Category: UFC

UFC 217 Looks To Impress

What does UFC 217 have in store for us? A LOT. The UFC looks to impress as it returns to Madison Square Garden in New York City to conduct it’s second card in the world’s most famous arena. This card is shaping up to be one of the most anticipated of the year very quickly.

UFC 217 will be headlined by Michael Bisping’s UFC middleweight title defense against returning former welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre

Cody Garbrandt will be defending his Bantamweight Title against former champion, teammate and current nemesis TJ Dillashaw.

Stephen Thompson will meet Jorge Masvidal in a matchup of welterweight contenders. Thompson is coming off of two consecutive title shots where he failed to secure the strap while Masvidal is coming off of a loss to the most recent title challenger Damien Maia. Both men are looking to get back in the win column and as a result the winner should be in a good position to earn a shot at the Title.

These three fights alone could headline and sell a card by themselves, as more bout agreements continue to be signed this card can only get better.

 

UFC 217 Announcements: Garbrandt vs. Dillashaw

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Garbrandt vs. Dillashaw for the UFC Bantamweight Title is officially set for UFC 217. After the bout was cancelled from UFC 213 fans have waited anxiously to hear the results of Garbrandt’s back rehab. It seems that whatever the doctor has been cooking up for Garbrandt has worked and Cody will be putting his Bantamweight title on the line against former Team Alpha Male member and current nemesis: TJ Dillashaw.

With all the smack talk since TUF and the cancellation of UFC 213, it’s a relief to see these two with a date set to finally settle the score. Dominick Cruz is no doubt waiting in the wings to challenge whoever wins for a shot at redemption.

 

Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series: Week 6 Recap

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Another entertaining night of fights is in the books for the Contender Series. Dana White wrapped up his sixth episode by awarding 2 more UFC contracts. This week Charles Byrd (Middleweight) and Grant Dawson (Featherweight) both earned their way into the UFC by way of rear naked choke victories. Charles Byrd’s victory also sets a record of its own, being the first and only fighter to win twice on the contender series.

As for the bets: Cage Prophet went 100% on the night. However, it was a light betting card. It’s tough with the limited tape available to make good reads on who to bet in these fights on the Contender Series. I mostly watch to get a feel for the new blood coming down the pipe, but I saw a few things I liked on this card. Alvarez is a versatile fighter with the ability to finish fights standing or grappling, he has a solid chin too. When I was looking at his opponent Martin Day, I think Day has a lot of potential and will grow, but is still green. He has gone to decision a fair bit and only has one KO win on his record, I saw Alvarez as a solid bet and it panned out for me. And for the first female fight on the Contender Series, a quick glance at these ladies’ records on paper sent me straight to the over 1.5 rounds line. Colleen takes fights into deep water, she has multiple 5 round fights, Tiffany is green and while she finishes early, her level of competition has been low. Both women performed well but as we expected well over 1.5 rounds.

I also saw a few things I didn’t like. Karl Reed at 2-0 as a professional and -310 favorite over a seasoned 8-3 pro in Cameron Olson. That’s a pass for me. Sorry to those who lost coin on betting Reed, but in the future don’t buy the hype on unproven fighters. Olson +255 was… Disrespect.

UFC 214: Cage Prophet Predictions

It’s finally here! today is the day we get to see UFC 214 and it seems as though we can finally breath easy knowing that all fighters have weighed in successfully and made it to fight night. Here are my quick picks!

  • Manuwa -175
  • Knight -115
  • Fili by KO/TKO +200
  • Albu -158
  • Ortega +155

Those are my favorite picks to play and I’ve been involving Dober at -300 in parlays. I mostly want to enjoy the main card so I’m not advising bets. But you can see my main card picks in Cage Prophet vs. Everyone.

Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series: Week 3 Results

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Another successful episode of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series is in the books and this week we welcome two new fighters to the UFC. Geoff Neal and Karl Roberson both earned their way into the UFC with first round KOs. Dana White likes emphatic finishes and these two men got it done with quick powerful strikes.

Much like Week 2 there were still crowd pleasers left on the outside looking in at the end of the night. Both Dan Ige and Kyle Stewart looked to have done enough to earn a contract. Both Ige and Stewart came in as underdogs, Ige completely dominated his opponent until securing a submission in round 3. Stewart weathered an early storm of Jason Jackson and came back to secure a victory by TKO in round 2. Alas, their performances were overshadowed by the two quick KOs.

