Friday, November 15, 2013

UFC Fighters Make Picks for UFC167 St Pierre vs Hendricks

Some very insightful answers to the question; "Who wins UFC 167 Johny Hendricks vs Georges St Pierre"? Personally I have a hard time betting against St Pierre...but Rigg has been crushing the competition. I just can't get the Condit fight out of my head. If Johny fights like that, St Pierre will wear him down and it will look like his last 5 fights. It should be a great night of fights and don't sleep on Sonnen (still hate him) or Robbie Lawler. In fact a dog bet on Lawler has very good value at +300.

Lets do this shit!

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UFC 167 Video Live Weigh-ins Friday @ 5

The best time to see the fire in their eyes and make any last minute changes to your bets.
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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Travis Browne Takes Out Alistair Overeem One Front Kick at a Time

Front Kick Knockout of Overeem
Travis Browne showed serious fortitude recovering from crushing knees to the body. Alistair Overeem on the other hand did exactly what he did in his last fight - showed foolish disdain for his opponent and plodded straight into getting his shit knocked out.

After getting his wits back, Browne landed a series of 8-10 front kicks slowly moving his aim from the chest up to the chin. Then boom ol horse meat is taking a nap.

Rua just plain got out worked and forced me to listen to another WWE style rant where Chael called out Wandi...does he still fight? Ack someone shut him up already.

A bet I skipped and wished I hadn't was on John Howard over Uriah Hall.  Dana White was right when he said.
"If I could take Brad Pickett's brain and heart and put it inside Uriah Hall's body, holy shit there would be some damage done," White said. "Because Uriah Hall has all the physical attributes to be amazing. He's got speed, he's got power, he's unbelievable. He doesn't have what it mentally takes to fight here. You know what I mean?"
Oh well at least they had fun.

I think it was a good opening show for Fox and I hope the cards continue to be this strong.
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Friday, August 16, 2013

Chael Sonnen vs Shogun Betting Odds

Pick - Shogun (+105)
Chael Sonnen again?  
Time for more hate betting!

Lets see it's been 8 years since Chael has won at 205 lbs, he has Tapper Turrets, and he's ready to move to the WWE with Brock. Rua has had his problems in the UFC, but he has everything needed to crush Sonnen and keep him off my TV. I know Chael is mostly a persona to sell fights and he's a great athlete, but I can't help that I'm sick of it. I don't think Rua will be the champion at 205 again, but he will continue to be a stalwart of the division.

Pick - Browne (+200)
How about this one? I'm excited to see this fight. Travis Browne has a great record and his last finish of Gonzaga (via elbows) was just awesome. If Browne's knee had not blown out in his fight against Bigfoot he would be sitting on a perfect record.

Alistair Overeem on the other hand hasn't won against a real opponent since 2008 (maybe Werdum in 2011) and just got his shit knocked out by Bigfoot. For some reason Reem is coming in as a 2 to 1 favorite...that's a great deal for us. I do like Alistair's fighting style and this should be a very entertaining fight.

This is a great fight card for the first Fight Night on Fox Spots 1 and I'll be watching all the fights, but I don't see any other great betting opportunities. I'm hoping Uriah Hall lives up to my expectations, his last fight was a real disappointment.

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Jon Jones Already Looking Past Chael Sonnen Fight: He Wants Gustafsson

It's seems Jon Jones believes a win this weekend is a forgone conclusion. He's already focused on who his next opponent should be to get some "real competition" in front of him.

Gustafsson Kick

Now, Like most fight fans I think Alexander Gustafsson would be a fantastic opponent for Bones, however at least wait until the post fight press conference before announcing your next fight.


This may be a step in weight class for Sonnen and he may be a complete tool, but he's capable of winning if Jon Jones is not completely on his game.  Chael has nothing to lose and a lot of determination.

I'm not suggesting a dog bet on Sonnen, although at odds of +700 it's a bit tempting. If you're looking for an underdog to bet on, Cheick Congo (+200), Alan Belcher (+150), and Pat Healy (+265) are worth consideration.

