Fight Matrix Program – UFC 252: Miocic vs. Cormier 3 (2020-08-15)

9 Aug , 2020,
Jason

Heavyweight Championship (265)
[#1/#5P4P] Stipe Miocic (19-3-0, -111) vs. [#2/#9P4P] Daniel Cormier (22-2-0, -113)
Stipe Miocic is the All-Time #3 ranked Heavyweight and #15 ranked Absolute fighter.
Daniel Cormier is the All-Time #13 ranked Heavyweight and #11 ranked Absolute fighter.

Last 3 Fights: Stipe Miocic (2-1-0)
2019-08-17: W vs. [#2HW+/#9P4P] Daniel Cormier (22-2-0) via TKO (Punches) in 4:09 of round 4
2018-07-07: L vs. [#2HW+/#9P4P] Daniel Cormier (22-2-0) via KO (Punches) in 4:33 of round 1
2018-01-20: W vs. [#3HW+] Francis Ngannou (15-3-0) via UD (50-44, 50-44, 50-44)

Last 3 Fights: Daniel Cormier (2-1-0)
2019-08-17: L vs. [#1HW+/#5P4P] Stipe Miocic (19-3-0) via TKO (Punches) in 4:09 of round 4
2018-11-03: W vs. [#5HW+] Derrick Lewis (24-7-0) via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) in 2:14 of round 2
2018-07-07: W vs. [#1HW+/#5P4P] Stipe Miocic (19-3-0) via KO (Punches) in 4:33 of round 1

System Favorite Rating Rating Diff Win %
Betting Odds Daniel Cormier -113 50.20%
Elo K170 Stipe Miocic 2325.93 +35.56 54.05%
Elo Modified Stipe Miocic 2296.39 +34.58 53.78%
Glicko-1 Stipe Miocic 2430.16 +66.44 59.45%
WHR Stipe Miocic 2236.45 +16.95 51.93%

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Stipe Miocic 364, Daniel Cormier 364
Previous Match-up Record: Even: 1-1-0
Wins Against Common Opposition: Even: Both have 1 win(s) against common opposition.
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Bantamweight (135)
[#23] Sean OMalley (12-0-0, -319) vs. [#28] Marlon Vera (16-6-1, +248)

Last 3 Fights: Sean OMalley (3-0-0)
2020-06-06: W vs. [#56BW] Eddie Wineland (24-14-1) via KO (Punch) in 1:54 of round 1
2020-03-07: W vs. [#93BW] Jose Alberto Quinonez (8-4-0) via TKO (Punches) in 2:02 of round 1
2018-03-03: W vs. [#111BW] Andre Soukhamthath (13-8-0) via UD (29-28, 29-27, 29-27)

Last 3 Fights: Marlon Vera (2-1-0)
2020-05-16: L vs. [#16BW] Yadong Song (16-4-1) via UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
2019-10-12: W vs. [#55BW] Andre Ewell (16-6-0) via TKO (Elbow and Punches) in 3:17 of round 3
2019-07-06: W vs. [#167BW] Nohelin Hernandez (10-4-0) via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) in 3:25 of round 2

System Favorite Rating Rating Diff Win %
Betting Odds Sean OMalley -319 72.59%
Elo K170 Sean OMalley 1767.59 +81.27 59.18%
Elo Modified Sean OMalley 1798.87 +116.44 62.47%
Glicko-1 Sean OMalley 1844.44 +105.31 64.71%
WHR Sean OMalley 1721.94 +111.80 62.50%

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Sean OMalley 70, Marlon Vera 91
Previous Match-up Record: No previous match-ups.
Wins Against Common Opposition: No common opposition or both are winless against common opposition.
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Light Heavyweight (205)
[#21] Magomed Ankalaev (13-1-0, -304) vs. [#40] Ion Cutelaba (15-5-0, +239)

Last 3 Fights: Magomed Ankalaev (3-0-0)
2020-02-29: W vs. [#40LHW] Ion Cutelaba (15-5-0) via TKO (Punches and Kicks) in 0:38 of round 1
2019-11-09: W vs. [#68LHW] Dalcha Lungiambula (10-2-0) via KO (Front Kick and Punch) in 0:29 of round 3
2019-02-23: W vs. [#43LHW] Klidson Abreu (15-5-0) via UD (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)

