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No rest for the weary MMA fans!  After putting on five events in July, UFC is rolling in a new month with another Pay-Per-View.  This one is somewhat of an oddity, for several reasons.  First, it’s the only UFC PPV to feature seven bouts on the main card.  The reason for deviating from the usual five fights on a PPV card are the two ‘TUF: Brazil’ finale fights, originally slated to take place at UFC Fight Night 70.  Besides the TUF bouts, this card features an interesting mix of the ‘old school’ nostalgia-type bouts, and the ‘new school’ WMMA.  I normally don’t valuate women’s bouts highly, however this will be the first time they are valuated on par (or higher) with the men’s fights on the same card.  This is partially caused by WMMA starting to grow on me as the UFC develops the women’s bantamweight and strawweight divisions.  Even though they are still very shallow and good matchups are hard to find, here we have two bouts that I consider interesting and relevant.

The flip side of the coin are the nostalgic matchups.  Despite an occasional exception, combat sports are no place for old men… or young men who absorbed so much damage over their fighting career that it makes me cringe watching them receive yet another traumatic brain injury.  There are a handful of such fighters on this card, and some of them are even fighting each other.  It comes to a point where watching these guys get their block knocked off is no longer enjoyable, and so a few of the fights on this card will receive a much lower valuation than you might expect.  I suppose this is a bit hypocritical of me to say as an MMA fan, especially as one who prefers finishes to decisions – perhaps I should just shut up and watch the fights, accepting TBIs to be the inevitable reality of a sport where people punch and kick each other in the head.  However, I am paying to watch these fights and here I am writing about it, and of course this is all based strictly on my personal, subjective opinion.  As always, your mileage may vary.

Main Event: (C) [#1 W135] Ronda Rousey vs [#13 W135] Bethe Correia for the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship

Worth: $15

Why: The majority of the MMA world has already written off Bethe Correia as a legitimate challenger, looking past this fight to the inevitability of Rousey – Tate 3.  Ronda Rousey is anywhere between 10-1 and 15-1 betting favorite, and I don’t see Correia pulling off the huge upset here.  However, I think Bethe will last longer in the Octagon with Rousey than Ronda’s last three opponents combined. I expect that Correia will come into to the fight with some semblance of strategy besides rushing Rousey at the opening bell trying to land a hail-mary. Hopefully we will get to see Rousey showcase her cardio, striking, and perseverance – not another arm handed to her on a silver platter.

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Posted on July 29, 2015 by oleg

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Women Bantamweight Championship (135)
[#1/#1DD/#1P4P] Ronda Rousey (11-0-0, -1522) vs. [#13] Bethe Correia (9-0-0, +858)
Ronda Rousey is the All-Time #1 ranked Women’s fighter.

Last 3 Fights: Ronda Rousey (3-0-0)
2015-02-28: W vs. [#4BW/#9P4P] Cat Zingano (9-1-0) via Submission (Straight Armbar) in 0:14 of round 1
2014-07-05: W vs. [#2BW/#7DD/#6P4P] Alexis Davis (17-6-0) via KO (Punches) in 0:16 of round 1
2014-02-22: W vs. [#6BW] Sara McMann (8-2-0) via TKO (Knee to the Body) in 1:06 of round 1

Last 3 Fights: Bethe Correia (3-0-0)
2014-08-30: W vs. [#40BW] Shayna Baszler (15-10-0) via TKO (Punches) in 1:56 of round 2
2014-04-26: W vs. [#48BW] Jessamyn Duke (3-3-0) via UD (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
2013-12-07: W vs. [NA] Julie Kedzie (16-13-0) via SD (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Ronda Rousey 154, Bethe Correia 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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Light Heavyweight (205)
[#11] Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (21-6-0, +162) vs. [#16] Mauricio Rua (22-10-0, -204)
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira is the All-Time #13 ranked Light Heavyweight fighter.
Mauricio Rua is the All-Time #6 ranked Light Heavyweight and #23 ranked Absolute fighter.

