UFC 202 CONTESTS: Prediction And Betting Games Are Live!

By Tom Strong, MMATorch UK Contributor

After all the talk and drama surrounding Nate Diaz and Conor Mcgregor, we’ll finally get to see the rematch this Saturday night after both men weighed inside the welterweight limit on Friday. McGregor will be looking to avenge the loss he suffered at UFC 196 to Diaz, which came by submission in the second round. Can McGregor get revenge? Will Diaz make it two from two? Whatever happens, it’s a fight that’s going to entertain!
The co-main event is a No. 1 contender light heavyweight bout between Anthony Johnson and Glover Teixera, with the winner going on to face Daniel Cormier for the title. Donald Cerrone looks to extend his two fight winning streak at welterweight, returning just two months after defeating Patrick Cote at UFC Fight Night 89 to face #9 ranked welterweight Rick Story.
 
All entries should be submitted to tommy.strong@talk21.com before the first prelim fight on Saturday night.
 
MMATorch Confidence Picks Championship Match Up:

Jaymon1002 (Champion) vs. Brian Foe & Dan Moore (Challengers)
MMATorch Betting Picks Championship Match Up:
 
Tommy Strong (Champion) vs. Brian Foe (Challenger)
 
 
UFC 202 FIGHT CARD:
 
Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor
Anthony Johnson vs. Glover Teixeria
Rick Story vs. Donald Cerrone
Hyun Gyu Lim vs. Mike Perry
Tim Means vs. Sebah Homasi
Cody Garbrandt vs. Takeya Mizugaki
Raquel Pennington vs. Elizabeth Phillips
Artem Lobov vs. Chris Avila
Randa Markos vs. Cortney Casey
Neil Magny vs. Lorenz Larkin
Colby Covington vs. Max Griffin
Alberto Uda vs. Marvin Vettori
CONFIDENCE PICKS GAME AND RULES

1. UFC 202 is a 12 fight card. Therefore, the point values you assign must range from 12 (most confident) down to 1 (least confident).

2. Additionally, please list your prediction for method of victory, along with the round. Choose either TKO, KO, SUB, UD (Unanimous Decision) or SD (Split Decision).

3. Using UFC 200 as a template, here is how a simple entry might look:
12- Cormier UD
11- Velasquez TKO2
10- Mousasi TKO1
9- Northcutt UD
8- Dillashaw UD
7- Pena UD
6- Gastelum UD
5- Hunt KO1
4- Tate SUB2
3- Sanchez SD
2- Miller UD
1- Aldo UD
4. When you email me your entry, please sort the entry numerically (as shown) from high to low. Thanks.

5. The first tie-breaker is the sum of confidence points. Using the examples above, a Cormier victory would earn 12 points. Aldo winning would earn just 1 point, etc.

6. If two participants earn the same number of confidence points, the next tie-breaker will be the total number of winners predicted. If Player A earns 40 points on 7 winning picks, and Player B earns 40 points on 6 winning picks, Player A would be declared the winner.

7. The next tie-breaker is the number of victory methods predicted correctly. Next would be predicted rounds of victory. If both players are still tied at this point, both players will be declared the winner. If the tie is for a championship, they would match up again at the next event, along with the winner of the pool. If the tie occurs in the pool itself, both challengers would advance to face the champion at the next event.

BETTING GAME AND RULES

Here are the UFC 202 betting lines courtesy of 5Dimes:
Conor McGregor -130
Nate Diaz +110
Anthony Johnson -190
Glover Teixeria +165
Donald Cerrone -165
Rick Story +145
Hyun Gyu Lim -270
Mike Perry +230
Tim Means -440
Sebah Homasi +350
Cody Garbrandt -600
Takeya Mizugaki +450
Raquel Pennington -260
Elizabeth Phillips +220
Artem Lobov -115
Chris Avila -105
Randa Markos -140
Cortney Casey +120
Neil Magny -140
Lorenz Larkin +120
Colby Covington -345
Max Griffin +285
Marvin Vettori -170
Alberto Uda +150
8. Using UFC 200 as a template again, here is how a simple entry might look:
$400 on Cormier
$300 on Pena
$100 on Hunt
$200 Parlay on Cormier, Northcutt and Hunt

9. Every player has $1000 of fake, imaginary, theoretical, play money to wager on each event. This is not a real money game, it is strictly for fun.

