UFC 227: T.J. Dillashaw vs. Cody Garbrandt

UFC 227: T.J. Dillashaw vs. Cody Garbrandt

UFC’s next pay-per-view event is here. At the top of the bill, T.J. Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt will engage in an immediate rematch after the two battled in November last year. On that day, Garbrandt had his title taken away from Dillashaw after a back-and-forth fight that ended in the second round.

T.J. Dillashaw vs. Cody Garbrandt

T.J. Dillashaw is the slight favorite in this main event and can be found for odds of -112, while Cody Garbrandt is at -100 with most sites.

If their first fight was anything to go by, this rematch for the UFC Bantamweight Championship could go either way.

At UFC 217, Garbrandt almost defended his title from Dillashaw when he landed a devastating punch that sent Dillashaw to the mat with seconds remaining in round one. As Dillashaw walked back to his corner, he was wobbling all over the place and looked as if his chances of victory were slim. However, Dillashaw bounced back in the second round and began controlling the action before connecting with a powerful punch of his own that forced Garbrandt to the floor. Only this time, Dillashaw had enough time to finish the fight with a series of strikes to his grounded opponent.

Moreover, the two are set to go head-to-head again for the second time in a matter of eight months. What can we learn from their first fight? Well, Dillashaw had trouble finding his optimal range in the first round. Garbrandt was using his typical elusive footwork to dance in and out and avoid any real danger. He also can position himself in ways that he can launch devastating punches and punish Dillashaw for missing. However, all of that turned on its head in the second round when Dillashaw started to launch kicks without proper setup. By all means, it was these kicks that changed the fight.

This time around, we’re taking Cody Garbrandt to get the win against T.J. Dillashaw.

Prediction: Cody Garbrandt inside the distance

Bet: Cody Garbrandt to win [-100]

Demetrious Johnson vs. Henry Cejudo

Current UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson is the betting favorite here, of course, and he’s currently at odds of -455. Henry Cejudo, the challenger, now sits at +400.

The co-main event of UFC 227 features another title fight, although this one isn’t getting nearly enough attention compared to the rematch in the main event.

Like Dillashaw vs. Garbrandt, though, this fight between Demetrious Johnson and Henry Cejudo is the second time that these two have met. At UFC 197, “Mighty Mouse” defeated Cejudo in dominant style. He controlled the clinch and connected with many powerful knees and elbows to eventually back Cejudo up and put an end to the fight.

Since then, “Mighty Mouse” has defeated Tim Elliott, Wilson Reis, and Ray Borg, and each of these victories has an amazing story behind them. Elliott won a UFC organized flyweight tournament that was created with the sole intention of finding someone who can challenge Demetrious Johnson. “Mighty Mouse” then submitted talented jiu-jitsu black belt Wilson Reis. And his flying armbar submission vs. Ray Borg is something that fans will never forget.

Cejudo has been on a roll of his own lately, as well. He lost a decision to Joseph Benavidez which sure looked questionable. However, he backed it up with two consecutive victories and managed to defeat Wilson Reis using his improved striking and then Sergio Pettis over three rounds.

Will Cejudo’s elite wrestling play a factor this time around?

Prediction: Demetrious Johnson to win inside the distance

Bet: Demetrious Johnson to win [-455]

Cub Swanson vs. Renato Moicano

Veteran Cub Swanson is a heavy underdog at +350 while Renato Moicano is available for -355.

Talented striker Renato Moicano will face yet another tough test as he prepares to take on exciting veteran Cub Swanson in a three-round fight.

Moicano could very well be the most underrated fighter in the UFC’s featherweight division and has made a name for himself for being a tough and gritty stand-up fighter with impeccable technique to go with it. He outclassed Jeremy Stephens at UFC on FOX 24 before finding himself in a memorable matchup with Brian Ortega not long after. He was getting the better of Ortega on the feet before eventually falling victim to a guillotine choke from the jiu-jitsu ace in the third round. He enters this fight after defeating Calvin Kattar at UFC 223.

And then there’s Cub Swanson, a fan favorite in the 145 lbs division who recently had his four-fight winning streak snapped. Now, he finds himself in desperate need of a victory after losing to Brian Ortega and Frankie Edgar. Unfortunately for Swanson, though, this one looks like a difficult task.

Prediction: Renato Moicano by unanimous decision

Bet: Renato Moicano to win

Polyana Viana vs. JJ Aldrich

Brazilian Polyana Viana [-240] is a moderate betting favorite in this main card matchup with JJ Aldrich [+240].

Arguably the least anticipated fight on this main card is a women’s strawweight battle between Polyana Viana and JJ Aldrich. Viana and Aldrich are both unranked in the 115 lbs division and had been moved to this main card to plug some holes after injuries ruined the original plans for the event.

This fight could accurately be regarded as a striker vs. grappler type of affair. Viana, a jiu-jitsu fighter, will be looking to get Aldrich down to the mat and work her over with ground and pound or eventually submit her. On the other hand, Aldrich is a reasonably talented kickboxer with the ability to keep her distance and pepper an opponent with strikes. She’ll be focusing on disallowing Viana to shoot in for takedowns.

It’s hard to see a case in which Aldrich can stop the takedowns and keep this one standing long enough.

Prediction: Polyana Viana to win inside the distance

Bet: Polyana Viana to win [-240]

Thiago Santos vs. Kevin Holland

There are no surprises here as Thiago Santos is the overwhelming favorite at odds of -370 and Kevin Holland can be found for odds of +330.

Kevin Holland will be stepping in on short notice to challenge Thiago Santos on UFC 227’s main card. Holland got the call up to compete on this pay-per-view main card just weeks after making an appearance on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series. On that night in June, Holland picked up a unanimous decision victory over Will Santiago.

As for Thiago Santos, his place in the division will be tested as he looks to not just score a victory here against this UFC newcomer, but do so in style. The last time Santos was tested by a UFC debutant, he was submitted in the first round by Eric Spicely.

Prediction: Thiago Santos inside the distance

Bet: Thiago Santos to win [-370]

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UFC 227 fight card

UFC 227 begins on UFC Fight Pass from 6:15 pm ET (10:15 pm GMT) on Saturday, August 4.

Pay-per-view (10:00 pm ET / 2:00 am GMT)

  • J. Dillashaw [-112] vs. Cody Garbrandt [-100]
  • Demetrious Johnson [-456] vs. Henry Cejudo [+400]
  • Cub Swanson [+348] vs. Renato Moicano [-355]
  • Polyana Viana [-240] vs. JJ Aldrich [+240]
  • Thiago Santos [-370] vs. Kevin Holland [+240]

FX Prelims (8:00 pm ET / 12:00 am GMT)

  • Pedro Munhoz vs. Brett Johns
  • Ricky Simon vs. Montel Jackson
  • Bethe Correia vs. Irene Aldana
  • Matt Sayles vs. Sheymon Moraes

UFC Fight Pass Early Prelims (6:15 pm ET / 10:15 pm GMT)

  • Alex Perez vs. Jose Torres
  • Ricardo Ramos vs. Kyung Ho Kang
  • Danielle Taylor vs. Weili Zhang
  • Marlon Vera vs. Wuliji Buren

UFC on FOX 30: Eddie Alvarez vs. Dustin Poirier

UFC on FOX 30: Eddie Alvarez vs. Dustin Poirier

Eddie Alvarez vs. Dustin Poirier

The bookmakers are all about Dustin Poirier in this one as he will enter the cage as a betting favorite at -157, whereas Eddie Alvarez is sitting at decent value of +155.

