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Heavyweight (265)
[#3] Fabricio Werdum (22-7-1, -354) vs. [#17] Marcin Tybura (16-2-0, +280)
Fabricio Werdum is the All-Time #4 ranked Heavyweight and #16 ranked Absolute fighter.

Last 3 Fights: Fabricio Werdum (2-1-0)
2017-10-07: W vs. [#55HW+] Walt Harris (10-7-0) via Submission (Armbar) in 1:05 of round 1
2017-07-08: L vs. [#2HW+/#8DD] Alistair Overeem (43-15-0) via MD (28-28, 29-28, 29-28)
2016-09-10: W vs. [#16HW+] Travis Browne (18-7-1) via UD (30-27, 29-27, 29-28)

Last 3 Fights: Marcin Tybura (3-0-0)
2017-06-17: W vs. [#20HW+] Andrei Arlovski (26-15-0) via UD (29-28, 28-27, 29-27)
2017-03-04: W vs. [#129HW+] Luis Henrique Barbosa de (10-4-0) via TKO (Punches) in 3:46 of round 3
2016-08-06: W vs. [#71HW+] Viktor Pesta (11-4-0) via KO (Head Kick) in 0:53 of round 2

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Fabricio Werdum 42, Marcin Tybura 154
Previous Match-up Record: No previous match-ups.
Wins Against Common Opposition: Marcin Tybura leads 1-0
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Women Flyweight (125)
[#38BW] Jessica-Rose Clark (7-4-0) vs. [#57SW] Bec Rawlings (7-6-0)

Last 3 Fights: Jessica-Rose Clark (1-2-0)
2017-08-18: W vs. [#60BW] Carina Damm (23-14-0) via SD ()
2017-03-18: L vs. [#17BW] Sarah Kaufman (18-4-0) via UD ()
2016-11-18: L vs. [#15FW] Pam Sorenson (6-2-0) via SD (28-29, 30-27, 30-27)

Last 3 Fights: Bec Rawlings (1-2-0)
2017-02-04: L vs. [#10SW] Tecia Torres (9-1-0) via UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
2016-08-27: L vs. [#36SW] Paige VanZant (7-3-0) via KO (Head Kick and Punches) in 0:17 of round 2
2016-03-19: W vs. [#2AW] Seo Hee Ham (17-8-0) via UD (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Jessica-Rose Clark 92, Bec Rawlings 287
Previous Match-up Record: No previous match-ups.
Wins Against Common Opposition: Jessica-Rose Clark leads 1-0
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Welterweight (170)
[#34] Tim Means (27-8-1) vs. [#46] Belal Muhammad (12-2-0)

Last 3 Fights: Tim Means (1-1-0, 1 NC)
2017-06-25: W vs. [#88WW] Alex Garcia (14-4-0) via UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
2017-03-11: L vs. [#9WW] Alex Oliveira (17-4-1) via SUB in 2:38 of round 2
2016-12-30: NC vs. [#9WW] Alex Oliveira (17-4-1)

Last 3 Fights: Belal Muhammad (2-1-0)
2017-07-08: W vs. [#128WW] Jordan Mein (29-12-0) via UD (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
2017-02-11: W vs. [#109WW] Randy Brown (10-2-0) via UD (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
2016-11-12: L vs. [#35WW] Vicente Luque (12-6-1) via KO (Punches) in 1:19 of round 1

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Tim Means 146, Belal Muhammad 133
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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Posted on November 14, 2017 by jcs

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On Saturday Combate Americas will host their first “Copa Combate” tournament. The semifinals and finals of the one-night eight-man bantamweight tournament will air live on NBCSN. The following matches are set for the first round:

Michael Erosa vs. #215 FW Marcelo Rojo
Carlos Rivera vs. #365 FW Ricky Palacios
#62 BW John Castaneda vs. Kevin Moreyra
Marc Gomez vs. Andres Ayala

As you can see, Castaneda seems to be a pretty big favorite from a ranking perspective. Plus, he is coming off a victory over Cheyden Leialoha in Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series. As you can seen in the following chart, he appears to have the most consistent upward career trajectory. Will he be able to keep this up and take the tournament title? The winner is expected to face newly signed UFC veteran #21 BW Erik Perez, who would be a step up in competition for all participants in this tournament.

