Thursday, December 9, 2010
Come Saturday evening will be an extremely entertaining Welter weight show down between 2 powerful strikers.
Thiago Alves is looking to climb the Ultimate Fighting Championship ladder once more as he faces off against John Howard who will be there to avenge his 1st loss as a pro fighter.
UFC betting Picks for UFC 124: GSP vs. Koscheck Round Deuce
Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada (GSP's Home ground)
You can watch this fight live on Pay-per-view
Thiago Alves (17-7): -300
John Howard (14-4): +220
Thiago Alves used to be the UFC Bettors favorite before a rough patch derailed his Title aspirations and cost those wagering a lot of money. He lost 2 fights back to back versus top Tier opponent Georges St. Pierre as well as Jon Fitch. However, he is still considered one of the most dangerous strikers at 170 pounds.
Alves is a well rounded fighter but you would never know it. He loves to keep the fight standing and rain down punches, kicks and knees on his opponents. His Muay Thai may be the best in the entire division if not the whole UFC.
Alves is tenacious and daring on his feet but is surprisingly adept on the ground. He shouldn’t have to worry about hitting the mat in this fight though, his opponent loves to strike and Alves has some of the best take down defense on the planet (except against GSP of course).
Alves will look to use his diverse arsenal, keep his distance for a while where he can soften his opponent up with kicks and jabs and eventually move into the clinch where he can inflict damage with his vicious knees. Alves will hit Howard hard, from all different angles with a variety of body parts.
John Howard was on a UFC Betting skyrocket ride before he ran into an uber-tough Jake Ellenberger in his last fight. Howard was considered a Title Contender but now has a lot of work to do in order to once again ascend to Contender status.
Howard is a wrestler whose game has evolved since his MMA debut. He now has a very good stand up game – aggressive and powerful. Howard is able to put good combinations together with punches and head kicks and he is also very adept at take downs and ground and pound. Howard is a tough dude – he is a game competitor that requires being hit by a truck in order to stop him. He will need to be aggressive in this fight or Alves will simply pick him apart from the outside.
UFC Betting Outlook:
Thiago Alves is a huge step up in competition for John Howard – it is time to see what Howard is made of! I think that coming into this battle, Alves is the more motivated fighter. He prides himself on being a top flight athlete and right now, he is widely considered to be in the second tier. Alves is the better, more technical, more diverse striker and in a striking contest, he has to be heavily favored. Also, Howard won’t be able to escape danger by taking Alves to the mat – Alves has too good a takedown defense. Thiago Alves should be able to draw on the experience of fighting the best that the UFC has to offer and he should be able to hand Howard his second consecutive loss.
UFC 124 Betting Pick: Thiago Alves -300 will surely come back strong since he hits with heavy hands look for a tko in round 2. Call Coopers Pick now 1-888-730-2667 for all your MMA betting Pick needs.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Date: November 13, 2010
Location: Oberhausen, Germany
Venue: Konig Pilsener Arena
Broadcast: Spike TV (tape-delay)
Nate Marquardt (33-9-2): -220
Yushin Okami (26-5-0): +175
This fight will likely determine the next in line for the Middleweight Title. Okami’s original challenger in this was Vitor Belfort who has stepped up to take on Anderson Silva without the tune-up. Both of these fighters bring a strong stand up game to the Octagon and both men have recently lost to Chael Sonnen.
Marquart is extremely well rounded – he has superb technical striking and also has a Black Belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Okami is a powerful puncher who has adapted his judo background to a successful run in MMA. Marquart probably holds the edge in this fight anywhere it goes but something tells me that his “join ‘em if you can’t beat ‘em” move to train with Sonnen will pay off in this fight. I’ll take the upset!
UFC Betting Pick: Yushin Okami +175
Jorge Rivera (18-7): -120
Alessio Sakara (19-7): -110
A likely stand up battle precedes the main event on Saturday with TUF 4 veteran meeting Italian veteran Alessio Sakara against Jorge Rivera. Both of these fighters have struck themselves to a three fight win streak and will be looking to further their place in the 185 pound division. The winner of this fight will likely be in line for a shot at the belt in the not too distant future.
Jorge Rivera has definitely impressed lately during his streak and he has developed quite an intense stand up game. His size and varied attack will be too much for the former professional boxer Sakara in this one. It should be a great battle with the American taking an exciting decision.
UFC Betting Pick: Jorge Rivera -120
Dennis Siver (16-7): -140
Andre Winner (12-4-1): +110
In a Lightweight battle, TUF veteran Andre Winner will look to get back in the win column against German-born and well rounded fighter, Dennis Siver. While Winner is a tall, lanky, effective striker, he will be hard pressed to overcome the jiu-jitsu talents and the superior striking abilities of the home town boy.
UFC Betting Pick: Dennis Siver -140
Amir Sadollah (4-2): -300
Peter Sobotta (8-3): +220
TUF 7 winner and UFC up and comer Amir Sadollah will try to avenge a disappointing loss to Dong Hyun Kim when he takes on German Peter Sobotta who is also coming off a loss inside the Octagon.
Sadollah has taken steps to dramatically improve his all around game and the loss to Kim will have acted as a wakeup call for Sadollah. Sobotta has good stand up and is has shown good judo in the past but Sadollah’s skills and desire will be too much in this fight.
UFC Betting Pick: Amir Sadollah -300
Krzysztof Soszynski (20-11-1): -115
Goran Reljic (8-2): -115
Krzysztof Soszynski will fight someone other than Stephan Bonnar! This time he takes on Croatian Goran Reljic who has underwhelmed since joining the UFC. Reljic, despite his Brazilian jiu-jitsu Brown Belt has lost two straight fights. Soszynski is a rugged fighter but has a propensity to leave himself open to submissions and strikes. That should be enough for the well rounded Reljic to prevail.
UFC Betting Pick: Goran Reljic -115
Kyle Noke (17-4-1): -240
Rob Kimmons (23-5): +190
Similar styles clash as part of the undercard of UFC 122 when TUF 11 alum Kyle Noke takes on Rob Kimmons. Noke has been the better fighter as of late, winning three of his last four fights. Noke probably holds the stand up edge and a slight edge on the ground. Because of that, this pick is easy.
UFC Betting Pick: Kyle Noke -240
Vladimir Matyushenko (24-5): -300
Alexandre Ferreira (18-6): +220
Rugged former Light Heavyweight contender Vladimir Matyushenko and IFL Light Heavyweight Champion is in action, this time as part of an undercard at UFC 122. UFC newcomer Alexandre Ferreira, another MMA veteran provides the opposition. Ferreira is no slouch - he has a very good ground game in is currently on a seven fight win streak. Matyushenko should be motivated go get back on the Light heavyweight landscape again – a loss would almost mean certain UFC doom.
UFC Betting Pick: Vladimir Matyushenko -300
Pascal Krauss (9-0): -220
Mark Scanlon (7-0): +175
UFC virgins with undefeated records will try to show the UFC brass that they belong with the Big Boys on Saturday night. Both are submission specialist and both would love this fight to hit the mat. I’ll take the stronger wrestler in this contest – the key is knowing how and when to get this fight to the ground.
