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Once again a big fight fell through due to weight cutting issues. This time it was Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson, a fight that everybody have been looking forward to for a long time.

And once again the issue of weight-cutting comes up. There is enough criticism as it is against weight-cutting being very unhealthy for fighters, diminishing their fighting abilities come fight night and pitting different sized opponents against one another depending on how willing different fighters are to submit themselves to this dangerous process.  On top of that, from time to time there is the even worse outcome of fighters going to hospitals because of bad weight-cuts and big fights getting canceled at the last moment (not to mention a few deaths that resulted from weight-cutting related complications).

Clearly the method of making sure fighters fight at the same weight these days is not ideal, and there have been a lot of clamoring for its revision. To try and decide how to change it, two important things need to be considered: why are fighters cutting weight, and what is the theoretically ideal solution.

The main reason that fighters cut weight is to be as big as they can on fight night. Meaning, of course, that they want to fight at a weight that is as close as possible to the weight they usually walk around at, but they want to weigh-in at the lowest weight possible – much lower than the weight they walk around at – planning to gain all that weight back after the weight-in so that there would be the biggest margin possible between their fight weight and official weight.  This is of course the source of the danger – this discrepancy between the two weights.

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Posted on March 5, 2017 by Ked Becker

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Middleweight (185)
[#9] Vitor Belfort (25-13-0, +299) vs. [#10] Kelvin Gastelum (13-2-0, -377)
Vitor Belfort is the All-Time #21 ranked Middleweight and #28 ranked Absolute fighter.

Last 3 Fights: Vitor Belfort (1-2-0)
2016-10-08: L vs. [#6MW] Gegard Mousasi (41-6-2) via TKO (Punches) in 2:43 of round 2
2016-05-14: L vs. [#4MW] Ronaldo Souza (24-4-0) via TKO (Punches) in 4:38 of round 1
2015-11-07: W vs. [*] Dan Henderson (32-15-0) via KO (Punches) in 2:07 of round 1

Last 3 Fights: Kelvin Gastelum (2-1-0)
2016-12-10: W vs. [*] Tim Kennedy (18-6-0) via TKO (Punches) in 2:45 of round 3
2016-07-09: W vs. [#15MW] Johny Hendricks (18-6-0) via UD (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
2015-11-21: L vs. [#8WW] Neil Magny (19-5-0) via SD (48-47, 48-47, 47-48)

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Vitor Belfort 154, Kelvin Gastelum 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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Lightweight (155)
[#5] Edson Barboza (18-4-0, -172) vs. [#9] Beneil Dariush (14-2-0, +144)
Edson Barboza is the All-Time #34 ranked Lightweight fighter.
Beneil Dariush is the All-Time #47 ranked Lightweight fighter.

Last 3 Fights: Edson Barboza (2-1-0)
2016-07-23: W vs. [#31LW] Gilbert Melendez (22-6-0) via UD (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
2016-04-23: W vs. [#4FW] Anthony Pettis (19-6-0) via UD (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
2015-12-11: L vs. [#3LW] Tony Ferguson (22-3-0) via Submission (Brabo Choke) in 2:54 of round 2

Last 3 Fights: Beneil Dariush (2-1-0)
2016-11-05: W vs. [#26LW] Rashid Magomedov (19-2-0) via UD (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
2016-06-04: W vs. [#32LW] James Vick (10-1-0) via KO (Punches) in 4:16 of round 1
2016-04-16: L vs. [#10LW] Michael Chiesa (14-2-0) via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) in 1:20 of round 2

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Edson Barboza 231, Beneil Dariush 126
Previous Match-up Record: No previous match-ups.
Wins Against Common Opposition: Beneil Dariush leads 1-0
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Light Heavyweight (205)
[#8] Mauricio Rua (24-10-0) vs. [#27] Gian Villante (15-7-0)
Mauricio Rua is the All-Time #6 ranked Light Heavyweight and #27 ranked Absolute fighter.

