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“BREAK THAT LEG!”

“Platinum” Mike Perry is one hell of a brawler and an entertaining force outside the Octagon, but his one dimensional fighting style is starting to get figured out by his opponents, who are more than happy to let his fists of fury hit nothing but air while they stay out of range and counter him at will. That’s exactly what Max Griffin did on his way to a 29-27, 29-27, and 30-27 decision win at UFC on FOX Orlando.

Halfway through round 2 it was clear Perry would need a hail mary knockout to win. Not the most unlikely thing in the world, but less likely unless he switched up his gameplan. Because what he was doing against Griffin simply wasn’t working. The broadcast then cut to Perry’s corner to see what sage advice they’d offer their fighter. From there his girlfriend screamed out the useful instructions “KICK THE KNEE! BREAK THAT LEG!”

To say folks on Twitter found her cornering unhelpful would be an understatement.

And of course, undisputed social media s**theel extraordinaire and welterweight blanket Colby Covington took it way too far with his tweet on the subject.

Damn, guy. That’s a good way to end up on the wrong end of a ‘Florida Man’ headline.

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All Eyes On Emmett Tonight In Orlando!

The rise of Josh Emmett has been a quick one. After starching Ricardo Lamas with one punch back in December, the Team Alpha Male (TAM) standout will have yet another opportunity to improve his divisional ranking later tonight (Sat., Feb. 24, 2018) at UFC on FOX 28 from inside Amway Center in Orlando, Fla., when he takes on featherweight veteran Jeremy Stephens.

Needless to say, Stephens is going to test Emmett at every turn. He’s a skilled veteran with devilish power and is currently experiencing one of the best upticks in performance of his lengthy career. Unlike Emmett, Stephens has already headlined a few UFC events and understands what it takes to pace his output and production in a five-round affair.

Considering Stephens’ track record in UFC, it’s going to be difficult to find a fighter on the featherweight roster with more relevant experience. Luckily for Emmett, he has already demonstrated the ability to punch his way through a lack of experience and heavy odds when he smoked Lamas via knockout at UFC on FOX 26. Not only was “Bully” the first ranked opponent Emmett had ever encountered in UFC, but Emmett only had 30 days to prepare for the fight after filling in for former UFC champion Jose Aldo.

While few mainstream fight fans knew who Emmett was before his incredible finish over Lamas, it’s going to be hard to ignore the 32-year-old’s appeal moving forward. Emmett has always possessed a lot of potential as an up-and-coming prospect under the close watch of TAM head coach Urijah Faber, but he’s finally getting the high-profile matchups that his skill set requires. If it wasn’t for a split-decision loss to lightweight Desmond Green at UFC 210 last year Emmett would be currently undefeated at 14-0. Instead, that lone loss has helped propel Emmett’s urgency inside of the cage, which may or may not have played into his knockout of a former UFC title challenger.

Even though Emmett is unlikely to land a featherweight title shot with a win over Stephens this weekend due to the impending UFC 222 clash between top dogs Frankie Edgar and Brian Ortega, a victory over “Lil Heathen” should land Emmett a No. 1 contender’s bout sometime this summer. That’s incredible considering Emmett made his return to 145 pounds just four months ago.

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC on FOX 28 fight card, starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 4:15 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on FOX at 6 p.m. ET, before the FOX main card start time at 8 p.m. ET.

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Midnight Mania! Mike Perry Pantses Max Griffin At Weigh Ins

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Mike Perry tried to ‘pants’ Max Griffin at the weigh ins.

Then he tweeted,

some mf’s don’t deserve the entertainment I bring with their bullshit comments. I’m gonna fuck him up so bad you mf’s gonna beg me to come back # [middle finger emoji]

So that’s fun.


Insomnia

A lot going on in this Instagram post from Werdum, directed at Wanderlei Silva.

Urijah Faber is for the children.

Heaters! The next generation is coming! Alpha Females #Alphafe’s

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I chuckled.

Image credit: @8entai

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This is a reminder that Sage Northcutt would be totally at home in 1950s America.

Claudia Gadelha is feeling good and posting.

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Nick Diaz knows how to pick ‘em. Fortunately, he also knows his boxing defense.

Meisha Tate is pregnant and showing

Wakanda Forever. In the Reebok era, it’s pretty hard to stand out, but Angela Hill does a pretty good job.

Almost time. #UFCOrlando #WakandaForever #BlackPanther

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I don’t know who this is but that’s not cool.