UFC Betting Pick: Mark Scanlon +175
Duane Ludwig (27-11): +200
Nick Osipczak (5-3): -260
MMA veteran Duane Ludwig takes on Nick Osipczak in a “loser gets cut” match. Osipczak showed great promise on TUF but has been unable to put it all together inside the Octagon. Ludwig is battle tested – he has fought and won against such UFC veterans as Jens Pulver and Jonathan Goulet. I’ll take the experience in this one.
UFC Betting Pick: Duane Ludwig +200
Seth Petruzelli (14-6): -115
Karlos Vemola (8-1): -115
Karlos Vemola was an undefeated prospect before losing his UFC debut to the smothering wrestling of Jon Madsen. Seth Petruzelli is a slick stand up fighter who uses clean combinations and good footwork to keep his competition off balance. Petruzelli should be able to keep his distance in this fight and outpoint Vemola with his quality punches and kicks.
UFC Betting Pick: Seth Petruzelli -115
Kris McCray (6-1): -110
Carlos Eduardo Rocha: (8-0): -120
Kris McCray represented himself well on TUF 11, finishing in second place. He takes on UFC newcomer Carlos Rocha– a slick Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace. McCray should be able to control the match through his strong wrestling and take down game, on the way to an easy decision victory.
UFC Betting Pick: Kris McCray -110
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
The co-main event features the UFC debut of the best welterweight on the planet not named Georges St. Pierre, Jake Shields. Shields takes on Martin Kampmann. The Huntington Beach Bad Tito Ortiz is back from yet another injury to take on Matt “The Hammer” Hamill. Diego Sanchez faces Paulo Thiago and Brendan Schaub battles Gabriel Gonzaga to open the PPV card.
This UFC betting opportunity will also feature two preliminary fights free on SpikeTV with the Predator Patrick Cote taking on Filthy Tom Lawler and Ultimate Fighter winner Court McGee taking on Ryan Jensen.
Cain Velasquez +105
Brock Lesnar -135
Cain Velasquez has a chance to be the first Mexican heavyweight champion in fighting history. Velasquez has heavy hands and a motor that doesn’t stop. Lesnar took a pounding from Shane Carwin in his last title defense but his opponent gassed out. He quickly tapped out Carwin in the second. Lesnar won’t have that luxury against Cain. It looks like a fantastic matchup on paper but Lesnar will enter the ring about 30lbs heavier and he’s faced and beat tougher opponents in his career than Velasquez. Take Lesnar to finish Cain in the third.
Martin Kampmann +175
Jake Shields -220
Jake Shields is on a 14-fight winning streak, of course he hasn’t earned the respect he would have had he been fighting in the UFC. During his streak, he’s had six decision wins, six submissions and two TKOs. Kampmann was climbing the welterweight ladder before being KO’d by Paul Daily. Kampmann is an excellent striker and while he won’t beat Shields, he’ll force Shields into an exciting fight.
Tito Ortiz +125
Matt Hamill -155
The last time we saw Tito Ortiz he was being ousted as the coach of the Ultimate Fighter because of a back injury. The back is healthier and Ortiz will test it against Hamill. Hamill has just two losses on his record, one a controversial loss to Michael Bisping, and one loss to former champion Rich Franklin. He got away with a win after Jon Jones threw an illegal elbow and was DQ’d; Hamill was on the verge of tapping out. Hamill is a tough wrestler and his striking has improved immensely since he first joined the UFC. Ortiz is too old and Hamill will earn a nice victory here.
Diego Sanchez +100
Paulo Thiago -130
Paulo Thiago is a tough BJJ fighter, but he’s coming off a rough loss to Martin Kampmann. He’ll face Diego Sanchez. Sanchez has lost his last two fights, first to BJ Penn at lightweight and then to John Hathaway. The problem with Sanchez is his head hasn’t been in the game lately and while he is a very skilled fighter, I doubt he can put it together against Thiago.
Brendan Schaub +145
Gabriel Gonzaga -175
This is a heck of a fight to get the PPV rolling. Gonzaga’s last fight was a loss to heavyweight title contender Junior Dos Santos. He’s fought some big names at the top of the division, but he’s lost to them all. Brendan Schaub was in the finale of the Ultimate Fighter Heavyweight but lost to Roy Nelson. Despite the loss, he came back with two first round KO victories. Brendan Schaub isn’t a big name in the heavyweight division yet, but after he beats Gonzaga at UFC 121, he will be.
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Frank Mir knocked out the 2006 Pride Fighting Championship open weight grand prix winner Cro COp when he landed a knee in the 3rd round of his own headlined fight in Indiana at Conseco Fieldhouse. Filipovic (cro cop's real name) lost with only 58 secs. left to go.
After the fight Frank quoted "It looked kind of ugly to be honest," "but I guess it's better to pull of an ugly win than an ugly loss."
The 2 of them traded punches in the octagon most of the fight and the crowd booed in disappointment but than the big knee heard round the world and a few follow up punches finished off Cro Cop on the ground, as referee Herb Dean moved in to end the fight.
The defeat snapped a 2mfight winning streak for Filipovic, whose participation in the main event was put in jeopardy by an eye injury suffered during training. Once 1 of the worlds most feared heavyweights, the 36 year old now stands @ a mediocre 4-4 inside Dana Whites league.
"My strategy was to take him down, but his takedown defense is good," Frank never took down Cro in the fight but also said "I was trying to do well. Mirko's dangerous."
Rayan Bader Beats Nogueira
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs Ryan BaderEd Mulholland for ESPN.comRyan Bader's aggression helped him earn a decision over Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.
In the co-main event, undefeated "The Ultimate Fighter" Season 8 winner Ryan Bader scored with takedowns in all three rounds and notched a unanimous decision against world-ranked Pride Fighting Championships veteran Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. All three judges sided with Bader by matching 30-27 counts.
"I didn't want to engage too much," Bader said. "The good thing about being a wrestler is keeping them guessing and dictating where the fight goes."
Bader zoomed out to a quick lead as he took down Nogueira with a little less than three minutes remaining in the first round and belted him with heavy ground-and-pound. Two standing-to-ground punches bounced Nogueira off the canvas. A three-time Pac-10 Conference champion and two-time All-American wrestler at Arizona State, Bader used his considerable wrestling chops to neutralize Nogueira's technical boxing advantage for long stretches in the fight.
Still, Nogueira had his moments. A knee to the body took the steam out of Bader in Round 2, and he scored successfully on his feet throughout the third. However, Bader delivered two more takedowns in Round 3, moved to 5-0 inside the Octagon and set up a potential showdown with light heavyweight wunderkind Jon Jones. The defeat snapped Nogueira's seven-fight winning streak.
Lytle avenges Serra defeat
Matt Serra vs Chris LytleEd Mulholland for ESPN.comChris Lytle, right, evened his score with Matt Serra.
In a showdown that took place entirely on the feet, Chris Lytle outboxed and outclassed Matt Serra en route to a unanimous decision, avenging his 2006 defeat to the former UFC welterweight champion. All three judges scored it 30-27.
"He went for it the whole time," said Lytle, who evened his record at 9-9 inside the Octagon. "I can definitely respect the guy."
The two stood and traded for the duration and neither threw a kick until Serra fired one at the legs with 17 seconds remaining in the second round. By then, he had taken a beating, as Lytle scored with heavy power punches, the right uppercut chief among them. He had Serra in trouble on more than one occasion but could not finish the notoriously tough East Meadow, N.Y., native.