And here we go!

A brilliant rematch between Eddie Alvarez and Dustin Poirier will headline the action at UFC on FOX 30 in Calgary, Canada, this weekend.

These two originally met at UFC 211 in May last year, but the fight somehow turned into a disaster. Poirier was leading the way and beating up Alvarez for minutes before Alvarez shockingly turned the fight around and began to claw his way back into the contest. It would take what was deemed an ‘illegal strike’ for referee Herb Dean to step in and end the fight, calling it a ‘No Contest.’ Despite what was turning into one of the better fights of 2017, it ended up resulting in a disappointing mess.

Since then, Dustin Poirier has picked up significant victories over the likes of Anthony Pettis and Justin Gaethje, finishing both inside three rounds. As for Alvarez, he also sent Gaethje down the rankings after stopping him in the third round.

These two are set to clash for the second time in just over a year, and if it’s anything like the first time they met, it’s going to be a contender for Fight of the Year.

There are many reasons to back Dustin Poirier here in this main event. In particular, his exceptional head movement kept him out of the way of Eddie Alvarez’s bombs (before eventually being clipped in the finishing sequences). He also controlled the timing and distance of the fight for the majority of those two rounds. This one has a smarter and more complete Dustin Poirier performance written all over it.

Prediction: Dustin Poirier to win inside the distance

Bet: Dustin Poirier to win (-157)

Jose Aldo vs. Jeremy Stephens

Former champion Jose Aldo is the slight favorite for this co-main event at -125, while Jeremy Stephens is a marginal underdog at +110.

Jose Aldo, who is possibly the greatest featherweight in UFC history (or even mixed martial arts history) will attempt to break out of an unfortunate streak when he meets Jeremy Stephens this weekend. Aldo lost his title and suffered his first defeat in almost eight years when he was knocked out by Conor McGregor in 13 seconds at UFC 194. Since then, it looked as if Aldo would get back on track when he scored a big win over Frankie Edgar at UFC 200. However, the former champ has now lost two-straight against Max Holloway, the new king of the featherweight division.

As for Stephens, he’s been inching closer and closer to a title shot in the UFC’s 145lbs division. He’s currently riding a three-fight winning streak with victories against Gilbert Melendez, Doo Ho Choi, and Josh Emmett. Moreover, those last two fights were excellent knockout finishes of the adamant Choi and a rising Emmett. A win here against Aldo will shoot him up near the very top of the featherweight division.

As for the fight itself, I think many people are going to be surprised to see that Jose Aldo hasn’t at all declined. Rather, he looked relatively bad against Max Holloway – a guy who has been dominating the featherweight division for a very long time. Expect Aldo to bounce back to winning ways.

Prediction: Jose Aldo to win by unanimous decision

Bet: Jose Aldo to win (-125)

Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Tecia Torres

Another former champion, Joanna Jedrzejczyk, will begin as a betting favorite this weekend as she can be locked in at odds of -260 against Tecia Torres (+240).

It wasn’t all that long ago when Joanna Jedrzejczyk was considered not just the best female strawweight in the world, but possibly one of the greatest pound-for-pound fighters in the world, as well.That sounds like a bizarre take right now, we know, but it’s certainly amazing how quickly things can change in mixed martial arts.

Since losing to Rose Namajunas – twice – Jedrzejczyk is now in desperate need of a victory. Her opportunity will come against Tecia Torres, who had been storming through the division. With wins over Bec Rawlings, Juliana Lima, and then Michelle Waterson, Torres earned a shot against top contender, Jessica Andrade. Yet, she then fell short against Andrade when it mattered.

A win for either Jedrzejczyk or Torres here puts them near the top and within range of a championship fight with Rose Namajunas.

You know what? This is a very tough matchup for Tecia Torres. Jedrzejczyk made a name for herself by dominating everyone not named Rose Namajunas, and this could very well be another example. We are prepared to see a motivated Jedrzejczyk execute a smart game plan and cruise to victory.

Prediction: Joanna Jedrzejczyk to win by unanimous decision

Bet: Joanna Jedrzejczyk to win (-260)

Alexander Hernandez vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier

Rising star Alexander Hernandez is a slight underdog (+100) against Olivier Aubin-Mercier (-124).

25-year-old Alexander Hernandez made a massive statement in his UFC debut when he finished Beneil Dariush in just 42 seconds at UFC 222. Nearly no one saw that performance coming from Hernandez, who entered the fight with an 8-1 record and minimal levels of hype attached to his name.

And then there’s Olivier Aubin-Mercier, who is a rising prospect in the division as well. Unlike Hernandez, he’s not new to the UFC; however, it’s only been recently that “The Quebec Kid” has made waves in the division. Now, with four victories in a row, Aubin-Mercier is undefeated since June 2016.

Hernandez could be an up-and-coming star in the division, but we have to give him some time to develop further. Aubin-Mercier will likely get over the line in this three-round fight.

Prediction: Olivier Aubin-Mercier to win by unanimous decision

Bet: Olivier Aubin-Mercier to win (-124)

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UFC on FOX 30 fight card

UFC on FOX 30 begins on UFC Fight Pass from 4:00 pm ET (8:00 pm GMT) on Saturday, July 28.

FOX Main Card (8:00 pm ET / 12:00 am GMT)

  • Dustin Poirier [-157] vs. Eddie Alvarez [+155]
  • Jose Aldo [-125] vs. Jeremy Stephens [+110]
  • Joanna Jedrzejczyk [-260] vs. Tecia Torres [+240]
  • Alexander Hernandez [+100] vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier [-124]

FOX Prelims (6:00 pm ET / 10:00 am GMT)

  • Jordan Mein vs. Alex Morono
  • Hakeem Dawodu vs. Austin Arnett
  • Kajan Johnson vs. Islam Makhachev
  • Gadzhimurad Antigulov vs. Ion Cutelaba

UFC Fight Pass Early Prelims (4:00 pm ET / 8:00 pm GMT)

  • John Makdessi vs. Ross Pearson
  • Alexis Davis vs. Katlyn Chookagian
  • Dustin Ortiz vs. Matheus Nicolau
  • Randa Markos vs. Nina Ansaroff
  • Devin Powell vs. Alvaro Herrera

UFC Fight Night 134: Mauricio Rua vs. Anthony Smith

UFC Fight Night 134: Mauricio Rua vs. Anthony Smith

Mauricio Rua vs. Anthony Smith

Ahead of this main event in Germany, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua will be stepping inside the cage as a moderate underdog (+200) against Smith (-230).

After Volkan Oezdemir was pulled from this bout with Mauricio Rua just a few weeks ago, Anthony Smith was deemed the man most suitable to step up and challenge “Shogun” without much preparation.

