Featured Upcoming Bouts (Outside of UFC)

Friday, May 21st 2021: Invicta on AXS TV: Rodriguez vs. Torquato
 [#2 W105] Alesha Zappitella [#4 W105] Jessica Correa Delboni
Last Fight Date: 9/17/2020 [Invicta FC]
Last Opponent: [#9 W105] Ashley Cummins
Last 5: L L W W W
Last Fight Date: 9/17/2020 [Invicta FC]
Last Opponent: [NR] Herica Tiburcio
Last 5: L W W L W
Friday, May 21st 2021: Bellator 259: Cyborg vs. Smith 2
 [#1 W145] Cristiane Justino [#8 W145] Leslie Smith
Last Fight Date: 10/15/2020 [BellatorFC]
Last Opponent: [#5 W145] Arlene Blencowe
Last 5: W L W W W
Last Fight Date: 9/11/2020 [BellatorFC]
Last Opponent: [#17 W145] Amanda Bell
Last 5: W W W L W
Sunday, May 30th 2021: Pancrase 321
 [#2 SW] Ryo Hatta [#9 SW] Yuta Miyazawa
Last Fight Date: 12/13/2020 [Pancrase]
Last Opponent: [#13 SW] Tatsuki Ozaki
Last 5: W L L W W
Last Fight Date: 10/25/2020 [Pancrase]
Last Opponent: [#24 SW] Hiroaki Ijima
Last 5: W W W L W

Fight Matrix Program – UFC 262: Oliveira vs Chandler (05-15-2021)

10 May , 2021,

Lightweight Championship (155)
[#3] Charles Oliveira (30-8-0, -135) vs. [#6] Michael Chandler (22-5-0, +110)
Charles Oliveira is the All-Time #28 ranked Lightweight fighter.
Michael Chandler is the All-Time #17 ranked Lightweight fighter.

Last 3 Fights: Charles Oliveira (3-0-0)
2020-12-12: W vs. [#4LW] Tony Ferguson (25-5-0) via UD (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)
2020-03-14: W vs. [#12LW] Kevin Lee (18-6-0) via Submission (Guillotine Choke) in 0:28 of round 3
2019-11-16: W vs. [#74LW] Jared Gordon (17-4-0) via KO (Punches) in 1:26 of round 1

Last 3 Fights: Michael Chandler (3-0-0)
2021-01-23: W vs. [#8LW] Dan Hooker (20-10-0) via TKO (Punches) in 2:30 of round 1
2020-08-07: W vs. [#89WW] Ben Henderson (28-10-0) via KO (Punches) in 2:09 of round 1
2019-12-29: W vs. [#50LW] Sidney Outlaw (15-4-0) via KO (Punches) in 2:59 of round 1

System Favorite Rating Rating Diff Win %
Betting Odds Charles Oliveira -135 54.67%
Elo K170 Charles Oliveira 2239.04 +94.08 60.58%
Elo Modified Charles Oliveira 2198.89 +95.72 60.32%
Glicko-1 Charles Oliveira 2303.34 +134.68 68.47%
WHR Charles Oliveira 2092.74 +66.46 57.53%

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Charles Oliveira 154, Michael Chandler 112
Previous Match-up Record: No previous match-ups.
Wins Against Common Opposition: Charles Oliveira leads 1-0

Lightweight (155)
[#4] Tony Ferguson (25-5-0, +122) vs. [#7] Beneil Dariush (20-4-1, -150)
Tony Ferguson is the All-Time #8 ranked Lightweight and #44 ranked Absolute fighter.
Beneil Dariush is the All-Time #48 ranked Lightweight fighter.

Last 3 Fights: Tony Ferguson (1-2-0)
2020-12-12: L vs. [#3LW] Charles Oliveira (30-8-0) via UD (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)
2020-05-09: L vs. [#2LW/#9DD] Justin Gaethje (22-3-0) via TKO (Punches) in 3:39 of round 5
2019-06-08: W vs. [#25WW] Donald Cerrone (36-16-0) via TKO (Doctor Stoppage) in 5:00 of round 2

Last 3 Fights: Beneil Dariush (3-0-0)
2021-02-06: W vs. [#14LW] Diego Ferreira (17-4-0) via SD (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
2020-08-08: W vs. [#38LW] Scott Holtzman (14-5-0) via KO (Spinning Backfist) in 4:38 of round 1
2020-03-07: W vs. [#51LW] Drakkar Klose (11-2-1) via KO (Punch) in 1:00 of round 2