Rousey training her wrestling. Personally, I prefer her MMA

Israel Adesanya and Marvin Vettori are added to the All-Violence card that also includes Matt Brown vs. Carlos Condit and Justin Gaethje vs. Dustin Poirier.

This meme has been going around and I appreciated the MMA spin

UFC PPV numbers- years later


Good Reads


Slips, Rips, and KO Clips

Ass Kick TKO!

I haven’t used this adjective in a while, but this is sick.

Body knees

UFC veteran Luke Barnatt with the win

Savage

Dramatic referee

Dead.

Yves Edwards back in the day was a beast


Random Land

If you have not had a great day (or even if you have) these clips will probably make it a little bit better.

#BeHuman

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I Love these little guys… Vid by @qoomaiboo

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Barao Expecting ‘Nice KO’ At UFC Orlando After Move To ATT

Former UFC bantamweight champion Renan Barao will look to regain momentum tomorrow night (Sat., Feb. 24, 2018) at UFC on FOX 28 from inside Amway Center in Orlando, Fla., when he takes on rising contender Brian Kelleher in the preliminary headliner on FOX.

Barao, 30, just hasn’t been the same since losing his 135-pound crown to T.J. Dillashaw back in 2014. Since that title loss, which ended a 33-fight unbeaten streak, the Brazilian has turned in a pedestrian 2-3 record. That includes a rematch against Dillashaw and an unsuccessful shot in the UFC’s featherweight division.

Despite his struggle to find consistency over the past couple of years, Barao is still a relevant player at 135 pounds. And if his recent move from Nova Uniao in Brazil to American Top Team (ATT) in Florida is any indication of what “Baron” is capable of moving forward, the bantamweight elites better pay close attention.

“I got the best preparation possible,” Barao said about his move to ATT in a recent interview with Combate. “I already wanted to move to the United States. I want to bring my son over here, in the future. I chose ATT so I could change my way of training, look for improvements. Since I already had some friends of mine training over there, telling me how different everything was, that’s what me decide. Everything changed. I’m doing my cardio with one coach, boxing with another, wrestling with another. I think I improved quite a lot.”

While Barao hasn’t been finished since his defeats to Dillashaw, he has dropped disappointing decisions to featherweight staple Jeremy Stephens and bantamweight contender Aljamain Sterling. Needless to say, the former UFC champion desperately needs a big win this weekend if he wishes to turn back the clock and make 2018 his comeback campaign.

Unfortunately for Kelleher, any success Barao has this weekend in Orlando will come at the expense of him. “Boom” is a finishing machine and has won two Fight Night bonuses in just three Octagon appearances to date, but it is Barao who is looking to walk away from UFC on FOX 28 with a knockout.

“He’s a tough guy, coming off a win, but I expect a nice KO,” Barao said. “I’m ready to give my best.”

UFC on FOX 28 will be headlined by a featherweight tilt pitting veteran Jeremy Stephens against rising contender Josh Emmett.

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC on FOX 28 fight card, starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 4:15 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on FOX at 6 p.m. ET, before the FOX main card start time at 8 p.m. ET.

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‘Motown Phenom’ Vs. Barboza Set To Headline UFC Atlantic City

A lightweight tilt between former interim title challenger Kevin Lee and Brazilian veteran Edson Barboza will headline UFC Fight Night 128 on April 21 live on FOX Sports 1 from inside Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, per a recent report by MMA Fighting.

Ariel Helwani originally reported that the bout was in the works earlier this week.

Lee, 25, is coming off a crushing interim title loss to Tony Ferguson back at UFC 216 via third-round submission. Before that, “Motown Phenom” captured five-straight victories at the lightweight level, including finishes of Michael Chiesa, Francisco Trinaldo, and Jake Matthews. The brash youngster remains one of the biggest players at 155 pounds and could instantly jump back into contention with a win over “Junior.”

Barboza, 32, is coming off a one-sided beatdown at the hands of Khabib Nurmagomedov back at UFC 219 this past December. The veteran lightweight has lost only to Khabib, Donald Cerrone, Tony Ferguson, and Michael Johnson since the beginning of 2013, while capturing key victories over former UFC lightweight champions Anthony Pettis and Gilbert Melendez, as well as divisional standouts Beneil Dariush, Bobby Green, and Paul Felder. The talented Brazilian striker has never lost back-to-back fights in his entire career, so Lee is going to have his work cut out for him.

Stick with Mania for more UFC Atlantic City fight card news.

