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UFC On ESPN 1 Odds, Under Dogs And Best Bets!

Get a detailed breakdown of the betting lines for UFC on ESPN 1, which is set to hit Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Ariz., this weekend (Sun., Feb. 17, 2019), including best bets, underdogs, favorites and much more!

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight kingpin Cain Velasquez gets an unfriendly welcome back to the Octagon this Sunday (Feb. 17, 2019) when he takes on Francis Ngannou inside Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Ariz., headlining the promotion’s first-ever ESPN Fight Night. Down at Lightweight, James Vick and Paul Felder attempt to rebound from recent defeats at each others’ expense, while Cynthia Calvillo looks to continue her resurgence against Cortney Casey and Kron Gracie makes his Octagon debut against Alex Caceres.

We’re juggling way too many subscriptions these days; therefore, let’s see if we can’t pay for them all in one fell swoop.

What went wrong at UFC 234?

Well, the main event imploded, but we came out unscathed. Devonte Smith, Ricky Simon and Jalin Turner all performed up to expectations.

UFC On ESPN 1 Odds For The Undercard (ESPN+, ESPN):

Jimmie Rivera (-145) vs. Aljamain Sterling (+125)
Manny Bermudez (-200) vs. Benito Lopez (+170)
Andrea Lee (-190) vs. Ashlee Evans-Smith (+165)
Scott Holtzman (-175) vs. Nik Lentz (+155)
Jessica Penne (-160) vs. Jodie Esquibel (+140)
Luke Sanders (-185) vs. Renan Barao (+160)
Aleksandra Albu (-155) vs. Emily Whitmire (+135)

Thoughts: See, UFC 234 organizers? This is what competitive matchmaking is supposed to look like. Practically every line here is reasonable and accurate.

Which is, unfortunately, not ideal for my line of work.

Emily Whitmire seems like a solid underdog investment, though. Albu’s had just one fight in almost four years and looked mediocre against Kailin Curran in that bout. Whitmire’s the more technical striker and Albu’s combination of poor fight IQ and overuse of brute force with her takedowns opens up Whitmire’s ground game.

In addition, a bit on Andrea Lee could work, too. Ashlee Evans-Smith’s wrestling has been sorely underwhelming in the Octagon and Lee should be able to tear her up on the feet.

UFC On ESPN 1 Odds For The Main Card:

Cain Velasquez (-165) vs. Francis Ngannou (+145)
James Vick (-115) vs. Paul Felder (-105)
Cynthia Calvillo (-300) vs. Cortney Casey (+250)
Kron Gracie (-350) vs. Alex Caceres (+290)
Vicente Luque (-360) vs. Bryan Barberena (+300)
Myles Jury (-150) vs. Andre Fili (+130)

Thoughts: This sounds dumb even to me, but I’m sorely tempted to lay down a pittance on Alex Caceres.

Kron Gracie is a monster on the mat, but has been out of action for two years, is still developing his striking, and largely relies on pulling guard to get to his world. It’s a lot harder to trap someone against the edge of the Octagon than the Rizin’ ring, too, so his tendency to just wade in until his opponent runs out of room to retreat isn’t going to be effective. Caceres can win this by staying at range and just picking him off all night, and seeing as we’ve got a bit of a buffer set up after those early successes, I’d say it’s a possibility worth investing in.

UFC on ESPN 1 Best Bets:

  • Single bet — Emily Whitmire: $ 40 to make $ 54
  • Single bet — Andrea Lee: $ 38 to make $ 20
  • Single bet — Alex Caceres: $ 20 to make $ 58

Francis Ngannou vs. Cain Velasquez is the sort of compelling match up the Heavyweight division is short on these days; therefore, you better not miss it. See you Saturday, Maniacs.

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UFC 234 Odds, Under Dogs And Best Bets!

Get a detailed breakdown of the betting lines for UFC 234, which is set to hit Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia, this weekend (Sat., Feb. 9, 2018), including best bets, underdogs, favorites and much more!