System Favorite Rating Rating Diff Win %
Betting Odds Beneil Dariush -150 57.11%
Elo K170 Beneil Dariush 2120.50 +14.65 51.67%
Elo Modified Tony Ferguson 2065.73 +35.67 53.90%
Glicko-1 Tony Ferguson 2158.68 +80.36 61.36%
WHR Tony Ferguson 1922.00 +2.59 50.30%

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Tony Ferguson 154, Beneil Dariush 98
Previous Match-up Record: No previous match-ups.
Wins Against Common Opposition: Tony Ferguson leads 2-1

Middleweight (185)
[#10] Jack Hermansson (21-6-0, -173) vs. [#26] Edmen Shahbazyan (11-1-0, +141)
Jack Hermansson is the All-Time #43 ranked Middleweight fighter.

Last 3 Fights: Jack Hermansson (1-2-0)
2020-12-05: L vs. [#4MW] Marvin Vettori (16-4-1) via UD (49-46, 49-46, 49-45)
2020-07-18: W vs. [#11MW] Kelvin Gastelum (16-7-0) via Submission (Heel Hook) in 1:18 of round 1
2019-09-28: L vs. [#9MW] Jared Cannonier (13-5-0) via TKO (Punches) in 0:27 of round 2

Last 3 Fights: Edmen Shahbazyan (2-1-0)
2020-08-01: L vs. [#8MW] Derek Brunson (22-7-0) via TKO (Punches) in 0:26 of round 3
2019-11-02: W vs. [#22MW] Brad Tavares (18-6-0) via KO (Head Kick) in 2:27 of round 1
2019-07-06: W vs. [#126MW] Jack Marshman (23-10-0) via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) in 1:12 of round 1

System Favorite Rating Rating Diff Win %
Betting Odds Jack Hermansson -173 60.43%
Elo K170 Jack Hermansson 1907.99 +137.64 65.22%
Elo Modified Jack Hermansson 1931.70 +183.35 69.05%
Glicko-1 Jack Hermansson 2013.52 +249.44 80.78%
WHR Jack Hermansson 1874.77 +237.93 74.78%

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Jack Hermansson 161, Edmen Shahbazyan 287
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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Ten Traits of a Good Athlete

May , 2021,
A. J. Riot

Sports psychologists or scientists have not yet been able to conclude how much of an athlete’s success is attributed to his ability and talent and how much it is psychological. Despite that, there are no coaches or athletes in the world who would agree that the psychological factor is irrelevant. So, here, we will list some of the vital personality traits necessary for your success as an athlete. Let us address them one by one.

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The Curious Case of Ranking Anthony Johnson

May , 2021,

Rarely has a case of determining a fighter’s ranking been as interesting as Anthony Johnson, who recently came back after a 4+ year layoff.

Why?  Two main reasons.

  1. Lost his most recent fight prior to his comeback, albeit in a UFC championship match.
  2. Dominantly won his comeback fight (after almost getting finished himself) in Bellator, but against an unheralded opponent.

Prior to his comeback, Anthony Johnson was ranked as the #3 LHW here, with 1,225 points. Currently, he sits at #23, with only 192 points.  Some of these lost points remain in a “holding pen” so to speak — with the opportunity for Johnson to earn them back if he proves himself against a worthy opponent, soon.

#3 loses to #1.  Takes 4+ years off, returns to beat #82.  It’s probably safe to say that he’s somewhere between #3 and #82, but exactly where?


Other Sources

  • Tapology – Fan-vote driven, they rank Johnson at #23.  Hey, sound familiar?
  • Ranking MMA – #4.  Seems foolish, or entirely driven by one of the popular mathematical ranking systems.  We’ll get to that in a moment.


Fight Matrix Alternate Systems

  • WHR – #1 and pretty comfortably.  WHR does not punish for inactivity, but the decay of recent opponents can negatively affect a fighter’s rating.  However, Johnson hasn’t had any recent opponents prior to his comeback.
  • Glicko – #4.  Inactivity can cause a fighter’s rating to fluctuate more upon return, but Johnson’s inactivity extends way beyond the maximum fluctuation potential.. and he won on his comeback.
  • Elo – #3 (both).  Elo, the most simplistic system performs better than WHR, the most complicated.  I think Glicko gets this one the most correct.


Who’s Right?

