When The Iceman predicted the demise of Ronda Rousey back in 2015, it wasn't very well received. Prior to her loss to Holly Holm, anyone who doubted Rousey was considered a conspiracy theorist. Now just 3 years later, Amanda Nunes is the undisputed champion, and Rousey is no longer relevant.
VanZant is far from the toughest women in MMA, but something she does have in common with Ronda is that she might be the most marketable female fighter. By carefully building an impressive record against inferior opponents, Dana White could turn VanZant into another cash cow the likes not seen since Rousey.
Ostovich has a career record of 4-4, and she's coming off a loss by rear naked choke to Montana De La Rosa. I don't think Ostovich will prove to be much competition for the more experienced VanZant.
Floyd isn't just a better boxer than Connor McGregor, he's widely considered to be the best ever. Certainly the best boxer of his generation. He's almost impossible to hit, and it's going to take a miracle for Connor McGregor to avoid a complete embarrassment in this fight. The bookmakers opened with a line of 8-1, knowing that bettors would likely jump on McGregor due to his popularity, and the overall popularity of MMA in mainstream culture. Most expert analysts, former and current fighters agree that Connor has almost no chance in this fight. Still the public is lining up to back McGregor, driving the line down to nearly 3-1.
I've heard it said by several people in the mainstream media, that the only way Connor wins this fight is if it's fixed. Now I'm not talking about guys like Alex Jones and Jesse Ventura (the regular conspiracy theory crew), but respected sports media personalities like Colin Cowherd and Clay Travis.
A fix in professional sports isn't unheard of, but I find it really hard to believe that anybody could convince Mayweather to throw a fight and ruin his flawless career record. If (and it's still a huge if) that this fight was fixed in order to set up a re-match, the most ideal situation for both parties would be a McGregor disqualification in what had the appearances of a close fight.
Now realistically, McGregor is a professional fighter, but he's just an amateur boxer. He's going to have a hell of a time getting anywhere near Mayweather, and when he grows frustrated, fatigued, and maybe even hurt, he's likely to lose track of the fact that he's not in the octagon. He might throw a kick, an elbow, or strike a low blow.
I like the following bets on this fight:
Mayweather -334 @ Bet365 McGregor under 1.5 knockdowns -165 @ 5Dimes McGregor DQ +575 @ 5Dimes McGregor not to win a round +165 @ 5Dimes Mayweather to record a knockdown -165 @ 5Dimes