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UFC On FOX 31 Odds, Under Dogs And Best Bets!

Get a detailed breakdown of the betting lines for UFC on FOX 31, which is set to hit Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisc., this weekend (Sat., Dec. 15, 2018), including best bets, underdogs, favorites and much more!

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) hits FOX Sports one last time this Saturday (Dec. 15, 2018) before moving on to ESPN next year, bringing with it a rematch between Lightweight standouts Kevin Lee and Al Iaquinta. UFC on FOX 31’s main card, which will emanate from inside Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisc., will also see Dan Hooker square off with Edson Barboza, Sergio Pettis return to Bantamweight against heavy-handed Rob Font, and Charles Oliveira look to avenge the first loss of his professional career against Jim Miller.

Thirteen fights means 13 opportunities to fill your stocking with a little extra this Christmas. So, let’s dig in:

What Went Wrong at UFC 231?

It was mostly a success, but Eryk Anders lost in the most frustrating fashion possible. He showed that he could defeat Elias Theodorou, hurting and dropping “The Spartan” in the second round, then went back to doing the same jack and squat that let Theodorou run away with the first round. Christ, it’s obnoxious when someone loses because of their own unwillingness to push the issue.

UFC On FOX 31 Odds For The Undercard:

Dwight Grant (-290) vs. Zak Ottow (+245)
Andrea Lee (-250) vs. Jessica-Rose Clark (+210)
Drakkar Klose (-275) vs. Bobby Green (+235)
Jared Gordon (-155) vs. Joaquim Silva (+135)
Jack Hermansson (-200) vs. Gerald Meerschaert (+170)
Dan Ige (-175) vs. Jordan Griffin (+155)
Adam Milstead (-170) vs. Mike Rodriguez (+150)
Zak Cummings (-270) vs. Trevor Smith (+230)
Juan Adams (-400) vs. Chris De La Rocha (+325)

Thoughts: The line that really stands out to me is Mike Rodriguez as an underdog. As poor as “Slo-Mike’s” UFC debut was, he’s up against a willing striker over whom he has a half-foot reach advantage. Milstead has yet to show a strong wrestling game, and just being a physical specimen won’t be enough against a rangier and more versatile striker.

Chalk one up for “Contender Series.”

As far as the rest, putting my faith in Jack Hermansson worked out against Thales Leites against all odds, so might as well try it one more time. Meerschaert is a mediocre wrestler going up against a terrific ground-and-pounder who, unlike recent Meerschaert foes Eric Spicely and Oskar Piechota, won’t slow down after a dominant first round. Stick Hermansson in a parlay with Andrea Lee for positive odds.

UFC On FOX 31 Odds For The Main Card:

Kevin Lee (-310) vs. Al Iaquinta (+255)
Dan Hooker (-115) vs. Edson Barboza (-105)
Rob Font (-165) vs. Sergio Pettis (+145)
Charles Oliveira (-300) vs. Jim Miller (+250)

Thoughts: As much as I love Edson Barboza, Dan Hooker is a man on a mission. “The Hangman” is virtually indestructible, easily shrugging off spinning elbows and flying head kicks even when he was killing himself to make Featherweight. His last time out, he walked through the punches of Gilbert Burns, who has concrete in his fists. Barboza, meanwhile, is coming off of two life-changing beatings, and though Hooker isn’t likely to go for many takedowns, Edson’s issues with pressure are well-documented. Indeed, a pressure fighter Barboza can’t take out in one sudden burst of violence sounds like a good investment to me.

UFC On FOX 31 Best Bets:

  • Single bet — Mike Rodriguez: Bet $ 40 to make $ 60
  • Parlay — Jack Hermansson and Andrea Lee: Bet $ 40 to make $ 44
  • Single bet — Dan Hooker: Bet $ 60 to make $ 52.17

We’re going to get some quality trash talk and, ideally, some quality finishes as well. See you Saturday, Maniacs.

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UFC 231 Odds, Under Dogs And Best Bets!