Last 3 Fights: Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (2-1-0)
2014-07-26: L vs. [#3LHW] Anthony Johnson (19-5-0) via KO (Punches) in 0:44 of round 1
2013-02-02: W vs. [*] Rashad Evans (21-3-1) via UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
2011-12-10: W vs. [#12LHW] Tito Ortiz (19-11-1) via TKO (Punches and Elbows to the Body) in 3:15 of round 1

Last 3 Fights: Mauricio Rua (1-2-0)
2014-11-08: L vs. [#9LHW] Ovince St. Preux (18-6-0) via KO (Punches) in 0:34 of round 1
2014-03-23: L vs. [#10MW] Dan Henderson (31-13-0) via TKO (Punches) in 1:31 of round 3
2013-12-07: W vs. [#146MW] James Te Huna (16-8-0) via KO (Punch) in 1:03 of round 1

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Antonio Rogerio Nogueira 371, Mauricio Rua 266
Previous Match-up Record: Mauricio Rua leads 1-0-0
Wins Against Common Opposition: Antonio Rogerio Nogueira leads 5-3
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Lightweight (155)
[#61FW] Fernando Bruno (15-2-0, +119) vs. [#233] Glaico Franca Moreira (12-3-0, -151)

Last 3 Fights: Fernando Bruno (3-0-0)
2014-08-24: W vs. [#168FW] Julio Cesar de Almeida (22-10-0) via SD ()
2014-02-04: W vs. [*] Jorge Luis Paico (3-1-1) via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) in ? of round 1
2014-02-04: W vs. [#409FW] Enrique Barzola (10-2-1) via UD ()

Last 3 Fights: Glaico Franca Moreira (2-1-0)
2014-08-30: W vs. [NA] Wellington Soares (0-1-0) via KO (Knee) in 1:17 of round 1
2014-05-10: W vs. [#1261LW] Piero Severo (4-10-0) via Submission (Anaconda Choke) in 1:55 of round 1
2014-03-15: L vs. [#430LW] Daniel Reis (6-1-0) via UD ()

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Fernando Bruno 342, Glaico Franca Moreira 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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Posted on July 27, 2015 by jcs

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It’s been a marathon of a month for UFC.  After a Pay-Per-View, a TUF Finale, and a couple of Fight Nights, we’re wrapping up July with the fifth UFC event for the month.  This one has a very solid line up: a bantamweight title fight topping the bill, backed by seven other interesting matchups – all broadcast for free on Fox.  Even the Fight Pass prelims have a couple of fights worth tuning into.  All the fights are very closely matched-up, at least according to sports betting odds if not from the ranking standpoint.

Main Event: (C) [#1 BW] T.J. Dillashaw vs [#2 BW] Renan Barao for the UFC Bantamweight Championship

Worth: $20

Why:  In most cases, I would valuate a title fight featuring the top two ranked fighters in their weight class at or near the $25 single-fight limit that I’ve set for myself.  However, for this fight I was struggling to even give it $20. The main reason for this is the weird state of the bantamweight division.  This is the most splintered men’s division in the sport, with four of the Top 10 fighters outside of the UFC (and only two of those four are in the same organization).  The rest of the Top 10 is taken up by Dominic Cruz, who’s fought once since 2011 and suffered another injury after his only fight; Urijah Faber, who has pretty much run out of title shots at any weight class and is now in the stage of his career where he will mostly be involved in ‘feature fights'; Raphael Assuncao; and somehow Manny Gamburyan.  Assuncao is on a seven win streak and holds a split decision win over Dillashaw, so he will almost certainly be the next challenger for the title, but he is a rather bland decision fighter.  Outside of the Top 10, the UFC’s best prospects are Aljamain Sterling and Thomas Almeida, and it would be logical to match them up next, but I don’t believe that either man is ready for a title shot.  Unfortunately one of them will most likely be rushed into it anyhow, unless UFC is able to steal one of the other top bantamweights away from the competition.

As for the actual fight at hand, it also has some odd circumstances surrounding it.  Dillashaw came into the first fight with Barao as a huge underdog, but overcame the odds and dominated the reigning champion, hurting him early in the first round and finishing him in the fifth.  An immediate rematch was scheduled (of course), but disintegrated at the last minute when Barao fell ill as he was attempting to make weight.  TJ Dillashaw ended up defending against the fight night substitute Joe Soto, while Barao had to take on Mitch Gagnon to earn his rematch again. Though both men finished their opponents, neither looked particularly impressive considering how much of a step down they were taking.  Still, this is a good fight – the best that the UFC has to work with in the division at the moment.  It just doesn’t feel like the winner of this fight can truly claim to be the best bantamweight in the world, with Dominic Cruz still in the game and so many top fighters competing outside of the UFC.

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Posted on July 22, 2015 by oleg

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Bantamweight Championship (135)
[#1] T.J. Dillashaw (11-2-0, -217) vs. [#2] Renan Barao (33-2-0, +177)
T.J. Dillashaw is the All-Time #10 ranked Bantamweight fighter.
Renan Barao is the All-Time #1 ranked Bantamweight fighter.