Last 3 Fights: Mauricio Rua (2-1-0)
2016-05-14: W vs. [#13LHW] Corey Anderson (9-2-0) via SD (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
2015-08-01: W vs. [#11LHW] Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (22-8-0) via UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
2014-11-08: L vs. [#18LHW] Ovince St. Preux (19-10-0) via KO (Punches) in 0:34 of round 1

Last 3 Fights: Gian Villante (2-1-0)
2016-12-09: W vs. [#70LHW] Saparbek Safarov (8-1-0) via TKO (Punches) in 2:54 of round 2
2016-03-05: L vs. [#15LHW] Ilir Latifi (12-5-0) via UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
2015-11-14: W vs. [*] Anthony Perosh (15-10-0) via KO (Punch) in 2:56 of round 1

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Mauricio Rua 301, Gian Villante 92
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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Continue reading 'Fight Matrix Program – UFC Fight Night 106: Belfort/Gastelum (03-11-2017)'

Posted on March 5, 2017 by jcs

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Who doesn’t love MMA fights? There are few things that compare with the raw thrill of pushing your body to the limit against an opponent who is doing the same. But, if you can’t try this pastime out for yourself, the next best thing is to engage in MMA fight games online on your mobile device.

The games that we play on our tablets and smartphones are usually more fun because we can play them anywhere and at any time. For instance, let’s say that you are hanging out with friends before going out for a night on the town. What’s stopping you from playing a fun MMA fight game while they’re getting ready? You could even check out one of the games on https://www.royalvegascasino.com/ and win a couple of dollars for your trouble.

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Posted on February 28, 2017 by A. J. Riot

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Welterweight Championship (170)
[#1] Tyron Woodley (16-3-1, +123) vs. [#2] Stephen Thompson (13-1-1, -147)
Tyron Woodley is the All-Time #8 ranked Welterweight fighter.
Stephen Thompson is the All-Time #22 ranked Welterweight fighter.

Last 3 Fights: Tyron Woodley (2-0-1)
2016-11-12: D vs. [#2WW] Stephen Thompson (13-1-1) via Draw (Majority) in 5:00 of round 5
2016-07-30: W vs. [#3WW] Robbie Lawler (27-11-0) via KO (Punches) in 2:12 of round 1
2015-01-31: W vs. [#10MW] Kelvin Gastelum (13-2-0) via SD (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)

Last 3 Fights: Stephen Thompson (2-0-1)
2016-11-12: D vs. [#1WW] Tyron Woodley (16-3-1) via Draw (Majority) in 5:00 of round 5
2016-06-18: W vs. [#13WW] Rory MacDonald (18-4-0) via UD (50-45, 50-45, 48-47)
2016-02-06: W vs. [#15MW] Johny Hendricks (18-6-0) via TKO (Punches) in 3:31 of round 1

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Tyron Woodley 112, Stephen Thompson 112
Previous Match-up Record: Even: 0-0-1
Wins Against Common Opposition: Stephen Thompson leads 1-0
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Lightweight Championship (155)
[#3] Tony Ferguson (22-3-0, +169) vs. [#6] Khabib Nurmagomedov (24-0-0, -206)
Tony Ferguson is the All-Time #26 ranked Lightweight fighter.
Khabib Nurmagomedov is the All-Time #27 ranked Lightweight fighter.

Last 3 Fights: Tony Ferguson (3-0-0)
2016-11-05: W vs. [#4LW] Rafael dos Anjos (25-9-0) via UD (48-47, 48-47, 48-47)
2016-07-13: W vs. [#88LW] Lando Vannata (9-1-0) via Submission (Brabo Choke) in 2:22 of round 2
2015-12-11: W vs. [#5LW] Edson Barboza (18-4-0) via Submission (Brabo Choke) in 2:54 of round 2

Last 3 Fights: Khabib Nurmagomedov (3-0-0)
2016-11-12: W vs. [#14LW] Michael Johnson (17-11-0) via Submission (Kimura) in 2:31 of round 3
2016-04-16: W vs. [#87LW] Darrell Horcher (12-2-0) via TKO (Punches) in 3:38 of round 2
2014-04-19: W vs. [#4LW] Rafael dos Anjos (25-9-0) via UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Tony Ferguson 119, Khabib Nurmagomedov 112
Previous Match-up Record: No previous match-ups.
Wins Against Common Opposition: Khabib Nurmagomedov leads 4-3
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Middleweight (185)
[#16LHW] Rashad Evans (21-5-1) vs. [#28] Daniel Kelly (12-1-0)
Rashad Evans is the All-Time #39 ranked Absolute fighter.

