Category Archives: MMA

Would Reclaiming the Title from Stipe Miocic Cement Daniel Cormier’s Status as the UFC’s Greatest Heavyweight?

23 Jun , 2020,
A. J. Riot

The world of heavyweight mixed martial arts is full of action-packed, adrenaline-fueled, one-punch drama. In turn, this unpredictability is what creates a lack of clarity regarding naming the division’s all-time great. So, let’s take a look at whether Daniel Cormier would cement his status as the heavyweight GOAT should he win his trilogy fight with Stipe Miocic.

The Need to Make Adjustments for Their Trilogy Fight at UFC 252 

After a perfectly-timed right-hand shot landed on the exit of a clinch in the closing stages of round one during their UFC 226 superfight, Cormier claimed the heavyweight title for the first time with the Las Vegas-based organization. Following the triumph, which saw him become a champion in two different weight classes, Cormier established himself as an all-time great within the 265-pound division, having gone undefeated at heavyweight throughout his career.

However, during the highly-anticipated rematch at UFC 241, Miocic took revenge on the two-time light-heavyweight champion as he secured a fourth-round finish to reclaim the title from his opponent. Because of that, many now believe that their trilogy bout will determine who the greatest heavyweight of all time is. Fundamentally, this is down the fact that, if Cormier can avenge his defeat, his heavyweight record will include 16 victories and one loss.

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Fight Matrix Program – UFC Fight Night: Poirier vs. Hooker (2020-06-27)

21 Jun , 2020,

Lightweight (155)
[#3/#7DD] Dustin Poirier (25-6-0, -204) vs. [#7] Dan Hooker (20-8-0, +167)
Dustin Poirier is the All-Time #12 ranked Lightweight fighter.

Last 3 Fights: Dustin Poirier (2-1-0)
2019-09-07: L vs. [#1LW/#1DD/#3P4P] Khabib Nurmagomedov (28-0-0) via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) in 2:06 of round 3
2019-04-13: W vs. [#2FW/#6DD] Max Holloway (21-5-0) via UD (49-46, 49-46, 49-46)
2018-07-28: W vs. [#32WW] Eddie Alvarez (30-7-0) via TKO (Punches) in 4:05 of round 2

Last 3 Fights: Dan Hooker (3-0-0)
2020-02-22: W vs. [#10LW] Paul Felder (17-5-0) via SD (48-47, 47-48, 48-47)
2019-10-05: W vs. [#11LW] Al Iaquinta (15-6-1) via UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
2019-07-20: W vs. [#114WW] James Vick (13-5-0) via KO (Punch) in 2:33 of round 1

System Favorite Rating Rating Diff Win %
Betting Odds Dustin Poirier -204 64.18%
Elo K170 Dustin Poirier 2256.46 +184.10 69.87%
Elo Modified Dustin Poirier 2201.67 +225.37 72.84%
Glicko-1 Dustin Poirier 2259.25 +242.58 80.16%
WHR Dustin Poirier 2130.87 +224.95 73.65%

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Dustin Poirier 294, Dan Hooker 126
Previous Match-up Record: No previous match-ups.
Wins Against Common Opposition: Even: Both have 1 win(s) against common opposition.

Welterweight (170)
[#29] Mike Perry (13-6-0, -285) vs. [#149] Mickey Gall (6-2-0, +227)

Last 3 Fights: Mike Perry (1-2-0)
2019-12-14: L vs. [#21WW] Geoff Neal (13-2-0) via TKO (Punches) in 1:30 of round 1
2019-08-10: L vs. [#19WW] Vicente Luque (18-7-1) via SD (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
2019-04-27: W vs. [#37WW] Alex Oliveira (21-8-1) via UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Last 3 Fights: Mickey Gall (2-1-0)
2019-08-03: W vs. [#339WW] Salim Touahri (10-4-0) via UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
2019-03-02: L vs. [#63WW] Diego Sanchez (30-12-0) via TKO (Punches) in 4:13 of round 2
2018-08-25: W vs. [#206MW] George Sullivan (18-9-0) via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) in 1:09 of round 1

System Favorite Rating Rating Diff Win %
Betting Odds Mike Perry -285 70.76%
Elo K170 Mike Perry 1697.47 +206.64 71.99%
Elo Modified Mike Perry 1726.18 +204.26 70.97%
Glicko-1 Mike Perry 1783.74 +249.09 80.75%
WHR Mike Perry 1682.91 +204.61 71.80%

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Mike Perry 196, Mickey Gall 329
Previous Match-up Record: No previous match-ups.
Wins Against Common Opposition: No common opposition or both are winless against common opposition.