Last 3 Fights: T.J. Dillashaw (3-0-0)
2014-08-30: W vs. [#73BW] Joe Soto (15-4-0) via KO (Head Kick and Punches) in 2:20 of round 5
2014-05-24: W vs. [#2BW] Renan Barao (33-2-0) via TKO (Head Kick and Punches) in 2:26 of round 5
2014-01-15: W vs. [#225BW] Mike Easton (13-5-0) via UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Last 3 Fights: Renan Barao (2-1-0)
2014-12-20: W vs. [#28BW] Mitch Gagnon (12-3-0) via Submission (Arm Triangle Choke) in 3:53 of round 3
2014-05-24: L vs. [#1BW] T.J. Dillashaw (11-2-0) via TKO (Head Kick and Punches) in 2:26 of round 5
2014-02-01: W vs. [#3BW] Urijah Faber (32-8-0) via TKO (Punches) in 3:42 of round 1

Days Since Last Pro Fight: T.J. Dillashaw 329, Renan Barao 217
Previous Match-up Record: T.J. Dillashaw leads 1-0-0
Wins Against Common Opposition: No common opposition or both are winless against common opposition.
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Women Bantamweight (135)
[#3/#10DD/#8P4P] Miesha Tate (16-5-0, -196) vs. [#5/#10P4P] Jessica Eye (11-2-0, +163)
Miesha Tate is the All-Time #9 ranked Women’s fighter.

Last 3 Fights: Miesha Tate (3-0-0)
2015-01-31: W vs. [#7BW] Sara McMann (8-2-0) via MD (29-27, 29-28, 28-28)
2014-09-20: W vs. [#19BW] Rin Nakai (16-1-1) via UD (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
2014-04-19: W vs. [#11BW] Liz Carmouche (10-5-0) via UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Last 3 Fights: Jessica Eye (1-1-0, 1 NC)
2014-11-15: W vs. [#16BW] Leslie Smith (7-6-1) via TKO (Doctor Stoppage) in 1:30 of round 2
2014-02-22: L vs. [#2BW/#7DD/#6P4P] Alexis Davis (17-6-0) via SD (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
2013-10-19: NC vs. [#10BW] Sarah Kaufman (17-3-0)

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Miesha Tate 175, Jessica Eye 252
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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Lightweight (155)
[#15] Edson Barboza (15-3-0, -130) vs. [#41] Paul Felder (9-0-0, +108)

Last 3 Fights: Edson Barboza (2-1-0)
2015-02-22: L vs. [#7LW] Michael Johnson (16-8-0) via UD (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
2014-11-22: W vs. [#18LW] Bobby Green (23-6-0) via UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
2014-07-16: W vs. [#23LW] Evan Dunham (16-6-0) via TKO (Kick to the Body and Punches) in 3:06 of round 1

Last 3 Fights: Paul Felder (3-0-0)
2015-01-03: W vs. [#57LW] Danny Castillo (17-8-0) via KO (Spinning Back Fist) in 2:09 of round 2
2014-10-04: W vs. [#141LW] Jason Saggo (10-2-0) via SD (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
2014-08-09: W vs. [#713WW] Craig Johnson (7-4-0) via KO (Spinning Back Heel) in 3:44 of round 2

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Edson Barboza 153, Paul Felder 203
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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Posted on July 21, 2015 by jcs

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It’s time for another Saturday morning Fight Night!  Or should I say Fight Morning/Afternoon?  UFC Fight Night 72 will take place in Glasgow, Scotland, and due to the time difference will be broadcast at 10 AM US Eastern Time (main card starting at 1 PM).  This is also the fourth UFC event in 8 days, and while the last three had line-ups ranging from passable to stellar, the floor was bound to fall out at some point when you hold so many events so close together… that vague sound you’re hearing is Joe Silva scraping the bottom of the barrel, and so we end up with fights most of which hold very little interest to an average MMA fan.  This one should have been on Fight Pass.

Main Event: [#9 MW] Thales Leites vs [#11 MW] Michael Bisping

Worth: $15

Why: I never thought I’d say this about a Bisping fight, but the main event is the only saving grace of this card. Thales Leites’ evolution as a fighter has been very fun to watch: he is 5-0 with 3 finishes in his latest UFC stint. His submission victory over Tim Boetsch showed that there are still some holes in his game, but also showcased his ability to overcome adversity in a fight.

His opponent Michael Bisping has never been one of my favorite fighters to watch even at his best, and he is showing obvious signs of decline. Bisping has traded wins and losses over his past 8 fights, and generally looked progressively worse in his losses. If Leites can put on a good showing here and pull off a victory, he may be knocking on the door of another title shot – something I would have never thought possible just a few years back.