"I wanted to do or die," said Serra, who left the cage with cuts and abrasions near his left eye. "I knew if I stopped him it would say something. It wasn't my night. Chris is a stud. He deserves all the success."
Sherk edges Dunham in controversial decision
Sean Sherk vs Evan DunhamEd Mulholland for ESPN.comSean Sherk did just enough to earn a split decision over Evan Dunham.
Former UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk, in his first appearance in more than a year, took a controversial split decision from world ranked and previously unbeaten Evan Dunham. All three judges scored it 29-28, two of them for Sherk.
Sherk looked like his old self in the first round, as he worked through a pair of tight guillotine choke attempts, took down Dunham and opened a wicked lateral gash near his right eye with an elbow from half guard. Bleeding profusely, Dunham survived Round 1 and switched gears as the battle deepened.
"The chokes were very tight," Sherk said. "I've got a big neck, fortunately. I'm very hard to choke."
Dunham answered in the second and third rounds, as he managed to stay upright. He wobbled the former titleholder with a head kick less than 20 seconds into Round 3, rose immediately after a Sherk takedown and scored with powerful striking combinations: knees, punches and kicks. By the end of the fight, the tide had clearly turned, but Sherk walked away with a decision.
"I thought it could go either way, to be honest with you," said Sherk, a 37-year-old Minnesota Martial Arts Academy product who improved to 7-4 inside the Octagon.
Dunham tasted defeat for the first time in 12 professional appearances, though the crowd, vocal with its displeasure, believed he deserved a better fate.
"It is what it is," Dunham said. "You never can tell what the judges are thinking. I do want to win -- always -- but I was just having fun."
Guillard takes split decision
Melvin Guillard vs Jeremy StephensEd Mulholland for ESPN.comQuick draw: Melvin Guillard, right, repeatedly beat Jeremy Stephens to the punch.
Overwhelming speed trumped power as Melvin Guillard defeated Jeremy Stephens by split decision in a featured lightweight matchup. Two of the three cage-side judges sided with Guillard by 29-28 and 30-27 counts. A third dissented, scoring it 29-28 for Stephens.
Stephens planted an off-balance Guillard on his backside with a counter right hand during their opening exchange but spent much of the remainder of the fight swinging and kicking at air. Guillard fought a smart tactical match, as he bounced in and out of the pocket, scored effectively with punching combinations and kept Stephens at bay with a steady diet of front kicks to the body and stiff jabs to the face.
Visibly frustrated, Stephens made a run at it late, as the 24-year-old Des Moines, Iowa, native attacked Guillard with kicks to the legs and punches to the body. Though Guillard's third-round output was limited to a few exchanges and a nice jumping knee to the head, he had done enough to swing the fight in his favor.
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Tuesday, September 21, 2010
While there isn’t a title fight on the card, these 2 main events are will showcase some of UFC’s best. Cro-Cop is still looking to regain the magic and aura he held while fighting in Pride. When he was in Pride, he was the clear number two heavyweight fighter in the world behind Fedor Emelianenko. In the UFC, he’s lost fights to Gabriel Gonzaga and Junior Dos Santos. It had people questioning if this was it for the once great Cro-Cop. To his credit, he looks like he’s rededicated himself to training and after his submission victory over Patrick Barry; he’s ready to fight for a UFC title. Cro Cop is known for his lethal kicks and striking. I’ve also heard his right kick is called Hospital and left Graveyard. How intimidating is that.
Frank Mir not one to be intimidated is coming off an embarrassing first round loss to Shane Carwin but had an impressive win over Cheick Kongo. He’s an enigma; he’ll look fantastic as in his victory over Kongo and dismantling of Antonio “Big Nog” Nogueira but then get bullied by bigger stronger fighters like his losses to Lesnar and Carwin. His ju-jitsu skills are some of the best in the heavyweight division but he’s prone to letdown fights. Mir is a solid favorite but as long as Cro-Cop is healthy and brings a strong stand up game could send Mir to the Hospital or the Graveyard (Cro-Cop TKO 3rd).
Mirko Filipovic +190
Frank Mir -240
Ryan Bader comes into this fight as the undefeated favorite. His victories have come over progressively tougher opponents although, after seeing the fall Keith Jardine has taken after his loss to Bader, he isn’t a good measuring stick.
Antonio “Little Nog” Nogueira hasn’t lost in almost 3 years and is riding a seven-fight winning streak. Being a Nogueira, you know his BJJ is excellent, but he’s also an excellent boxer who won a gold medal for Brazil in the 2006 South American games. That will be the difference in his fight. (Lil Nog split decision).
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira +145
Ryan Bader -175
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Now down to the results for the event:
Lightweight bout Frankie Edgar beat B.J, Penn in a unanimous decision upsetting many big Penn fans
Randy Couture submitted boxer James Toney who had been trying to fight his way into ufc but instead lost at 3:19 in the first round.
Maia defeated Miranda in a unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Maynard beat Florian via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Nate Diaz defeated Davis via technical submission (guillotine choke) at 4:02 of round 3
Friday, August 27, 2010
A great month of MMA action closes out on Saturday night with UFC 118 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The feature bout is a lightweight title rematch as Frankie Edgar faces B.J. Penn. The co-feature has Hall of Famer Randy Couture battling former boxing great James Toney.
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There are five bouts on the main card with the bout between Edgar and Penn getting top billing. Edgar shocked Penn in UFC 112 but he doesn’t get much time to enjoy his title as he has a quick rematch against Penn on Saturday night. Penn is a 3-1 favorite to regain his title. Not many people believe that Edgar can pull off a second straight upset. Edgar proved in the first fight he has a speed advantage against Penn but there is no question that Penn has more power. One thing that won’t happen in this bout is Penn underestimating Edgar. He will be extremely focused to prove that his loss last time was a fluke.
Randy Couture is a 7-1 favorite to destroy James Toney in the co-feature bout in UFC 118 betting. Serious UFC experts don’t believe that Toney has any chance to win vs. Couture. Toney can hit but most people don’t believe he will be on his feet long enough for it to matter. Couture has a huge edge in experience and in training. Unless Couture makes a monumental mistake this fight should be over quickly in the favor of Couture.
The real co-feature should have been Kenny Florian against Gray Maynard. This might be the best matchup on the card. The winner of this bout will likely get a title shot vs. the winner of the Edgar-Penn fight. Florian is a -150 favorite in this UFC betting . Florian has the edge in striking in this bout and he may be able to land enough punches to win. Florian could also catch Maynard with a hold and win the fight by submission. Also on the main card it is Nate Diaz a 2-1 favorite vs. Marcus Davis and Demian Maia a 2-1 favorite vs. Mario Miranda.
The preliminary card has five bouts, two of which are on Spike TV. Those two are Andre Winner vs. Nik Lentz and Joe Lauzon vs. Gabe Ruediger. The other three bouts on the preliminary card have Nick Osipczak vs. Greg Soto, Alessio Sakara vs. Gerald Harris, John Salter vs. Dan Miller and Amilcar Alves vs. Mike Pierce.
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Saturday, August 7, 2010
Silva is considered one of the best fighters in the UFC but in recent bouts he has not been very impressive and has drawn the wrath of UFC president Dana White. Silva should have no trouble getting motivated for this fight with White on his case and with Sonnen running his mouth. This will be Silva’s record seventh defense of his middleweight title. Sonnen has ripped into Silva in recent weeks criticizing his style, his record and even calling him a “dummy.” When Silva is motivated he is one of the best fighters that the UFC has ever seen and he should be highly motivated on Saturday night. Silva has won 12 straight fights and looks to be in a different class than Sonnen both in the ring and out of the ring.