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Midnight Mania! Olympic Gold Medalist Offers to Train McGregor for Nurmagomedov

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If Conor McGregor ever does get as serious as he says he is about returning to the Octagon- or, more accurately, if the UFC ever gives him what he’s asking for in negotiations- then he has a wrestling coach qualified to teach him how to stop Khabib Nurmagomedov’s takedowns. (Assuming, of course, that Khabib ends up with the belt after UFC 223 in Brooklyn, instead of Tony Ferguson).

Kyle Snyder is not only the youngest Olympic gold medalist in American wrestling history, but also won the World Championship, the NCAA, and the Olympics in a single year, an incredible feat. Snyder may have an ulterior motive in offering to train McGregor- he has expressed a desire to compete in MMA at some point, and exposure to the game from the world’s most Notorious mixed martial artist could only be a boon to those plans. Snyder competes at 97 kilograms, or 213 pounds, which would make him a heavyweight or light heavyweight. Maybe by the time Jon Jones returns from suspension, he will face an Olympic gold medalist. Or, perhaps Brock Lesnar will return to face a wrestler qualified to stop him. Just… please… don’t be the next Dillon Danis on social media.


Insomnia

Speaking of Khabib, here he shares what Daniel Cormier’s pre-fight hype routine looks like

Let’s go @dc_mma DC what is it? This happen before his last fight in Boston #ufc220

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Why does Conor think this looks cool?

This made me laugh. A+ MMA meme work

Jacare vs. Gastelum? I’ll take it. Gastelum is the real threat to Robert Whittaker at middleweight.

No, Tito Ortiz. Stay retired. We already saw the Chuck Liddell fight twice.

Edson Barboza vs. Kevin Lee does sound fun, just like pretty much any top lightweight fight.

John Dodson sparring Michelle Waterson

I thought the fighters did have medical insurance?

Why boxing pay is so different from MMA pay, and the single biggest reason McGregor hasn’t returned to the Octagon yet:

Stipe Miocic is just a natural

Andre Fili’s new ink is bleeding

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Slips, Rips, and KO Clips

This spinning wheel kick is gorgeous

Speaking of spinning shit, Raymond Daniels scored what remains one of the most spectacular knockouts I’ve ever seen.

I did not expect this outcome

Melvin Manhoef was a monster back in the day

Great body punches

Bulldog chokes are awesome

So are inverted triangles

Slick boxing

That’s some tenacious grappling


Podcasts and Video

Stephens vs. Emmett beer pairing! Follow MMA Mania on Youtube

Heavy Hands

The MMA Ratings Podcast with special guest, ESPN’s Phil Murphy


Random Land

Funny joke…

Now I want to try this someday

Iron meditation or Extended time isometrics. Seated overhead press. 230lbs pressed hard against the top bars for 30 seconds. Very big pump and muscle fatigue. Most people do isometrics with nearly no or no weight for a long time or very heavy weight for very short holds but I honestly have found it to be most productive with a moderately heavyweight held for a much longer time until failure and building up the time over a few sessions to a full minute hold. You should do all three as well as isometrics in completely non-traditional nonlinear movements. It’s not as exciting as lighting something on fire but it’s killer training. Pressing hard into that second bar is what really makes it. Call that a functional or isontonic isometric. I’ve actually done two full courses on isometrics because they’re that powerful and that little is known about them in the training world. Also one of the primary effects and physical training is to learn about your own mind and if you want to learn about how you react to things try holding an isometric for extended period of time. It has a unique way of unifying mind and body and if you hold it long enough even spirit because you can concentrate on a whole different level. If you’ve ever done Chi Gong they can be like a strength meditation. Join #NoahsArmy today! Become a #blooddonor and #organdonor !! #isometric #presses #bigshoulders #strongman #oldtimestrongman #pump #beyondphysical #chigong

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UFC ‘Orlando’ Clash: Andrade vs. Torres!

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women’s Strawweight contenders Jessica Andrade and Tecia Torres will collide this Saturday (Feb. 24, 2018) at UFC on FOX 28 inside Amway Center in Orlando, Florida.

Against all but Joanna Jedrzejczyk, Andrade has proven to be a terrifyingly fierce force at 115 pounds. She’s utterly dominated a trio of tough opponents, recently solidifying herself as one of the division’s absolute best with a three-round shellacking of Claudia Gadelha. Meanwhile, Torres has been ranked near the top of the division since her first bout inside the Octagon, but she hasn’t yet been able to secure her title shot. Luckily, she’s undefeated outside of a tight loss to the current champion, and those two still have a rubber match to complete at some point.