Middleweight champion Robert Whittaker helms the first Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) pay-per-view (PPV) event of 2019 in friendly territory this Saturday (Feb. 9, 2019), defending his title against Kelvin Gastelum inside Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia. Rising star Israel Adesanya squares off with the legendary Anderson Silva in UFC 234’s co-main event, while the PPV main card also features Ricky Simon looking for his third consecutive UFC victory against Rani Yahya and Aussie starlet Nadia Kassem facing The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) veteran Montana De La Rosa.

We’ve started 2019 strong, nearly doubling the initial investment in just two events. Let’s see how far we can ride this wave:

What Went Wrong at UFC ‘Fortaleza?’

Misplaced faith in Justin Ledet notwithstanding, we came out well ahead, even with a scare from Livia Renata Souza. Thankfully, the wonky judging didn’t foul up anything.

UFC 234 Odds For The Undercard:

Devonte Smith (-240) vs. Dong Hyun Ma (+200)
Shane Young (-310) vs. Austin Arnett (+255)
Kai Kara-France (-310) vs. Raulian Paiva (+255)
Kyung Ho Kang (-450) vs. Teruto Ishihara (+360)
Lando Vannata (-380) vs. Marcos Mariano (+315)
Jalin Turner (-260) vs. Callan Potter (+220)
Jonathan Martinez (-175) vs. Wuliji Buren (+155)

Thoughts:

You know the matchmaking is good when there’s only one underdog below +200. There is some value to be found in these mismatches, though, in the form of Jalin Turner.

“The Tarantula” got knocked into next week by Vicente Luque, but this time he’s the one getting fed a late-notice victim. Callan Potter, while a capable grappler, is ludicrously outgunned on the feet and has been stopped in all seven of his professional losses. Potter’s too chinny and too easy to hit to survive against a puncher of Turner’s caliber.

Parlaying him together with Devonte Smith offers near-even odds. Ma is entertaining, but has yet to beat a current member of UFC’s roster and gets sucked into brawls far too easily.

UFC 234 Odds For The Main Card:

Robert Whittaker (-250) vs. Kelvin Gastelum (+210)
Israel Adesanya (-670) vs. Anderson Silva (+485)
Ricky Simon (-125) vs. Rani Yahya (+105)
Montana De La Rosa (-265) vs. Nadia Kassem (+225)
Jim Crute (-140) vs. Sam Alvey (+120)

Thoughts:

Not seeing anything here, to be honest. Maybe a small smidge on Simon — Yahya constantly surprises and impresses me, but his gas tank is a liability and Simon has some strong wrestling of his own. I believe the younger man can survive the early Yahya backpack and tear him to pieces late the way Joe Soto did.

UFC 234 Best Bets:

  • Single bet — Devonte Smith and Jalin Turner: $ 52 to make $ 50
  • Single bet — Ricky Simon: $ 50 to make $ 40

UFC 234 features a flat-out amazing main event makes up for some iffy matchmaking further down the list … at least in my book. See you Saturday, Maniacs.

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UFC 232 Odds, Under Dogs And Best Bets!

Get a detailed breakdown of the betting lines for UFC 232, which is set to hit The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., this weekend (Sat., Dec. 29, 2018), including best bets, underdogs, favorites and much more!

Despite Jon Jones’ best efforts, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will cap off 2018 this Saturday (Dec. 29, 2018) with UFC 232, which pits the beleaguered ex-champion against Alexander Gustafsson for the vacant Light Heavyweight belt. Sixty pounds south, Cris Cyborg defends her women’s Featherweight belt against Bantamweight queen Amanda Nunes, while Carlos Condit looks to end his current slump against Welterweight debutant Michael Chiesa.

Let’s face it, $ 60 is a lot to ask for after so much spent on holiday shopping; therefore, let’s recoup that real quick.

What Went Wrong at UFC on FOX 31?

There’s the slightest chance that I may have underestimated Edson Barboza. Dan Hooker’s pressure attack wasn’t nearly as effective as I thought it would be, and once his lead leg was compromised, it was target practice for Barboza. Not a blunder I’ll be forgetting soon. Also, for those of you unaware: one of the bets was a parlay of Jack Hermansson and Andrea Lee. Since Lee didn’t compete on account of Jessica Rose-Clark missing weight, the bet is treated as a straight bet on Hermansson.

