This main event is mapped out as Conor McGregor’s perfect return fight and there are many reasons why.
Of course, he wasn’t going to be matched up with a fighter who would outright beat him and put his big return fight in jeopardy of being a big fat loss. Dana and Conor are smart enough to know that. Instead, why not give him a big named fighter who is known by all of the public and casuals, who would give him a good fight and still outright favor Conor’s chances to win?
Insert Donald Cerrone – a veteran of the sport who has really fought a who’s who of fighters from lightweight to welterweight. He’s the perfect stylistic fight for Conor; a slick standup fighter with great kickboxing but can really be dismantled by a great boxer and counter striker. That’s what Conor is and he should really have not much of an issue with Cerrone on Saturday night.
Conor is the more durable, younger and faster fighter. Although there are some tools in Cerrone’s back pocket that Conor will need to watch out for. Such as the switch kick that Cerrone always tends to throw to the body and primarily the head which he has landed on many opponents for his (T)KO wins. While Conor has a really great chin, a shin to the dome will take out just about any man when landed with pinpoint accuracy. I expect Conor to be able to feel out the fight for about a minute or two to get Cerrone’s timing down and then start to put the pressure on him with body punches and combinations to set up the left-hand KO finish.
It’s a little tough finding value for a prop in this fight but you could always throw in McGregor by TKO (-245) or Inside the Distance (-245) into a parlay. I expect ‘The Notorious’ one to get a first-round finish here so another good prop to look at is McGregor wins in Round 1 (+187).
Best of luck and thanks for reading!