The contest, which doesn’t scream importance, actually holds major implications for Rua, who might throw himself into the mix for a shot at Daniel Cormier and the UFC’s Light Heavyweight Championship if he manages to score a win here in Germany. As for Smith, it might just mean he gains the respect he deserves as a tough contender in the division after recently moving up from middleweight and defeating Rashad Evans in the first round.

There’s a real chance that Mauricio Rua can withstand Smith’s pressure and beat him up in the second round.

Prediction: Mauricio Rua to win inside the distance

Bet: Mauricio Rua to win [+200]

Glover Teixeira vs. Corey Anderson

Glover Teixeira is the man that many expect to win this one and he sits at -190, while Corey Anderson is valued at +183.

Moments before that main event, there’ll be another fascinating light heavyweight battle as Glover Teixeira steps into the Octagon with Corey Anderson.

Teixeira has long been regarded as one of the most feared and heavy-hitting strikers in the 205lbs division in the UFC. He’s tough, somewhat durable for his size, and has shown an ability to get guys out of there with strikes early or take them the distance and have his hand raised. After being flattened by Anthony “Rumble” Johnson in 2016, Teixeira returned to form with a win over Jared Cannonier. But then, his rise came to another end when he was on the wrong end of an Alexander Gustafsson masterclass. Most recently, he scored a big win over Misha Cirkunov and now wants to put his name back in contention with a win against Anderson.

Anderson, much like Teixeira himself lately, has been in this strange position inside the division in which he is defeating the mid-tier and lower-tier guys, but can’t score wins over anyone ranked inside the top five. He lost to Jimi Manuwa and Ovince Saint Preux in 2017 but managed to snap that losing streak earlier this year when he faced Patrick Cummins at UFC Fight Night 128. Without a doubt, this would be the biggest win of Anderson’s career if he gets over the line vs. Teixeira in Germany.

Prediction: Glover Teixeira inside the distance

Bet: Glover Teixeira to win (-190)

Vitor Miranda vs. Abu Azaitar

Abu Azaitar is considered the favorite (-184) while Vitor Miranda can be found at odds of (+160).

Vitor Miranda’s been for a while now, and that’s saying it politely. At the age of 40, Miranda is still stepping into the UFC’s Octagon and competing against up-and-coming monsters in the middleweight division. Most recently, his record fell to 3-3 in the UFC after losing a unanimous decision to Marvin Vettori at UFC Fight Night 112. His three win streak of KO/TKO victories has come to a close since 2016 and without another spectacular win this weekend in Germany, Miranda might be on the verge of an ending to his career in the UFC.

Abu Azaitar will be stepping into the UFC’s Octagon for the very first time this weekend. With a record of 13-2-1, Azaitar has done most of his best work at WSOF. He’s riding an eight-win streak that started way back in 2013. Come this weekend, Azaitar will have the full support of the German crowd at Barclaycard Arena. Azaitar is stocky and powerful, and he’ll attempt all sorts of looping punches.

Prediction: Vitor Miranda by unanimous decision

Bet: Vitor Miranda to win (+160)

Marcin Tybura vs. Stefan Struve

Marcin Tybura has everyone behind him in this contest and he is a -218 favorite while Stefan Struve and his plentiful experience is +205.

Here’s a brilliant battle between two very skilled heavyweight fighters. Marcin Tybura will step into the cage for the first time since losing to Derrick Lewis earlier this year. That defeat was Tybura’s second consecutive shortcoming and a quick end to the hype behind him as one of the newest title contenders in the heavyweight division. Before then, Tybura had managed wins over Andrei Arlovski, Luis Henrique, and Viktor Pesta.

And then there’s Stefan Struve, who was beginning to look much better than he had done in previous years. However, much like Tybura, he’s now on a two-fight skid thanks to losing to Alexander Volkov and Andrei Arlovski. Struve, known as “Skyscraper” stands at 7’0” (214cm) and is freakishly large, even for the biggest category in the UFC.

Prediction: Marcin Tybura to win inside the distance

Bet: Marcin Tybura to win (-218)

Nasrat Haqparast vs. Marc Diakiese

Nasrat Haqparast is a moderate underdog in this lightweight bout at +185, and Marc Diakiese is the favorite at -190.

While most of this card is filled with aging veterans or people at the very top of their game (or past), this lightweight bout is sure to be an action-packed contest between two fighters with high ceilings. By that, we mean that while they are still developing, they can reach major heights and their potential is seemingly unlimited.

Nasrat Haqparast has just stepped foot inside the UFC’s cage one time so far, but he made quite the appearance. He battled with experienced veteran Marcin Held and took him to a relatively close decision late in 2017. Nasrat has excellent boxing ability and has rounded out his game with the team at Tristar in Canada.

And Marc “Bonecrusher” Diakiese was previously storming through the division but recently ran into a series of defeats at the hands of Drakkar Klose and Daniel Hooker. The Klose fight was a relatively even contest, but Diakiese was outworked by the pressure of his opponent. And then, against Dan Hooker, Diakiese was submitted by the rising lightweight star in the third round.

Prediction: Nasrat Haqparast to win by unanimous decision

Bet: Nasrat Haqparast to win (+185)

Danny Roberts vs. David Zawada

There’s a large margin between these two fighters as Danny Roberts is -320 and David Zawada is +336.

After Alan Jouban was removed from UFC Fight Night 134 with a neck injury in the lead-up to this fight, David Zawada will now step in and replace Jouban in a fight with Danny Roberts.

Zawada, a German fighter with a 16-3 record, will be making his UFC debut in front of his fans in Germany.  At the age of 28, Zawada has managed five consecutive victories through KSW, GMC, and Respect FC. He’s somewhat of a brawler and is known for trading heavy hands with opponents.

Roberts will be returning for the first time since defeating Oliver Enkamp with a brilliant KO/TKO finish at UFC Fight Night 127 earlier this year. The win was a much needed one for Roberts who has been swapping between wins and losses since 2016.

Prediction: David Zawada inside the distance

Bet: David Zawada to win (+336)

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UFC Fight Night 134 fight card

UFC Fight Night 134 begins on UFC Fight Pass from 10:30 am ET (2:30 pm GMT) on Sunday, July 22.

FS1 Main Card (2:00 pm ET / 6:00 pm GMT)

  • Mauricio Rua [+211] vs. Anthony Smith [-210]
  • Glover Teixeira [-181] vs. Corey Anderson [+165]
  • Vitor Miranda [+150] vs. Abu Azaitar [-151]
  • Marcin Tybura [-218] vs. Stefan Struve [+205]
  • Marc Diakiese [-190] vs. Nasrat Haqparast [+185]
  • Danny Roberts [-320] vs. David Zawada [+336]

FS1 Prelims (12:00 pm ET / 4:00 pm GMT)

  • Nick Nein vs. Damir Hadzovic
  • Emil Meek vs. Bartosz Fabinski
  • Khalid Taha vs. Nad Harimani
  • Justin Ledet vs. Aleksandar Rakic

UFC Fight Pass Early Prelims (10:30 am ET / 2:30 pm GMT)

  • Davey Grant vs. Manny Bermudez
  • Jeremy Kimball vs. Darko Stosic
  • Damian Stasiak vs. Pingyuan Liu

UFC Fight Night 133: Junior Dos Santos vs. Blagoy Ivanov

UFC Fight Night 133: Junior Dos Santos vs. Blagoy Ivanov

Junior Dos Santos vs. Blagoy Ivanov

Junior Dos Santos is the betting favorite at -168, while Blagoy Ivanov can be found at +158.