Let’s take a look at the keys to victory for each woman:

Jessica Andrade
Record: 17-5
Key Wins: Claudia Gadelha (UFC Fight Night 117), Joanne Calderwood (UFC 205), Angela Hill (UFC Fight Night 104), Jessica Penne (UFC 199)
Key Losses: Joanna Jedrzejczyk (UFC 211), Raquel Pennington (UFC 191), Marion Reneau (UFC Fight Night 61)
Keys to Victory: Andrade is an incredible and unique combination of being the strongest woman in her division and having impeccable conditioning as well. On the feet, she’s a clubbing brawler, but it’s Andrade’s power wrestler and jiu-jitsu that separate her from the pack.

In this match, it’s important that Andrade get her wrestling going. In a strict kickboxing match, she has a fair chance, but Torres is the more experienced striker on paper. Plus, Andrade’s sole recent loss came to a fighter able to circle around her strikes, which is impossible from the bottom. To do so, Andrade needs to time her bursts well. She cannot lunge in on a whim, as that will make it to easy for Torres to cut an angle and avoid the whole exchange. Instead, Andrade needs to strike when Torres’ cage position is weak, and targeting the body would be wise as well.

If Andrade is able to connect on punches, she’s in range to shoot. Torres is not a bad wrestler or weak fighter, but she’s at a size disadvantage, and that should be the edge Andrade needs to score a takedown and put herself in great position.

VS.

Tecia Torres
Record: 10-1
Key Wins: Rose Namajunas (Invicta FC 6), Michelle Waterson (UFC 218), Paige VanZant (Invicta FC 4), Felice Herrig (Invicta FC 7)
Key Losses: Rose Namajunas (UFC on FOX 19)
Keys to Victory: Torres lives up to her “Tiny Tornado” nickname, kicking at her opponents before suddenly bursting into a flurry of strikes. In addition, her wrestling has proven a valuable weapon as well, as Torres will hide a strong double leg behind those flurries.

In this match, nonstop footwork will be key. Jedrzejczyk wrote the book on dismantling Andrade, using lateral movement to avoid the fence and make Andrade swing at air. All the while, Jedrzejczyk stabbed at Andrade with kicks and body shots to slow her down. On paper, Torres has good footwork and range strikes. She’s not an easy fighter to hold down. It’s not her natural style, but Torres has the tools to fight the outside game and pick Andrade apart.

Torres needs to commit to the gameplan, but doing so gives her a real chance at scoring a major upset and earning a title shot.

Bottom Line: The winner will receive a title shot.

Rose Namajunas and Joanna Jedrzejczyk will rematch in the beginning of April, which perfectly sets up the winner of this bout for a summer title shot. Regardless of which woman is champion, it’s an intriguing match up. For Andrade, she’ll have fully earned her rematch with Jedrzejczyk, and she’s a nightmare match up for Namajunas. In Torres’ case, she has a rubber match to settle with “Thug Rose” and has never even faced Jedrzejczyk.

Isn’t it nice when things work out simply?

The loser remains in the title mix, but this is nearly a guaranteed title eliminator. Title shots are never easy to come by, and losing out on a clear one here is a definite setback.

At UFC on FOX 28, Jessica Andrade and Tecia Torres will go to war in the co-main event. Which fighter will secure a title shot?

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Pic: ‘Claudinha’ In Remission Following Battle With ‘Pigeon Ass’

Medical experts are stunned as Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) strawweight contender Claudia Gadelha is now in remission, following a career-long battle with pigeon ass.

Also known as “PA,” the increasingly-common weight-cutting syndrome has been known to suck the cellulite from the posteriors of even the most booty-ful mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters, including “Claudinha.”

Fortunately for the Brazilian, who was stricken with PA at the UFC 212 pay-per-view (PPV) last June, her exercise regimen — coupled with a recycling bin full of deleted dick pics — sent her into remission.

The real test will be to see if she can get through the upcoming weigh ins for her Carla Esparza fight at the UFC 225 PPV event, official for Sat., June 9, 2018 inside United Center in Chicago, Illinois.

It’s an important bout in the 115-pound weight class, recently blown open by Joanna Jedrzejczyk’s loss to Rose Namajunas at UFC 217. A win by either Gadelha or Esparza at UFC 225 could be the key to securing another title shot.

For much more on that “Windy City” showdown click here.