Posted on November 8, 2017 by Richard Mann

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Lightweight (155)
[#6] Anthony Pettis (20-6-0, -124) vs. [#20] Dustin Poirier (21-5-0, +102)
Anthony Pettis is the All-Time #5 ranked Lightweight and #31 ranked Absolute fighter.

Last 3 Fights: Anthony Pettis (2-1-0)
2017-07-08: W vs. [#28LW] Jim Miller (28-11-0) via UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
2016-12-10: L vs. [#1FW/#1DD/#5P4P] Max Holloway (18-3-0) via TKO (Kick to the Body and Punches) in 4:50 of round 3
2016-08-27: W vs. [#12LW] Charles Oliveira (22-7-0) via Submission (Guillotine Choke) in 1:49 of round 3

Last 3 Fights: Dustin Poirier (1-1-0, 1 NC)
2017-05-13: NC vs. [#3LW/#9DD] Eddie Alvarez (28-5-0)
2017-02-11: W vs. [#28LW] Jim Miller (28-11-0) via MD (28-28, 29-28, 30-27)
2016-09-17: L vs. [#19LW] Michael Johnson (17-12-0) via KO (Punches) in 1:35 of round 1

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Anthony Pettis 126, Dustin Poirier 182
Previous Match-up Record: No previous match-ups.
Wins Against Common Opposition: Even: Both have 2 win(s) against common opposition.
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Welterweight (170)
[#30LW] Diego Sanchez (27-10-0) vs. [#46] Matt Brown (20-16-0)
Diego Sanchez is the All-Time #21 ranked Welterweight fighter.
Matt Brown is the All-Time #36 ranked Welterweight fighter.

Last 3 Fights: Diego Sanchez (1-2-0)
2017-04-22: L vs. [#14LW] Al Iaquinta (14-3-1) via KO (Punches) in 1:38 of round 1
2016-11-05: W vs. [#43LW] Marcin Held (23-7-0) via UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
2016-07-09: L vs. [#29LW] Joe Lauzon (27-13-0) via TKO in 1:26 of round 1

Last 3 Fights: Matt Brown (0-3-0)
2016-12-10: L vs. [#16WW] Donald Cerrone (32-10-0) via KO (Head Kick) in 0:34 of round 3
2016-07-30: L vs. [#35WW] Jake Ellenberger (31-13-0) via TKO (Kick to the Body and Punches) in 1:46 of round 1
2016-05-14: L vs. [#6WW] Demian Maia (25-8-0) via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) in 4:31 of round 3

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Diego Sanchez 203, Matt Brown 336
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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Heavyweight (265)
[#23] Andrei Arlovski (25-15-0) vs. [#27] Junior Albini (14-2-0)
Andrei Arlovski is the All-Time #16 ranked Heavyweight fighter.

Last 3 Fights: Andrei Arlovski (0-3-0)
2017-06-17: L vs. [#17HW+] Marcin Tybura (16-2-0) via UD (29-28, 28-27, 29-27)
2017-01-28: L vs. [#8HW+] Francis Ngannou (10-1-0) via TKO (Punches) in 1:32 of round 1
2016-09-03: L vs. [#6HW+] Josh Barnett (35-8-0) via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) in 2:53 of round 3

Last 3 Fights: Junior Albini (3-0-0)
2017-07-22: W vs. [#31HW+] Timothy Johnson (11-4-0) via TKO (Punches) in 2:51 of round 1
2016-08-13: W vs. [#409HW+] Jose Rodrigo Guelke (19-15-0) via UD ()
2016-07-09: W vs. [NA] Ivan Vicic (2-9-0) via TKO (Punches) in 0:58 of round 1

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Andrei Arlovski 147, Junior Albini 112
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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Continue reading 'Fight Matrix Program – UFC Fight Night 120: Poirier/Pettis (11-04-2017)'

Posted on November 6, 2017 by jcs

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This weekend, UFC returns to Madison Square Garden with a stacked line-up for UFC 217: Bisping vs GSP. Featuring a trio of title bouts, including the long-awaited return of Georges St. Pierre – albeit under somewhat unusual circumstances – this promises to be a good card on paper.  For all you gambling types, take a look at the updated betting odds for UFC 217. Keep in mind that since the event is in NYC, we can expect all kinds of wackiness with refereeing, judging, and all other things which involve the New York State Athletic Commission, so play at your own risk.