Last 3 Fights: Rashad Evans (1-2-0)
2016-04-16: L vs. [#6LHW] Glover Teixeira (26-5-0) via KO (Punches) in 1:48 of round 1
2015-10-03: L vs. [#5LHW] Ryan Bader (22-5-0) via UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
2013-11-16: W vs. [#40LHW] Chael Sonnen (28-15-1) via TKO (Punches) in 4:05 of round 1

Last 3 Fights: Daniel Kelly (3-0-0)
2016-11-26: W vs. [#36MW] Chris Camozzi (24-12-0) via UD (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
2016-03-19: W vs. [#48MW] Antonio Carlos Jr. (7-2-0) via TKO (Punches) in 1:36 of round 3
2015-11-14: W vs. [#163MW] Steve Montgomery (9-5-0) via UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Rashad Evans 322, Daniel Kelly 98
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 209: Woodley/Thompson II (03-03-2017)'

Posted on February 27, 2017 by jcs

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Light Heavyweight (205)
[#10] Liam McGeary (11-1-0) vs. [#140] Brett McDermott (7-4-0)
Liam McGeary is the All-Time #38 ranked Light Heavyweight fighter.

Last 3 Fights: Liam McGeary (2-1-0)
2016-11-04: L vs. [#4LHW] Phil Davis (17-3-0) via UD (50-45, 50-44, 50-43)
2015-09-19: W vs. [*] Tito Ortiz (20-12-1) via Submission (Inverted Triangle Choke) in 4:41 of round 1
2015-02-27: W vs. [#25LHW] Emanuel Newton (26-11-1) via UD (48-46, 48-47, 48-47)

Last 3 Fights: Brett McDermott (2-1-0)
2016-09-24: W vs. [#264LHW] Dan Konecke (5-9-1) via TKO (Punches) in 2:50 of round 2
2016-07-09: L vs. [#170LHW] Kenneth Bergh (5-0-0) via Submission (Guillotine Choke) in 1:02 of round 1
2016-05-14: W vs. [#523HW+] Jamie Sloane (6-3-0) via in of round 1

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Liam McGeary 112, Brett McDermott 153
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)
[#541] James Gallagher (5-0-0) vs. [#1754LW] Kirill Medvedovsky (7-3-0)

Last 3 Fights: James Gallagher (3-0-0)
2016-12-16: W vs. [NA] Anthony Taylor (1-2-0) via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) in 1:52 of round 3
2016-07-16: W vs. [#893FW] Mike Cutting (6-6-0) via UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
2016-02-27: W vs. [NA] Gerard Gilmore (2-2-0) via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) in 2:55 of round 1

Last 3 Fights: Kirill Medvedovsky (1-2-0)
2016-11-10: L vs. [#29FW] Georgi Karakhanyan (26-7-1) via in of round 1
2016-03-09: L vs. [#393BW] Magomed Ginazov (11-2-0) via UD ()
2016-02-06: W vs. [NA] Evgeny Zhekalov (2-9-0) via KO (Punch) in 0:27 of round 1

Days Since Last Pro Fight: James Gallagher 70, Kirill Medvedovsky 106
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 Featherweight (140)
[#26BW] Sinead Kavanagh (4-0-0) vs. [*] Iony Razafiarison (2-1-0)

Last 3 Fights: Sinead Kavanagh (3-0-0)
2016-12-16: W vs. [#59BW] Elina Kallionidou (5-1-0) via UD (30-27, 30-25, 30-26)
2016-09-10: W vs. [NA] Katarzyna Sadura (2-2-0) via KO (Punches) in 2:46 of round 1
2016-02-27: W vs. [#25FW] Zarah Fairn dos Santos (3-2-0) via SD ()

Last 3 Fights: Iony Razafiarison (2-1-0)
2015-06-26: L vs. [*] Bryanna Fissori (2-2-0) via UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
2015-01-31: W vs. [*] Sandra Ameziane (2-1-0) via UD ()
2013-10-26: W vs. [NA] Stephanie Guyodo (0-1-0) via Submission (Choke) in 3:52 of round 1

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Sinead Kavanagh 70, Iony Razafiarison 609
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 – Bellator 173: McGeary/McDermott (02-24-2017)'

Posted on February 23, 2017 by jcs

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On Saturday night, former Pride FC champion Fedor Emelianenko makes his Bellator debut against Matt Mitrione in the main event of Bellator 172. Emelianenko spent a large chunk of his career as the number-one ranked heavyweight. As you can see in the following chart, he has not experienced the same kind of success recently. However, his time on top is virtually unmatched.

