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The return of Conor McGregor headlines the UFC 246 card on Saturday night and our resident MMA expert Leigh Copson has picked out his five favourite bets from the card to use along with Ladbrokes fantastic bet £5, get £20 welcome offer – perfect for our bet through the card.
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What a weekend of UFC action we have to look forward to with the main attraction being Conor McGregor’s comeback fight against Hall of Fame-bound Donald Cerrone. The card also features former UFC champions Holly Holm and Anthony Pettis, so with all of this action to come our man Leigh has picked out his five best bets which he thinks are best utilised with Ladbrokes’ superb welcome offer which sees you bet £5 and get £20 free, with this amount credited as 4 x £5 free bets!
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It’s that simple! So, with Ladbrokes offering the perfect way to make the most out UFC 246, how are we using our five bets? Well, our man Leigh has picked out his favourite bets to place while claiming this offer, but you must place the first bet by 03:00 GMT on Sunday, January 19 in order to use this promotion in this way.
Back Conor McGregor to beat Donald Cerrone by KO/TKO in Round 1 @ 19/10
Cerrone is a notoriously slow starter and McGregor is at his most dangerous in the opening couple of rounds, so everything points to the Irishman knockout out ‘Cowboy’, who has now been stopped in each of his last two fights.
Back Holly Holm to beat Raquel Pennington by Decision @ EVS
Holm took the decision when these two women met back in 2015 and although Pennington has undoubtedly improved since that night, I am not convinced she will get her revenge here. I expect Holm to use his striking advantage to work her way to a win on the scorecards.
Back Aleksei Oleinik to beat Maurice Greene @ 11/10
Oleinik suffered back-to-back stoppage defeats in 2019, but he can bounce back here with the 46th submission victory of his career here. Greene is certainly no slouch on the mat, but he is not in the Ukrainian’s league and when they hit the canvas it will only be a matter of time before Oleinik forces his opponent to tap out.
Back Claudia Gadelha to beat Alexa Grasso @ 5/6
Grasso’s route to victory is making this a stand-up affair that allows her to dictate the pace and pick apart Gadelha from range, but that is unlikely to be what we see here. Grasso struggles against grapplers and Gadelha is one of the best in the game, so I expect the Brazilian to grind out the win.
Back Anthony Pettis to beat Carlos Diego Ferreira @ 19/10
The bookies have got behind Ferreira for this one, making him the odds-on favourite and it is somewhat understandable given Pettis’ rollercoaster run of results in recent years. However, Pettis has been facing a who’s who of fighters and Perreira has not, so I am not giving up on ‘Showtime’ just yet.
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