The main card in UFC 117 odds also includes what should be an excellent fight between Thiago Alves and Jon Fitch. The two are a notch below Georges St. Pierre but then again so is every other fighter. Alves is -130 in this bout against Fitch.
Also on the main card it is Junior Dos Santos trying to take his UFC record to 6-0 as he faces Roy Nelson. This bout should be exciting for as long as it lasts with each fighter throwing big punches. Nelson may not want to trade punches with Dos Santos. Nelson has strong wrestling skills but he has been talking about mixing it up with Dos Santos and that would be a mistake. All but one of Dos Santo’s career fights have ended in the first round. The winner of this bout could get a title shot against Brock Lesnar or Cain Velasquez. Dos Santos is more than a 3-1 favorite vs. Nelson.
Also on the main card it will be Matt Hughes facing Ricardo Almeida and Rafael Dos Anjos vs. Clay Guida. The UFC odds favor Almeida who has won four of his last five bouts while the bout between Dos Anjos and Guida is basically a pick.
The preliminary card at UFC 117 has Rick Story vs. Dustin Hazelett, Phil Davis vs. Rodney Wallace, Todd Brown vs. Tim Boetsch, Johny Hendricks vs. Charlie Brenneman, Christian Morecraft vs. Stefan Struve and Ben Saunders vs. Dennis Hallman.
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Monday, July 19, 2010
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The rumors continue to swirl regarding who Fedor Emelianenko, arguably the greatest fighter in MMA history who was upset by Fabricio Werdum in his last bout, will fight next.
Strikeforce is going to sit down with co-promotional partner M-1 Global very soon, possibly this weekend to discuss the final event on their existing contract. That final fight could be Fedor in a rematch with Werdum, Werdum has said he would agree to it, or Fedor against Antonio “Big Foot” Silva, Sergei Kharitinov, or Alistair Overeem.
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Without a doubt, the biggest event moneymaker for both promotional companies would be a fight between Fedor and Overeen. Overeen absolutely demolished Brett Rogers in his last fight. That’s the one that I will be looking forward to.
I don’t believe Silva or Kharitinov have much of a shot against Fedor unless, of course, Fedor’s loss to Werdum was a true example of diminished skills and not the case of a great fighter having a bad night. Kharitinov is 16 and 4 and would get pummeled by Fedor. Silva is 14 and 2 and does have fans but Emelianenko is much more experienced.
There’s nothing wrong with avenging his loss to Werdum, but Fedor, if he truly feels he’s only got 2 maybe 3 more fights left in his career, might want go for the most bucks and that would be a bout against Alistair Overeem.
Lesnar vs. Velasquez Battle on October 23rd at UFC 121
Although it’s a few months away, buzz has already started to build regarding the Brock Lesnar vs. Cain Velasquez match on October 23rd. UFC President Dana White wasted no time putting together a match between 2 of his biggest draws.
The 8 and 0 Velasquez was last seen knocking out Minotaur Nogueira at UFC 110. The fact that he absolutely destroyed Nogueira makes him an exciting opponent for the tough Lesnar.
Lesnar, of course, took down Shane Carwin at UFC 116 earlier in July after taking a year off due to an illness. The UFC/MMA odds makers have installed Lesnar as a -175 favorite to beat Cain Velasquez who’s fighting odds are +145.
Silva and Chonen Ready to Throw Down at UFC 117
Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen are ready to throw it down at UFC 117. UFC 117 is scheduled for August 7th.
Silva, arguably the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world is a big -450 favorite to beat down the real estate agent whose twittering led him to having to drop out of a political race.
Supposedly, Chael tweeted that Brazilian MMA manager Ed Soares, had better “pray to whatever Demon effigy you prance and dance in front of with your piglet tribe of savages that I decide not to CRUCIFY you.” I can see how a lot of voters in Oregon, where Sonnen resides, would take offense to that.
To me, it’s just appears to be, albeit stupid, in the cage trash talking and should add to what many expect to be an interesting, if one-sided, fight. The dance that Sonnen was referring to, Capoeira, has led to 26 victories for Silva.
We’ll see if Sonnen can back up his words or if the favored Anderson Silva will beat the rest of Sonnen’s idiotic tweets out of him.
Saturday, July 3, 2010
UFC 116: Lesnar vs. Carwin
Saturday, July 3, 7:00 PM ET
MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas
This breakdown on a pair of those undercard matches, along with my expert MMA betting predictions, will go a long way toward helping mixed martial arts betting enthusiasts increase the annual betting bankroll with at least two winning wagers.
With the UFC 116 card slated to get underway in a mere matter of days, let me get started.
MMA Betting Odds
Ricardo Romero -160
Seth Petruzelli +130
The Breakdown: 32-year-old Ricardo Romero is, (10-1) has won five straight fights coming into his UFC debut bout against Petruzelli and is a multi-talented fighter that has recorded five wins by submission and four by KO.
Romero beat Silmar Rodrigo unmercifully in his last fight, getting his Brazilian opponent to submit (keylock) at 4:56 of the first round at Ring of Combat last November.
30-year-old Seth Petruzelli (12-4) has won four consecutive fights and has some serious KO power as he knocked out 10 opponents in his 12 career wins. Petruzelli beat Ryan White on an armbar submission at 1:07 of the first round at BAMMA 3 in May.
Analysis: I think this match is a very tough call for MMA gamblers, but in the end, I’m going to back the more experienced – and explosive – Seth Petruzelli to win this fight, though I am a bit wary of Romero and his fine record.
I think Petruzelli will try to keep this fight upright and take Romero out with his awesome striking power while fighting off Romero’s takedown and submission attempts en route to a third round KO.
MMA Pick: Petruzelli by Second Round KO
MMA Betting Odds
Gerald Harris -280
Dave Branch +210
The Breakdown: Since suffering consecutive losses in 2007, 30-year-old former TUF 7 contestant Gerald Harris (15-2) has won a blistering nine consecutive fights, including an impressive first round TKO destruction (strikes) against Mario Miranda at UFC Fight Night 21 in March. Harris has recorded seven of his wins by KO and six by way of submission.
Harris will take on the undefeated, but far less experienced Dave Branch (6-0) in this bout and will likely have his hands full with the Renzo Gracie-trained Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu specialist.
Branch, who has a black belt in BJJ has split his six career wins evenly with three coming by way of KO and three by way of submission. Branch spanked Derrick Mehman at BFC 15, submitting (rear naked choke) his opponent at 0:26 of the second round.
Analysis: This fight is going to be a serious ‘throw-down’ mixed martial arts gamblers, but I’ve gotta back the red-hot – and more experienced Gerald Harris in this fight.
Harris has a lot more riding on the line in this bout than Branch and will be able to handle Dave Branch’s submission attempts as he is a wonderful wrestler who can hold his own on the ground with almost anyone.
I also believe Harris has more one-punch knockout ability than Branch as evidenced by his impressive four-fight KO streak (all on punches) coming into this bout and fully believe he will hand Branch his first career loss in this pairing.
It’s not going to be easy by any means, but I like Gerald Harris to win this one on a third round KO.
