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Max Holloway vs Frankie Edgar odds: ‘Blessed’ opens as sizable favorite over ‘The Answer’ for UFC 222 main event
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight champion, Max Holloway, is all set to defend his 145-pound title against ex-lightweight kingpin Frankie Edgar in the UFC 222 pay-per-view (PPV) main event (details), locked and loaded for Sat., March 3, 2018 inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
And he’ll do it as the -280 favorite (5/14).
That’s according to our fiscal friends at Bovada, who opened Edgar at +225 (3/4). That’s not a far cry from their original betting line at UFC 218, a booking that was ultimately scrapped when the challenger was felled by a nasty eye injury.
With “The Answer” fielding questions from this doubting Thomas, “Blessed” (19-3) went on to eliminate former champion Jose Aldo from the 145-pound title race, in what amounted to the Hawaiian’s twelfth straight win (and third straight finish).
Edgar (22-5-1), meanwhile, has not competed since beating the brakes off Yair Rodriguez last May, one of two consecutive wins after the aforementioned Aldo (temporarily) bounced him from the featherweight title picture.
So … these odds sound about right to you?
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returned to the hurt business last night (Sat., Dec. 30, 2017) for UFC 219, which took place inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
In the main event of the evening, Cris Cyborg defeated Holly Holm after five intense rounds to hold on to her women’s Featherweight title in a highly-entertaining title fight (see it again here). In the co-main event, Khaib Nurmagomedov smothered Edson Barboza for five rounds to stake his claim as the No. 1 contender in the lightweight division (highlights).
Winner: Cris Cyborg
Who She Should Fight Next: Megan Anderson
Cris and Anderson were all set to throw down this past summer at UFC 214 before personal issues forced the Invicta FC Featherweight champion out of the title fight. Megan’s hasn’t competed since then, so it only makes sense to have Cris’s next title defense come against her. I mean, it’s not like the 145-pound weight class is filled with contenders at the moment. The bout will without a doubt pit the two best female 145-pound fighters in the world, so at the end of the day it’s a no-brainer.
Winner: Khabib Nurmagomedov
Who He Should Fight Next: Tony Ferguson
Conor McGregor is not walking through that door. At least not until next summer. Then again, I still wouldn’t hold my breath on that happening, as “Notorious” can and will do whatever he wants, so if he chooses to extended his hiatus even more, Ferguson’s best option is to face Khabib in an interim title fight. It’s probably not the sexy fight “El Cucuy” wants, but if he wants to get paid, taking on “The Eagle” is his best bet. And who knows, should Conor decided to not return when Dana White predicted, then the promotion could very well strip him of the strap — which they should done a long time ago — and crown Ferguson the real champion, making Khabib vs Ferguson for the real strap.
Winner: Dan Hooker
Who He Should Fight Next: James Vick
Hooker looked impressive in his third-round submission win over Marc Diakiese, and he is on the verge of breaking into the top 15. Before he gets there, he will need to acquire one or two more impressive wins. That’s why I’d like to see him face off against No. 15 ranked James Vick. James has been on a roll as of late, too, winning three in a row including his most previous win against Joseph Duffy at UFC 217. It may be hard to convince Vick to take the fight, as he will likely want a ranked for next, but I really like this fight.
Winner: Carla Esparza
Who She Should Fight Next: Karolina Kowalkiewicz
Calvillo is without a doubt the real deal. But after suffering a loss to former women’s Strawweight champion Carla Esparza, the Team Alpha Male-trained fighter is forced to start from scratch. For Esparza, though, the win is a huge step in her march to reclaiming her title. Up next for “Cookie Monster” should be a fight against former title contender Karoline Kowalkiewicz. Karolina got back on the winning track after dropping two straight by taking out Jodie Esquibel in her previous outing. A matchup between these two ladies will clear up the title picture, though they victor will likely have to wait a bit for a championship fight, as Jessica Andrade and Tecia Torres are set to tango in a few months in a bout that will produce the next title contender. After Joanna Jedrzejczyk, of course.
Winner: Neil Magny
Who He Should Fight Next: Jorge Masvidal
Magny got back on the winning track by absolutely dominating former interim 170-pound champion Carlos Condit. Up next, I’d love to see Neil face off against “Gamebred.” Masvidal came up short in his previous two bouts, I get it, but the fight still makes sense rankings wise. Jorge is six spots ahead of Condit, so Neil getting a win over Masvidal will surely put him into the top 10 in a very crowded division. Plus, both men like to stand-and-bang, so the fight will be an all-out brawl and treat for fans.
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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returned to the hurt business last night (Sat., Nov. 25, 2017) for UFC Fight Night 122, which took place inside Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, China. The UFC Fight Pass event featured a Middleweight showdown which saw Kelvin Gastelum flatten former division champion Michael Bisping in the very first round with a vicious knockout (see it again here).
