Category Archives: Event Reviews

New Feature: Past MMA Events

Feb 21, 2024

We’re bringing you another new feature here at FightMatrix: the ability to view the cards for past MMA events, including the fighters’ rankings at the time of the event.

As an example, here’s the historic UFC 200 fight card:

You can search past events here:

Or browse all events by the year they took place or the promotion putting on the event:

Keep on browsing!

What’s next for Sean Strickland after losing to Du Plessis?

Feb 12, 2024

A fighter millions of UFC fans adore due to his comical value and frankness on a range of subjects, coupled with his all-action fighting style, Sean Strickland’s momentum at the top of the middleweight tree took a massive hit after his somewhat controversial loss to Dricus Du Plessis at UFC 297. A devastating split-decision defeat in his first title defence, Strickland will undoubtedly take a short break away from the sport as he prepares for his next bout.

The fight with Du Plessis would certainly have taken a lot out of Strickland. The South African is a formidable opponent who handled Strickland pushing the pace throughout the contest, coming out on top in a back-and-forth feast that provided plenty of entertainment for fans. In fact, the fight is arguably the best battle we’ve seen in 2024 so far, with both fighters contributing to a brutal slugfest that MMA connoisseurs enjoyed.

Of course, Strickland’s diehard fans who enjoy his hilarious takes on podcasts and his usually fiery press conferences would’ve been shocked to see their man lose, particularly as many would’ve backed him in the betting stakes and shared their respective theories on why the former champion would have too much for Du Plessis. Strickland failed to deliver, though, and after just four months after it began, his period of dominance has already come to an end.

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Conor McGregor Confirms UFC Return: Summer Clash With Michael Chandler Scheduled

Jan 30, 2024

Conor McGregor has confirmed his intention to make a return to the UFC by fighting Michael Chandler on June 29th in Las Vegas. The date of the fight and, indeed, the fight itself have not been confirmed by the UFC publicly, so who knows if this is indeed how the Dubliner will return to the octagon.

Clearly, whenever McGregor fights, there is a groundswell of immense interest, which is mirrored by the level of betting that occurs. That means those who want to wager will need to find the best brands and providers for their bets.

This service outlines the best MMA sportsbook options, and that’s key, given that many sportsbooks are not best suited to the niche. So, take a look and select the operator that will help you maximize any potential payout.

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Sterling Emerges Victorious in a Close Fight Against Cejudo

May 10, 2023
A. J. Riot

The highly anticipated bantamweight title fight at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, ended with Aljamain Sterling emerging victorious over former champion Henry Cejudo. The fight headlined the pay-per-view card and was highly competitive, with both fighters showcasing their skills and techniques.

Sterling managed to land crucial takedowns and was more active in striking, ultimately securing a split decision win (47-48, 48-47, 48-47) in his third title defense. Despite the close nature of the fight, Sterling’s victory was disputed, with many fans and experts arguing that Cejudo deserved the win.

Cejudo’s Return to the Octagon

The fight was Cejudo’s first since his abrupt retirement following a May 2020 title defense against Dominick Cruz. Despite being away from the sport for three years, Cejudo showed no signs of ring rust and gave Sterling a tough challenge throughout the fight. Although he could not keep Sterling down or make him pay, Cejudo managed to take him down and excelled in striking during the championship rounds.

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What’s Next For Israel Adesanya Following His Stunning Knockout Victory over Alex Pereira? 

Apr 13, 2023
A. J. Riot

On April 8th, at UFC 287 inside Miami’s Kaseya Center, former Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya embarked on his toughest challenge yet. He faced off against nemesis Alex Pereira, a man that has beaten him three times in the past. ‘Poatan’ twice defeated The Last Stylebender in the kickboxing world, before defeating him once again the first time the pair faced off in the Octagon, taking the Nigerian-born Kiwi’s title in the process, as well as ending his undefeated streak in the middleweight division. Oddschecker, which compares combat sports odds and offers, couldn’t split the pair heading into the bout, but it was Adesanya who asserted his dominance for the first time in the duo’s epic rivalry.

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What Have We Learned from Ferguson vs Diaz UFC Fight?

Sep 21, 2022
A. J. Riot

Nate Diaz became one of the most recognizable UFC figures throughout the last couple of years. His bouts with Connor McGregor are considered to be one of the most vicious fights in martial arts’ entire history.

With his contract coming to an end, he was scheduled to come up against Khamzat Chimaev for UFC 279 in a welterweight battle. Unfortunately, his opponent didn’t make the weigh-in and the organization was forced to mix up its options.

Diaz would eventually be included in the main event fighting against former interim UFC Lightweight champion, Tony Ferguson.

However, this last-minute change in the schedule might not be a precise representation of the current situation as both fighters have prepared for a battle against a totally different opponent.

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Aug 1, 2022
A. J. Riot

Dopamine is a feel-good hormone that we derive from many sources. Some people get it when they eat out and that’s why they enjoy going out with friends and trying new restaurants. It makes them happy. Others get it when they enjoy an adrenaline kick on gambling sites like 888casino where they get to take a risk and reap the results. And others? Well, they derive it from watching other people fight.

It is human nature to be curious about what it would be like to get into a fight. But because of moral codes and the risk of injury, most people avoid fighting each other. Even so, the curiosity does not go away. That is why they are intent on following fighting matches where they can see other people living out their wildest dreams.

In July 2022, fight lovers flocked to arenas and sat in front of their screens where they got to watch some of the best matches of the year. Which were they?

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The Notorious vs. Diablo 2

Jul 22, 2022
A. J. Riot

The Prequel

Nate Diaz 1, Conor McGregor 0. After a brutal second round and eventual rear-naked choke by Nate Diaz, McGregor had received his first ever UFC loss. This fight at welterweight was Conor’s first in this weight class. His breathing rapidly got more intense as the first round ended. This main event was the complete opposite of what all watchers expected and what McGregor had trained so hard for. 

It was clear that these two had to be in the cage together again. They brought so much publicity and so much ferocity that made it one hell of a rivalry. McGregor had things to take away from the fight and so did Diaz. McGregor needed to hold on to the weight to stay at 170 but he also needed to heavily improve his cardio. He needed to be able to last 25 minutes with Diaz. Meanwhile, Diaz needed to prepare better for McGregor’s strikes. Diaz left the first round with a face full of blood and was in a world of danger until he struck Conor down and eventually choked him. Diaz betters at the best online casino cashed in on the +340 odds for him to win. 

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Cody Garbrandt vs Rani Yahya: July 9, 2022

Jun 13, 2022
A. J. Riot

On July 9, 2022, Cody Garbrandt (12-5) will square off against Rani Yahya (28-10-1, 1NC) at UFC Fight Night. MMA Fighting broke the story first, and Garbrandt confirmed the fight on social media. It’s been a challenging year for Garbrandt, who hopes to get back on track in the division where he holds victories over Dominick Cruz, Raphael Assuncao, and Thomas Almeida. He’ll return to action in July, looking for a fresh start.

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5 Most Watched UFC Matches In 2022

Jun 8, 2022
A. J. Riot

The UFC is one of the most iconic championships that mixed martial artists strive towards. From powerful offenses to standing their ground, the octagon has seen a huge amount of tense matches ever since it first began. As a result of this, the UFC has seen enormous numbers of TV viewing and audience numbers. 

Here are some of the most watched UFC matches to date, and what made them such intense events. Check out the latest UFC odds for more information about the latest developments, and to see how new fighters have potential to become future champions. 

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