MMA Pick: Gerald Harris by Third Round KO (punches)
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Friday, June 18, 2010
Fedor Emelianenko Takes On Fabricio Werdum in a Joint Strikeforce/M1 Spectacular
By Alexia Krause
The Strikeforce event on June 26th is bound to be one for the books as Strikeforce mixed martial arts joins up with M-1 Global to bring some of the toughest fighters in the world together within one caged ring. This is an extra special event because it combines Strikeforce MMA with M-1 Global, which allows it to be a complete world showcase of some of the world's best fighters. This showcase has a huge title card as Fedor Emelianenko (who is actually a co-owner of M-1 Global) takes on Fabricio Werdum in a heavyweight bout that promises to entertain.
Fedor Emelianenko- also known as "The Last Emperor"- holds a record of 31-1. His only recorded loss comes from the fact that his fight with Tsuyoshi Kohsaka was stopped when Emelianenko suffered a gash in the opening seconds of the fight. Even though he has a loss to tarnish his undefeated streak, "The Last Emperor" understands that numbers don't mean anything when you're inside the cage.
Fedor has been at the top as the best heavyweight in the world for the better part of the last decade. He has taken down Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipović, Mark Coleman, and Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira on his way there. On June 26th, he goes up against Fabricio Werdum (the number 9 heavyweight in the world) for a showdown that's bound to define the two fighters and the event.
Even though Emelianenko is among the top heavyweights in the world, he will have a lot on his hands going up against the jiu-jitsu technician, Fabricio Werdum. Werdum is known as "Vai Cavalo" or "Leading Horse" which speaks to his wild and free nature in the ring. It looks like Emelianenko will be tasked with taming Werdum if he wants that victory.
Despite this exciting main card, the June 26th Strikeforce will feature much more heated action. In fact, many more people are looking forward to the top woman in the world, Cris "Cyborg" Santos taking on Jan Finney. Most feel that Cyborg will take out Finney pretty easily and glide on to an effortless victory (even more so considering that Finney's nickname is "Cuddles"), but Finney has been known to be scrappy making the fight a good one to watch.
Plus, seeing Cris Cyborg in action is always an event in itself:
With some of the best male heavyweight and female featherweight fighters clashing on the same night, the June 26th Strikeforce event is destined to be an exciting evening for MMA fans.
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Saturday, June 12, 2010
Franklin is a -150 favorite at online sportsbook SBG Global.
Franklin comes into this bout with a record of 27-5 but he was knocked out by Vitor Belfort in his last fight. That same result could happen against Liddell if he is not careful. The "Iceman" will look to keep this fight upright and Franklin may be willing to oblige. Liddell is said to be in great shape for this fight and with his UFC future at stake, he should be very motivated. Liddell and Franklin could decide to trade punches and Liddell would have the advantage if that happens. The other big fight on Saturday on the main card has Pat Barry going up against his idol Mirko “Cro Cop” Filopovic. Barry is the up and coming fighter while Cro Cop has seen better days. Barry is a -160 favorite at SBG.
Also on the main card it is Paulo Thiago vs. Martin Kampmann, Ben Rothwell vs. Gilbert Yvel and Carlos Condit vs. Rory MacDonald. The bout between Thiago and Kampmann could be one of the better ones on the UFC betting card. The winner of this fight could be headed for another main event bout against Thiago Alves. Thiago is a -260 favorite at SBG. The other two main event bouts could be slugfests as Rothwell goes up against Yvel while Condit battles the undefeated MacDonald. Rothwell was destroyed last time out against Cain Velasquez while Yvel was pummeled by Junior dos Santos.
The two bouts on Spike TV on the preliminary card will be Tyson Griffin taking on Evan Dunham and Mac Danzig facing Matt Wiman. The other four fights on the preliminary card have David Loiseau vs. Mario Miranda, James Wilks vs. Peter Sobotta, Ricardo Funch vs. Claude Patrick and Mike Pyle vs. Jesse Lennox.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
With fight night quickly approaching, let me get started.
MMA Betting Odds
Paulo Thiago -215
First up is the welterweight showdown between Paulo Thiago and Martin Kampmann. Thiago brings a two-fight winning streak into this bout that includes a second round submission win over Mike Swick at UFC 109 in February. Kampmann won his last fight by stopping Jacob Volkmann at UFC 108 in January.
Fighting out of: Brasilia, Brazil
Height: 5' 11" (180 cm)
Weight: 170 lbs. (77 kg)
Overall MMA Record: (W-L-D), 13-1-0
Strengths: Very focused, strong chin
Fighting out of: Las Vegas, Nevada
Height: 6' 0" (183 cm)
Weight: 170 lbs. (77 kg)
Overall MMA Record: (W-L-D), 16-3-0
Strengths: Knockout power, underrated ground game
Analysis: Thiago specializes in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Judo and boxing while Kampmann is also a well-rounded fighter that specializes in Muay Thai and submission wrestling.
Both of these fighters are very talented and have huge upsides, but it is Paulo Thiago that is a bit more explosive in my estimation.
Despite having a slight lack in experience, I like Thiago to win this fight by knocking Kampmann out with a flurry of strikes much like Paul Daley did to Kampmann at UFC 103 in September of 2009.
Kampmann also fought at 185 pounds for five years before dropping to 170 pounds in 2009 and I believe his loss in weight has affected his power more than most people suspect.
Either way, I like Paulo Thiago by second round TKO in this one.
MMA Pick: Paulo Thiago by Second Round TKO
MMA Betting Odds
Gilbert Yvel +120
Ben Rothwell -150
Fighting out of: Las Vegas, NV
Height: 6' 2" (188 cm)
Weight: 225 lbs. (102 kg)
Overall MMA Record: (W-L-D), 36-14-1, 1 NC
Strengths: Kicks, knees, world-class experience
Born: Kenosha, WI, USA
Fighting out of: Kenosha, WI
Height: 6' 4" (193 cm)
Weight: 265 lbs. (120 kg)
Overall MMA Record: (W-L-D), 30-7-0
Strengths: Well-rounded, size, speed, strength
Analysis: I’m going to be very brief with my pick on this heavyweight showdown between Gilbert Yvel and Ben Rothwell by simply saying that I will be genuinely shocked if Ben Rothwell doesn’t knock Gilbert Yvel out cold in this matchup despite the fact that both fighters have lost two of their last three fights and possess nearly equal abilities in the ring.
Yvel took a dismal first round TKO (punches) loss to Junior dos Santos at UFC 108 in January while Rothwell was handed a second round TKO (punches) loss by Cain Velasquez at UFC 104 last October.
Still, I think the younger Rothwell, who is 8-2 in his last 10 fights, is an excellent selection at -150 to get back in the win column and push Gilbert Yvel one step closer to retirement.
MMA Expert Pick: Ben Rothwell by second round TKO (punches)
MMA Betting Odds
Tyson Griffin -240
Evan Dunham +190
Born: Sacramento, CA, USA
Fighting out of: Las Vegas, NV
Height: 5' 6" (168 cm)
Weight: 155 lbs. (70 kg)
Overall MMA Record: (W-L-D), 14-2-0
Strengths: Aggressive ground and pound
Born: Eugene, OR, USA
Fighting out of: Las Vegas, NV
Height: 5' 10" (178 cm)
Weight: 155 lbs. (70 kg)
Overall MMA Record: (W-L-D), 10-0-0
Strengths: BJJ, Good striking, big heart
Analysis: Last but not least, is the lightweight bout between Tyson Griffin and the undefeated Evan Dunham.