[#1 MW] (C) Michael Bisping vs [NR] Georges St. Pierre for the UFC Middleweight Championship

To be honest, I am not particularly excited for this fight.  Partly because I am not a huge fan of either fighter, partly because I would like to see Michael Bisping defend his title against the interim champion (WME-UFC lingo for #1 contender) Robert Whittaker instead of taking another meaningless “money fight”, and partly because St. Pierre returning as a middleweight and getting an immediate title shot makes no sense.  I guess asking for UFC matchmaking to make sense may be asking too much at this point. GSP has not fought in four years, leaving the sport and his welterweight title after winning a very controversial decision against Johny Hendricks at UFC 167.  There are plenty of interesting matchups available for Georges in the welterweight division, and even walking directly into a title shot against Woodley would have been better than once again holding up the middleweight title picture. Hell, a rematch with Hendricks would have made more sense than the Bisping fight, alas Johny is also a middleweight these days…

If recent photos and comments from one of his long time coaches are anything to judge by, GSP is not carrying the extra weight well and it is questionable how his never-ending cardio has held up with the age, weight gain, and long layoff. Bisping in the meanwhile has evolved into an elite fighter late in his career, favorable matchups aside. I think GSP will be greatly out sized, and for the first time in his career out-performed in terms of endurance. St Pierre always excelled mainly due to his ability to keep the fight in the area where he has an advantage over his opponents, whether it be striking or on the ground. With Bisping, St. Pierre’s advantage is definitely on the ground – but we have historically seen many aging wrestlers find it more and more difficult to take down their opponents like they once used to, and with his lack of striking power GSP may be forced to fight Bisping on the feet for extended parts of the fight which will likely go the distance.  It won’t be pretty or exciting, but it will be more of a typical Bisping fight than a typical GSP fight.

Prediction: Michael Bisping by decision.

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Posted on October 30, 2017 by oleg

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Middleweight Championship (185)
[#1/#6DD/#8P4P] Michael Bisping (30-7-0, -105) vs. [*] Georges St. Pierre (25-2-0, -120)
Michael Bisping is the All-Time #4 ranked Middleweight and #47 ranked Absolute fighter.
Georges St. Pierre is the All-Time #1 ranked Absolute fighter.

Last 3 Fights: Michael Bisping (3-0-0)
2016-10-08: W vs. [*] Dan Henderson (32-15-0) via UD (48-47, 48-47, 49-46)
2016-06-04: W vs. [#3MW] Luke Rockhold (16-3-0) via TKO in 3:36 of round 1
2016-02-27: W vs. [#8MW] Anderson Silva (34-8-0) via UD (48-47, 48-47, 48-47)

Last 3 Fights: Georges St. Pierre (3-0-0)
2013-11-16: W vs. [#20MW] Johny Hendricks (18-7-0) via SD (47-48, 48-47, 48-47)
2013-03-16: W vs. [*] Nick Diaz (26-9-0) via UD (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)
2012-11-17: W vs. [#18WW] Carlos Condit (30-10-0) via UD (50-45, 50-45, 49-46)

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Michael Bisping 392, Georges St. Pierre 1449
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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Bantamweight Championship (135)
[#1] Cody Garbrandt (11-0-0, -183) vs. [#2] T.J. Dillashaw (14-3-0, +151)
Cody Garbrandt is the All-Time #7 ranked Bantamweight fighter.
T.J. Dillashaw is the All-Time #4 ranked Bantamweight fighter.