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Midnight Mania! White Takes Credit for McGregor: ‘I Turned Him Into a Star’

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The ongoing UFC anti-trust lawsuit continues to reveal interesting tidbits, including that Dana White very much takes credit for Conor McGregor’s rise. He stated the following in a deposition.

“Four years ago, Conor McGregor was available to everybody. Bellator, ONE FC, UFC, everybody out there. Do you know who went out- he was- he was 7 and 2, Okay? Guy’s record was 7 and 2. There’s a zillion of them, right? I went out and got Conor McGregor. I saw him, I liked his personality, and I turned him into a star, one of the biggest stars on earth right…”

This is factually incorrect as well as misleading; McGregor was already a two-weight champion in Cage Warriors with considerable hype, and his record was 12-2 when the UFC signed him.

Other details include how the UFC used anti-competitive practices to prevent free agency of fighters. Jon Fitch can certainly attest to this (as he does below).

Zuffa also retaliated against fighters if they turned down a fight offer from Joe Silva.

Fight Pass subscribers have reportedly gone from 140,000 subscribers to nearly 400,000.


Insomnia

TJ Dillashaw landing a couple late punches on K1 Kickboxing champion Takeru

Dominick Cruz’ dog is adorable

Al Iaquinta (officially) joined Project Spearhead to serve as it’s interim secretary/treasurer

Claudia Gadelha is training with… Joe Benavidez?

Surround yourself with greatness. Cerque-se de grandeza. #teamcg #ufc225

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Dexterity

Donald Cerrone and his inimitable grandma.

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This was one of the coolest moments of the fight night last weekend

I see you, Angela Hill. Black History month, amiright?

I also see you, Mackenzie Dern.

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Bob Knuckles has a message for all the haters

Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier

l You juss little

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Nate Diaz’s incredible cardio doesn’t just happen.

S-works mtb

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I would hate this.

Eddie Alvarez taking his daughter to Disney is still adorable.

Cody is right. This is very funny.

Don’t mess with Elvis

I believe this is 545 pounds… Jon Jones used to pull 575 off the blocks like this (I went back on his Instagram to check), but with sumo deadlifts. Presumably traditional is more difficult for someone of his height and long arms.

Old wise man once said don’t count the days make the days count.

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Chad Mendes has words for the anti-hunting folks on his timeline. He’s right in that, if you eat meat, you can’t have a moral issue with people hunting for their own meat.

With my continued growth of new followers, especially those who follow me because of mma, I feel it’s necessary to educate u on why I hunt. I know this is a never ending cycle but As a hunter, I feel we have to educate those who don’t understand or have no idea why we do it. The disconnect between human and food is so strong nowadays that some people have completely forgotten where it comes from. I’ve been called a murder or killer on social media hundreds/thousands of times. What blows my mind is that most of those people have pics of steak dinners or roasted chicken or fish all over their pages. Others claim to be vegan and say it’s not necessary but they have 4 cats and 2 dogs. The food they are buying at the store and feeding them comes from dead animals. Animals that were raised in a cage or pen then slaughtered. No matter if u eat meat or live a Vegan lifestyle, death must happen. The leather in your cars or on ur shoes, the skin products, the wheat harvest where thousands of reptiles and rodents were killed by the machinery, it all requires something to die. I’m not here to judge what lifestyle u choose. I completely respect both lifestyle choices. I just ask that I get the same respect back for my choice of being a meat eater. I’ve said this before and ill say it again, I don’t enjoy killing. I don’t crave death. Watching an animal die is just as difficult for me to watch now as it was when I was a young boy. Being in the wilderness, away from the fast paced life I live, and knowing that I can go out into the wild on my own and fill my freezer with lean, organic, hormone free meat is why I hunt. This is one of my freezers at home. It’s amazing being able to live off of so much wild game variety. Elk, deer, wild pig, ducks and geese, wild turkey and fish! I’d say 85% of @ab_raines and my diet consists of wild game we have both harvested. This is why we hunt. Just a heads up guys, rude or ignorant comments will get ya blocked. I’d rather have 5 followers that understand or willing to try to understand then a million idiots. Thx for letting me speak my mind. #hunting #fishing #providing #howilivemylife #dontbeahater #educateurself #itsnotwhatuthink

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Good Reads


Slips, Rips, and KO Clips

Lethwei is brutal

This step-around KO is just gorgeous

Chris Weidman’s first MMA fight

Nice

That’s quite the incredible trip/throw


Podcasts and Video

The top three can’t-miss fights on the Stephens-Emmett fight card this weekend! Follow MMA Mania on Youtube

Jeremy Stephens’ counter punching


Random Land

That’s a big boy

Adorable small horses

@suetoshi_farm

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I thought this was a painting for a second

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UFC On FOX 28 Odds, Under Dogs And Best Bets!