The 26-year-old Griffin brings a two-fight win streak into this bout that includes a convincing KO (punches) win over Hermes Franca at UFC 103 last September.
Griffin however, will face a fighter in Dunham that has yet to lose a fight in 10 career MMA fights. The 28-year-old may be a bit less experienced than Griffin, but he has shown far more ability to finish off his opponents than Griffin.
Dunham recorded a third round submission (armbar) win over Efrain Escudero in his last fight at UFC Fight Night 20 in January and has recorded six of his wins by submission, and two by KO.
The black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu is the clear-cut underdog here, but I believe he will not only record the upset win here, but will do it in emphatic fashion by either knocking Griffin out or likely, recording the submission win. Griffin was involved in seven straight decision fights prior to his last bout, which tells me Griffin doesn’t have the ability to finish nearly as well as Dunham.
MMA expert Pick: Evan Dunham by third round Submission
Saturday, May 29, 2010
401 Quinton Jackson
402 Rashad Evans -115
Light Heavyweight 3 rounds - Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
403 Diego Sanchez
404 John Hathaway +175
Welterweight 3 rounds - Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
407 Amir Sadollah
408 Dong Hyun Kim -110
Welterweight 3 rounds - Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
409 Efrain Escudero
410 Dan Lauzon +325
Lightweight 3 rounds - Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
411 Michael Bisping
412 Dan Miller +150
Middleweight 3 rounds - Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
413 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
414 Jason Brilz +400
Light Heavyweight 3 rounds - Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
415 Todd Duffee
416 Mike Russow +250
Heavyweight 3 rounds - Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
417 Jesse Forbes
418 Ryan Jensen +110
Middleweight 3 rounds - Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
419 Luiz Cane
420 Cyrille Diabate +300
Light Heavyweight 3 rounds - Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, Ne
421 Aaron Riley
422 Joe Brammer +165
Lightweight 3 rounds - Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
423 Melvin Guillard
424 Waylon Lowe +250
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
The fighting world and especially the boxing fans will be delighted with one more spectacular fight, on May the 1st. Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Shane Mosley clash at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Their Welterweight Championship fight is scheduled to start some time around midnight, Eastern Standard Time, with the gala debuting at 9pm EST. Viewers from Europe will be able to follow the Mayweather vs Mosley event, Sunday morning, at about 4am for viewers based in the United Kingdom.
Floyd Mayweather fights his first battle of 2010. His opponent is not Manny Pacquiao, as everyone expected. Shane Mosley tries to become the first fighter which defeats 'Money' Mayweather. 'Pretty boy' has won all his 40 matches fought during his entire professional boxing career. He will surly try to send a reply to his arch rival, Manny Pacquiao. The Filipino has already boxed this year and defeated Joshua Clottey with style.
Various rumors stated that this is Mayweather's last fight before the most expected encounter in recent boxing history. Floyd might clash with Manny until the end of 2010 and everyone is fired up thinking as this possibility.
Shane Mosley is a 38-year-old boxer which accepted the Olympic drug testing procedure. 'Sugar' Shane accepted rigorous dropping tests in order to fight with Mayweather. We can all remember that this tests where the reason for the Mayweather vs Pacquiao fight cancellation. In the meantime let's focus on Saturday's upcoming fight.
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Thursday, April 22, 2010
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Saturday, April 10, 2010
Below is our preliminary fight picks to entice you and show you what the good life is like when we nail almost all of our MMA picks for every card and UFC 112 will be no different.
Predicted Winners for the Pre-Lims:
Paul Taylor (note due to being unfit due to health and weight issues his fight against John Gunderson has been canceled)
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Thursday, April 1, 2010
Roy Nelson (15-4-0) vs Stefan Struve (23-3-0)
UFC Fight Night Betting Line: Nelson -350
Fighting at the latest card for Spike TV’s UFC Fight Night series, Roy “Big Country” Nelson will get locked in to the octagon with Stefan “Skyscraper” Struve in a heavyweight contest, the lead up to the Kenny Florian-Takanori Gomi main event. This fight will feature a couple of mixed martial arts veterans, each boasting knock out power, and who prefer to stand up and strike their opponents rather than go to ground.
Leading Up To UFC Fight Night: Roy Nelson
Big Country has been around the block as the saying goes, with 15 wins in 19 total mixed martial arts professional fights, Nelson has been through the UFC, FightForce, IFL, BoDog, the EliteXC and more. No matter where has gone, Nelson has experience success, with most of it coming by the same result: knockout. This 263-pound monster has knocked out opponents in eight of his 15 wins, with four more of those wins coming via submission. His knockout power was on display in the Ultimate Fighter Season 10, where he made his Ultimate Fighting Championships debut by knocking out Brandan Schaub just under four minutes in to the first round of their bout, a shot that earned the fight Knockout of the Night Honours. Big Country packs a lot of meat behind his punches, and those heavy hands are his most dangerous weapon.
Leading Up To UFC Fight Night: Stefan Struve
The 22-year old in known as the Skycraper for his six-foot 11-inch height, an asset that helped him become established in the world of kickboxing before making the transition to mixed martial arts on a full-time basis. After experiencing success with a variety of different fighting stables, Stuve signed a four-fight deal with the UFC in 2009, and and although he fell to Junior Dos Santo in his debut, the Skyscraper has dominated his competition since. Struve submitted Denis Stojnic with a rear naked choke hold at UFC: 99, then used a triangle choke hold to submit Chase Gormley under three minutes in to the first round of their fight at UFC: 104, a fight that won Submission of the Night honors. His win over Paul Buentello at UFC: 107 prompted the youngster to sign another four-fight deal, which starts with Nelson at UFC Fight Night: Florian vs Gomi. Florian for the Win.
UFC Fight Night Betting: Nelson vs Struve Match Up
Despite his success in Mixed Martial Arts, Struve has never fought anyone with either the talent or experience of Nelson, besides in his debut when he lost to Junior Dos Santos. Big Country is a well-rounded, veteran fighter with a good center who won’t compromise his position in order to take a risk. His knockout power is lethal, and with Struve’s massive length, there will be no shortage of areas for Nelson to attack. This fight could go a couple of rounds, but eventually Nelson wins via knockout.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
We are offering you a free brief lineup of MMA picks for the UFC fight night. Also please don't forget to check out our winning UFC 111 Picks
Eris Schafer vs Jason Brilz
Pick: Eric Schafer, he and Jason are both coming off losses but Eric has been through a few more wars and has a better base.
Mike Pierce vs Julio Paulino
Pick: Mike Pierce, Pierce is coming off a big loss against a top 10 fighter and is ready to get back in the octagon, but mike is coming off a few wins in a row, but he has never fought in a big card for a big fight organization.
Brendan Schaub vs Chase Gormley
Pick: Brendan Schaub, he was my pick in the ultimate fighter, but he got knocked out in the finale, but had a great run getting there.
John Howard vs Daniel Roberts
Pick: John Howard, he is a big puncher, but Daniel is a great ground and submission guy, so it will be interesting to see who wins in this striker vs grappler.
Eliot Marshall vs Vladimir Matyushenko
My pick is Marshall, I am a very big Vladimir and he did just come off a goof win, but that was after a 6yr break, and he is an older fight, and Marshall is young and looking forward.