It’s been a while now since we’ve seen Junior Dos Santos enter the UFC’s Octagon, but here we are. After a six-month suspension from USADA kept Dos Santos on the sidelines ever since he fought Stipe Miocic at UFC 211, “JDS” now returns and will face a UFC newcomer in the main event here in Boise, Idaho.

Blagoy Ivanov is a former WSOF/PFL champion from Bulgaria, and has great plans to become the UFC’s heavyweight champion. There’s possibly no better way to test his abilities straight-up than a five-round war with Dos Santos, either. Don’t be fooled by his lack of experience in the UFC, because Ivanov is a monster who is capable of terrifying the heavyweight division.

While “JDS” has crisp, technical boxing, Ivanov has destructive power in his hands and will happily wait for an opportunity to launch some bombs. “JDS” should be too good for Ivanov, however.

Prediction: Junior Dos Santos to win inside the distance

Bet: Junior Dos Santos to win (-168).

Sage Northcutt vs. Zak Ottow

It seems like bookies and fans are expecting Sage Northcutt to get the job done against Zak Ottow. He’s currently the favorite at -127, while Ottow is +125.

It seems like every time we see Sage Northcutt lately he has improved greatly. Most recently, his move to Team Alpha Male has resulted in the creation of a very strategic and well-rounded fighter who used his striking techniques and well-timed takedowns to control the contest against Thibault Gouti at UFC Fight Night 126. While it wasn’t an impressive finish like we have seen from Northcutt previously, it’s clear that he is growing into a very talented mixed martial artist.

And for this fight, he’ll be moving up a weight class to the welterweight division to take on Zak Ottow. Ottow firmly believes that he’ll crush Northcutt with his sheer strength and size, and will be looking to slam Northcutt onto the mat and beat him up down there. While standing, it’s hard to see how Ottow can hang with Northcutt’s striking excellence.

Prediction: Sage Northcutt to win by decision

Bet: Sage Northcutt to win (-127)

Dennis Bermudez vs. Rick Glenn

Dennis Bermudez is the heavy favorite in this contest and is sitting at -258 during fight week. Rick Glenn’s odds are upward of +200 at the moment.

Dennis Bermudez is in desperate need of a victory. There’s no other way to say it. Bermudez has been on the losing end of three-straight fights, being defeated by Chan Sung Jung, Darren Elkins, and then Andre Fili. Our expectations of Bermudez have changed dramatically from his form of 2013, but he’s still certainly capable of defeating the likes of Rick Glenn.

Rick Glenn has accumulated at 2-2 record with the UFC since joining in 2016. After four fights with the promotion, he’s now going to be facing his toughest test when he steps into the cage with Bermudez. Yes, Glenn did score an impressive underdog victory against Gavin Tucker, but his efforts against Myles Jury prove that he might have difficult staying with Bermudez through three rounds.

Prediction: Dennis Bermudez to win by decision

Bet: Dennis Bermudez to win (-258)

Randy Brown vs. Niko Price

An interesting fight here if you are leaning either side. Randy Brown is -120 at the moment while Niko Price is the slight favorite at -104.

In a relatively insignificant main card matchup, Randy Brown will do battle with Niko Price. Brown was gaining some momentum after defeating Erick Montano and Brian Camozzi, but lost it all when he faced Belal Muhammad at UFC 208. However, he clawed back a victory by defeating the highly-regarded Mickey Gall in a pick-em’ match at UFC 217.

He’ll be facing Niko Price, who has experienced his own fair share of ups and downs recently. After defeating Alan Jouban at UFC Fight Night 114, Price then lost to Vicente Luque. It didn’t take long for him bounce back to winning ways, though, and he scored a second-round submission win over George Sullivan at UFC on FOX 27 earlier this year. That defeat to Luque remains the only blemish on Niko Price’s career so far.

Prediction: Niko Price to win inside the distance

Bet: Niko Price to win (-104)

Myles Jury vs. Chad Mendes

Myles Jury doesn’t bring the same name value that Chad Mendes does and is sitting as a moderate underdog at the moment (+212). Mendes can be had at -260.

Was it really that long ago when Myles Jury was considered one of the best prospects in the UFC? After Donald Cerrone dominated him and then Charles Oliveira submitted him in the first round, Jury took an extended break away from the sport. He fought twice in 2017, and looked impressive on both occasions by defeating Mike De La Torre and Rick Glenn consecutively. But now, he’s up against another of the top contenders in the featherweight division, Chad Mendes.

Mendes is returning from his own break of sorts. The featherweight was suspended for two years due to violating USADA’s drug testing policies. The sport has moved on since Mendes last entered the cage – a clash with Frankie Edgar – so it remains to be seen whether Mendes still has what it takes to hang in there through three rounds.

It won’t be easy, but Myles Jury stands a real chance to upset Mendes in this fight.

Prediction: Myles Jury to win by decision

Bet: Myles Jury to win (+212)

Cat Zingano vs. Marion Reneau

This seemingly close battle will open up the main card, as Cat Zingano is a very slight underdog (+101) against Reneau (-120).

Former UFC title challenger, Cat Zingano will collide with Marion Reneau in what should be a fascinating way to start the main card in Boise, Idaho.

While Zingano hasn’t been in the best of form, she provided a very tough challenge for a rising star in the division when she took Ketlen Vieira to a split decision at UFC 222. The defeat marked her third consecutive loss and she now will be looking to score her first win since she defeated Amanda Nunes in September 2014.

That momentum is much the opposite of Marlon Reneau who is appearing to have some sort of career resurgence right now. Reneau hasn’t lost since February 2016 and most recently defeated Talita Bernardo and Sara McMann.

Everyone seems to be all over the place when it comes to picking a winner here, but we’re going to side with Cat Zingano to return to form.

Prediction: Cat Zingano to win inside the distance

Bet: Cat Zingano to win (+101)

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UFC Fight Night 133 fight card

UFC Fight Night 133 begins on UFC Fight Pass from 6:30 pm ET (10:30 pm GMT) on Saturday, July 14.