Last 3 Fights: Cody Garbrandt (3-0-0)
2016-12-30: W vs. [#3BW] Dominick Cruz (22-2-0) via UD (48-46, 48-46, 48-47)
2016-08-20: W vs. [#66BW] Takeya Mizugaki (21-12-2) via TKO in 0:48 of round 1
2016-05-29: W vs. [#27BW] Thomas Almeida (21-2-0) via KO (Punches) in 2:53 of round 1

Last 3 Fights: T.J. Dillashaw (2-1-0)
2016-12-30: W vs. [#6BW] John Lineker (30-8-0) via UD (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)
2016-07-09: W vs. [#9BW] Raphael Assuncao (25-5-0) via UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
2016-01-17: L vs. [#3BW] Dominick Cruz (22-2-0) via SD (46-49, 48-47, 49-46)

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Cody Garbrandt 309, T.J. Dillashaw 309
Previous Match-up Record: No previous match-ups.
Wins Against Common Opposition: Cody Garbrandt leads 1-0
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Women Strawweight Championship (115)
[#1/#2DD/#1P4P] Joanna Jedrzejczyk (14-0-0, -613) vs. [#5] Rose Namajunas (6-3-0, +437)
Joanna Jedrzejczyk is the All-Time #3 ranked Women’s fighter.

Last 3 Fights: Joanna Jedrzejczyk (3-0-0)
2017-05-13: W vs. [#2SW/#5DD/#4P4P] Jessica Andrade (17-6-0) via UD (50-45, 50-44, 50-45)
2016-11-12: W vs. [#6SW] Karolina Kowalkiewicz (11-2-0) via UD (49-46, 49-46, 49-46)
2016-07-08: W vs. [#4SW/#9DD] Claudia Gadelha (15-3-0) via UD (48-45, 48-46, 48-46)

Last 3 Fights: Rose Namajunas (2-1-0)
2017-04-15: W vs. [#21SW] Michelle Waterson (14-5-0) via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) in 2:47 of round 2
2016-07-30: L vs. [#6SW] Karolina Kowalkiewicz (11-2-0) via SD (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
2016-04-16: W vs. [#10SW] Tecia Torres (9-1-0) via UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Joanna Jedrzejczyk 175, Rose Namajunas 203
Previous Match-up Record: No previous match-ups.
Wins Against Common Opposition: Joanna Jedrzejczyk leads 2-0
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Continue reading 'Fight Matrix Program – UFC 217: Bisping/GSP (11-04-2017)'

Posted on October 30, 2017 by jcs

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On October 28th, UFC is returning to Sao Paulo, Brazil with Fight Night: Brunson vs Machida, or UFN 119 (but who’s counting?).  It’s not a star-studded card by any means, but a solid line-up in terms of rankings and competitive matchmaking. As is usual for Brazilian UFC events, all of the main card fights feature a Brazilian taking on a foreigner.  The close rankings make it a difficult card to predict, and I am not very good at fight predictions to begin with, so if you’re interested in UFC betting for the next Fight Night, use your own prognostication skills instead of taking my word for it.  That disclaimer aside, here are my picks for the main card:

[#10 MW] Derek Brunson vs [NR] Lyoto Machida

It’s been over two years since we saw former Light Heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida in action, and almost three since we’ve seen his hand raised in the Octagon.  Machida is coming back from an 18 month suspension for a positive PED test, and was finished by Yoel Romero and Luke Rockhold in back-to-back fights prior to the suspension. His opponent Derek Brunson has been going through a minor slump of his own – after winning five fights in a row, he was stopped by the now interim Middleweight champion Robert Whittaker, then lost a controversial decision to the former champ Anderson Silva – but has rebounded by knocking out Daniel Kelly at UFC Fight Night 110 and is now looking to build up another win streak.

Can 39-year-old Machida make a triumphant return to action in his home country against an opponent in his physical prime? Lyoto looked like a shadow of his former self in his recent outings, and the long layoff is not likely to do him any favors.  Then again, Brunson has shown a tendency to make mistakes in his fights, which could be costly against a counter-striker like Machida. After running face-first into Whittaker’s punches, Brunson looked gun-shy against Silva, giving away the decision that he could have easily won if he was more active. My guess is that he won’t be pushing the action with Machida for the same reasons he did not push it with Silva, which could cost him the fight on the scorecards and will likely make for a lackluster main event.

Prediction: Lyoto Machida by decision.

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Posted on October 23, 2017 by oleg

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