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Bookies Insights for UFC on Fox 7 Featuring Benson Henderson vs Gilbert Melendez

Sports Interaction’s Ricky Rothstein drops by with his preview for this weekend’s UFC on Fox 7: Henderson vs. Melendez.

Some people initially shrugged off Fox’s attempt to break into the UFC market, but it’s unlikely there will be many naysayers after Saturday’s UFC on Fox 7. With a card showcasing hometown Californians and some of the biggest names in the business, this could be the event that cements Fox as a major player in the MMA game.

Cormier ready for UFC debut
While Saturday might be the first time Daniel Cormier steps into the octagon for a major bout, he knows his way around the fight game after running through the competition at Strikeforce. He’ll have to be on his game against seasoned UFC veteran Frank Mir, but he certainly has the credentials. Cormier is a two-time Olympic wrestler and trains primarily with UFC champ Cain Velasquez. That has the 34-year-old very confident. "I know that when I step into the cage, I've had the best preparation that I could ever have,” Cormier told reporters. “There is not a guy in the division who's as tough as Cain Velasquez, and I get to train with that guy on a daily basis.” That’s a huge edge and Frank Mir is on the downslope of his career. Take a look at Cormier winning by submission.

Walk the walk
Nate Diaz and Josh Thomson have never been afraid of giving the press a juicy soundbite or the type of fight that puts a crowd on its feet. Expect nothing less in this matchup. Thomson looks to make a successful return to the UFC following a loss to Gilbert Melenez while Diaz aims to bounce back after losing to Benson Henderson. This one’s a bit of a toss-up. While standing, Diaz’s reach could be a major factor and his skills on the mat should cancel Thomson’s. Expect this one to go the distance with Diaz earning a split decision.

Meet Melendez
Gilbert Melendez is another fighter making his UFC debut and has his work cut out for him as well. Standing in the opposite corner will be UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson, a guy who’s riding a seven-fight winning streak. If there’s an early favorite for fight of the night, it’s this one. Both combatants are willing to scrap it out or take the fight to the mat. They’re also both versatile enough to win this fight in a number of different ways. It’s hard to go against Benson (-340) at Sports Interaction, though. If he can survive a fast start from Melendez, look for Henderson to end the fight in the fourth round.

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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Jon Jones vs Chael Sonnen Betting Odds and Analysis for UFC 159

Jon Jones (-800) is a huge favorite for his fifth Light heavyweight title defense. Dan Henderson was initially set as his opponent for UFC 151, but Henderson was injured, a new opponent wasn't lined up and for the first time ever an entire UFC event was canceled. It's all coming back now right. Fights were offered and eventually Chael Sonnen (+660) gets the nod from poppa White.

Chael Sonnen takedownTo build the bout and allow plenty of training time Sonnen and Jones were pitted against each other as TUF 17 coaches, training a talented group of 185 pound fighters.

Mini history lesson over. Bettors and bookmakers see this as a bad match up for Chael Sonnen. Chael can only win a fight where he can consistently get his opponent to the ground and maintain control once he's there. It's very unlikely that Jon Jones is that guy.

Sonnen is stepping up from 185 and taking on a much larger Jones, who has a big reach advantage, excellent movement, and a great wrestling background.

How does this fight go down? I think it will follow the typical "Jones style". Chael's strategy will be very predictable and Bones will move and poke, keeping Sonnen well outside of range for a take down. Sonnen will be persistent and likely put Jones on his back a few times, but without a real submission game nor the power to control Jones there, it will return to the feet.

And what happens when a wrestler keeps going for take downs against Jon Jones...Knees happen. Some where between round 2-3 Jones will land a knee that will put Chael on queer street and lead to a TKO victory for Bones.

Jon Jones crushing knee

From a betting perspective -800 isn't very attractive on its own, but it works as an anchor bet in small parlays. Don't even waste your money on a Chael Sonnen bet, yes stranger things have happened, but that's dead money in my opinion.

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Monday, July 09, 2012

Cung Lee and Demian Maia Pay Off Big with UFC 148 Parlay Bets

I still got it! I've been away from the game for the last six months, but that doesn't mean I don't know a good bet when I see one. I placed four bets on Friday and three of them paid off big. Cung Lee was a +190 dog at UFC 148 and Demian Maia was at +135...not too big, but put together in parlays...BOOOM!