Ranking fighters that return from inactivity is probably best left to the humans.  If Johnson was 41 instead of 37, I’d be tempted to rank him lower, regardless of how his recent fight went, but that’s largely irrelevant, or is it?  Seeing Johnson almost get finished himself, also makes me want to rank him lower, but he ended up winning.  Ultimately, I think a ranking in the #20 area is a fair position.  What do you think?

UFC Odds 2021: Spreads and Betting Lines

May , 2021,
A. J. Riot

Wagering on the UFC during the coronavirus pandemic has increased to the point of it becoming a betting alternative. It’s an entertaining sport that attracts fans from all over the world. Now that means more and better UFC betting information, our latest odds, and additional offers will be available. See the latest odds in FanDuel.

How To Read UFC Odds

Knowing how to read and understand UFC odds is important before betting on UFC fights, and it’s also fairly simple once you’ve seen them in action. In sports betting, the favorite is the lower of the two figures, and the underdog is typically the higher of the two. They serve the same purpose in fractional and decimal forms.

How Do UFC Odds Work

The most straightforward UFC wager is to choose the fighter you believe would win. When you go to your sportsbook’s UFC odds page, you’ll see two fighters paired up against each other.

When you choose the fighter you believe will win the fight, it will appear in your betting slip to the right of the page. You will put in the amount of money you want to bet on him or her to see how much your wager will payout.

You can cash in your bet if your fighter wins the fight. You can also wager on various aspects of the fight, but the most common type of UFC betting is simply picking one of the two fighters to win.

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Discover Online Betting Tips That Can Help You Make Huge Profits

May , 2021,
A. J. Riot

Gambling has become popular in today’s world, thanks to the development of mobile technology. As of now, there is a broader range of bookmakers out there offering casino games. While some bettors play for fun, the ultimate goal of betting is to make a profit. When you take your wagers seriously, you can be able to turn this gambling game into your profitable full-time job. For a long time, it has been a nightmare to make a reasonable long-term profit through betting. However, with these tips, you can become a pro at online betting. Continue reading to discover how:

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Top Benefits of Betting on Slot

May , 2021,
A. J. Riot

The betting industry has for many years induced mixed reactions to both the participants and non-participants. These varied reactions have drifted wide with the advancement in the technology of the betting industry and the dynamic change in their operations. Betting can be fun and worth playing if the benefits are well understood and practiced with consciousness. The participants stand a chance to maximize their winnings and lower their losses, making betting a healthy and enjoyable sport. Here are some of the main benefits one can enjoy when they participate in this casino game

Convenient to gamble

The online casino is convenient to play. They don’t require the participant to be near a casino machine or struggle to get through the traffic jam to access the casino machine. This helps avoid the hassle of competing with the crowd to access the casino. The online casino is easily accessed simply by typing the betting site URL on your computer or downloading the app into your phone and using it at the comfort of your home. These online casinos also offer maximum privacy to their participants.

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Super middleweight king Canelo Alvarez ready for Saunders test in Texas

6 May , 2021,
A. J. Riot

Pound for pound, no boxer is currently more highly rated in the fight game than Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez. Nevertheless, on Saturday he faces arguably one of the toughest bouts of his illustrious career. Billy Joe Saunders will be a hugely difficult opponent, in a contest that has three of the four major super middleweight belts up for grabs.

For anyone looking to bet on the Saul Alvarez v Billy Joe Saunders fight, the latest 3/25 pre-fight odds are strongly in favor of the Mexican. Meanwhile, the undefeated British boxer is being priced as a 5/1 shot, which points towards a potential upset if he emerges victorious. Whatever the outcome, this certainly promises to be an enthralling contest between two great boxers.

This fight is the latest for Alvarez in his quest to become the undisputed super middleweight champion. He currently holds the WBA, WBC, and Ring Magazine title belts in this division. If he can beat current WBO champion Saunders, the 31-year-old Mexican will then go after the IBF title, held by American boxer Callum Smith.

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Fight Matrix Program – UFC Fight Night: Rodriguez vs Waterson (05-08-2021)

3 May , 2021,

Women Strawweight (115)
[#6] Marina Rodriguez (13-1-2, -175) vs. [#10] Michelle Waterson (18-8-0, +150)
Michelle Waterson is the All-Time #32 ranked Women’s fighter.