Get a detailed breakdown of the betting lines for UFC on FOX 28, which is set to hit Amway Center in Orlando, Fla., this weekend (Sat., Feb. 24, 2018), including best bets, underdogs, favorites and much more!

Two Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Featherweight bangers on the heels of knockout victories do battle inside Amway Center in Orlando, Fla., this Saturday evening (Feb. 24, 2018) when Jeremy Stephens takes on Josh Emmett in the main event of UFC on FOX 28.

The four-fight broadcast also includes a clash between top-tier women’s Strawweight contenders Jessica Andrade and Tecia Torres, a Light Heavyweight throwdown between the heavy-handed Ovince Saint Preux and Ilir Latifi, and what ought to be a genuine banger between Mike Perry and Max Griffin.

Valentine’s Day is over, but your special someone could always use more treats. Here’s how to afford them:

What Went Wrong at UFC Fight Night 126?

For one, I didn’t recommend nearly enough money on Roberto Sanchez. For two, James Vick took Francisco Trinaldo’s punches much better than I expected. Trinaldo didn’t have nearly as much success pressuring as I anticipated, but I stand by my assessment that he was sorely undervalued by the bookies. Vick will get flattened someday soon, though. You can quote me on that.

UFC on FOX 28 Undercard Odds:

Renan Barao (-155) vs. Brian Kelleher (+135)
Sara McMann (-220) vs. Marion Reneau (+180)
Angela Hill (-145) vs. Maryna Moroz (+125)
Alan Jouban (-240) vs. Ben Saunders (+200)
Olivier Aubin-Mercier (-170) vs. Gilbert Burns (+130)
Marcin Prachnio (-285) vs. Sam Alvey (+205)
Rani Yahya (-400) vs. Russell Doane (+280)
Alex Perez (-190) vs. Eric Shelton (+150)
Manny Bermudez (-195) vs. Albert Morales (+155)

Thoughts: I see quite a bit of potential here. Brian Kelleher, Gilbert Burns and Eric Shelton all look like quality underdog investments.

Barao has not looked good, even in victory, since 2014. He looked pedestrian against Phillipe Nover and showed rock-bottom fight IQ against Jeremy Stephens and Aljamain Sterling, both of whom he had the skills to dominate. He’s also cutting to 135 pounds without an IV, which he’s flat-out not allowed to do in at least one state because of the effects on his health. Kelleher is durable and relentless, which is enough to get me leaning his way.

The last time Aubin-Mercier took on a world-class Brazilian jiu-jitsu artist, he got dominated for three rounds. Burns is certainly capable of recreating Diego Ferreira’s triumph, especially since he’s a more complete kickboxer with every bit as much stopping power in his strikes. “Durinho” for the win.

There’s a difference between dominating the likes of Carls Jon de Tomas and giving Tim Elliott a run for his money. Alex Perez — despite having more professional fights — doesn’t have anywhere near Shelton’s level of experience against the cream of the crop. Shelton can hold his own wherever the fight goes, so expect him to earn the victory.

UFC on FOX 28 Main Card Odds:

Jeremy Stephens (-165) vs. Josh Emmett (+145)
Jessica Andrade (-320) vs. Tecia Torres (+260)
Ovince Saint Preux (-120) vs. Ilir Latifi (EVEN)
Mike Perry (-340) vs. Max Griffn (+280)

Thoughts: All of these fights, save perhaps for Andrade vs. Torres, could turn on a dime, so I would not recommend putting any money on them. Even the exception is worth staying away from, as Torres has upset potential, but isn’t a sufficiently live dog to justify putting money on.

UFC on FOX 28 Best Bets:

  • Single bet — Brian Kelleher: Bet $ 50 to make $ 67.50
  • Single bet — Gilbert Burns: Bet $ 60 to make $ 78
  • Single bet — Eric Shelton: Bet $ 80 to make $ 104

There are lot of folks who are going to get knocked senseless, methinks, so be sure you’re there to watch. See you Saturday, Maniacs!

Remember that MMAmania.com will deliver live UFC on FOX 28 results on fight night, which is as good a place as any to talk about all the action inside the Octagon, as well as what you’ve got riding on the sportsbook.

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