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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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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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Cormier and Miocic Closely Matched Ahead of Final Encounter

21 Jul , 2020,
A. J. Riot

Daniel Cormier and Stipe Miocic have traded wins and the UFC Heavyweight Championship over the last couple of years. At UFC 252 on August 15, they will meet again, and we will find out who is the better man inside the Octagon.

Win, lose or draw, Cormier has said he will retire from MMA following this third bout with Miocic. Whether he will ride off into the sunset as a two-time UFC Heavyweight champ remains to be seen.

DC took less than five minutes to knock Miocic out at UFC 226 in July 2018 and end his two-year reign but had three warnings from the official about eye-gouging. This nasty undercurrent to the fight also reared its ugly head again in the rematch at UFC 241 held in the old Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, California.

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Fight Matrix Program – UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs. Till (2020-07-25)

19 Jul , 2020,
Jason

Middleweight (185)
[#3] Robert Whittaker (20-5-0, -113) vs. [#9] Darren Till (18-2-1, -110)
Robert Whittaker is the All-Time #14 ranked Middleweight fighter.

Last 3 Fights: Robert Whittaker (2-1-0)
2019-10-05: L vs. [#1MW/#7P4P] Israel Adesanya (19-0-0) via KO (Punches) in 3:33 of round 2
2018-06-09: W vs. [#4MW] Yoel Romero (13-5-0) via SD (47-48, 48-47, 48-47)
2017-07-08: W vs. [#4MW] Yoel Romero (13-5-0) via UD (48-47, 48-47, 48-47)

Last 3 Fights: Darren Till (1-2-0)
2019-11-02: W vs. [#10MW] Kelvin Gastelum (15-6-0) via SD (29-28, 30-27, 27-30)
2019-03-16: L vs. [#2WW] Jorge Masvidal (35-14-0) via KO (Punches) in 3:05 of round 2
2018-09-08: L vs. [#5WW] Tyron Woodley (19-5-1) via Submission (Brabo Choke) in 4:19 of round 2

System Favorite Rating Rating Diff Win %
Betting Odds Robert Whittaker -113 50.31%
Elo K170 Robert Whittaker 2208.44 +174.19 68.91%
Elo Modified Robert Whittaker 2140.09 +172.61 68.04%
Glicko-1 Robert Whittaker 2199.51 +190.04 74.91%
WHR Robert Whittaker 1948.59 +127.07 64.12%

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Robert Whittaker 294, Darren Till 266
Previous Match-up Record: No previous match-ups.
Wins Against Common Opposition: Darren Till leads 1-0
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Light Heavyweight (205)
[#26] Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (23-9-0, +161) vs. [#27] Mauricio Rua (26-11-1, -195)
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira is the All-Time #18 ranked Light Heavyweight fighter.
Mauricio Rua is the All-Time #6 ranked Light Heavyweight and #35 ranked Absolute fighter.

Last 3 Fights: Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (1-2-0)
2019-05-11: L vs. [#15LHW] Ryan Spann (18-5-0) via KO (Punches) in 2:07 of round 1
2018-09-22: W vs. [#35LHW] Sam Alvey (33-14-0) via TKO (Punches) in 1:00 of round 2
2016-11-19: L vs. [#6HW+] Ryan Bader (27-5-0) via TKO (Punches) in 3:51 of round 3

Last 3 Fights: Mauricio Rua (1-1-1)
2019-11-16: D vs. [#44LHW] Paul Craig (12-4-1) via Draw (Split) in 5:00 of round 3
2018-12-01: W vs. [*] Tyson Pedro (7-3-0) via TKO (Punches) in 0:43 of round 3
2018-07-22: L vs. [#11LHW] Anthony Smith (33-15-0) via KO (Elbow) in 1:29 of round 1

System Favorite Rating Rating Diff Win %
Betting Odds Mauricio Rua -195 63.30%
Elo K170 Mauricio Rua 1774.06 +40.02 54.56%
Elo Modified Mauricio Rua 1779.73 +48.13 55.25%
Glicko-1 Mauricio Rua 1823.14 +69.72 59.90%
WHR Mauricio Rua 1676.87 +20.09 52.29%

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Antonio Rogerio Nogueira 441, Mauricio Rua 252
Previous Match-up Record: Mauricio Rua leads 2-0-0
Wins Against Common Opposition: Antonio Rogerio Nogueira leads 5-3
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Heavyweight (265)
[#14] Fabricio Werdum (23-9-1, +245) vs. [#17LHW] Alexander Gustafsson (18-6-0, -312)
Fabricio Werdum is the All-Time #5 ranked Heavyweight and #23 ranked Absolute fighter.

