UFC Fight Night: Atlantic City Recap

UFC Atlantic City was full of stories and weirdness, so let’s just get right into it. Main Card Edson Barboza vs. Kevin Lee: Result – Lee by Round 5 TKO My Prediction: Barboza by Round 4 TKO I’m not sure if I underestimated Lee or overestimated Barboza’s takedown defense, but I couldn’t have been more wrong about this fight. Lee looked outstanding and, aside from a wheel kick from Barboza that had him doing the stanky leg, dominated this fight from horn to horn. Barboza might be at the point…

Nurmagomedov vs McGregor in 2018?

Reports surfaced of Khabib Nurmagomedov discussing a fight against Conor McGregor this year. Khabib Nurmagomedov held a Q&A session in Russia where he was asked about a potential fight against the “Notorious” one and expressed his interest only if the bout takes place this year. “If he wants to fight this year then we can fight. Otherwise, I don’t know. We won’t wait long. I want to fight Conor and if he can fight, I will fight him.” McGregor is facing legal issues stemming from the attack on a UFC…

What’s next for Khabib Nurmagomedov?

Khabib Nurmagomedov is officially the UFC’s lightweight champion, now comes the hard part, defending his title. Its obvious who the fans want him to fight, but will it happen? With Khabib Nurmagomedov now holding the UFC’s lightweight championship following his dominant win over Al Iaquinta on short notice at UFC 223, you would think that the division has undergone some form of clarity, instead more questions have emerged since winning the gold. Most notably the question of Nurmagomedov’s next opponent. The 29-year-old has been somewhat of a mystical entity throughout…

UFC Fight Night: Atlantic City Predictions

Following the absolute madness that was UFC on Fox Poirier vs. Gaethje, I’m here to give you some predictions for the next UFC event, Barboza vs. Lee in Atlantic City. This card looks great so I’m going to look at every fight on the main card as well as a choice few from the undercard. Main Card: FS1 @ 9PM ET Edson Barboza (+125) vs. Kevin Lee (-140) (155 lbs): Good god almighty this is a fantastic fight. On paper this appears to be your standard striker-vs.-grappler matchup, but I’m…

You Cannot Assign 320lb Security Guards to Flyweight Fights…

No two ways about it, this is a tough look. Aside from getting one punch KO’d, the absolute worst thing that can happen to you as a flyweight fighter is if the Palms security guard assigned to your corner is a six foot five, three hundred twenty pound houseboat. Never has my interest in a fight dropped faster then when I saw this red Goliath. And Stamann, with seemingly no octagon awareness, sidled right up beside him. Man what are you doing? Is this your first time being four foot…

UFC 214 Bones vs DC: Ring IQ vs Solid Game Planning

UFC 214 was a not a night of upsets, but it was definitely a night that did not go to expectations on many accounts. Evinger surviving into the third round, Oezdemir’s prompt knock out of odds favourite Manuwa and the satisfyingly close, long awaited Cerrone vs Lawler war. But of course, the shocker and the curtain call for the night, Jon Jones’ knockout win of long time rival Daniel Cormier is the one that has people talking. Not only was this DC’s first time being finished, but against a long…

UFC 214 Betting Picks: Jones vs Cormier II

The most anticipated card of 2017 Jon Jones vs Daniel Cormier brings us some fantastic matchups, including three title fights on the main card.  The two non-title fights that proceed it; Robbie Lawler vs Donald Cerrone and Jimi Manuwa vs Volkan Oezdemir likely have title contention implications. The undercard boasts some interesting fights as well, namely Ricardo Lamas vs Jason Knight and Renan Barao vs Aljamain Sterling.  While the odds for the title fights may not be particularly enticing, there is certainly value to be found within this card. All…

UFC 214 Sleeper Fight: Lawler vs. Cerrone

UFC 214 appears to be the most stacked card of 2017 with Jon “Bones” Jones’ highly anticipated return versus his archnemesis Daniel Cormier. However, before the main event we get two exciting title fights. Tyron Woodley defends his Welterweight title against perhaps the best Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner in MMA today, Demian Maia. But first the woman with one name, Cyborg, will tee off against the former Invicta bantamweight champion Tonya Evinger for the freshly abandoned women’s Featherweight Strap. Three belts are up for grabs tonight and none more contentious than…

Dana White Threatens to Scrap Flyweight Division if DJ Doesn’t Fight TJ

Demetrious Johnson may still be months away from tying Anderson Silva’s title defense record but he just recorded another win today, this time in his fight against the UFC. Johnson issued a statement to MMAFighting in response to the recent attacks by Dana White and he did so in the only way he knows how: complete domination with a well laid out, technically precise and concise breakdown of the situation. You can read his full statement below but his main points are this: The latest statements by Dana White disparaging…

UFC 211 Betting Picks: Brazilian Upsets

Big card tonight, we finally have some titles on the line and not to spoil my picks but I think we may see both of them change hands. Let’s first talk about JDS Miocic. Now I’m no MMA Analyst but I reckon if you are looking to predict the outcome of a rematch then a good place to start is the first fight. Junior Dos Santos won that first fight by unanimous decision; and statistics tell us that MMA rematches are, more often than not, won by the victor of…