23
Jim Miller – 93

Jason Saggo – 103
Justin Salas – 4

Teruto Ishihara – 6
Julian Erosa – 96


Neal Hollic (32 points) beats Lisa Smith (29 points) to become the new MMATorch Confidence Picks Champion.

Lisa’s long reign as champion has finally come to an end at the hands of Neal Hollic, as his 3 points placed on a Nate Diaz victory was just enough for him to take the title. It wasn’t a good night for either player, as each only predicted 4/12 fights correctly.

Next up for Neal will be be Sean Simpson who scored a rather impressive (52 points) considering the night was full of upsets. No-one could get close to Sean’s score; the nearest players were Ben S and Charles Mickael who both scored 42 points, only enough to take home second place in the pool. It was a bad night all around for most players, and one to forget. Roll on UFC 197.

Well done Neal and Sean.

Here are the results of the Confidence Picks pool:

52- Sean Simpson
42- Charles Mickael
42- Ben S
40- Mac Kinder
38- Tommy Strong
36- Mark Sacchetti
34- David Lindahn
34- Jaymon1002
33- Anthony Sinnott
32- Neal Hollic
32- Brian Foe
32- Scott Pipher
32- John Lewish
32- Kevin Seng
31- Alex Potapoff
30- Malcolm Piper
29- Lisa Smith
29- Joel Wielenga
28- Ben Heather
23- Sam Martin
23- Simon Kerry
23- David Little
21- Richard Race
18- Eugene Kim

Note: Should either champion, or challenger fail to submit picks for UFC 197 “Cormier vs. Jones II” Charles Mikael & Ben S would step up as a challengers 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 Neal or Sean at UFC 198.


Neal Hollic ($1493.19) beats Richard Race ($176.92) to retain his MMATorch Betting Title.

Neal Hollic: $1493.19

$500 on Latifi for $750

$100 on Saggo for $147.62

$200 Parlay on Latifi, Anderson and Saggo for $595.57

Richard Race: $176.92

$100 on Nunes for $176.92

Despite only predicting 4/12 fights correctly, somehow Neal Hollic managed to return two single bets, and his $200 parlay bet to suit, whilst Richard was only able to return one single bet placed on Nunes, which wasn’t enough to challenge the champion. Better luck next time Richard.

Next up for Neal will be David Lindahn, who returned an astonishing $12,201.90. Not only does this mean he’s top the betting pool by a massive margin, it also sets a new record for an amount won in one game by any one player, take a bow David!!

Sean Simpson also returned a healthy $4053.23 which on any other occasion would’ve been enough to top the pool.

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

David Lindahn: $12,2001.90

$400 on Diaz for $2020

$300 on Tate for $1185

$100 on Sanchez for $220

$200 Parlay on Diaz, Tate and Sanchez for $8776.90

Sean Simpson: 4053.23

$300 on Sanchez for $660

$300 on Elkins for $705

$200 on Nunes for $353.85

$100 Parlay on Nunes, Elkins and Sanchez for $1829.38

Ben Heather : $2701.92

$500 on Lawler for $2525

$100 on Nunes for $176.92

David Little: $2800

$300 on Tate for $1285

$300 on Diaz for $1515

Joel Wielenga: $2685

$500 on Tate for $1975

$200 on Bahadurzada for $710

Scott Pipher: $2525

$500 on Diaz for $2525

Simon Kerry: $1775

$500 on Bahadurzada for $1775

Mark Sacchetti: $1783.46

$450 on Sanchez for $990

$300 on Elkins for $705

$50 on Nunes for $88.46

Charles Mickael: $1240.77

$300 on Nunes for $530.77

$200 on Bahadurzada for $710

Kevin Seng: $1315

$300 on Ishihara for $810

$100 on Diaz for $505

Sam Martin: $1065

$300 on Bahadurzada for $1065

Anthony Sinnott: $710

$200 on Bahadurzada for $710

Brian Foe: $705

$300 on Elkins for $705

Jaymon1002: $558.97

$200 on Anderson for $268.97

$100 on Taleb for $290

Eugene Kim: $442.31

$250 on Nunes for $442.31

Lisa Smith: $336.21

$250 on Anderson for $336.21

Tommy Strong: $88.46

$50 on Nunes for $88.46

Alex Potapoff: $67.24

$50 on Anderson for $67.24

Malcolm Piper $0

Mac Kinder: $0

Ben S: $0

John Lewish: $0

Note: Should either champion, or challenger fail to submit picks for UFC 197 (Cormier vs. Jones II) Sean Simpson 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 Neal or David at UFC 198.

Performer of the Night: For his outstanding return in the betting game, this week’s award goes to none other than David Lindahn. Also an honourable mentions to Sean Simpson for topping the confidence pool on a tough night, and Neal Hollic on retaining his title and picking up the betting title!

GOAT: Eugene Kim it’s time to step forward and accept this award, there’s no hiding after picking up just 18 confidence points.

Thanks once again to everyone who takes part and interacts throughout the card, feel free to follow me on Twitter, @Strong_te

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