Last 3 Fights: Fabricio Werdum (1-2-0)
2020-05-09: L vs. [#12HW+] Alexey Oleynik (61-13-1) via SD (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
2018-03-17: L vs. [#10HW+] Alexander Volkov (31-8-0) via KO (Punches) in 1:38 of round 4
2017-11-18: W vs. [#20HW+] Marcin Tybura (19-6-0) via UD (50-45, 50-45, 49-46)

Last 3 Fights: Alexander Gustafsson (1-2-0)
2019-06-01: L vs. [#11LHW] Anthony Smith (33-15-0) via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) in 2:38 of round 4
2018-12-29: L vs. [#1LHW/#9DD/#1P4P] Jon Jones (26-1-0) via KO (Punches) in 2:02 of round 3
2017-05-28: W vs. [#6LHW] Glover Teixeira (31-7-0) via KO (Punches) in 1:07 of round 5

System Favorite Rating Rating Diff Win %
Betting Odds Alexander Gustafsson -312 72.31%
Elo K170 Alexander Gustafsson 1929.75 +128.87 64.31%
Elo Modified Alexander Gustafsson 1955.04 +41.48 54.53%
Glicko-1 Alexander Gustafsson 2014.34 +9.70 51.40%
WHR Alexander Gustafsson 1866.31 +39.08 54.45%

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Fabricio Werdum 77, Alexander Gustafsson 420
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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Fight Matrix Program – UFC Fight Night: Figueiredo vs. Benavidez (2020-07-18)

16 Jul , 2020,
Jason

Flyweight Championship (125)
[#1/#10DD] Deiveson Figueiredo (18-1-0, -212) vs. [#2] Joseph Benavidez (28-6-0, +172)
Deiveson Figueiredo is the All-Time #9 ranked Flyweight fighter.
Joseph Benavidez is the All-Time #6 ranked Flyweight fighter.

Last 3 Fights: Deiveson Figueiredo (3-0-0)
2020-02-29: W vs. [#2FLY] Joseph Benavidez (28-6-0) via TKO (Punches) in 1:54 of round 2
2019-10-12: W vs. [#25FLY] Tim Elliott (16-11-1) via Submission (Guillotine Choke) in 3:08 of round 1
2019-07-27: W vs. [#5FLY] Alexandre Pantoja (22-4-0) via UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Last 3 Fights: Joseph Benavidez (2-1-0)
2020-02-29: L vs. [#1FLY/#10DD] Deiveson Figueiredo (18-1-0) via TKO (Punches) in 1:54 of round 2
2019-06-29: W vs. [#7FLY] Jussier Formiga (23-8-0) via TKO (Head Kick and Punches) in 4:47 of round 2
2019-01-19: W vs. [*] Dustin Ortiz (19-8-0) via UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

System Favorite Rating Rating Diff Win %
Betting Odds Deiveson Figueiredo -212 64.89%
Elo K170 Deiveson Figueiredo 2060.54 +106.61 61.94%
Elo Modified Deiveson Figueiredo 2023.02 +92.80 60.02%
Glicko-1 Deiveson Figueiredo 2104.12 +127.63 67.58%
WHR Deiveson Figueiredo 1914.11 +57.38 56.52%

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Deiveson Figueiredo 140, Joseph Benavidez 140
Previous Match-up Record: Deiveson Figueiredo leads 1-0-0
Wins Against Common Opposition: Joseph Benavidez leads 4-2
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Middleweight (185)
[#9] Kelvin Gastelum (15-5-0, -121) vs. [#10] Jack Hermansson (20-5-0, -103)
Kelvin Gastelum is the All-Time #29 ranked Middleweight fighter.