Last 3 Fights: Ion Cutelaba (1-2-0)
2020-02-29: L vs. [#21LHW] Magomed Ankalaev (13-1-0) via TKO (Punches and Kicks) in 0:38 of round 1
2019-09-28: W vs. [#44LHW] Khalil Rountree (8-5-0) via TKO (Elbows) in 2:35 of round 1
2019-04-27: L vs. [#7LHW] Glover Teixeira (31-7-0) via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) in 3:37 of round 2

System Favorite Rating Rating Diff Win %
Betting Odds Magomed Ankalaev -304 71.83%
Elo K170 Magomed Ankalaev 1870.41 +257.72 76.45%
Elo Modified Magomed Ankalaev 1873.45 +234.88 73.65%
Glicko-1 Magomed Ankalaev 1933.39 +249.52 80.79%
WHR Magomed Ankalaev 1809.53 +208.47 72.16%

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Magomed Ankalaev 168, Ion Cutelaba 168
Previous Match-up Record: Magomed Ankalaev leads 1-0-0
Wins Against Common Opposition: No common opposition or both are winless against common opposition.
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Featured Upcoming Bouts (Outside of UFC)

Friday, August 21st 2020: Bellator 244: Bader vs. Nemkov
 [#2 LHW] Ryan Bader [#6 LHW] Vadim Nemkov
Last Fight Date: 9/07/2019 [BellatorFC]
Last Opponent: [#11 HW] Cheick Kongo
Last 5: W W W W NC
Last Fight Date: 10/12/2019 [BellatorFC]
Last Opponent: [#37 LHW] Rafael Carvalho
Last 5: W W W W W
Thursday, September 17th 2020: Invicta FC 42: Cummins vs. Zappitella
 [#7 W105] Ashley Cummins [#8 W105] Alesha Zappitella
Last Fight Date: 2/07/2020 [Invicta FC]
Last Opponent: [#40 W115] Jinh Yu Frey
Last 5: W L W W L
Last Fight Date: 7/02/2020 [Invicta FC]
Last Opponent: [#14 W105] Lindsey VanZandt
Last 5: W L L W W
Friday, September 11th 2020: Bellator 245
 [#5 LHW] Phil Davis [#12 LHW] Lyoto Machida
Last Fight Date: 10/25/2019 [BellatorFC]
Last Opponent: [#70 LHW] Karl Albrektsson
Last 5: W W L W W
Last Fight Date: 9/28/2019 [BellatorFC]
Last Opponent: [#5 MW] Gegard Mousasi
Last 5: W W W W L

Current MMA Rankings Updated (08-09-2020)

Aug , 2020,
Jason

Notable Info

  • Women’s Featherweight expanded to Top 20 (from 15).

Looking Back At The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time

7 Aug , 2020,
A. J. Riot

If you were to take all the boxers in the middleweight category and pitted them against each other, betting on your champ would be an exciting but tough challenge. As the standard male falls into the 160-lbs weight category, it is unsurprising that this is a weight division with a huge depth of talent.

Which of the greats in this weight bracket would demolish the field with their might? Here we run through some of the possibilities for the top spot, so you can begin to make your choice who to put your money on.

Stanley Ketchell

It is difficult to take different generations of boxers and compare them. Ketchell, in 1908, dispatched Sullivan as World Champion with an ease that few could have predicted. He then went on to floor the heavyweight champion Jack Johnson, which was billed as David against Goliath. This talented boxer was murdered in 2020 at the age of 24, so who knows what his potential would have been. Also, imagine if he had the input of today’s psychologist, physiotherapists and professional trainers! He would have been an unstoppable force!

Emile Griffin

Griffin spent a lot of his career in the welterweights, where he would have come in as the greatest of all time without a doubt. However, he also deserves to rank in the greats of the middleweights, as he was the first native of the US Virgin Islands to take the world title. While you might look at his record and think it is nothing special, it is because he carried on fighting way too long. He cemented his talent and skill by becoming a world-class training, helping to train Wilfred Benitez and Juan LaPorte.

Dick Tiger

Born in Nigeria but an immigrant to Liverpool, England, Dick Tiger beat Fullmer to win the world title, retaining the title three times in meetings with this classy boxer. In the third match-up, Tiger knocked Fullmer out. He has made many lists for the best boxer in any category, so deserves a high place in the greats of the middleweights.

