Back Conor McGregor in UFC Fantasy

July 07, 2015 3:00 AM


This marks the fifth title fight Jose Aldo has pulled out of

It’s Christmas morning and under the tree is a huge box. Dreaming about having a Bigfoot Power Wheel is about to become a reality. Only, it’s a bicycle.

Bicycles are okay and you will have fun riding it but it’s not a battery powered monster truck.

The disappointment some of us faced Christmas morning all those years ago happened to UFC fans everywhere, as UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo pulled out of his championship title defense against Conor McGregor this Saturday.

Depending on who you believe, the UFC says it’s a bruise with some torn cartilage while Aldo’s camp claims it’s a broken rib. This marks the fifth title fight Aldo has pulled out of, which is why UFC President Dana White made McGregor vs. Chad Mendes a fight for the UFC Interim Featherweight Championship.

Regardless, Mendes is a true test for McGregor, who has his critics who say he hasn’t fought anyone that shows McGregor’s true skill level. Mendes has only lost to one man, Aldo, but lost to him twice. Mendes strength is wrestling; an aspect many experts claim will give McGregor problems.

I will be using McGregor, but I wouldn’t be stunned if Mendes is able to grind him out with takedowns and wrestling. My gut tells me there is something special about Conor and I guess we will find out Saturday.

Time for the UFC Picks; salaries used are from

Captain Obvious

Cody Garbrandt ($5,500): This guy is my type of fighter, 6-0, all by knockout or technical knockout. He looked super impressive in his debut against Marcus Brimage and I expect this young prospect to move up the ladder with a knockout against Henry Briones. Projection: KO2.

Diamonds in the Rough

Louis Smolka ($4,800): While his takedown defense is cause for concern, Smolka is just a better athlete than Neil Seery. Smolka should find a way whether it’s through his striking or his grappling skills. I believe he makes Seery tap out. Projection: SUB3.

Alex Garcia ($4,800): This is more a selection based on the opposition, Mike Swick, versus betting on Garcia. I have never been impressed with Swick and feel Garcia will live up to his nickname “The Dominican Nightmare” in this fight.

Projection: SUB1.

Alan Berg has 10-plus years of experience at Las Vegas sports books and prior to moving to Las Vegas covered sports for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle.  Follow him on Twitter: @vegasberserker Contact him at

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