Clay Guida vs Shannon Gugerty
Pick: Clay Guida. Guida is a great fighter, and is coming off a very big loss for him against a very good KenFlow, there are few people that can with stand the Clay STORM
Alessio Sakara vs James Irvin
Pick: James Irvin, he is a big striker with a very good knock out list of top fighters, and Sakara has had a lot of losses to top guys, but both fighters are coming off a lot of time off, Sakara almost a year and James almost 2yrs.
Cheick Kongo vs Paul Buentello
Pick: Kongo, I am a big fan of both fighters and there styles, but Kongo is a few steps above Paul, and Paul is on his second run in the UFC and it looks like he is here to have a good time and end his career on this high note.
Junior Dos Santos vs Gabriel Gonzaga
Pick: Junior, I think both are great fighters and like the main event the young gun versus the old guard, and i think this one will be the night for at least one young guy.
Brandon Vera vs Jon Jones
Take Vera, I am a big Jones fan and I like what he has done with what has been thrown his way, but I think Vera will be a little to much for him, BUT if he does get past Vera specially in a convincing fashion maybe knock out then look out light weights cause Jon Bones Jones is coming~
All picks for UFC Fight Night come courtesy of our favorite Hawaiian fighter and presumable future MMA star Kalani.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Below is a brief blip of our picks on who to take and the final result.
James Te Huna vs Igor Pokrajac
Take Huna, Huna is coming off a few good wins and he has a very big home field advantage over Pokrajac, and Pokrajac lost his last and first fight in the UFC to an old school fighter.
Final Result: James Te Huna wins Igor Pokrajac via TKO (strikes) at 3:26 of Round 1.
CB Dollaway vs Goran Reljic
Take CB for this one, this is a good fighter who had bad luck with the past couple fights and he will show up ready for this fight down under.
Final Result: C.B. Dollaway beats Goran Reljic via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) after 3 Rounds.
Chris Lytle vs Brian Foster
Take Chris Lytle, Brians not a big punch and punching is what Lights Out Lytle is all about, and Brians a little younger so ya never know but if you have to parlay the fights take Lytle.
Final Result:Chris Lytle def. Brian Foster via Submission (kneebar) at 1:41 of Round 1.
Stephan Bonner vs Krzysztof Soszynski
Bonner will take this one, they both are coming off big loss but Bonners was to a 46yr old Hammer, he will come out ready to knock the lights out of his opponent.
Final Result: Krzysztof Soszynski def. Stephan Bonnar via TKO (cut) at 1:04 of Round 3. *this victory came from a cut otherwise Bonnar was favored to win although irrelevant to the actual result it is noted.
Mirko Cro Cop vs Ben Rothwell
My pick is Cro Cop, He hasn't looked good in the UFC since day one, BUT its Cro Cop this guy is a monster, sadly;y he hasn't let the UFC fans no that, and Ben is coming off a very bad loss, and i think he will do well in the UFC, but if the guy from Pride shows up, its all over for BIG Ben.
Final Result: Mirko CroCop beats Anthony Perosh via TKO doctor stopped due to cut after Round 2.
Keith Jardine vs Ryan Bader
Take Jardine, he is a very good fighter who has had the bad luck of holding a double edge sword, one on side in his past few fights he has fought fighters who are all in the Top 10 of the Light Heavy weights, and on the other side, he has fought Top 10 fighters, its great as long as your up for the challenge, Bader is a good fighter, but Jardine is a couple notches above him, and with that being said I wouldn't be surprised if Bader did land a big hand and drop him.
Final Results: Ryan Bader def. Keith Jardine via KO (punch) at 2:10 of Round 3.
Joe Stevenson vs George Sotiropoulos
Take Sotiropoulos, I like UFC guys a little more then over seas fighters usually, not forever but in their first couple fights, for some reason the transition from one place to another has shown to be a problem from most, and George did win his first and last UFC fight but it wasn't anyone who should have been a problem for this fighter but expect him to go the distance and win.
Final Result:George Sotiropoulos def. Joe Stevenson via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) after 3 Rounds.
Wanderlei Silva vs Michael Bisping
My pick is The Count. I am a big AXE murderer fan always have been always will be, BUT he is a little older, not real old but old enough that fighting for the past 15 yrs has taken a toll, not to mention I just think Bisping is a better fighter now, Silva is on his way down where as Bisping is a next generation fighter, we will be talking about Bisping in 10yrs. I just kinda hope Silva doesn't get knocked out, and I'm not saying this in any negative way, but I don"t want him to be like Ali.
Final Result: Wanderlei Silva def. Michael Bisping via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) after 3 Rounds.
Minotauro Nogueira vs Cain Velasquez
My pick is Nogueira, don't really have to have a reason with this one but, I like Cain and the fact that he is still undefeated is something to mention and something that can help him in the fight, but he is fighting one of the Greatest fighters of all time, and I don't think Cain has what it takes. Nogerias arsenal is to vast and to refined to be taken by a young wrestler with a good ground game.
Final Result: Cain Velasquez def. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira via KO (punches) at 2:20 of Round 1.
Elvis Sinosic vs Chris Haseman
Take Elvis. Chris did beat him in a fight a long time ago but times have changed and Elvis has talked about a rematch now that the UFC is global.
The Elvis fight was scraped due to an injury to Elvis' shoulder.
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Friday, February 19, 2010
The UFC is taking the MMA game "down under" for the first time as UFC 110 betting takes place from Australia on Saturday.
Headlining the card is a battle between Antonio Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira and Cain Velasquez with the winner moving into prime contender status in the heavyweight division. Nogueira is 32-5-1 in his career and 3-1 in the UFC. His last fight was a unanimous decision over Randy Couture at UFC 102 in August. Velasquez is now 7-0 in his career and 5-0 in the UFC. His last victory was a destruction of Ben Rothwell at UFC 104. "I expect a war," Velasquez said, "In all my fights I expect a war, but I don't like to lose and I know that to beat me you'll have to kill me and to beat him you have to kill him. So that is what we are going to do to each other." The UFC odds on this bout at SBG Global are a pick.
The experience edge in the fight goes to Nogueira but the talent edge probably goes to Velasquez. "He's a good guy, he's in shape, he pushes the fight and he's hungry," Nogueira said about Velasquez, "But I have much more experience than him, and that's my advantage. When we get into the cage, he'll see."
Another key fight on the card has Wanderlei Silva against Michael Bisping. Silva is 32-10-1 in his career but a very poor 2-5 in the UFC. He has done nothing lately and could be on his way out if he doesn’t look good in this fight. Bisping is 19-2 in his career and 8-2 in the UFC. He last won against Denis Kang in UFC 105. Silva is a -150 favorite in UFC odds.
Also on the main card it is Keith Jardine facing Ryan Bader. Jardine is 14-7-1 in his career while Bader is unbeaten at 11-0. Bader is a -155 favorite in this bout.
Joe Stevenson is a -270 favorite against George Sotiropoulos. Stevenson is 36-10 overall and 8-4 in the UFC. Sotiropoulos is 11-2 in his career and 4-0 in the UFC betting.
Ben Rothwell had to pull out of his bout against Mirko Filipovic due to a virus so it will now be Sydney, Australian fighter Anthony Perosh taking on Filipovic. This fight is still on the main card. Perosh is 10-5 in his career and 0-2 in the UFC. Filipovic is 25-7 overall and 2-3 in the UFC.