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Bellator 243: Ranking History for Benson Henderson and Michael Chandler

5 Aug , 2020,
Richard Mann
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In the main event of Bellator 243, former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson takes on former Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler in a rematch of their 2016 bout. Both have slipped slightly in the rankings since their first encounter, but they are both currently ranked inside the top 20.

Despite spending the majority of their careers in different promotions, both fighters have had prolonged success, mostly in the lightweight division. Neither fighter has been ranked lower than 20th since 2011. Henderson’s peak quarterly ranking came on July 1, 2013 at #1 lightweight during his UFC title reign. Chandler’s peak ranking actually came in the same quarter when he was ranked #3 lightweight.

Chandler is reportedly on the last fight of his Bellator contract. If the promotion allows his deal to lapse, he could follow fellow former Bellator champion Eddie Alvarez’s path to the UFC. Alvarez left Bellator in 2013 as the #6 lightweight and captured the top spot, as well as the UFC title, in the Octagon.

Fight Matrix Program – UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Oleynik (2020-08-08)

2 Aug , 2020,
Jason

Heavyweight (265)
[#5] Derrick Lewis (23-8-0, -270) vs. [#12] Alexey Oleynik (61-13-1, +215)
Derrick Lewis is the All-Time #30 ranked Heavyweight fighter.

Last 3 Fights: Derrick Lewis (2-1-0)
2020-02-08: W vs. [#47HW+] Ilir Latifi (14-8-0) via UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
2019-11-02: W vs. [#16HW+] Blagoy Ivanov (18-4-0) via SD (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
2019-03-09: L vs. [#6HW+] Junior dos Santos (21-7-0) via TKO (Punches) in 1:58 of round 2

Last 3 Fights: Alexey Oleynik (2-1-0)
2020-05-09: W vs. [#10HW+] Fabricio Werdum (24-9-1) via SD (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
2020-01-18: W vs. [#48HW+] Maurice Greene (9-4-0) via Submission (Armbar) in 4:38 of round 2
2019-07-20: L vs. [#20HW+] Walt Harris (13-8-0) via KO (Knee and Punches) in 0:12 of round 1

System Favorite Rating Rating Diff Win %
Betting Odds Derrick Lewis -270 69.68%
Elo K170 Derrick Lewis 2061.74 +228.75 73.98%
Elo Modified Derrick Lewis 2018.46 +206.60 71.18%
Glicko-1 Derrick Lewis 2063.76 +191.99 75.12%
WHR Derrick Lewis 1860.87 +105.82 61.85%

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Derrick Lewis 182, Alexey Oleynik 91
Previous Match-up Record: No previous match-ups.
Wins Against Common Opposition: Alexey Oleynik leads 4-3
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Middleweight (185)
[#12] Omari Akhmedov (20-4-1, -112) vs. [#15] Chris Weidman (14-5-0, -112)
Chris Weidman is the All-Time #2 ranked Middleweight and #18 ranked Absolute fighter.

Last 3 Fights: Omari Akhmedov (3-0-0)
2019-12-14: W vs. [#16MW] Ian Heinisch (14-3-0) via UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
2019-09-07: W vs. [#36MW] Zak Cummings (23-7-0) via UD (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
2019-03-09: W vs. [*] Tim Boetsch (21-13-0) via UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Last 3 Fights: Chris Weidman (1-2-0)
2019-10-18: L vs. [#8LHW] Dominick Reyes (12-1-0) via KO (Punches) in 1:43 of round 1
2018-11-03: L vs. [#9LHW] Ronaldo Souza (26-8-0) via KO (Punches) in 2:46 of round 3
2017-07-22: W vs. [#10MW] Kelvin Gastelum (15-6-0) via Submission (Arm Triangle Choke) in 3:45 of round 3

System Favorite Rating Rating Diff Win %
Betting Odds Chris Weidman -112 50.00%
Elo K170 Omari Akhmedov 1942.68 +69.86 57.91%
Elo Modified Omari Akhmedov 1924.87 +19.84 52.17%
Glicko-1 Omari Akhmedov 1947.00 +9.03 51.30%
WHR Omari Akhmedov 1856.35 +104.96 61.76%