10. Players must place a bet of at least $50, but no more than $500, on each of 3 or more different fighters. Bets may be in any denomination, as long as the amount falls in the range of $50 – $500.

11. Players may also play a parlay bet. A parlay bet is a bet placed on multiple fighters. All fighters in the parlay must win their fights in order for the parlay to pay off. Parlay bets pay off at a higher rate than a bet on a single fighter. The parlay bet may be placed on either two or three fighters.

12. The minimum parlay bet is $50. The maximum parlay bet is $200. This money comes out of the $1000 allotted to each player. The parlay bet is NOT separate from the $1000 budget. A player is not required to play a parlay bet. The maximum number of parlay bets a player may wager is one.

13. Whether or not a player chooses to place a parlay bet, the player must still place at least three straight bets. It is not legal to place two bets on individual fighters and one parlay bet. No entry is considered valid unless there are a minimum of 3 straight bets placed on individual fighters.

14. If a fight ends in a draw, any money bet on said fighter will be refunded, with no fake money commission taken. If a fighter in a 3-fighter parlay is involved in a draw, that fighter will be removed from the parlay and the 3-fighter parlay will be treated as a 2-fighter parlay. If a fighter in a 2-fighter parlay is involved in a draw, that fighter will be removed from the parlay and the 2-fighter parlay will be treated as a straight bet on the remaining fighter.

JOKER CARD:

15. Joker card can be placed on any fighter up to the maximum value of 4 confidence points, 1 being the minimum.
For example, if you placed your joker card on a fighter with 4 confidence points and the fighter goes onto win, you earn an extra 4 points to your overall total.

If your fighter is to lose, not only do you lose your 4 points, an additional 4 points will be taken from your total.

If it’s 3 points on a fighter, an additional 3 would be added to you total, and for a loss 3 extra points taken from your total, and so on.

*The Joker Card (DOES NOT) have to be played, it’s very much optional.

FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS:

16. If a fighter has a positive number such as +150 next to his name, he is the underdog, which means a successful bet on that fighter will pay off at a higher rate. That means that if the fighter wins, the bet will payout $150 net profit for every $100 bet on him. If a player were to bet $500 on a +150 fighter, and the fighter wins, the player will profit $750. If a player bets $500 on a +150 fighter, and the fighter loses, the player will lose his $500 bet.

17. If a fighter has a negative number such as -200 next to his name, he is the favourite, which means a successful bet on that fighter will pay off at a lower rate. That means that if the fighter wins, the bet will payout $100 net profit for every $200 bet on him. If a player were to bet $500 on a -200 fighter, and the fighter wins, the player will profit $250. If a player bets $500 on a -200 fighter, and the fighter loses, the player will lose his $500 bet.

Structure for each game

18. For each UFC numbered (or listed otherwise) event, both the Confidence Picks and Betting Game will feature a champion and a challenger facing off against one another. The winner of the head to head battle will be declared the reigning champion.

19. All other players for each UFC numbered (or listed otherwise) event will compete against each other for the right to face off against the reigning champion at the next UFC numbered event. This is known as The Pool.

20. As games administrator, I have the subjective right to eliminate any entry for any reason I deem worthy.

21. Entries may be submitted via email (tommy.strong@talk21.com), or on the comment section of this post. Email is the preferred method, because if a player posts an invalid entry, I have no way to make sure I can get hold of the player so that it may be corrected. Please, under no circumstances should you both email and post on the board your entry. One or the other please,preferably via email.

22. If you have any questions, please email me and ask. For game updates follow me on Twitter, @Strong_tea

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