Last 3 Fights: Kelvin Gastelum (1-2-0)
2019-11-02: L vs. [#8MW] Darren Till (18-2-1) via SD (29-28, 30-27, 27-30)
2019-04-13: L vs. [#1MW/#7P4P] Israel Adesanya (19-0-0) via UD (48-46, 48-46, 48-46)
2018-05-12: W vs. [#8LHW] Ronaldo Souza (26-8-0) via SD (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

Last 3 Fights: Jack Hermansson (2-1-0)
2019-09-28: L vs. [#7MW] Jared Cannonier (13-4-0) via TKO (Punches) in 0:27 of round 2
2019-04-27: W vs. [#8LHW] Ronaldo Souza (26-8-0) via UD (49-45, 48-47, 48-47)
2019-03-30: W vs. [#27MW] David Branch (22-7-0) via Submission (Guillotine Choke) in 0:49 of round 1

System Favorite Rating Rating Diff Win %
Betting Odds Kelvin Gastelum -121 51.90%
Elo K170 Jack Hermansson 1949.96 +9.13 51.04%
Elo Modified Kelvin Gastelum 1973.09 +12.37 51.35%
Glicko-1 Kelvin Gastelum 2058.33 +29.60 54.25%
WHR Kelvin Gastelum 1876.39 +4.64 50.53%

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Kelvin Gastelum 259, Jack Hermansson 294
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)
[#74] Marc Diakiese (14-3-0, -165) vs. [#121] Rafael Fiziev (7-1-0, +137)

Last 3 Fights: Marc Diakiese (2-1-0)
2019-09-28: W vs. [#34LW] Lando Vannata (11-4-2) via UD (30-27, 30-26, 30-27)
2019-03-16: W vs. [*] Joseph Duffy (16-4-0) via UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
2018-07-22: L vs. [#90LW] Nasrat Haqparast (11-3-0) via UD (30-27, 30-26, 30-27)

Last 3 Fights: Rafael Fiziev (2-1-0)
2019-10-26: W vs. [#152LW] Alex White (14-6-0) via UD (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
2019-04-20: L vs. [#107LW] Magomed Mustafaev (14-4-0) via TKO (Spinning Back Kick and Punches) in 1:26 of round 1
2018-12-21: W vs. [*] Nurzhan Tutkaev (5-5-0) via KO (Body Kick) in 0:51 of round 2

System Favorite Rating Rating Diff Win %
Betting Odds Marc Diakiese -165 59.60%
Elo K170 Marc Diakiese 1596.14 +90.87 60.23%
Elo Modified Marc Diakiese 1638.81 +87.55 59.47%
Glicko-1 Marc Diakiese 1679.60 +125.19 67.28%
WHR Marc Diakiese 1677.02 +138.10 65.27%

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Marc Diakiese 294, Rafael Fiziev 266
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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Miocic vs Cormier III: Why It’s All on the Line in Heavyweight Scrap for the Ages

15 Jul , 2020,
A. J. Riot

There’s an old maxim that “good things come in threes”, which anyone who has sat through the third part of the Back to the Future, Rocky and The Godfather trilogies will have solid ground to disagree with. But just occasionally triple headers can deliver the goods, and the hope is that Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier’s third encounter adds to that pantheon.

The Heavyweight Championship will be on the line when the two are scheduled to meet at UFC 252 on August 15 in the UFC’s APEX production facility in Las Vegas, but there’s much more than just gold and bragging rights at stake here.

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Fight Matrix Program – UFC on ESPN 18: Kattar vs. Ige (2020-07-15)

14 Jul , 2020,
Jason

Featherweight (146)
[#8] Calvin Kattar (21-4-0, 146.0lb, -312) vs. [#10] Dan Ige (14-2-0, 145.0lb, +244)

Last 3 Fights: Calvin Kattar (2-1-0)
2020-05-09: W vs. [#17FW] Jeremy Stephens (28-18-0) via TKO (Elbows and Punches) in 2:42 of round 2
2019-11-09: L vs. [#6FW] Zabit Magomedsharipov (18-1-0) via UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
2019-06-08: W vs. [#19FW] Ricardo Lamas (19-8-0) via TKO (Punches) in 4:06 of round 1

Last 3 Fights: Dan Ige (3-0-0)
2020-05-16: W vs. [#18FW] Edson Barboza (20-9-0) via SD (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)
2020-02-08: W vs. [#34FW] Mirsad Bektic (13-3-0) via SD (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)
2019-06-22: W vs. [#111LW] Kevin Aguilar (17-4-0) via UD (29-27, 29-28, 29-28)