Get a detailed breakdown of the betting lines for UFC 231, which is set to hit Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, this weekend (Sat., Dec. 8, 2018), including best bets, underdogs, favorites and much more!

The best Featherweight and Women’s Flyweight fights the UFC has to offer go down this Saturday in Toronto as Max Holloway vs. Brian Ortega and Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Valentina Shevchenko headline UFC 231.

Fans will also get to see grappling ace Gunnar Nelson square off with Brazilian powerhouse Alex Oliveira and Thiago Santos throw down with Jimi Manuwa in a clash of Light Heavyweight knockout artists.

There’s still Christmas gifts and expensive liquors to be bought before the 25th, so let’s fatten up that wallet.

What Went Wrong Last Weekend?

I didn’t consider Edmen Shahbazyan’s wrestling. I knew he had it in his arsenal, as he’d used it prior to his Contender Series appearance, but I figured it was insufficient to drag Darren Stewart out of his comfort zone. Turns out it was, and while I was right about Shahbazyan losing steam in the later rounds, it happened too late to make a difference.

Undercard:

Cláudia Gadelha (-320) vs. Nina Ansaroff (+260)

Katlyn Chookagian (-175) vs. Jessica Eye (+155)

Elias Theodorou (-125) vs. Eryk Anders (+105)

Olivier Aubin-Mercier (-130) vs. Gilbert Burns (+110)

Aleksandar Rakic (-550) vs. Devin Clark (+425)

Brad Katona (-210) vs. Matthew Lopez (+175)

Chad Laprise (-350) vs. Dhiego Lima (+290)

Diego Ferreira (-340) vs. Jesse Ronson (+280)

Thoughts:

I get why Elias Theodorou is the favorite, as he’s 7-2 in the UFC and Anders is coming off of a horrendously brutal knockout loss to Thiago Santos. At the same time, look at who Theodorou has beaten; a bevy of slow-as-molasses grapplers, a Sam Alvey who threw less than 50 strikes in the entire fight, and Cezar “Mutante,” who deserved the win against him. Anders can shut down his grappling, outbox him, and overall make his night miserable. Put a bit on him.

Gilbert Burns is worth a look as well. Aubin-Mercier has had issues with fellow physical grapplers, and not only is Burns colossal for the weight, he packs nightmarish power in his hands. Definitely worth at least a look, I’d say.

Main Card:

Max Holloway (-125) vs. Brian Ortega (+105)

Valentina Shevchenko (-350) vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk (+290)

Thiago Santos (-220) vs. Jimi Manuwa (+180)

Gunnar Nelson (-135) vs. Alex Oliveira (+115)

Hakeem Dawodu (-165) vs. Kyle Bochniak (+145)

Thoughts: I keep betting against Brian Ortega and he keeps winning. I’m going to keep betting against Brian Ortega because Max Holloway is the best Featherweight on the planet.

Interesting factoid: Brian Ortega has not hit a takedown since his UFC debut. He’s gotten people down by either pressuring them into shooting, snapping them down from the clinch, or just straight-up knocking them stupid. Holloway is the more able pressure fighter, has sufficient distance management to avoid prolonged clinches, and took Jose Aldo’s best shots with nary a wobble. So long as his brain’s still in the right part of his skull after that 226 incident, he dominates this.

Kyle Bochniak is only a slight underdog against one of the best up-and-coming strikers in the Featherweight division. This is odd. Yes, people are high on him after the Magomedsharipov fight, but he got his ass beat for fifteen minutes that night. He’s 2-3 in the Octagon and should be 1-4, as the decision against Barzola was garbage. Dawodu has beaten superior fighters and is going to tear him a new one from bell to bell, so bet accordingly.

Best bets for UFC 231:

Single bet-Eryk Anders: $ 40 to make $ 42

Single bet-Gilbert Burns: $ 30 to make $ 33

Parlay-Max Holloway and Hakeem Dawodu: $ 60 to make $ 113.40

This is going to be a special evening. Don’t miss it. See you Saturday, Maniacs.