Demian Maia + Anderson Silva payed out odds of  +213 $
Cung Lee + Anderson Silva payed out odds of  +287 $$
Lee + Maia + Silva payed out odds of +809 $$$$
Lee + Maia + Silva + Cody McKenzie would have payed out odds of +5,216 $$$$$$$

But that would have just been ridiculous. UFC 148 was a great event and I'm very happy not to be looking at Chael as a new champion. He's entertaining but that would be more insanity than I could handle.

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Friday, July 06, 2012

UFC 148 Betting Odds for Anderson Silva vs Chael Sonnen

Anderson Silva vs Chael Sonnen Stare Down
Silva and Sonnen Best of Friends
You gotta love angry fights!. Chael gets under your skin like a ring worm, but it keeps us all watching. Not to mention the occasional gem like his "Brazilians are something a stripper gets!" T-shirt. I would never say something like that, but I will laugh at the ridiculous.

As you would imagine Anderson Silva is the favorite in the second fight and the reasons are the same. Anderson will find a way to win and Chael will find a way to choke...or be choked as it were.

At -300 Silva is a better value than he was in their last meeting at UFC 117. I will place a straight bet on him and add him to at least one parlay.

As for the rest of the fights, I think Cung Lee and Demian Maia are the best underdog values. Lee's opponent, Patrick Cote hasn't fought in the UFC since 2010 and hasn't had a win there since 2008. Maia's opponent on the other hand is very solid but he's facing and a great submission specialist with newly found boxing and Maia has stepped down in weight.

Speaking of stepping down in weight Cody McKenzie has dropped to featherweight to give Chad Mendes a very different fight than he was initially looking toward.  This is actually an interesting long-shot underdog play for those with a little cash to risk. 5 Dimes has McKenzie a nearly 5 to 1 dog (+485). Now everyone know what Cody does, guillotine, but he's still 13-2, taller by a foot, and now in a reasonable weight class. He will take many on the chin for a shot at the sub and it likely won't happen, but with $50 bucks on it you'll find yourself cheering for the scrappy bag of bones! 

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Monday, May 07, 2012

MMA – Popularity and Following

MMA (Mixed Martial Arts), and in particular the UFC (Ultimate Fight Championship), has a huge following, not only in the United States, but also worldwide. The intense following of the sport is unimaginable; the Internet is chock-full of sites that not only discuss the art of MMA, but that sell products, list events, and predict winners of the upcoming events. One MMA news site has a facebook following of over 32,000!

Even though the May 5, 2012 UFC Fox 3 fight card held no title bouts, there was still intense speculation on the fights, in particular Jim Miller vs. Nate Diaz (the main card). A lightweight fight that combined heavy boxing skills (Diaz) against expertise takedown wrestling skills (Miller). Diaz soundly trounced Miller for the win.

For those that think these competitions are totally safe, or ‘faked’, think again. Immediately following the UFC Fox 3 on May 5 the New Jersey Athletic Control Board issued fourteen medical suspensions out of the twenty-four fighters on the card. The suspensions ranged from 30 days to ‘indefinite’. (Neither Miller or Diaz were affected.)

As you can imagine, the rise in popularity of the sport brings with it thousands of aspiring MMA/UFC fighters. There are three things that are crucial for any MMA fighter to be successful; extreme strength (both physical and mental), extreme training and discipline.

Most successful MMA fighters began training in either boxing or some form of martial art at a young age and then branched out to another style to become adept at mixed martial arts.

If one is just beginning their training, the cost is relatively inexpensive; workout shorts and shirt, and a pair of cheap boxing gloves will suffice. However, if the aspiring fighter is ready to begin training for MMA competitions the cost is much higher because they will need a specific MMA gym, a coach and mandated workout attire, not to mention the time it will take.

NOTE: Make sure to choose, and use, the correct boxing gloves for training. At a minimum you will need heavy bag boxing gloves, and boxing gloves for sparing.