Posted on February 17, 2017 by Richard Mann

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Heavyweight (265)
[#9] Travis Browne (18-5-1, -101) vs. [#12] Derrick Lewis (17-4-0, -123)
Travis Browne is the All-Time #25 ranked Heavyweight fighter.

Last 3 Fights: Travis Browne (1-2-0)
2016-09-10: L vs. [#2HW+] Fabricio Werdum (21-6-1) via UD (30-27, 29-27, 29-28)
2016-07-09: L vs. [#3HW+] Cain Velasquez (14-2-0) via TKO (Punches) in 4:57 of round 1
2016-01-17: W vs. [#21HW+] Matt Mitrione (11-5-0) via TKO (Punches) in 4:09 of round 3

Last 3 Fights: Derrick Lewis (3-0-0)
2016-12-09: W vs. [#45HW+] Shamil Abdurakhimov (17-5-0) via TKO (Punches) in 3:42 of round 4
2016-07-07: W vs. [#13HW+] Roy Nelson (22-13-0) via SD (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
2016-04-10: W vs. [#37HW+] Gabriel Gonzaga (17-11-0) via KO (Punches) in 4:48 of round 1

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Travis Browne 162, Derrick Lewis 72
Previous Match-up Record: No previous match-ups.
Wins Against Common Opposition: Travis Browne leads 2-1
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Middleweight (185)
[#14WW] Johny Hendricks (17-6-0, +126) vs. [#42] Hector Lombard (34-6-1, -152)
Johny Hendricks is the All-Time #36 ranked Absolute fighter.
Hector Lombard is the All-Time #28 ranked Middleweight fighter.

Last 3 Fights: Johny Hendricks (0-3-0)
2016-12-30: L vs. [#8WW] Neil Magny (19-5-0) via UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
2016-07-09: L vs. [#10MW] Kelvin Gastelum (13-2-0) via UD (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
2016-02-06: L vs. [#2WW] Stephen Thompson (13-1-1) via TKO (Punches) in 3:31 of round 1

Last 3 Fights: Hector Lombard (0-2-0, 1 NC)
2016-06-04: L vs. [*] Dan Henderson (32-15-0) via KO (Elbow) in 1:27 of round 2
2016-03-19: L vs. [#8WW] Neil Magny (19-5-0) via TKO (Punches) in 0:46 of round 3
2015-01-03: NC vs. [#96WW] Joshua Burkman (28-14-0)

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Johny Hendricks 51, Hector Lombard 260
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)
[#24] Cezar Ferreira (11-5-0, -122) vs. [#27] Elias Theodorou (12-1-0, -102)

Last 3 Fights: Cezar Ferreira (3-0-0)
2016-11-19: W vs. [#54MW] Jack Hermansson (14-3-0) via Submission (Arm Triangle Choke) in 2:11 of round 2
2016-07-08: W vs. [#37MW] Anthony Smith (26-12-0) via UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
2016-04-16: W vs. [#154MW] Oluwale Bamgbose (6-2-0) via UD (29-28, 29-27, 29-28)

Last 3 Fights: Elias Theodorou (2-1-0)
2016-06-18: W vs. [#23MW] Sam Alvey (30-8-0) via UD (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
2015-12-10: L vs. [#26MW] Thiago Santos (13-5-0) via UD (29-27, 29-28, 29-27)
2015-03-14: W vs. [#90LHW] Roger Narvaez (8-2-0) via TKO (Punches) in 4:07 of round 2

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Cezar Ferreira 92, Elias Theodorou 246
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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Continue reading 'Fight Matrix Program – UFC Fight Night 105: Lewis/Browne (02-19-2017)'

Posted on February 15, 2017 by jcs

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