UFC 232 Odds For The Undercard:

Walt Harris (-160) vs. Andrei Arlovski (+140)
Cat Zingano (-165) vs. Megan Anderson (+145)
Petr Yan (-275) vs. Douglas Andrade (+235)
Ryan Hall (-525) vs. BJ Penn (+415)
Nathaniel Wood (-115) vs. Andre Ewell (-105)
Uriah Hall (-115) vs. Bevon Lewis (-105)
Curtis Millender (-145) vs. Siyar Bahadurzada (+125)
Montel Jackson (-155) vs. Brian Kelleher (+135)

Thoughts: Granted, Walt Harris is 4-6 in the UFC, but only a -160 favorite against 39-year-old Andrei Arlovski, loser of seven of his last nine? Really? “The Big Ticket” is taller, rangier, faster, and more powerful than Arlovski at this point in “The Pitbull’s” career, not to mention the fact that Arlovski looked terribly mediocre even in his two victories since 2015. Harris should shred him, so shred the bookies in turn.

Curtis Millender seems a bit undervalued against Siyar Bahadurzada as well. He’s got a considerable amount of height and reach over the Afghan knockout artist, who hits hard but doesn’t have many methods of closing the distance besides just wading forward alternating hooks. “Curtious,” never before stopped by strikes, should be able to piece him up at long range.

UFC 232 Odds For The Main Card:

Jon Jones (-265) vs. Alexander Gustafsson (+245)
Cristiane Justino (-255) v. Amanda Nunes (+235)
Michael Chiesa (-175) vs. Carlos Condit (+155)
Ilir Latifi (-155) vs. Corey Anderson (+135)
Chad Mendes (-155) vs. Alexander Volkanovski (+135)

Thoughts: These are the best odds you’re ever going to get on Cris “Cyborg,” so don’t waste the opportunity. Nunes will struggle to outwrestle her or get the better of exchanges, and honestly shouldn’t trouble her fellow Brazilian terribly much.

UFC 232 Best Bets:

  • Parlay — Walt Harris and Cristiane Justino: Bet $ 60 to make $ 75.60
  • Single bet — Curtis Millender: Bet $ 50 to make $ 34.48

Make some money … start the new year right! See you Saturday, Maniacs.

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BJJ Great Ralph Gracie Under Investigation For Felony Battery

Brazilian jiu-jitsu great Ralph Gracie is currently under investigation for felony battery following an altercation with fellow coach Flavio Almeida at the World IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi Championship at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif., earlier this month, according to Anaheim Police Department spokesperson Sgt. Daron Wyatt (via MMA Fighting).

Per Wyatt, a report was filed and is currently being investigated, adding that the district attorney has yet to be presented with the case to file any sort of criminal charges (if necessary).

Adding to the police report is the below video, which evidently shows Gracie getting into an argument with Almeida in the crowd before launching a vicious elbow to the face. The video, however, doesn’t show what transpired before and after the altercation between the two coaches.

According to a statement by Gracie Barra, an organization in which Almeida serves as a key executive, the BJJ coach has been advised to take some time off and rest following the attack.

“As you may know, while coaching at the World No-Gi Championships, Flavio was viciously attacked,” the statement read. “The attack was completely by surprise, was unprovoked and did not allow Flavio a chance to protect himself. It was clear that the attack was meant to hurt Flavio personally, and also to intimidate Gracie Barra. The police are involved and are investigating. Flavio’s doctors have advised him to take time to rest with this family and recover from his injuries under their care, and to resume work when he is able. We very much appreciate your concern. We will address this situation further when the time is right.”

In addition, famed MMA coach Ricardo Almeida, brother of Flavio, delivered the following message to Instagram in an attempt to find reason in the altercation:

“Once in a lifetime something happens that make you question the very foundation of what you believe in.” Almeida wrote. “ … I feel confused, betrayed and powerless. Thanks to everyone who reached out asking about my brother Flavio, he is recovering under medical care.”

Gracie, 47, failed to respond when MMA Fighting reached out for a comment. The BJJ black belt was expected to make his return to MMA under the ONE Championship banner sometime next year.

Stick with Mania for ongoing updates.

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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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Current Total: $ 1050.80

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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.

Initial Investment For 2018: $ 300
Current Total: $ 928.19

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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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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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