There is hope for the guys who did not earn a contract tonight however. White stated, “There’s some guys that I’m not going to pick right now that I like a lot. All they need to do is keep fighting and building their records and we will pick them up.”

Full results are listed below:

  • Karl Roberson def. Ryan Spann via knockout (strikes) at :15 of round 1
  • Kyle Stewart def. Jason Jackson via TKO (leg injury) at :21 of round 2
  • Geoff Neal def. Chase Waldon via knockout (punches) at 1:56 of round 1
  • Alonzo Menifield def. Daniel Jolly via TKO (doctor’s stoppage – eye injury) at 5:00 of round 1
  • Dan Ige def. Luis Gomez via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:23 of round 3

Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series: Week 3 Odds

The odds are in, the fighters are ready, Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series week 3 is about to kick off. This week’s card has very close lines in comparison to week 2, the heaviest favorite comes in at -200. While lines don’t always directly reflect the level of competition in a bout, on paper this card looks to be filled with closely contested fights.

Best bet: Look for Dan Ige +125 to keep his five fight win streak rolling tonight. I expect Dan to capitalize on his opponents inexperience Gomez Alvarez only 4-0 is still relatively untested in his pro career and this may be too much too soon for him. I like the dog at +125 in the first fight of the night.

Other than that I’m going to sit back and enjoy the show! Let us know on twitter who you think deserves the contract tonight.

 

UFC on FOX 25: Long Island Predictions

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UFC on Fox 25 in Long Island New York is finally here. Time to make some picks. I’m going to list all the bets I like and then we’ll break it down a little.

  • Gian Villante – 167 (By KO/TKO +120)
  • Does Villante vs. Cummins Go The Distance? NO – 145
  • Alex Oliveria +152 (By KO/TKO +600)
  • Bochniak +235
  • Kyle Bochniak/Jeremy Kennedy Under 2 1/2  +220

I’ve chosen to stay away from the main event here for a reason, hear me out. I really do believe Kelvin Gastelum -160 will defeat Chris Weidman, probably by KO/TKO. But Weidman is very good at getting take downs and securing rounds, if he can take Kelvin deep into this fight I think Weidman will win. That being said he needs to survive the first two rounds which is where Kelvin will be most dangerous. If I could live bet this I would have my money on Kelvin but if it goes past 2 rounds I think it’s Weidman’s fight to lose. So I’m just going to sit back and enjoy that one.

As for my bets: Gian Villante should be able to keep the fight standing against Cummins and test his chin. Both men have shown durability issues and I think Villante has the more technical striking so my pick is for Villante to come out on top, but could Cummins land a bomb? Yes, the power is definitely still there and Villante was wobbled multiple times against Rua before being put away in his last fight. I think a great play on this fight is the fight will not go the distance prop at -145.

Look for Oliveria to display his underrated anti wrestling to make the fight dirty in the clinch. Make no mistake about it Oliveria has the skills and the power to defeat LaFlare, I think this line is way off and +600 KO/TKO is too good for me not to touch. Cowboy Oliveria by KO/TKO.

Kyle Bochniak came on the Cage Prophet Podcast a couple weeks ago and emphatically stated his case against Jeremy Kennedy. Kennedy does his best work against the cage and likes to suck his opponents to the ground and grind them out with wrestling. Kyle is mobile, powerful, and has an underrated ground game. Look for Bochniak to keep this fight away from kennedy’s strengths and stand in the middle of the octagon throwing bombs. Bochniak +235 and under 2 1/2 rounds for +220 is great value. Those are my picks, let us know what you think in the comments below or on twitter.

Jorge Masvidal on MMA Eye Poking And Nelson-Ponzinibbio Controversy

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In a recent interview on BJ Penn Radio, Jorge Masvidal pulled no punches sharing his views on eye poking in MMA. “It’s something that they need to work on dramatically.” Masvidal stated when talking about the recent fight directly effected by eye poking between Gunnar Nelson and Santiago Ponzinibbio. Gunnar Nelson suffered a first round KO against Santiago Ponzinibbio in the main event of UFC Glasgow. What looked to be a minor eye poke in real time later proved to be multiple fight altering eye pokes that appear to be deliberately delivered. Seen Here:

Not Deliberate in any way right? Of course not. The most concerning part about eye poking is obviously health concerns, it is illegal for a reason. But secondary to that is you gain significant advantage over your opponent when you damage their vision, even accidentally. If a fighter becomes very good at camouflaging intentional eye pokes as accidental byproducts of defense or offense it can be used as a tool to gain an edge on their opponent, in other words: cheating. The rules need to be changed to protect fighters from these actions, whether it turns into automatic point deductions or more rest time to recover. Masvidal’s argument on BJ Penn Radio was a compelling one:

“If you’ve ever been poked in the eye, man, it sucks,” he said. “It sucks in practice, and it sucks even more in the fight. Depending how hard you get poked, you can man up and keep going –I’ve done things like that – but your vision is off. One eye is swollen at the time. For some reason, you’re getting that blurred double vision, because one eye is at a different focus than the other eye that didn’t get poked. That takes time [to recover from]. That’s not like, oh a second later, because the doctor looked at it and you said you’re ok. We’re only saying we’re ok because we’re fighters.