FS1 Main Card (10:00 pm ET / 2:00 am GMT)

  • Junior Dos Santos [-168] vs. Blagoy Ivanov [+158]
  • Sage Northcutt [-127] vs. Zak Ottow [+125]
  • Dennis Bermudez [-258] vs. Rick Glenn [+205]
  • Randy Brown [-104] vs. Niko Price [-120]
  • Myles Jury [+212] vs. Chad Mendes [-260]
  • Cat Zingano [+101] vs. Marion Reneau [-120]

FS1 Prelims (8:00 pm ET / 12:00 am GMT)

  • Eddie Wineland vs. Alejandro Perez
  • Darren Elkins vs. Alexander Volkanovski
  • Justin Scoggins vs. Said Nurmagomedov
  • Kurt Holbaugh vs. Raoni Barcelos

UFC Fight Pass Early Prelims (6:30 pm ET / 12:30 pm GMT)

  • Liz Carmouche vs. Jennifer Maia
  • Mark De La Rosa vs. Elias Garcia
  • Jessica Aguilar vs. Jodie Esquibel

UFC 226: Stipe Miocic vs. Daniel Cormier

UFC 226 Stipe Miocic vs. Daniel Cormier

It’s International Fight Week, and that means the UFC will feature their biggest and best stars here in Las Vegas, Nevada. The UFC 226 main card is jam-packed with outstanding fights, and the preliminary card is good enough to be a main card on any other day!

Stipe Miocic vs. Daniel Cormier

Stipe Miocic is a moderate betting favorite at -240, while Daniel Cormier sits at +230.

Superfights don’t come around often in mixed martial arts. In fact, we might not have ever seen one of this quality before. The UFC heavyweight champion, Stipe Miocic, will defend his strap from the challenging Daniel Cormier, who currently reigns over the UFC’s light heavyweight division. It’s a winner-takes-all matchup for Daniel Cormier, who could go home as a two-division champion after UFC 226.

However, to say that Cormier is going to be tested is a vast understatement. Cormier is going to need to bring the very best version of himself if he wants to hang in there with Miocic, who is currently regarded by some as the best heavyweight mixed martial artist of all-time. Add to that, Miocic is running wild at the moment and steps into the cage this weekend on a six-fight winning streak that was most recently capped with a dominant five-round battering of Francis Ngannou. Before that, he defended his title successfully against heavyweight greats Alistair Overeem and Junior Dos Santos.

The challenger, Daniel Cormier, recently scored a significant victory of his own when he stopped Volkan Oezdemir inside two rounds. Cormier made sure to showcase his strengths and dismissed of Oezdemir with relative ease after grounding him and finishing the fight with many unanswered shots.

Now, at UFC 226, these two giants will collide. Will Cormier’s pressure and clinch work be effective against the heavyweight champion, or will Miocic’s strength and size prevail?

Prediction: Stipe Miocic to win by KO/TKO

Bet: Stipe Miocic to win

Max Holloway vs. Brian Ortega

Max Holloway is a slight betting favorite at -145, and Brian Ortega is great value at +138.

Moreover, if that spectacular main event isn’t enough, it’s backed by a fantastic co-main event that will see featherweight champion Max Holloway defend his title from Brian Ortega. This matchup between two young stars who are just hitting their peak is likely to be one of the most anticipated title fights in UFC featherweight history.

Holloway earned his belt by defeating Jose Aldo, the greatest UFC featherweight of all-time. To cement his case as the best featherweight in 2018, he then defended the title from Aldo not long after. Holloway’s striking precision, power, and determination to finish fights before the final bell have proved to be not just incredibly exciting, but also very dangerous for his opponents.

At UFC 226, Holloway will be facing another entertaining fighter who has made a career out of finishing opponents. Brian Ortega, who trains under the renowned Rener Gracie, has possibly the most creative arsenal of submissions and jiu-jitsu techniques in the UFC. We’ve seen this on display when he wrapped up the neck of Cub Swanson and submitted him with ease. However, then, Ortega did something that none of us expected and flattened Frankie Edgar with a series of punches that was enough to earn him a shot at Holloway and the title.

Max Holloway is a remarkable athlete and a very dangerous featherweight, but it’s hard to see how he can contain the many weapons of Brian Ortega at UFC 226.

Prediction: Brian Ortega to win by submission

Bet: Brian Ortega to win

Francis Ngannou vs. Derrick Lewis

Francis Ngannou is a significant betting favorite (-345), while Derrick Lewis hasn’t been given much chance (+325).

Francis Ngannou, who might just be the hardest-hitting fighter in the UFC, will attempt to bounce back from a disappointing effort against Stipe Miocic earlier this year when he faces Derrick Lewis at UFC 226 this weekend.

You might have heard it before: “Francis Ngannou hits harder than a Ford Escort going at full speed…” Those were the words of UFC President Dana White in the build-up to that fight with Stipe Miocic, and while that is clearly an exaggeration, not many fighters would be willing to step in there after seeing what “The Predator” did to Alistair Overeem last year.

There is one man who has wanted to get his hands on Ngannou for a long time now, though, and that’s Derrick Lewis. Lewis has made a career out of crushing skulls with his hands and is not one to care for a grappling match.

So, it looks like Ngannou and Lewis will be operating in their desired territory and they’ll be able to exchange heavy punches for as long as they remain conscious. And although the blueprint to defeating Ngannou is out there for the world to see, we’re not sure whether Lewis is capable of meeting the requirements.

Prediction: Francis Ngannou to win by KO/TKO

Bet: Francis Ngannou to win

Michael Chiesa vs. Anthony Pettis

Michael Chiesa is the favorite in this one (-147), while Anthony Pettis comes in as the underdog (+150).

Michael Chiesa vs. Anthony Pettis is a lightweight fight that holds plenty of significance within the division. It’s a fight that was initially scheduled to take place a couple of months ago, but the impacts of Conor McGregor’s latest rampage forced Chiesa out of the event due to injury.

Now, these two will be able to step into the cage for the first time in 2018 as they lock horns in what could be the ‘Fight of the Night.’ Chiesa enters this contest after claiming to be robbed by referee Mario Yamasaki in his fight with Kevin Lee. The lightweight looked to be seconds away from being choked unconscious, but Yamasaki stepped in and stopped the bout before Chiesa had a chance to submit.

And Anthony Pettis, a former champion, desperately needs a win at UFC 226 to move past what has been a recent struggle for him. Having won just two of his last seven fights, Pettis has shown just glimpses of his potential and hasn’t managed to put together a complete performance.

Prediction: Michael Chiesa to win by submission

Bet: Michael Chiesa to win

Gokhan Saki vs. Khalil Rountree Jr.

Gokhan Saki is the favorite in this opening fight (-145), while Khalil Rountree Jr. sits at +138.

To get the UFC 226 main card started, Dutch-Turkish former kickboxer Gokhan Saki will stand toe-to-toe with Khalil Rountree Jr.

Saki, who is a former Glory Light Heavyweight Champion, has recently made the switch over to mixed martial arts and made a successful UFC debut in September last year by defeating Henrique da Silva in an entertaining scrap. Fans witnessed some of Saki’s high-level striking combined with fight-finishing power, as he ended Silva’s night with 15 seconds remaining in the first round.

He’ll be facing Rountree Jr, who made a name for himself during The Ultimate Fighter 23 and has recently been in decent form. Yes, his last contest was a unanimous decision defeat (later overturned to No Contest), but before then he had crushed Paul Craig and Daniel Jolly with his powerful strikes.

Although Rountree is the more experienced mixed martial artist, it’s difficult to see how he will have an advantage against Gokhan Saki for as long as this fight remains standing.