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Omari Akhmedov 238, Chris Weidman 295
Previous Match-up Record: No previous match-ups.
Wins Against Common Opposition: No common opposition or both are winless against common opposition.
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Middleweight (185)
[#59] Darren Stewart (11-5-0) vs. [#113] Maki Pitolo (13-5-0)

Last 3 Fights: Darren Stewart (2-1-0)
2020-03-20: L vs. [#31MW] Bartosz Fabinski (15-3-0) via UD (30-26, 30-27, 30-26)
2019-10-18: W vs. [#79MW] Deron Winn (6-2-0) via SD (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)
2019-06-08: W vs. [#116MW] Bevon Lewis (7-2-0) via UD (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Last 3 Fights: Maki Pitolo (2-1-0)
2020-06-06: W vs. [#179MW] Charles Byrd (10-7-0) via TKO (Punches) in 1:10 of round 2
2019-10-05: L vs. [#194WW] Callan Potter (18-9-0) via UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
2019-07-09: W vs. [#254MW] Justin Michael Sumter (7-3-0) via TKO (Punches) in 1:37 of round 1

System Favorite Rating Rating Diff Win %
Elo K170 Darren Stewart 1537.18 +25.37 52.90%
Elo Modified Darren Stewart 1554.77 +7.28 50.80%
Glicko-1 Maki Pitolo 1580.20 +32.96 54.73%
WHR Maki Pitolo 1480.69 +10.56 51.21%

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Darren Stewart 141, Maki Pitolo 63
Previous Match-up Record: No previous match-ups.
Wins Against Common Opposition: Even: Both have 1 win(s) against common opposition.
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Fight Matrix Program – UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Shahbazyan (2020-08-01)

26 Jul , 2020,
Jason

Middleweight (186)
[#11] Derek Brunson (20-7-0, 186.0lb, +268) vs. [#21] Edmen Shahbazyan (11-0-0, 185.5lb, -347)
Derek Brunson is the All-Time #49 ranked Middleweight fighter.

Last 3 Fights: Derek Brunson (2-1-0)
2019-08-17: W vs. [#16MW] Ian Heinisch (14-3-0) via UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
2019-05-04: W vs. [#19MW] Elias Theodorou (17-3-0) via UD (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
2018-11-03: L vs. [#1MW/#9DD/#7P4P] Israel Adesanya (19-0-0) via TKO (Knees and Punches) in 4:51 of round 1

Last 3 Fights: Edmen Shahbazyan (3-0-0)
2019-11-02: W vs. [#30MW] Brad Tavares (17-6-0) via KO (Head Kick) in 2:27 of round 1
2019-07-06: W vs. [#110MW] Jack Marshman (23-9-0) via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) in 1:12 of round 1
2019-03-02: W vs. [#183MW] Charles Byrd (10-7-0) via TKO (Elbows and Punches) in 0:38 of round 1

System Favorite Rating Rating Diff Win %
Betting Odds Edmen Shahbazyan -347 74.07%
Elo K170 Derek Brunson 2000.88 +187.59 70.21%
Elo Modified Derek Brunson 1983.56 +215.96 72.02%
Glicko-1 Derek Brunson 2012.88 +191.09 75.02%
WHR Derek Brunson 1873.20 +213.47 72.62%

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Derek Brunson 350, Edmen Shahbazyan 273
Previous Match-up Record: No previous match-ups.
Wins Against Common Opposition: No common opposition or both are winless against common opposition.
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Women Flyweight (126)
[#6] Jennifer Maia (17-6-1, 124.5lb, +126) vs. [#9] Joanne Calderwood (14-4-0, 126.0lb, -152)
Jennifer Maia is the All-Time #23 ranked Women’s fighter.

Last 3 Fights: Jennifer Maia (2-1-0)
2019-11-02: L vs. [#2FLY/#7P4P] Katlyn Chookagian (14-3-0) via UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
2019-07-20: W vs. [#14FLY] Roxanne Modafferi (24-17-0) via UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
2019-03-23: W vs. [#21FLY] Alexis Davis (19-10-0) via UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Last 3 Fights: Joanne Calderwood (2-1-0)
2019-09-07: W vs. [#22FLY] Andrea Lee (11-4-0) via SD (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
2019-06-08: L vs. [#2FLY/#7P4P] Katlyn Chookagian (14-3-0) via UD (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
2019-01-19: W vs. [#20FLY] Ariane Lipski (13-5-0) via UD (30-26, 30-26, 30-27)