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UFC ‘Buenos Aires’ Odds, Under Dogs And Best Bets!

Get a detailed breakdown of the betting lines for UFC Fight Night 140, which is set to hit Parque Roca Arena in Buenos Aires, Argentina, this weekend (Sat., Nov. 17, 2018), including best bets, underdogs, favorites and much more! 

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) makes its Argentina debut this Saturday (Nov. 17, 2018) with the country’s brightest mixed martial arts (MMA) star, Santiago Ponzinibbio, at the helm. The FOX Sports 1-televised main event pits “Gente Boa” against Neil Magny in a fight that could have title implications in the crowded Welterweight division. Twenty-five pounds south, veterans Ricardo Lamas and Darren Elkins duke it out, while the resurgent Khalil Rountree Jr. welcomes Brazil’s Johnny Walker to UFC’s Light Heavyweight division.

This flurry of UFC events can be exhausting, but I’ve found that nothing bolsters your spirits quite like winning money. Let’s get some!

What Went Wrong at UFC Fight Night 139?

Raquel Pennington was just completely cowed by Germaine de Randamie. To win that fight, she had to be constantly moving forward and setting up her takedowns. Instead, she sat at range against a lengthier woman and showed no nuance in her takedown entries. I’m not sure if she’s fully recovered from the beating she took against Amanda Nunes … or if she ever will be. On the bright side, we still turned a slight profit thanks to Mark De La Rosa and Beneil Dariush. Small victories are still victories.

UFC Fight Night 140 Odds For The Undercard:

Michel Prazeres (-190) vs. Bartosz Fabinski (+165)
Alexandre Pantoja (-360) vs. Yuta Sasaki (+300)
Humberto Bandenay (-260) vs. Austin Arnett (+220)
Laureano Staropoli (-115) vs. Hector Aldana (-105)
Jesus Pinedo (-195) vs. Devin Powell (+168)
Nad Narimani (-320) vs. Anderson Dos Santos (+260)

Thoughts: I don’t think being adventurous is the right course of action here. Start with Nad Narimani and see who you can parlay him with to get some reasonable odds.

Anderson “Berinja” is legit and well-traveled, but he’s also smaller than Narimani and outclassed in his area of expertise. His style is entirely dependent on his wrestling, an area in which Narimani has him outclassed, and I don’t see him catching anything in transition against the Cage Warriors vet. Unfortunately, nobody is really standing out to me as a safe parlay filler. Maybe Michel Prazeres? Fabinski is as one-note as can be and the Brazilian should tear him up on the feet.

UFC Fight Night 140 Odds For The Main Card:

Santiago Ponzinibbio (-280) vs. Neil Magny (+240)
Ricardo Lamas (-210) vs. Darren Elkins (+175)
Khalil Rountree (-230) vs. Johnny Walker (+190)
Cezar Ferreira (-185) vs. Ian Heinisch (+160)
Marlon Vera (-325) vs. Guido Cannetti (+265)
Poliana Botelho (-155) vs. Cynthia Calvillo (+135)

Thoughts: Cynthia Calvillo’s been written off after her loss to Carla Esparza, but I’m not ready to call her a bust yet.

Poliana Botelho is a beast — she came up flat in her debut against Pearl Gonzalez, but absolutely crushed a woman in Syuri Kondo whom I’d pegged to beat her handily. Her power is something to behold and she’s four inches taller than Calvillo, but she’s also such a wild striker that it opens the door for Calvillo to get inside and work her wrestling. The Brazilian hits too hard to recommend a big bet against her, but I do think the American gets back on track Saturday night.

UFC Fight Night 140 Best Bets:

  • Parlay — Nad Narimani and Michel Prazeres: Bet $ 40 to make $ 40
  • Single bet — Cynthia Calvillo: Bet $ 40 to make $ 54

Action potential, some fresh faces, and a reasonable start time combine to make a solid event. Catch it with us on Saturday, Maniacs.

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UFC ‘Denver’ Odds, Under Dogs And Best Bets!