Prediction: Gokhan Saki by KO/TKO

Bet: Gokhan Saki to win

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UFC 226 fight card

UFC 226 begins on UFC Fight Pass from 6:30 pm ET (10:30 pm GMT) on Saturday, July 7.

Pay-per-view (10:00 pm ET / 2:00 am GMT)

  • Stipe Miocic [-240] vs. Daniel Cormier [+227]
  • Max Holloway [-145] vs. Brian Ortega [+138]
  • Francis Ngannou [-345] vs. Derrick Lewis [+325]
  • Michael Chiesa [-147] vs. Anthony Pettis [+150]
  • Gokhan Saki [-145] vs. Khalil Rountree Jr. [+138]

Fox Sports 1 Prelims (8:00 pm ET / 12:00 am GMT)

  • Uriah Hall vs. Paulo Costa
  • Paul Felder vs. Mike Perry
  • Raphael Assuncao vs. Rob Font
  • Curtis Millender vs. Max Griffin

UFC Fight Pass Prelims (6:30 pm ET / 10:30 pm GMT)

  • Dan Hooker vs. Gilbert Burns
  • Lando Vannata vs. Drakkar Klose
  • Jamie Moyle vs. Emily Whitmire

UFC on FOX 28: Josh Emmett vs. Jeremy Stephens

UFC on FOX 28: Josh Emmett vs. Jeremy Stephens

After a thrilling event in Austin, Texas, last weekend, the UFC travels to Orlando for the third time.

This time, the organization will host an action-packed fight card ‘UFC on FOX 28’ that is headlined by Josh Emmett and Jeremy Stephens.

The event was originally supposed to have a featured bout between Yoel Romero and David Branch at the forefront, but Romero was forced to step away from this event to compete in Perth, Australia, against Luke Rockhold instead.

Josh Emmett vs. Jeremy Stephens

UFC on FOX 28 Betting Odds: Emmett (+135) / Stephens (-145)

The main event matchup is a fascinating featherweight scrap between a proven veteran in the division in Stephens against the fast-rising Emmett. Emmett jumped all the way to #4 in the featherweight rankings after he destroyed Ricardo Lamas with a knockout punch in the first round in December. Emmett stepped up to take the fight on short notice and proved the doubters wrong by ending the fight with conviction.

Stephens, on the other hand, has always been a contender in the division but has now strung together two impressive victories against talented opponents. Just last month, Stephens decisively beat down Doo Ho Choi in the second round, and that made it two wins in a row for Stephens after he chopped down the legs of Gilbert Melendez at UFC 215 not long before that.

The winner of this fight will be just outside title contention.

Prediction: Jeremy Stephens via KO/TKO

Jessica Andrade vs. Tecia Torres

UFC on FOX 28 Betting Odds: Andrade (-280) / Torres (+260)

In the co-main event, two of the very best women’s strawweights will compete in what seems like a title eliminator bout.

Tecia Torres was rumored to get the next shot at the new champion, Rose Namajunas, but the former champion in Joanna Jedrzejczyk got the call for a rematch instead. That means that Torres will now be competing against the insanely tough Jessica Andrade first if she wants a shot at that title.

Jessica Andrade broke through in a big way when she scored a decisive victory against Claudia Gadelha last year. It was a strong way to bounce back from losing to the then-champion, and now Andrade seems completely refreshed and ready to make another run for the title – no matter who the champion might be this time.

Torres is starting to turn heads in the division after she has scored three very impressive victories in a row. These victories mark a strong return to form after losing to Rose Namajunas in April 2016. Her and Namajunas are now 1-1 through their career, and a win against Andrade will set up a fascinating rubber match.

Prediction: Jessica Andrade via decision

Ovince Saint Preux vs. Ilir Latifi

UFC on FOX 28 Betting Odds: Saint Preux (-110) / Latifi (+105)

Ovince Saint Preux vs. Ilir Latifi will also feature on the main card of UFC on FOX 28.

After an entire career of being just another contender in the division, Saint Preux is quickly gaining fame for his impressive ability to finish fights with the Von Flue choke. After losing to Jon Jones, Jimi Manuwa, and Volkan Oezdemir, Saint Preux has now put together three consecutive wins, and this was all topped off with a big knockout victory of Corey Anderson at UFC 217 in November.

Just like “OSP,” Ilir Latifi has enjoyed a return to winning ways recently. Latifi lost devastatingly to Ryan Bader in September 2016 when he was on the wrong end of a powerful knee. But he picked up a mightily impressive victory when he outclassed Tyson Pedro at UFC 215 in September.

Prediction: Ovince Saint Preux via KO/TKO

Mike Perry vs. Max Griffin

UFC on FOX 28 Betting Odds: Perry (-275) / Griffin (+280)

Fan-favorite Mike Perry will face Max Griffin in what is expected to be a full-on battle between heavy punchers.

Perry has captured the attention of MMA fans around the world because of his amazingly aggressive fighting style and attitude. He arrived in a big way in 2016 when he knocked out Hyun Gyu Lim and Danny Roberts, but opponents have now started to work him out.

Most recently, Santiago Ponzinibbio solved the Perry puzzle and defeated him in December. It is Perry’s second loss in four fights. Regardless of whether opponents are finding ways to handle Perry easier, he is always a strong chance to knock someone out.

Perry will come up against Max Griffin, who has won just one of his first three bouts with the organization. Colby Covington defeated him in his UFC debut but he then went on to win against Erick Montano. In his last bout, Griffin lost a unanimous decision to Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos.

Prediction: Mike Perry via KO/TKO

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UFC on FOX 28 fight card

UFC on FOX 28 begins on UFC Fight Pass from 4:00 pm ET (9:00 pm GMT) on Saturday, February 24.

Main Card

FOX (8:00 pm ET / 1:00 am GMT)

  • Josh Emmett (+135) vs. Jeremy Stephens (-145)
  • Jessica Andrade (-280) vs. Tecia Torres (+260)
  • Ovince Saint Preux (-110) vs. Ilir Latifi (+105)
  • Mike Perry (-275) vs. Max Griffin (+280)


FS1 (6:00 pm ET / 11:00 pm GMT)

  • Renan Barao vs. Brian Kelleher
  • Sara McMann vs. Marion Reneau
  • Angela Hill vs. Maryna Moroz
  • Ben Saunders vs. Alan Jouban

Fight Pass Prelims

UFC Fight Pass (4:00 pm ET / 9:00 pm GMT)

  • Gilbert Burns vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier
  • Sam Alvey vs. Marcin Prachnio
  • Rani Yahya vs. Russell Doane
  • Eric Shelton vs. Alex Perez
  • Albert Morales vs. Manny Bermudez

UFC 221: Yoel Romero vs. Luke Rockhold

Perth, Australia, will host the UFC’s second pay-per-view event of 2018.

The organization had hoped to showcase the UFC Middleweight Champion, Robert Whitaker, in front of his fans in Australia, but a list of injuries has forced Whittaker to withdraw. In his place, Luke Rockhold and Yoel Romero will now do battle for the UFC Interim Middleweight Champion and the winner will likely receive a shot at Whittaker sometime in 2018.