System Favorite Rating Rating Diff Win %
Betting Odds Joanne Calderwood -152 57.68%
Elo K170 Jennifer Maia 1586.22 +40.85 54.65%
Elo Modified Jennifer Maia 1582.17 +50.25 55.48%
Glicko-1 Jennifer Maia 1564.14 +60.38 58.60%
WHR Jennifer Maia 1523.15 +28.78 53.28%

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Jennifer Maia 273, Joanne Calderwood 329
Previous Match-up Record: No previous match-ups.
Wins Against Common Opposition: Even: Both have 1 win(s) against common opposition.
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Welterweight (170)
[#17] Vicente Luque (18-7-1, 170.5lb, -205) vs. [#40] Randy Brown (12-3-0, 170.5lb, +168)

Last 3 Fights: Vicente Luque (2-1-0)
2020-05-09: W vs. [#51WW] Niko Price (14-4-0) via TKO (Doctor Stoppage in 3:37 of round 3
2019-11-02: L vs. [#8WW] Stephen Thompson (15-4-1) via UD (30-26, 30-26, 29-27)
2019-08-10: W vs. [#25WW] Mike Perry (14-6-0) via SD (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Last 3 Fights: Randy Brown (2-1-0)
2019-11-16: W vs. [#73WW] Warlley Alves (13-4-0) via Submission (Triangle Choke) in 1:22 of round 2
2019-06-22: W vs. [#88WW] Bryan Barberena (14-7-0) via TKO (Punches) in 2:54 of round 3
2018-07-14: L vs. [#51WW] Niko Price (14-4-0) via KO (Punches) in 1:09 of round 2

System Favorite Rating Rating Diff Win %
Betting Odds Vicente Luque -205 64.30%
Elo K170 Vicente Luque 1923.53 +184.57 69.92%
Elo Modified Vicente Luque 1899.29 +137.77 64.64%
Glicko-1 Vicente Luque 1973.80 +177.03 73.48%
WHR Vicente Luque 1844.77 +142.37 65.71%

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Vicente Luque 84, Randy Brown 259
Previous Match-up Record: No previous match-ups.
Wins Against Common Opposition: Vicente Luque leads 4-1
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Four of the Most Educated MMA Fighters

Jul , 2020,
A. J. Riot

MMA has become widespread in the world since the 90’s of the last century, but the roots of mixed fights go back many centuries. The BC Olympic Games included Pankration, the oldest recorded example of a combat sport. MMA has become quite common among college students. This is absolutely normal, as a career in MMA is associated with high incomes and provides considerable popularity to fighters. Besides, MMA training is great for physical fitness. Regular workouts will help you get in good physical shape, all major muscle groups are utilized in martial arts classes and decent cardio is given. The psychological stress of sparring has an additional effect. However, with all the advantages of studying MMA, you should not drop out of university. We have compiled a list of a few MMA fighters with a higher education diploma.

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Top 3 Fights That We Need To See In The UFC This Year

23 Jul , 2020,
A. J. Riot

It has been a remarkable year for all sports, but no sport has been able to adapt in the way that the UFC has. Dana White has consistently reiterated that he wants to continue putting on events for fans, despite audiences not able to be present.

Fight Island is one of the most exciting additions to UFC in recent years and has made for must-see sporting action. Fans will once again be treated to another blockbuster event this weekend as Darren Till, and Robert Whittaker go head to head, but what fights are fans all hoping to see at some point this year?

Conor McGregor vs Khabib Nurmagomedov

The obvious fight that all fans want to see at some point in the future is the rematch between Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov. Tensions between the two have refused to go away, and the scene has been set for two years fro a rematch. There were fears earlier this year that fans may never get the rematch that they craved when McGregor revealed that he was retiring from UFC action.

However, it isn’t the first time that the Irishman has pulled this stunt and he will likely be tempted back into the octagon. The fight between the two in 2018 was a thrilling affair, as Khabib ruthlessly beat McGregor by forcing him to tap-out.

The fact that these two fighters really don’t like each other means that it is bound to sell. However, whether the UFC are likely to stage one of their biggest ever fights without fans in attendance looks very unlikely.

After all if Conor and Khabib were in horse racing, they would be equaled to Triple Crown winners and you want to cash on winning horses don’t you?

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