Get a detailed breakdown of the betting lines for UFC Fight Night 139, which is set to hit Pepsi Center in Denver, Colo., this weekend (Sat., Nov. 10, 2018), including best bets, underdogs, favorites and much more! 

Pepsi Center in Denver, Colo., will play host to Featherweight mayhem this Saturday (Nov. 10, 2018) when Chan Sung Jung returns to action against the high-flying Yair Rodriguez in UFC Fight Night 139’s main event, which will air live and free on FOX Sports 1. The evening will also see Mike Perry slug it out with Donald Cerrone at Welterweight and former women’s Featherweight champion Germaine De Randamie face gritty veteran Raquel Pennington.

We’ve got a month to build up funds for UFC’s next pay-per-view (PPV) event, so let’s get on that.

What Went Wrong at UFC 230?

Not a thing! We even managed to predict that Sheymon Moraes would win by split decision, so that’s nice.

UFC Fight Night 139 Odds For The Undercard:

Ashley Yoder (-145) vs. Amanda Cooper (+125)
Bobby Moffett (-115) vs. Chas Skelly (-105)
Beneil Dariush (-140) vs. Thiago Moises (+120)
Devonte Smith (-230) vs. Julian Erosa (+190)
Davi Ramos (-970) vs. John Gunther (+635)
Eric Shelton (-115) vs. Joseph Morales (-105)
Mark De La Rosa (-230) vs. Joby Sanchez (+190)

Thoughts: Beneil Dariush and Mark De La Rosa look undervalued against their respective short-notice opponents.

The last time Dariush took on a strong young unknown on short notice, he got knocked silly. I have genuine concerns about both his durability and whether he can maintain the aggression that makes his style work. All that said, Moises struggled mightily with the pressure of Robert Watley last year and is the inferior wrestler. Whether through volume striking or going back to his roots as a submission specialist, I expect Dariush to win this comfortably.

Joby Sanchez’s wrestling just isn’t up to par. He’s been taken down at least once by pretty much everyone who tried, and while he’s a decent scrambler, Roberto Sanchez needed less than two minutes to choke him out. De La Rosa offers a similar skillset as Sanchez and ought to produce similar results.

UFC Fight Night 139 Odds For The Main Card:

Chan Sung Jung (-135) vs. Yair Rodriguez (+115)
Mike Perry (-225) vs. Donald Cerrone (+185)
Germaine de Randamie (-165) vs. Raquel Pennington (+145)
Ray Borg (-115) vs. Joseph Benavidez (-105)
Maycee Barber (-420) vs. Hannah Cifers (+335)
Luis Pena (-300) vs. Mike Trizano (+250)

Thoughts: The favorites took center stage on the undercard, but I like the looks of Raquel Pennington and Joseph Benavidez.

Germaine de Randamie has fought three times in the past five years. Two of the people she beat, Anna Elmose and Larissa Pacheco, went winless in UFC … and she barely beat Holly Holm despite having the clear stylistic edge. Pennington does not deserve to be this significant an underdog, but she is, so let’s take advantage.

UFC Fight Night 139 Best Bets:

  • Parlay — Beneil Dariush and Mark De La Rosa: Bet $ 40 to make $ 58.40
  • Single bet — Raquel Pennington: Bet $ 30 to make $ 43.50

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UFC 230 Odds, Under Dogs And Best Bets!

Get a detailed breakdown of the betting lines for UFC 230, which is set to hit Madison Square Garden in New York, N.Y., this weekend (Sat., Nov. 3, 2018), including best bets, underdogs, favorites and much more!

The big boys look to shake Madison Square Garden in New York, N.Y., this Saturday (Nov. 3, 2018) when UFC Heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier looks to defend his title against Derrick Lewis in UFC 230’s pay-per-view (PPV) main event. Meanwhile, 80 pounds south, former Middleweight champion, Chris Weidman, takes on Brazilian jiu-jitsu legend “Jacare” Souza and iron-tough submission artist Dave Branch faces the heavy-handed Jared Cannonier.