“There needs to be a legitimate rule, if anybody touches the eye, well I should be able to get five to ten minutes,” he said. “The most important thing in the fight is vision. If I can’t see, well I’m going to get beat up, you know? It’s crazy. They need to do that. They need to stay on top of that. I don’t understand what the big nonsense is.

“It’s BS. When I fought Larkin, he gave me a pretty hard eye-poke. I had to stop. The doctor came in, and asked ‘can you see?’ [I said] ‘Yeah, I can see,’ but I really couldn’t see at that time that he asked me. I had a big blur in my vision. But of course if I say I can’t see, I’m not fighting. So, I can’t see, and the doctors were like ‘ok let’s go fight.’ What do you mean ‘let’s go fight?’ Give me my fucking time. It’s not like I poked myself in the eye. What’s fair is to let me heal up. Let me say when my eye is ready. But they don’t do that. I think I had about 15 seconds, something like that, 20 seconds.”

And there-in lies the problem. The victim of the eye poke is subject to fight at a disadvantage with no time to recover, while the offender gains an upper hand with no consequences. Cage Prophet agrees that the rules need to be adjusted to prevent eye poking. How about you?

Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series: Week 2 Recap

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I’m hooked on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series. DWTCS is everything TUF isn’t and I love it. No drama, no bullshit, just fighting. Well, fighting and Snoop Dog ripping blunts whilst sipping on gin and juice. After years of The Ultimate Fighter playing up dramatic school yard verbal battles it’s so refreshing to finally just see athletes compete for a chance to achieve their dream. They don’t have to be held hostage in a house with no contact to the outside world, they just have to show up and fight. This is how it should be and for that I applaud the UFC for creating this new format for fans to see the UFC newcomers fight for a chance at a contract. If you missed week two I suggest going back and checking it out. At the very least you have to see Sean O’Malley dismantle Alfred Khashakyan earning himself the lone contract of the evening.

That’s right, only one contract was awarded last night. This came as a shock to many fans who believed that Thanh Le deserved a UFC contract for his second round KO victory over American Top Team prospect Lazar Stojadinovic. Le displayed great technique, composure, and Octagon control. Overall, Le was in my opinion the most technically sound and well rounded fighter. I thought he displayed more than enough to get a shot in the UFC. With that being said, Sean O’Malley brought the flash and showmanship that Dana was looking for and was the only fighter to walk away with a contract. Something tells me this won’t be the last we see of Le, only time will tell though. Listed below are the full results.

Casey Kenney def. Cee Jay Hamilton via Unanimous Decision

Sidney Outlaw def. Michael Cora via Unanimous Decision

Thanh Le def. Lazar Stojadinovic via Round 2 KO

Sean O’Malley def. Alfred Khashakyan via Round 1 KO

Dan Spohn def. Angel DeAnda via Round 1 Submission (Arm Triangle)

Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contenders: Week 2

The second installment of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contenders is set to kick off in less than 24 hours. If it’s anything like the show’s debut, it will not disappoint. In the show’s debut Dana decided to award two fighters with UFC contracts, we will see how this week’s fighters fair in the eye’s of the boss man tomorrow.

The biggest betting favorite on this card is Sean O’Malley at -221, the 7-0 Bantamweight is only 22 years old. He has only won via decision once, in his other six victories he finished by either KO or Submission. Look for O’Malley to make a definitive case that he is not too young for the big show as he fights to lock in a UFC contract.

In the main event: an even pick em! Casey Kenney (6-0-1) will square off with Cee Jay Hamilton (11-4). In what looks to be a striker vs. grappler matchup, Hamilton brings the striking while Kenney touts a submission heavy record. While I don’t have a take on predictions for these fights I do think that this series is a very exciting way to see the new UFC blood to get excited for. Don’t forget to check out the ridiculousness that is Snoop Dog commentary, it’s hilariously uninformative.