Middleweight (185)
[#28] Brendan Allen (14-3-0, -304) vs. [#66] Kyle Daukaus (9-0-0, +248)

Last 3 Fights: Brendan Allen (3-0-0)
2020-02-29: W vs. [#49MW] Tom Breese (11-2-0) via TKO (Elbows and Punches) in 4:47 of round 1
2019-10-18: W vs. [#44MW] Kevin Holland (17-5-0) via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) in 3:38 of round 2
2019-07-16: W vs. [#254MW] Aaron Jeffery (7-2-0) via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) in 3:23 of round 1

Last 3 Fights: Kyle Daukaus (3-0-0)
2020-02-01: W vs. [#168MW] Nolan Norwood (12-6-0) via Submission (Brabo Choke) in 4:36 of round 2
2019-09-21: W vs. [#255MW] Stephen Regman (9-5-0) via Submission (DArce Choke) in 0:50 of round 2
2019-06-25: W vs. [#261WW] Michael Lombardo (11-2-0) via UD ()

System Favorite Rating Rating Diff Win %
Betting Odds Brendan Allen -304 72.36%
Elo K170 Brendan Allen 1818.28 +198.59 71.25%
Elo Modified Brendan Allen 1825.72 +152.53 66.10%
Glicko-1 Brendan Allen 1901.40 +219.83 78.00%
WHR Brendan Allen 1748.31 +133.58 64.80%

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Brendan Allen 119, Kyle Daukaus 147
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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A Look Back on Our Favourite Weigh-In Antics

9 Jun , 2020,
A. J. Riot

The build-up to a big fight is made even more exciting because of press conferences and media coverage of both camps. But the pinnacle of the anticipation is felt at the weigh-in when both fighters come toe to toe with each other. After weighing in, the two fighters are presented into each other. This serves as a way to stare into each other’s eyes and intimidate each other. Most times it is amicable while other times it gets a little heated. Let’s take a look back at the most entertaining weigh-ins.

Why Is There a Stare Down After a Weigh-In?

Most of the time, the staredown is all part of the production as a way to get people interested in the fight. Sometimes there is genuine hatred and animosity between the fighters, which makes the stare down a real affair. Other times, the staredown is exacerbated to make the fight more interesting and increase ticket sales or people purchasing the bout at home. The origins of these antics go back decades. Lots of fans point to Muhammed Ali’s teasing and hostility towards his opponent (which was often just an act and part of his tactics).

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Top 5 Benefits of Mixed Martial Arts

7 Jun , 2020,
A. J. Riot

Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)  is a sport that pits two participants against each other in physical combat. A typical MMA match  involves striking, grappling, and ground fighting. MMA fights take place in an enclosed arena such as a cage or a ring. During mixed martial arts training, individuals are capable of increasing both their physical and mental strength in a non-combat environment. The history of mixed martial arts is traced back to the Olympics of ancient Greece, even before starburst was discovered. The sport of MMA originated as hand to hand combat. It has since then been used for financial, physical fitness, and mental benefits.

Read on for some of the benefits of mixed martial arts:

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3 of the biggest surprise outcomes in MMA

3 Jun , 2020,
A. J. Riot

It could be said that the biggest surprise outcome in history of MMA fighting is that the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) survived its early days when the first UFC Pay-Per-View was created as a forum for all martial arts experts to test their courage against one another to find out which style was superior. With no rules and regulations, these no-holds-barred fights led to some stating the UFC was a form of “human cockfighting.”

Betting has been a big part of MMA and there are in-depth MMA betting statistics on the internet, whether you want to bet on the underdogs or the favorites in.  Check out bookmakers reviews to find detailed breakdowns of MMA fights including round by round finishes, card position, weight class and the odds for every fight. If you are lucky enough to have a hunch about a surprise outcome in an MMA fight – like the three below – and get it right, you could win big!

“The King” 11-second submission win, Bellator 225, August 2019

Starting a fight with a show of respect was a decision one MMA fighter was surely to regret. When Eduard Muravitskiy met Aviv Gozali, an 18-year-old Israeli fighter at Bellator 225 on 24 August 2019. Muravitskiy did what many fighters to at the start, go to tap gloves after the opening bell as a sign of good sportsmanship, and then start the fight. However, when Muravitskiy gestured his glove towards Gozali for a tap, Gozali did not honor the gesture and instead dove at Muravitskiy’s legs in an Imanari Roll and looked for the submission, taking down Muravitskiy with a heel hook. Within 11 seconds the fight was over and Gozali had improved his professional score with a record-breaking submission win in only his third professional MMA fight. Muravitskiy left the cage hopping on one foot, clearly hurt from the submission.

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