UFC 230 is certainly an oddball event, but that doesn’t mean we can’t wring some dough out of it. Let’s begin!

What Went Wrong at UFC Fight Night 138?

Nothing — a rare 3-0, with only one controversial decision in the bunch. Let’s keep it up.

UFC 230 Odds For The Undercard:

Jason Knight (-260) vs. Jordan Rinaldi (+220)
Sijara Eubanks (-475) vs. Roxanne Modafferi (+380)
Julio Arce (-335) vs. Sheymon Moraes (+275)
Lyman Good (-600) vs. Ben Saunders (+450)
Lando Vannata (-300) vs. Matt Frevola (+250)
Shane Burgos (-310) vs. Kurt Holobaugh (+255)
Montel Jackson (-130) vs. Brian Kelleher (+110)
Adam Wieczorek (-220) vs. Marcos Rogério de Lima (+180)

Thoughts: Yeah, I got nothin.’ I legitimately cannot find a strong bargain here. Montel Jackson opened as an underdog, which would have been nice, but that’s no longer on the table. A smidgen on Sheymon Moraes could work, though, as the Brazilian looked sharp against another good prospect in Matt Sayles earlier this year.

UFC 230 Odds For The Main Card:

Daniel Cormier (-700) vs. Derrick Lewis (+500)
Chris Weidman (-160) vs. Ronaldo Souza (+140)
David Branch (-360) vs. Jared Cannonier (+300)
Karl Roberson (-270) vs. Jack Marshman (+230)
Israel Adesanya (-320) vs. Derek Brunson (+260)

Thoughts: Again, nothing that particularly stands out. I thought of recommending a bet on Weidman, but “Jacare” still hits plenty hard and only needs a moment on the ground to finish things. You could maybe parlay Karl Roberson, who’s up against a very limited foe in Jack Marshman, with Shane Burgos or any of the other huge favorites on the card.

UFC 230 Best Bets:

  • Single bet — Sheymon Moraes: Bet $ 20 to make $ 55
  • Parlay — Shane Burgos and Karl Roberson: Bet $ 40 to make $ 32.52

UFC 230 will be a spectacle, if nothing else, and whether that’s worth $ 65 is up to you. See you Saturday, Maniacs!

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Chael Sonnen rates Fedor Emelianenko as the Best Heavyweight of All-time

Over the course of his well-traveled career, Chael Sonnen has fought many of the best middleweights and light heavyweights of all-time, and now he has faced what he considers to be the greatest heavyweight ever.
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UFC 229 Odds, Under Dogs And Best Bets!

Get a detailed breakdown of the betting lines for UFC 229, which is set to hit T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, this weekend (Sat., Oct. 6, 2018), including best bets, underdogs, favorites and much more!

Years of speculation come to rest this Saturday night (Oct. 6, 2018) as Lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor finally square off in UFC 229’s pay-per-view (PPV) main event for the undisputed 155-pound title inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The mixed martial arts (MMA) superstars will be joined by Tony Ferguson and Anthony Pettis, who will battle it out for the next crack at the winner, as well as Ovince Saint Preux vs. Dominick Reyes and Alexander Volkov vs. Derrick Lewis.

Let’s skip the formalities and just get to the analysis!

What Went Wrong at UFC Fight Night 137?

I made a series of assumptions that proved unwise. First off, I assumed that Sergio Moraes would be as happy to brawl and reticent to use his grappling as he’s been in the past. Second, I assumed that Francisco Trinaldo would maintain his unwillingness to utilize body shots despite their obvious effectiveness. Both proved categorically false, as the Brazilians finally fought up to their potential and delivered stunning victories.

UFC 229 Odds For The Undercard:

Sergio Pettis (-150) vs. Jussier Formiga (+130)
Vicente Luque (-800) vs. Jalin Turner (+550)
Aspen Ladd (-160) vs. Tonya Evinger (+140)
Alan Patrick (-255) vs. Scott Holtzman (+215)
Yana Kunitskaya (-195) vs. Lina Länsberg (+168)
Nik Lentz (-225) vs. Gray Maynard (+185)
Ryan LaFlare (-140) vs. Tony Martin (+120)

Thoughts: Jussier Formiga is the star of the show, with Lina Lansberg in a bit part.