System Favorite Rating Rating Diff Win %
Betting Odds Calvin Kattar -312 72.26%
Elo K170 Dan Ige 1996.74 +96.28 60.82%
Elo Modified Dan Ige 1890.44 +5.11 50.56%
Glicko-1 Calvin Kattar 1964.66 +69.50 59.87%
WHR Calvin Kattar 1869.12 +149.54 66.45%

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Calvin Kattar 67, Dan Ige 60
Previous Match-up Record: No previous match-ups.
Wins Against Common Opposition: Dan Ige leads 1-0
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Flyweight (126)
[#57] Tim Elliott (15-11-1, 125.0lb, -125) vs. [#70] Ryan Benoit (10-6-0, 126.0lb, +101)
Tim Elliott is the All-Time #48 ranked Flyweight fighter.

Last 3 Fights: Tim Elliott (0-3-0)
2020-05-30: L vs. [#13FLY] Brandon Royval (11-4-0) via Submission (Arm Triangle Choke) in 3:18 of round 2
2020-01-18: L vs. [#8FLY] Askar Askarov (11-0-1) via UD (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
2019-10-12: L vs. [#1FLY/#10DD] Deiveson Figueiredo (18-1-0) via Submission (Guillotine Choke) in 3:08 of round 1

Last 3 Fights: Ryan Benoit (1-2-0)
2019-12-21: L vs. [#133BW] Heili Alateng (14-7-1) via SD (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
2017-11-18: W vs. [#844BW] Ashkan Mokhtarian (13-4-0) via KO (Head Kick) in 2:38 of round 3
2016-12-03: L vs. [#3FLY] Brandon Moreno (17-5-1) via SD (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)

System Favorite Rating Rating Diff Win %
Betting Odds Tim Elliott -125 52.75%
Elo K170 Tim Elliott 1522.08 +155.25 67.02%
Elo Modified Tim Elliott 1525.71 +67.90 57.38%
Glicko-1 Tim Elliott 1539.76 +49.78 57.12%
WHR Tim Elliott 1470.38 +22.14 52.53%

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Tim Elliott 46, Ryan Benoit 207
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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Featherweight (145)
[#30] Cody Stamann (19-2-1, 145.0lb, +114) vs. [#14BW] Jimmie Rivera (22-4-0, 145.0lb, -140)

Last 3 Fights: Cody Stamann (2-0-1)
2020-06-06: W vs. [#57FW] Brian Kelleher (21-11-0) via UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
2019-12-07: D vs. [#15BW] Yadong Song (16-4-1) via Draw (Majority) in 5:00 of round 3
2019-03-02: W vs. [#43BW] Alejandro Perez (21-8-1) via UD (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)

Last 3 Fights: Jimmie Rivera (1-2-0)
2019-06-08: L vs. [#1BW/#5DD/#10P4P] Petr Yan (15-1-0) via UD (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
2019-02-17: L vs. [#3BW] Aljamain Sterling (19-3-0) via UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
2018-09-08: W vs. [#10BW] John Dodson (21-11-0) via UD (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

System Favorite Rating Rating Diff Win %
Betting Odds Jimmie Rivera -140 55.52%
Elo K170 Cody Stamann 1889.26 +68.81 57.80%
Elo Modified Cody Stamann 1838.42 +30.68 53.35%
Glicko-1 Jimmie Rivera 1863.80 +9.12 51.31%
WHR Jimmie Rivera 1789.13 +90.21 60.16%

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Cody Stamann 39, Jimmie Rivera 403
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 251: Usman vs. Masvidal (2020-07-11)

9 Jul , 2020,
Jason

Welterweight Championship (170)
[#1/#3DD/#5P4P] Kamaru Usman (16-1-0, -250) vs. [#2] Jorge Masvidal (35-13-0, +199)
Kamaru Usman is the All-Time #6 ranked Welterweight fighter.
Jorge Masvidal is the All-Time #24 ranked Welterweight fighter.