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Posted on July 17, 2015 by oleg

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Middleweight (185)
[#9] Thales Leites (25-4-0) vs. [#11] Michael Bisping (26-7-0)
Michael Bisping is the All-Time #24 ranked Middleweight fighter.

Last 3 Fights: Thales Leites (3-0-0)
2015-01-31: W vs. [#19MW] Tim Boetsch (18-9-0) via Technical Submission (Arm Triangle Choke) in 3:45 of round 2
2014-08-23: W vs. [#19LHW] Francis Carmont (23-10-0) via KO (Punches) in 0:20 of round 2
2014-04-11: W vs. [#71MW] Trevor Smith (13-6-0) via TKO (Punches) in 0:45 of round 1

Last 3 Fights: Michael Bisping (2-1-0)
2015-04-25: W vs. [#16MW] C.B. Dollaway (15-7-0) via UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
2014-11-07: L vs. [#2MW] Luke Rockhold (14-2-0) via Submission (Guillotine Choke) in 0:57 of round 2
2014-08-23: W vs. [*] Cung Le (9-3-0) via TKO (Knee and Punches) in 0:57 of round 4

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Thales Leites 168, Michael Bisping 84
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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Lightweight (155)
[#27] Ross Pearson (17-8-0) vs. [#44] Evan Dunham (15-6-0)

Last 3 Fights: Ross Pearson (2-1-0)
2015-03-14: W vs. [#143LW] Sam Stout (20-11-1) via KO (Punch) in 1:33 of round 2
2014-11-07: L vs. [#10LW] Al Iaquinta (13-3-1) via TKO (Punches) in 1:39 of round 2
2014-08-16: W vs. [#148LW] Gray Maynard (11-5-1) via TKO (Punches) in 1:35 of round 2

Last 3 Fights: Evan Dunham (1-2-0)
2015-01-03: W vs. [*] Rodrigo Damm (12-9-0) via UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
2014-07-16: L vs. [#15LW] Edson Barboza (15-3-0) via TKO (Kick to the Body and Punches) in 3:06 of round 1
2013-11-16: L vs. [#2LW/#10P4P] Donald Cerrone (28-6-0) via Submission (Triangle Choke) in 3:49 of round 2

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Ross Pearson 126, Evan Dunham 196
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 Strawweight (115)
[#14] Joanne Calderwood (9-1-0) vs. [#28] Cortney Casey (4-1-0)

Last 3 Fights: Joanne Calderwood (2-1-0)
2015-04-11: L vs. [#6SW] Maryna Moroz (6-0-0) via Submission (Armbar) in 1:30 of round 1
2014-12-12: W vs. [#25SW] Seo Hee Ham (15-6-0) via UD (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
2013-12-07: W vs. [#17SW] Katja Kankaanpaa (10-2-1) via UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Last 3 Fights: Cortney Casey (3-0-0)
2015-03-13: W vs. [#73SW] Helen Harper (4-1-0) via TKO in ? of round 1
2014-11-15: W vs. [#20AW] Gina Iniong (3-2-0) via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) in 4:30 of round 1
2014-06-27: W vs. [#19AW] Tomo Maesawa (5-5-0) via TKO (Corner Stoppage) in 0:39 of round 1

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Joanne Calderwood 98, Cortney Casey 127
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 July 17, 2015 by jcs

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UFC Fight Night 71: Mir vs Duffee will take place in San Diego, California, and features a very solid line-up.  Which is a bit surprising considering that it  is the third UFC event in 5 days, but I can’t complain.  With two very good fights topping the bill, and a few decent bouts scattered through the undercard, I am looking forward to this mid-week event.

Main Event: [#10 HW] Frank Mir vs [#32 HW] Todd Duffee

Worth: $15

Why: After four consecutive losses, most MMA fans including myself thought that Frank Mir’s storied UFC career was pretty much over.  But a recent TKO over Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva gave Mir his first win since 2011, a spot in the heavyweight top 10 among several of his contemporaries, and a matchup with one of the very few UFC heavyweights under 30.  Todd Duffee was considered a top prospect when he made his UFC debut in 2009, but his career has been hampered by injuries, as he’s fought only 5 times since then.  Duffee is 2-0 in his current UFC stint, though nearly two years have passed in between those two bouts.  I really don’t know what to expect from this fight, other than a violent finish of some sort.
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Posted on July 13, 2015 by oleg

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