Sergio Pettis is coming off the best win of his career over a man in Joseph Benavidez who dominated Formiga early in the latter’s UFC run. That said, Benavidez had been out of action for 1.5 years and looked much rougher with his striking than usual, yet still managed to take down Pettis twice. “The Phenom” has been taken down by every UFC opponent he’s faced besides Chris Cariaso, and Formiga sports some of the best back control the Octagon has ever seen. Sure, Pettis is good on the mat, but so were Zach Makovsky, Wilson Reis, Dustin Ortiz and all the others he has dominated in the grappling. The Brazilian deserves to be the favorite here, so trust in his skills.

I’ve never been greatly impressed by Kunitskaya, whose record was largely built against hopeless competition. She does her best work in the clinch, where Lansberg excels, and the latter’s takedown defense and scrambling looked stout against Gina Mazany last time out. It’s worth a minor investment.

UFC 229 Odds For The Main Card:

Khabib Nurmagomedov (-160) vs. Conor McGregor (+150)
Tony Ferguson (-360) vs. Anthony Pettis (+300)
Dominick Reyes (-225) vs. Ovince Saint Preux (+185)
Alexander Volkov (-175) vs. Derrick Lewis (+155)
Felice Herrig (-130) vs. Michele Waterson (+110)

Thoughts: Khabib Nurmagomedov is going to smash Conor McGregor.

Even at the best of times, Nurmagomedov is likely the division’s worst match up for McGregor, a durable and relentless takedown artist who can go five hard rounds. These are not the best of times — McGregor has not stepped into the cage since Nov. 2016 and his only real experience against dedicated wrestlers came against Chad Mendes in 2015. McGregor needs a one-punch finish, and he’s not going to get it before Nurmagomedov gets his hands on him and begins the smashing process.

Meanwhile, a little bit on Derrick Lewis seems wise, too. Volkov gets stronger as the fight progresses, but appears vulnerable to the early takedown, and Lewis really only needs to get on top once. “Black Beast” is too old and inconsistent to bet the house on, but he has a chance.

UFC 229 Best Bets:

  • Single bet — Jussier Formiga: Bet $ 100 to make $ 130
  • Single bet — Lina Lansberg: Bet $ 40 to make $ 67.20
  • Single bet — Khabib Nurmagomedov: Bet $ 100 to make $ 62.50
  • Single bet — Derrick Lewis: Bet $ 30 to make $ 46.50

Do not miss this: It’s going to be bananas!

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The Best Bellator Event of the Year Is Tonight – You Should Tune In

The UFC may have everyone salivating in anticipation of next week’s installment of Conor McGregor: Superhero, but Bellator’s got some big in store tonight. It’s definitely worth tuning in for.

Setting aside Bellator 206‘s  co-main event of Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Wanderlei Silva, which is a joke of a fight, there’s the main event of Gegard Mousasi versus Rory MacDonald.

In case you forgot, Mousasi is the organization’s middleweight champ, while MacDonald is the welterweight champ. And they were top contenders in the UFC when they decided to jump ship and dominant in Bellator.

They are literally two of the best middleweights and welterweights around.

Also… HOLY CRAP MACDONALD IS MOVING UP A WEIGHT CLASS TO FIGHT ONE OF THE BEST! THAT’S INSANE!

I think MacDonald might have bitten off more than he can chew with Mousasi, just based on the size difference. But if there’s anyone on the Bellator roster that can beat Mousasi, it’s MacDonald, so…

If the notion of that ultra-compelling fight doesn’t move you, there’s also a rematch between two of Bellator’s other elite welterweights, Douglas Lima and Andrey Koreshkov. Lima was champ when he knocked out Koreshkov, but now that MacDonald is king, the Brazilian is back in the mix with this, the first fight on Bellator’s welterweight tournament.