While the absence of Whittaker certainly impacts the Australian fans, the main event bout between Rockhold and Romero is truly world-class. Rockhold and Romero are two of the most physically superior athletes in mixed martial arts. Rockhold uses his strength and power combined with excellent technique to apply incredibly heavy top pressure to his opponent when the fight hits the ground. Romero, a former Olympic wrestler, is incredibly explosive and only narrowly lost to Whittaker in 2017.

Rockhold steps into this fight after defeating David Branch at UFC Fight Night 116. Rockhold showed some concerns while standing, but managed to get the fight to the ground before ground and pounding Branch into submission. For Romero, this will be his first fight since losing a unanimous decision to Robert Whittaker at UFC 213. Whittaker is the only man to have defeated Romero in the UFC.

Prediction: Yoel Romero by KO/TKO – Round 2

In the co-main event, Mark Hunt will take on Curtis Blaydes in a battle between two heavy-hitting heavyweight fighters. Hunt showed his wealth of experience and knowledge at UFC Fight Night 110 when he cruised past Derrick Lewis before securing a KO/TKO victory in the fourth round. The win helped him bounce back from two consecutive defeats and was his first win since he defeated Frank Mir at UFC Fight Night 85 in March 2016. Hunt is renowned for his walk-off KO’s.

Curtis Blaydes has jumped up the UFC’s heavyweight rankings after two consecutive victories. Since he lost to Francis Ngannou in April 2016, Blaydes has won three contests and been involved in one no contest. Blaydes is an excellent wrestler with heavy hands to go with his grappling ability.

Prediction: Mark Hunt by KO/TKO – Round 3

Moments before that co-main event, Tai Tuivasa will face Cyril Asker in another heavyweight matchup. Tuivasa bounced onto the scene after knocking out Rashad Coulter in 4:35 at UFC Fight Night 125 in November last year. His successful UFC debut also marked the eight victory in his undefeated career so far. Tuivasa will meet Cyril Asker, who is a relatively low-standard heavyweight in the UFC. Asker has traded wins and losses since joining the UFC in April 2016 and how has a 2-2 record in the organization. Most recently, he picked up a submission victory over Yaozong Hu in China.

Prediction: Tai Tuivasa by KO/TKO – Round 1

Jingliang Li, who is one of the rising stars of the UFC, will take on hometown favorite Jake Matthews in a welterweight bout. Li is riding a four-fight winning streak that includes a big win over Zak Ottow at UFC Fight Night 122 in Shanghai in November. The last time “The Leech” lost was in August 2015, when he was submitted by Keita Nakamura in Japan. He’ll be up against Jake Matthews who is experiencing somewhat of a bad stretch. Matthews lost to Kevin Lee and Andrew Holbrook before just scraping through for a split decision victory against Bojan Velickovic at UFC Fight Night 121 in November.

Prediction: Jingliang Li by unanimous decision

And to get the main card started, Tyson Pedro will look to rebound from his first-ever loss as he competes against Saparbek Safarov. Pedro was one of the fastest-rising stars in the light heavyweight division until he ran into Ilir Latifi at UFC 215. Latifi used his experience to slow the fight down and grind out a unanimous decision against Pedro. Safarov entered the UFC after managing an 8-0 professional career in Europe. However, he lost his debut in the organization in a “Fight of the Night” with Gian Villante at UFC Fight Night 102.

Prediction: Tyson Pedro by KO/TKO – Round 2

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UFC 221 fight card

UFC 221 begins on UFC Fight Pass from 6:30 pm ET (11:30 pm GMT) on Saturday, February 10.

Main Card

Pay-per-view (10:00 pm ET / 3:00 am GMT)

  • Yoel Romero [+125] vs. Luke Rockhold [-135]
  • Mark Hunt [+140] vs. Curtis Blaydes [-160]
  • Tai Tuivasa [-330] vs. Cyril Asker [+270]
  • Jake Matthews [+180] vs. Li Jingliang [-220]
  • Tyson Pedro [-260] vs. Saparbek Safarov [+220]

FS1 (8:00 pm ET / 1:00 am GMT)

  • Damien Brown vs. Dong Hyun Kim
  • Rob Wilkinson vs. Israel Adesanya
  • Alexander Volkanovski vs. Jeremy Kennedy
  • Jussier Formiga vs. Ben Nguyen

Fight Pass Prelims

UFC Fight Pass (6:00 pm ET / 11:30 am GMT)

  • Ross Pearson vs. Mizuto Hirota
  • Haruto Ishihara vs. Jose Quinonez

Luke Jumeau vs. Daichi Abe

UFC Fight Night 125: Machida vs. Anders

UFC Fight Night 125: Machida vs. Anders

The UFC travels to Belém, Brazil, this weekend for UFC Fight Night 125: Machida vs. Anders.

The event, which will be held on Saturday, February 3, will be headlined by a middleweight matchup between Lyoto Machida and Eryk Anders. Machida, a former UFC light heavyweight champion, will look to get things back on track in front of his Brazilian fans after a disappointing return to competition in October last year when he lost to Derek Brunson. Machida was stunned by Brunson early in the contest and the referee stopped the contest just 2:30 into the first round.

It does not get any easier for him at UFC Fight Night 125, either. Machida will be facing the undefeated Eryk Anders who has taken the UFC by storm since arriving in July last year. With consecutive wins over Rafael Natal and Markus Perez, Anders has quickly stood out and is now hoping to score a ‘big name’ win over Lyoto Machida in this main event.

Prediction: Eryk Anders by KO/TKO – Round 1

In the co-main event, two talented bantamweights will do battle as John Dodson meets Pedro Munhoz. Dodson is experiencing somewhat of a downward slide at the moment after recording two losses in his last three contests. After losing to John Lineker, Dodson would bounce back with a victory over Eddie Wineland at UFC Fight Night 108. However, in his most recent bout, Marlon Moraes outworked him over three rounds and defeated Dodson by split decision.

Dodson now faces the surging Pedro Munhoz, who has now recorded three straight victories after losing to Jimmie Rivera at UFC Fight Night 77. Three of Munhoz’s last four wins have come via way of “Performance of the Night” worthy submissions. Also of note is that Munhoz has recorded two underdog victories in his last three bouts and his most recent was a first-round submission of the highly-talented Rob Font in Brazil.

Prediction: John Dodson by unanimous decision

Moments before the co-main event, Valentina Shevchenko will battle UFC newcomer Priscila Cachoeira. Shevchenko, who was one of the best women’s strawweight fighters in the organization will make her debut in the women’s flyweight division at UFC Fight Night 125 after losing a championship bout with Amanda Nunes.

Despite the disparity in experience and level of opponents, Shevchenko will be up against the wall when facing Cachoeira in front of thousands of Brazilian fans. “Pedrita” has never fought outside of Brazil through her eight-fight career and has never suffered defeat. No matter the case, it’s going to be a fascinating matchup with significant outcomes for the newly created flyweight division.

Prediction: Valentina Shevchenko by unanimous decision

Also on the main card is what is sure to be an exciting scrap between Michel Prazeres and Des Green. The 36-year-old Michel Prazeres has risen to a new level after recording five-straight victories dating back to November 2015.