Winner: Kelvin Gastelum
Who He Should Fight Next: Luke Rockhold
Kelvin wants an interim title fight against title holder Robert Whittaker. But that’s not going to happen, though you can’t blame Kelvin for taking his shot. That said, I’d like to see the former Ultimate Fighter (TUF) take on former 185-pound champion, Luke Rockhold. Luke has also been eying a shot at the strap, but after one win, he isn’t there yet. Booking these two men against one another makes sense, as Luke is the only top fighter in the division without a fight lined up, or in the works. The winner of the matchup could make a big case for a shot at the championship belt.
Winner: Li Jingliang
Who He Should Fight Next: Alex Garcia
Why not? Li called for the fight after his win over Zak Ottow, and it’s not a bad idea. Li has been on a tear as of late, winning four in a row. Garcia has been fighting inside the Octagon since 2013 with mixed results, failing to capture a big significant win in order to catapult him onto people’s radars. After getting back on track against Muslim Salikhov, I’m feeling a fight between Alex and Li. They will both have the same recovery time and should be gearing up for a return around the same time.
Winner: Wang Guan
Who He Should Fight Next: Rolando Dy
We’re just following the UFC’s matchmaking model — which seems to have fallen by the wayside over the years — with this one, folks. Cacares last win was over Dy. Since then, Rolando has gone 1-1, winning his last outing against Burne Wuliji. I like this fight between these two up-and-coming fighters. Both are coming off an win and both would love nothing more than to score back-to-back wins inside the Octagon in order to start ruffling some feathers in the divisions.
Winner: Alex Garcia
Who He Should Fight Next: Li Jingliang
To get full UFC Fight Night 122 play-by-play updates and results click here.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returned to the hurt business last night (Sat., Nov. 11, 2017) for UFC Fight Night 120, which took place inside Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Virginia. The Fox Sports 1 event featured a Lightweight bout that saw Dustin Poirier and Anthony Pettis put on a blood way which ended in “Showtime” tapping to an apparent injury, giving Dustin the win (see it again here).
In the co-main event, Matt Brown absolutely annihilated Diego Sanchez with a vicious elbow in the very first round to put a bow on his MMA career (see it again here).
Winner: Dustin Poirier
Who He Should Fight Next: Alvarez vs Gaethje winner
In what proved to be an entertaining, back-and-forth bloody war, Poirier earned a massive win over the former Lightweight champion of the world after Pettis tapped in the third and final round from what seemed to be a busted up rib cage. Nevertheless, prior to his callout, I had Poirier lined up to face the winner of the upcoming bout between Eddie Alvarez and Justin Gaethje at UFC 218. And since “The Diamond” wants it, too, I don’t see why UFC matchmakers wouldn’t oblige. It would give Poirier a chance to re-do the dance with Alvarez, or face a “Highlight”-making machine in Gaethje. Either way, it’s a good time all around.
Winner: Matt Brown
Who He Should Fight Next: ???
Kick back, enjoy your family and retirement — if he ultimately decides to follow through.
Winner: Cezar Ferreira
Who He Should Fight Next: Kryzysztof Jotko
Cezar has been trying his hardest to break into the top 15. And after taking out Nate Marquardt last night in Norfolk, he’s getting closer. A matchup — and more importantly a win — over Jotko can basically get him there. Jotko has dropped his previous two outings, but he is still hanging on to the No. 13 ranking at Middleweight. A win over Ferreira can not only get him back on track, but assure his spot among the best middleweights in the world. For Cezar, taking out a ranked opponent more than likely assures him taking his spot.
Winner: Andrei Arlovski
Who He Should Fight Next: Stefan Struve
Arlovksi finally got back on the winning track, breaking his five-fight losing streak by outlasting Junior Albini in Virginia in a hard-fought battle. Despite getting back inot the winners circle, don’t expect for “The Pitbull” to start taking on the cream of the crop so soon. That’s going to take some time. Until then, I’d like to see him face off against Struve, he came up short against Alexander Volkov in his last fight. There aren’t a whole lot of other options that make sense for either man, and the fight would make for a fresh one, as they have yet to face one another.
Winner: Raphael Assuncao
Who He Should Fight Next: John Lineker
Both Raphael and Lineker proved victorious in their previous bouts against Mathew Lopez and Marlon Vera, respectively, and both of their previous losses came to the current champion, T.J. Dillashaw. And since they are ranked at No. 4 (Assuncao) and No. 5 (Lineker) matching them up against one another makes sense. The win won’t necessarily get them a title shot, but could set them up for a No. 1 contenders bout, which will likely get them closer to a rematch against “The Viper.”
Winner: Clay Guida
Who He Should Fight Next: Francisco Trinaldo
Guida has looked great since moving back up to Lightweight, winning two in a row including his latest victory, a first round technical knockout victory over Joe Lauzon in what was his 25th fights inside the Octagon (see it again here). Still, “The Carpenter” has to put a bit more work in if he wants to crack the top 15, as the division is stacked with contenders. That said, it only makes sense to have him take on the No. 15 ranked fighter in Francisco Trinaldo. The Brazilian bomber got back on the winning track just a few weeks ago by taking out Jim Miller. Both Francisco and Clay like to bang, so the bout will definitely deliver in that area and allow each man to raise his stock in a very crowded division.
To get full UFC Fight Night 120 play-by-play updates and results click here.