So I'm having an issue. I think Conor has been horrible for the sport, and is a horrible person that would likely be rotting in a prison if he didn't have the money to circumvent the law. But free money is free money. And it is rare that bets are free money. For the record, I was the guy that bet on Khabib here: https://forums.sherdog.com/threads/bet-803-on-khabib.3839033/ That was nice because I'm a fan of Khabib, plus I had a nice vacation with the wife with those winnings. THAT was free money because Khabib is a superior fighter and the delusion of Conor fans made the line much better for me. But this fight is a different kind of free money, and is based on a factor some are ignoring... the UFC has already selected the winner. 1. Dana has already declared the gameplan. Conor beats a non-contender Cowboy on a losing streak at WW in order to justify a title shot at a stacked LW. Source is 100 interviews, I think everyone has these. 2. We know what historically happens when UFC REALLLLY wants one guy to win. Wake up from your WWE "it is still real to me" delusions please. First time I ever saw a truly egregious example was Rumble/Vitor. I understand as an organization that you'd be pissed that Rumble missed weight 27 times or whatever it was. However, when that level of ref-fight-fixing was SO in your face in order to justify firing Rumble off a loss it should have generated pushback from fans... but it didn't. So the precedent was set. "You can get away with this guys." And so they did it again... 3. We know what's happened SPECIFICALLY and RECENTLY with what happens when the UFC REALLLLLY wants CONOR to win. Anyone with a brain will recognize Conor-Khabib was the most openly fixed fight in favor of one fighter. But please don't take my conspiracy word for it. Look at the mountain of evidence. There's a beautiful thread breaking down the systemic favoring of Conor in that fight here: https://forums.sherdog.com/threads/...dean-should-be-fired-update-new-gifs.3848651/ And even that thread missed some of the fix, like at the 40 second mark of this video when literally before the fight even starts Herb was doctoring it for Conor by stopping Khabib/giving signal to Conor to take center of the Octagon (benefits a striker vs a fence grappling specialist in case you didn't know). And let's not even discuss the elaborate fixing before the fight to try to give Conor a mental edge against Khabib like he had against Aldo. The entire "tacitly support religious and personal attacks while covering for the criminality" angle that was ultra-obvious to us all. Not to mention the most obvious corporate-butthurt of all time after Khabib won and all the sudden UFC is outraged about aggresive behavior/talked of stripping Khabib of the belt to overturn the result: only after media backlash specifically from ESPN and fans did they stop that talk in case you don't remember. 4. Finally, we have a pretty good damn indication of where Cerrone is coming from here. We know it went from "Cowboy isn't making any extra money at all" to Cowboy getting an entirely new red panty contract. https://sports.yahoo.com/cowboy-cerrone-admits-conor-mcgregor-002240394.html We also know Cowboy is openly stating what is going to happen: https://forums.sherdog.com/threads/...g-to-go-out-there-and-stand-with-him.3907719/ He promised to "stand and bang" and "giving everyone what they want to see" and is comfortable with the idea of losing. lol how much clearer do you want him to be here?!? How often do you hear a fighter talk like that? Nevermind the contract he just so happened to renegotiate at the same exact time he said that... SO PLEASE FELLOW SHERDOG POSTERS, TRY TO CONVINCE ME NOT TO BET ON CONOR. Part of me doesn't want to because I dislike the guy. Appeal to me being a Conor hater if you like. Because I simply don't see how this is NOT free money in my bank account... TLDR: To quote the Trinity killer from Dexter... "it is already over." Can't stand Conor but can't see how he loses here. Free money / please convince me I'm wrong since I'm bothered by the idea of betting on this guy. PS: In before kflo being called in to do PR posts in response to either A) USADA's perceived legitimacy or B) the perceived legitimacy of title fights/favoritism in the UFC.