Last 3 Fights: Kamaru Usman (3-0-0)
2019-12-14: W vs. [#4WW] Colby Covington (15-2-0) via TKO (Punches) in 4:10 of round 5
2019-03-02: W vs. [#6WW] Tyron Woodley (19-5-1) via UD (50-44, 50-45, 50-44)
2018-11-30: W vs. [#11WW] Rafael dos Anjos (29-13-0) via UD (49-45, 50-43, 48-47)

Last 3 Fights: Jorge Masvidal (3-0-0)
2019-11-02: W vs. [#12WW] Nate Diaz (20-12-0) via TKO (Doctor Stoppage) in 5:00 of round 3
2019-07-06: W vs. [*] Ben Askren (19-2-0) via KO (Flying Knee) in 0:05 of round 1
2019-03-16: W vs. [#8MW] Darren Till (18-2-1) via KO (Punches) in 3:05 of round 2

System Favorite Rating Rating Diff Win %
Betting Odds Kamaru Usman -250 68.11%
Elo K170 Kamaru Usman 2396.13 +176.08 69.09%
Elo Modified Kamaru Usman 2317.36 +101.19 60.90%
Glicko-1 Kamaru Usman 2384.93 +27.47 53.95%
WHR Kamaru Usman 2146.61 +63.71 57.22%

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Kamaru Usman 210, Jorge Masvidal 252
Previous Match-up Record: No previous match-ups.
Wins Against Common Opposition: Kamaru Usman leads 1-0
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Featherweight Championship (145)
[#1/#4DD/#6P4P] Alexander Volkanovski (21-1-0, -217) vs. [#2/#6DD] Max Holloway (21-5-0, +176)
Alexander Volkanovski is the All-Time #7 ranked Featherweight fighter.
Max Holloway is the All-Time #2 ranked Featherweight and #14 ranked Absolute fighter.

Last 3 Fights: Alexander Volkanovski (3-0-0)
2019-12-14: W vs. [#2FW/#6DD] Max Holloway (21-5-0) via UD (50-45, 48-47, 48-47)
2019-05-11: W vs. [#3BW] Jose Aldo (28-6-0) via UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
2018-12-29: W vs. [*] Chad Mendes (18-5-0) via TKO (Punches) in 4:14 of round 2

Last 3 Fights: Max Holloway (1-2-0)
2019-12-14: L vs. [#1FW/#4DD/#6P4P] Alexander Volkanovski (21-1-0) via UD (50-45, 48-47, 48-47)
2019-07-27: W vs. [#7FW] Frankie Edgar (23-8-1) via UD (50-45, 49-46, 48-47)
2019-04-13: L vs. [#3LW/#7DD] Dustin Poirier (26-6-0) via UD (49-46, 49-46, 49-46)

System Favorite Rating Rating Diff Win %
Betting Odds Alexander Volkanovski -217 65.38%
Elo K170 Alexander Volkanovski 2308.02 +119.40 63.31%
Elo Modified Alexander Volkanovski 2269.35 +115.50 62.38%
Glicko-1 Alexander Volkanovski 2338.08 +89.98 62.67%
WHR Alexander Volkanovski 2101.19 +50.64 55.76%

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Alexander Volkanovski 210, Max Holloway 210
Previous Match-up Record: Alexander Volkanovski leads 1-0-0
Wins Against Common Opposition: Max Holloway leads 2-1
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Bantamweight Championship (135)
[#3] Jose Aldo (28-6-0, +180) vs. [#4] Petr Yan (14-1-0, -224)
Jose Aldo is the All-Time #3 ranked Absolute fighter.
Petr Yan is the All-Time #40 ranked Bantamweight fighter.

Last 3 Fights: Jose Aldo (1-2-0)
2019-12-14: L vs. [#1BW/#9DD] Marlon Moraes (23-6-1) via SD (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
2019-05-11: L vs. [#1FW/#4DD/#6P4P] Alexander Volkanovski (21-1-0) via UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
2019-02-02: W vs. [#25LW] Renato Carneiro (14-3-1) via TKO (Punches) in 0:44 of round 2

Last 3 Fights: Petr Yan (3-0-0)
2019-12-14: W vs. [#16BW] Urijah Faber (35-11-0) via KO (Head Kick) in 0:43 of round 3
2019-06-08: W vs. [#14BW] Jimmie Rivera (22-4-0) via UD (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
2019-02-23: W vs. [#10BW] John Dodson (21-11-0) via UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

System Favorite Rating Rating Diff Win %
Betting Odds Petr Yan -224 65.94%
Elo K170 Petr Yan 2060.78 +70.94 58.03%
Elo Modified Petr Yan 2050.13 +23.41 52.56%
Glicko-1 Jose Aldo 2118.97 +27.90 54.01%
WHR Petr Yan 1993.22 +59.83 56.79%

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Jose Aldo 210, Petr Yan 210
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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