Finally, there’s Aaron Pico. The superstar wrestler will forever be living down that dismal Bellator debut last year, but the three subsequent KO/TKOs are helping his cause.

Tune in. I certainly will be.

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The Best Bellator Event of the Year Is Tonight – You Should Tune In

The UFC may have everyone salivating in anticipation of next week’s installment of Conor McGregor: Superhero, but Bellator’s got some big in store tonight. It’s definitely worth tuning in for.

Setting aside Bellator 206‘s  co-main event of Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Wanderlei Silva, which is a joke of a fight, there’s the main event of Gegard Mousasi versus Rory MacDonald.

In case you forgot, Mousasi is the organization’s middleweight champ, while MacDonald is the welterweight champ. And they were top contenders in the UFC when they decided to jump ship and dominant in Bellator.

They are literally two of the best middleweights and welterweights around.

Also… HOLY CRAP MACDONALD IS MOVING UP A WEIGHT CLASS TO FIGHT ONE OF THE BEST! THAT’S INSANE!

I think MacDonald might have bitten off more than he can chew with Mousasi, just based on the size difference. But if there’s anyone on the Bellator roster that can beat Mousasi, it’s MacDonald, so…

If the notion of that ultra-compelling fight doesn’t move you, there’s also a rematch between two of Bellator’s other elite welterweights, Douglas Lima and Andrey Koreshkov. Lima was champ when he knocked out Koreshkov, but now that MacDonald is king, the Brazilian is back in the mix with this, the first fight on Bellator’s welterweight tournament.

Finally, there’s Aaron Pico. The superstar wrestler will forever be living down that dismal Bellator debut last year, but the three subsequent KO/TKOs are helping his cause.

Tune in. I certainly will be.

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BJ Penn vs. Ryan Hall Is the Best BJ Penn Fight We Could Hope For

Hawaiian fighting legend-turned-Hawaiian slow-motion punching bag BJ Penn is a shadow of his former self, and one of the saddest cases of a fighter who should retire but won’t around. But the UFC is pairing him up against TUF winner Ryan Hall for UFC 232, and that is the greatest BJ Penn fight we can hope for.

If you’ll recall, the greatness surrounding Penn began to crumble around when he first lost his lightweight belt to Frankie Edgar. He ended up losing to Edgar two more times, and in his last five fights, has remained win-less.

Penn has gotten the “L” against Nick Diaz, Rory MacDonald, Yair Rodriguez and Dennis Siver, and some of those losses were both heartbreaking and ugly. Because Penn, you see, can no longer take a punch…

…Which makes this Hall match-up so awesome. On a scale of one to ten, with ten being the best, Hall’s jiu-jitsu is a solid eleven. However, on a scale of one to ten, Hall’s striking is about a two – which means that maybe he’ll beat Penn, but he BEAT Penn into a sad pile of hamburger meat.

When it comes to the UFC re-using these formerly retired fighters over and over again until they’re dead, this is the best possible match-up we could have hoped for. If Penn wins, it’ll be via his jiu-jitsu, and he’ll have defeated a recent TUF winner; if Hall wins, it’ll be via jiu-jitsu, and Penn will emerge from the cage without a scratch (or at least without a concussion).

At this stage, what more can you ask for in a BJ Penn fight?

Here’s the UFC’s official release on the fight:

A UFC Hall of Famer and MMA legend will return to the Octagon on December 29, as BJ Penn battles former Ultimate Fighter winner Ryan Hall in a UFC 232 bout at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Back in the Octagon for the first time since June 2017, Hawaii’s Penn storied career has seen him defeat the likes of Matt Hughes, Jens Pulver, Diego Sanchez, Kenny Florian, Matt Serra and Caol Uno en route to a pair of UFC titles at lightweight and welterweight. This December, “The Prodigy” will attempt to hand Hall his first UFC loss. A high level and decorated grappler, Hall will make his first UFC start in two years at UFC 232 as he hopes to add another win to a perfect Octagon record that has seen him defeat Artem Lobov and Gray Maynard.

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