He’ll look to continue his streak against the ferocious Des Green. Green had his five-fight winning streak snapped by Rustam Khabilov in his last bout and now looks to break the momentum of another fighter when he meets Prazeres in Brazil.

Prediction: Michel Prazeres by unanimous decision

A heavyweight bout will feature on the main card of UFC Fight Night 125 as Timothy Johnson meets the undefeated Marcelo Golm.

Johnson was most recently beaten up by the striking capabilities of Junior Albini at UFC on FOX 25 in July last year. The defeat was his third in just five fights. Johnson will face 6-0 Marcelo Golm, who scored a first-round submission victory against Christian Colombo in his UFC debut at UFC Fight Night 119.

Prediction: Marcelo Golm by unanimous decision – Round 2

And to get the main card started, Thiago Santos will go to war with Anthony Smith in a middleweight contest. Santos has quickly got back on track after shockingly losing to Eric Spicely at UFC Fight Night 95. Since then, he’s scored wins over Jack Marshman, Gerald Meerschaert, and Jack Hermansson.

Santos will meet Anthony Smith who has also enjoyed a three-fight winning streak recently. With just one loss in the last 4 years and last 11 contests, Smith has now managed three KO/TKO victories in the past 13 months.

Prediction: Thiago Santos by unanimous decision

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UFC Fight Night 125 Fight Card

UFC Fight Night 125 begins on UFC Fight Pass from 7:00 pm ET (12:00 am GMT) on Saturday, February 3.

Main Card

Pay-per-view (10:00 pm ET / 3:00 am GMT)

  • Lyoto Machida vs. Eryk Anders
  • John Dodson vs. Pedro Munhoz
  • Valentina Shevchenko vs. Priscila Cachoeira
  • Michel Prazeres vs. Desmond Green
  • Timothy Johnson vs. Marcelo Golm
  • Thiago Santos vs. Anthony Smith


FS1 (8:00 pm ET / 1:00 am GMT)

  • Sergio Moraes vs. Tim Means
  • Alan Patrick vs. Damir Hadzovic
  • Douglas Silva de Andrade vs. Marlon Vera
  • Iuri Alcantara vs. Joe Soto

Fight Pass Prelims

UFC Fight Pass (7:00 pm ET / 12:00 am GMT)

  • Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Joseph Morales
  • Maia Stevenson vs. Polyana Viena

UFC Fight Night 112 – Michael Chiesa vs. Kevin Lee

ufc 112

UFC Fight Night 112, headlined by a fascinating bout between Michael Chiesa and Kevin Lee, will air live on June 25 from Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Many fans are eagerly anticipating Chiesa vs. Lee after the controversy that occurred at the UFC Summer Kickoff. Chiesa is on a three-win streak dating back to April 2015 and has defeated the likes of Beneil Dariush, Jim Miller and Mitch Clarke. Kevin Lee looks to continue his winning streak of four after beating Francisco Trinaldo via submission in March.

Tim Boetsch will meet Johny Hendricks in a middleweight bout for the co-main event. Boetsch looks to get back on the winning track after being quickly submitted by Jacare Souza back at UFC 208. Hendricks will look to make it two in a row after defeating Hector Lombard in February via unanimous decision.

The main card will also feature UFC and mixed martial arts legend, B.J. Penn, as he takes on Dennis Siver.

Kevin Lee showed some glaring weaknesses in his game against Francisco Trinaldo, despite winning the fight in the second round. Michael  Chiesa will enter this one with confidence knowing that he can likely defeat Kevin Lee standing up or on the mat. Look for Chiesa, who enters as the underdog, to come out victorious in Oklahoma.

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Michael Chiesa vs. Kevin Lee
Sunday 25th June – 11:30pm (ET)
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Main Card – 9pm ET / 1am GMT

Michael Chiesa vs. Kevin Lee – Main Event

Tim Boetsch vs. Johny Hendricks – Co-Main Event

Felice Herrig vs. Justine Kish

Joachim Christensen vs. Dominick Reyes

Tim Means vs. Alex Garcia

B.J. Penn vs. Dennis Siver

Prelims –7pm ET / 11pm GMT

Clay Guida vs. Erik Koch

Carla Esparza vs. Maryna Moroz

Devin Powell vs. Darrell Horcher

Vitor Miranda vs. Marvin Vettori

Fight Pass Prelims –5:30pm ET / 9:30pm GMT

Jared Gordon vs. Michel Quinones

Josh Stansbury vs. Jeremy Kimball

Tony Martin vs. Johnny Case

Bellator 180 live from Madison Garden


Bellator moves to pay-per-view broadcasting this weekend with the action-packed Bellator NYC card, live from Madison Square Garden in New York City on June 24.

The main event features a bout with plenty of ‘bad blood’ as Chael Sonnen meets Wanderlei Silva inside the Bellator MMA cage. Silva, who despises Sonnen, reported this week that he ‘wants to feel Sonnen’s blood on the ground.’

The co-main event is special solely because it hosts the return of ‘The Last Emporer’ Fedor Emelianenko to our television screens as he makes his Bellator MMA debut against Matt Mitrione. The bookmakers believe that this is almost a perfectly even matchup between these star heavyweights.

If you’re not excited by two bouts between ageing mixed martial artists, don’t worry, the next three fights will surely catch your attention. Michael Chandler will defend the Bellator Lightweight title against the undefeated Brent Primus. Douglas Lima welcomes Lorenz Larkin to Bellator MMA from the UFC in a Bellator Welterweight Championship bout. Many hardcore MMA fans are also excited for the debut of Aaron Pico, a highly-touted 20-year-old potentially the greatest MMA prospect of all-time. Pico will kick-off the pay-per-view Bellator NYC card against 8-2 Zach Freeman.

The undercard for Bellator NYC is a Bellator 180 event, filled with some of Bellator’s best talent from start to finish. Bellator 180 airs on Spike TV and is headlined by a Bellator Light Heavyweight Championship bout between Phil Davis and Ryan Bader.

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Bellator NYC (Pay-per-view) – 10pm ET / 2am GMT

Chael Sonnen vs. Wanderlei Silva – Main Event

Fedor Emelianenko vs. Matt Mitrione – Co-Main Event

Douglas Lima vs. Lorenz Larkin – Bellator Welterweight Championship

Michael Chandler vs. Brent Primus – Bellator Lightweight Championship

Aaron Pico vs. Zach Freeman

Bellator 180 (Spike TV) – 8:00pm ET / 12am GMT

Phil Davis vs. Ryan Bader – Bellator Light Heavyweight Championship

James Gallagher vs. Chinzo Machida

Neiman Gracie vs. Dave Marfone

Heather Hardy vs. Alice Yauger

Bellator 180 Preliminary Card (Spike TV) – 5:30pm ET / 9:30pm GMT

Ryan Couture vs. Haim Gozali

Jerome Mickle vs. Anthony Giacchina

John Salgado vs. Hugh McKenna

Matt Rizzo vs. Sergio da Silva

Bradley Desire vs. Nate Grebb