Stephan Bonnar makes his return to the UFC on the undercard. He is 14-6 overall and 5-5 in the UFC. He is best remembered for winning the first season of the Ultimate Fighter. He goes up against Krzysztof Soszynski who is 19-10-1 in his career and 3-1 in the UFC. Other fights on the preliminary card have Chris Lytle facing Brian Foster, CB Dollaway vs. Goran Reljic and James Te Huna vs. Igor Pokrajac. The fight between Elvis Sinosic and Chris Haseman was cancelled due to a shoulder injury suffered by Sinosic.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Number One – Paulo Thiago is no joke. I have been behind this man ever since he was introduced to the MMA game and, with the exception of Jon Fitch (who is absolutely amazing); Thiago hasn’t had a single blemish on his record. Paulo’s bout with Swick is just more evidence that the BOPE special forces-turned MMA contender is going nowhere but forward. Possible future opponents? Let’s get Kos vs. Paulo II. I predict Thiago takes that one, too.
Number Two – Styles make fights. Most people know this, of course, but I believe that Sonnen’s victory is a perfect example of the old adage. I am not saying that Sonnen is better than Marquart and I am not saying that wrestling is the be all end all game, but this is why GSP, Jon Fitch, Brock Lesnar and every other wrestling phenom win against good strikers. Lay, pray, get them tired and finish it out. Also, we saw just how much heart Sonnen had in this fight. Good luck in that title shot, Chael. =S
Number Three – Matt Serra is better than people give credit. I was so tired of hearing how Serra should hang upMatt Serra the gloves after his losses to GSP and Hughes. Serra will always show up to fight and this was the perfect fight to place “The Terror” back into the fans radar. Granted, Trigg has never lost by decision, so those heavy hands and BJJ black belt were primed for a finish, but the experience can’t be denied. If Serra is fighting, I’m watching.
Number Four – It’s scary how good Demian Maia looked. Here we have, arguably, the best BJJ artist in the octagon moving, countering and kicking like someone who was born to strike. Watch his fights prior to this one, and it’s crystal clear how much he has improved! I am keeping this one short; Maia is absolutely amazing. Maia will OWN the octagon in years to come. Maia is elite, and he’s only getting better.
Number Five – Randy is crisp at 205. With this recent victory, we saw Couture use every aspect of striking, clinching and groundwork he needed to. With 3 fights in the past 7 months, Couture just will not go away, and this fight padded the fact that Randy still has fight in him; not that we didn’t already know that.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
UFC 109 Preview
UFC 109 on Saturday, February 6th has 11 bouts on the card including a matchup of Hall of Fame fighters as Randy Couture takes on Mark Coleman. There are five fights on the pay-per-view portion of the card and six preliminary bouts, two of which will be televised on Spike TV.
UFC 109 has a lot of big UFC odds favorites and that is somewhat unusual. Couture is -450 in UFC odds at SBG Global for his bout against Coleman. Not many people are giving Coleman much of a chance. These two fighters were supposed to meet almost 12 years ago in UFC 17 but Couture was injured and pulled out. Couture is a five-time UFC champion and he has proven that he can still win big fights as he got a unanimous decision against Brandon Vera at UFC 105. Coleman was the first UFC heavyweight champion but he has not fought the same level of competition that Couture has faced recently. Coleman spent much of his career fighting in
The other co-main event has Nate Marquardt as a -400 favorite against Chael Sonnen in UFC odds at SBG Global. Marquardt is 8-2 in the UFC odds and was very impressive last time out in UFC 102 as he defeated Demian Maia. The only two losses suffered by Marquardt in UFC action came against Thales Leites and Anderson Silva.
Mike Swick is a -220 favorite over Paulo Thiago in another main event bout. Swick will be trying to bounce back from a loss to Dan Hardy. Swick was looking at a title shot but the loss to Hardy set him back. Now he will have to fight his way back up. “I feel like I’ve made it pretty far and I want to make it all the way.” Swick said.
Demian Maia is -360 over Dan Miller in one of the other feature bouts while the only fight that has close odds on the main event card is the one between Matt Serra and Frank Trigg as Serra is a -130 favorite at SBG Global.
Our Friends over at Dock Squad Sports have informed us of the two fights on the Preliminary card set to be televised on Spike TV are Mac
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
10. Randy Couture vs. Mark Coleman, UFC 109-
This will be like watching a pro wrestling event between two massive, powerful old dudes. The only difference is that neither has a gimmick. MMA bettors should keep an eye on this one because Coleman should have good odds yet he has the style to match up with Couture.
9. Demian Maia vs. Dan Miller, UFC 109-
Also at UFC 109 on February 6, 2010, Maia and Miller is an intriguing upset bet pick for many in the betting community. Miller is an unknown but he has the skill on the ground to avoid being submitted by Maia for a little while at least and perhaps an advantage on the feet.
8. Wanderlei Silva vs. Michael Bisping, UFC 110
Silva is a solid betting favorite going into this fight on February 20, 2010, but Bisping has the technical boxing skills to frustrate him and perhaps win.
7. Ryan Bader vs. Keith Jardine, UFC 110
Jardine is the most inconsistent light heavyweight in the UFC. The young Bader is already a slight favorite in the Sportsbook but the big question is which Jardine will show up in this one.
6. Junior dos Santos vs. Gabriel Gonzaga, UFC Fight Night on Versus
This March 21 tilt on Versus is a battle of two heavyweight title contenders with equally well-rounded skills. Expect very close odds on this one going into the fight and many bettors riding the wave of good fortune that dos Santos seems to be on.
5.Frank Mir vs. Shane Carwin, UFC 111
Mir is using power lifting techniques to become the strongest physically we've ever seen him in anticipation for a rubber match with Brock Lesnar. He’ll gets the closest thing to Lesnar in Carwin, a fellow title contender.
4. Thiago Alves vs. Jon Fitch, UFC 111-
Alves lost the first fight via up-kick to Fitch. But now, he should be the favorite when the two likely meet at a UFC event down the line (111 potentially). Fitch isn't exciting but all he does is win. Who will the MMA and UFC bettors side with on this one?
3. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueria vs. Cain Velazquez, UFC 110-
Prior to his fight with Randy Couture, many bettors thought “Minotauro” Nogueira was on the verge of retirement and another loss. But now, the tables have turned as Big Nog is a slight favorite against his younger, more athletic counterpart for their UFC 110 headliner.
2. Frankie Edgar vs. BJ Penn, UFC 112-
It seems every time Penn fights the next lightweight challenger, a new group of fans and bettors stands up and prematurely predicts his demise. Edgar has the boxing and wrestling to keep this one close and potentially pull a big upset in the minds of some bettors. This fight is likely to go down at UFC 112 in April from Abu Dhabi, UAE. Penn has been unbeatable at the 155-pound level, I wouldn’t bet against him.
1. Vitor Belfort vs. Anderson Silva, UFC 112-
“The Spider” is the kind of UFC fighter you simply don't bet against, ever. But Belfort is the kind of guy who can knock out any middleweight with one well-placed shot, and Silva's chin hasn't been tested in a while. Silva should be a solid favorite but there's a reason why they call his Brazilian countryman and ex-UFC champion “The Phenom.” This could be the most explosive MMA fight of the year for bettors and fans alike.