Last 3 Fights: Marina Rodriguez (1-1-1)
2021-01-23: W vs. [#15SW] Amanda Ribas (10-2-0) via TKO (Elbow and Punches) in 0:54 of round 2
2020-07-25: L vs. [#4SW/#9P4P] Carla Esparza (17-6-0) via SD (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
2019-12-07: D vs. [#9FLY] Cynthia Calvillo (9-2-1) via Draw (Majority) in 5:00 of round 3

Last 3 Fights: Michelle Waterson (1-2-0)
2020-09-12: W vs. [#12SW] Angela Hill (13-9-0) via SD (48-47, 49-46, 47-48)
2020-05-09: L vs. [#4SW/#9P4P] Carla Esparza (17-6-0) via SD (30-27, 27-30, 29-28)
2019-10-12: L vs. [#3SW/#7P4P] Joanna Jedrzejczyk (16-4-0) via UD (50-45, 50-45, 49-46)

System Favorite Rating Rating Diff Win %
Betting Odds Marina Rodriguez -175 61.40%
Elo K170 Marina Rodriguez 1654.55 +74.96 58.48%
Elo Modified Marina Rodriguez 1692.05 +119.79 62.82%
Glicko-1 Marina Rodriguez 1705.01 +165.47 72.16%
WHR Marina Rodriguez 1635.94 +147.45 66.23%

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Marina Rodriguez 105, Michelle Waterson 238
Previous Match-up Record: No previous match-ups.
Wins Against Common Opposition: Marina Rodriguez leads 1-0

Heavyweight (265)
[#24] Ben Rothwell (38-13-0, -111) vs. [#42] Philipe Lins (14-5-0, -112)
Ben Rothwell is the All-Time #48 ranked Heavyweight fighter.

Last 3 Fights: Ben Rothwell (2-1-0)
2020-10-10: L vs. [#11HW+] Marcin Tybura (21-6-0) via UD (29-27, 29-27, 29-27)
2020-05-13: W vs. [#25LHW] Ovince St. Preux (25-15-0) via SD (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
2019-12-07: W vs. [*] Stefan Struve (29-13-0) via TKO (Punches) in 4:57 of round 2

Last 3 Fights: Philipe Lins (1-2-0)
2020-06-27: L vs. [#34HW+] Tanner Boser (19-7-1) via KO (Punches) in 2:41 of round 1
2020-05-13: L vs. [#31HW+] Andrei Arlovski (31-20-0) via UD (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
2018-12-31: W vs. [*] Josh Copeland (18-7-1) via TKO (Knees and Punches) in 0:30 of round 4

System Favorite Rating Rating Diff Win %
Betting Odds Philipe Lins -112 50.10%
Elo K170 Ben Rothwell 1706.22 +211.47 72.43%
Elo Modified Ben Rothwell 1711.40 +145.70 65.43%
Glicko-1 Ben Rothwell 1755.28 +199.51 75.92%
WHR Ben Rothwell 1638.07 +92.14 60.37%

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Ben Rothwell 210, Philipe Lins 315
Previous Match-up Record: No previous match-ups.
Wins Against Common Opposition: No common opposition or both are winless against common opposition.

Women Strawweight (115)
[#12] Angela Hill (13-9-0, +145) vs. [#15] Amanda Ribas (10-2-0, -177)

Last 3 Fights: Angela Hill (1-2-0)
2021-03-13: W vs. [#27SW] Ashley Yoder (8-7-0) via UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
2020-09-12: L vs. [#10SW] Michelle Waterson (18-8-0) via SD (48-47, 49-46, 47-48)
2020-05-16: L vs. [#8SW] Claudia Gadelha (18-5-0) via SD (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Last 3 Fights: Amanda Ribas (2-1-0)
2021-01-23: L vs. [#6SW] Marina Rodriguez (13-1-2) via TKO (Elbow and Punches) in 0:54 of round 2
2020-07-11: W vs. [#75FLY] Paige VanZant (8-5-0) via Submission (Armbar) in 2:21 of round 1
2020-03-14: W vs. [#35SW] Randa Markos (10-11-1) via UD (30-26, 30-25, 30-25)

System Favorite Rating Rating Diff Win %
Betting Odds Amanda Ribas -177 61.01%
Elo K170 Amanda Ribas 1502.41 +34.55 53.94%
Elo Modified Angela Hill 1567.54 +32.35 53.53%
Glicko-1 Angela Hill 1573.92 +65.20 59.27%
WHR Amanda Ribas 1533.76 +33.10 53.77%

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Angela Hill 56, Amanda Ribas 105
Previous Match-up Record: No previous match-ups.
Wins Against Common Opposition: Amanda Ribas leads 2-1

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