Another week means another day of going over the next UFC event. Today, we want to give you a trio of fights that we REALLY like on the undercard. Read below as we highlight a few of the fights coming up in UFC Fight Night 133!
Alejandro Perez (-210) vs. Eddie Wineland (+175)
The 28-year-old Perez has had a very busy career, as this will already be his 29th fight. He has gone 21-6-1 thus far, and comes in with a three-game winning streak. He only ended up with a three-month layoff between fights, giving him an edge, as he looks for win number 22.
His opponent is 34-year-old Eddie Wineland. He is fighting his 37th fight already, and has gone 23-12-1. This will, however, be his first fight in fifteen months, and he hasn’t win since December of 2016. It will be important for him to get off to a quick start.
PREDICTION: Perez picks up his 22nd victory as he disposes of Wineland. He is very good on the attack, and will take his opponent down.
Alexander “The Great” Volkanovski (-355) vs. Darren Elkins (+175)
The 29-year-old Volkanovski has been an absolute beast in the ring. He has gone 17-1 in his first eighteen fights, and has landed 62% of his strikes. He is tough to land an attack against when he starts to get going, and he will be a force in this fight. He is called “The Great” for a reason.
On the other side is 34-year-old Darren “The Damage” Elkins, who has gone 25-5 in his fighting career. He has won seven consecutive fights, with his loss coming back on December 20, 2014, against Hacran Dias. He only lands 37% of his strikes, but gets a ton of opportunities. Neither of these fighters should be taking their opponents lightly.
Prediction: Volkanovski will be ending the 7-game winning streak of Ekins tonight, as he claims victory number nineteen in his still early career. He will be on the prowl from the outset.
Kurt Holobaugh (-200) vs. Raoni Barcelos (+170)
For the 33-year-old Holobaugh, this will be the 22nd fight of his career. Ha has gone 17-4 in his career, but his last three fights have included two losses and one overturned contest. There is a lot of improvement to be made, as he is in a big slump. He has landed 45% of his strikes, a number that he will need to improve upon.
His opponent is 31-year-old Raoni Barcelos, who has gone 11-1 in his fighting career so far. The Brazilian has gone a good job of finishing his opponents, and has gotten off to strong starts. On order to defeat Holobaugh, his defenses will have to be strong.
Prediction: Holobaugh will be picking up his eighteenth win of the season, as he claims victory once more. Loss number two for Barcelos is coming.
Full UFC Fight Night 133 Betting
The current UFC Fight Night 133 Betting Odds are as of July 12, 2018 and come from JustBet
Junior dos Santos (-185) vs. Blagoy Ivanov (+160)
Sage Northcutt (-130) vs. Zak Ottow (+110)
Dennis Bermudez (-245) vs. Rick Glenn (+205)
Randy Brown (-125) vs. Niko Price (+105)
Chad Mendes (-225) vs. Myles Jury (+185)
Marion Reneau (-120) vs. Cat Zingano (EVEN)
With UFC226 coming up, it’s time we look at the odds to of some of the top fighter’s, and their chances to win! Read below.
Stipe Miocic (-265) vs. Daniel Cormier (+205)
35-year-old Stipe Miocic has had a tremendous fighting career. He has gone 18-2, including six wins in a row. His opposition has not yet figured out how to beat him. He is very aggressive, and he lands 52% of his offensive strikes, more than the average fighter is able to do.
On the other side we have Daniel Cormier. The 39-year-old has gone an astounding 20-1 in his fighting career. His only loss came against Jon “Bones” Jones in 2015, but Jones has been busted many times now for PED’s, so against fighters who haven’t “cheated” he is technically undefeated. Yet, here is he, an underdog. He lands 50% of his strikes.
One other note, many feel this could be the final fight we see in Stipe Miocic’s career. Chael Sonnen had some interesting quotes regarding his career:
” I’m not sure we see Daniel Cormier fight again. Interesting plot twist I just threw in there, isn’t it? So, he’s moved up to heavyweight. Let’s say he succeeds and he wins, he would then be the heavyweight champion.” – Chael Sonnen
PREDICTION: Stipe Miocic will leave with a win over Cormier, as he is just too good when he’s in the zone. It will be Cormier’s first real loss. We do not expect this to be as competitive of a fight as the UFC may want it to be. Miocic with a blowout win!
Max Holloway (-150) + vs. Brian Ortega (+120)
26-year-old Max Holloway has already fought 22 times, and in those matches, he has gone a very impressive 19-3. His last loss came all the way back in 2013, when he fought Conor McGregor. He is attempting to win a fourteenth consecutive fight. He lands 44% of his strikes.
His opponent, 27-year-old Brian Ortega, has not lost a single match in his career. He has gone 14-0-0, with his last win coming against Frankie Edgar on March 3. He has only landed 32% of his strikes, but has completed 86% of standing strikes.
PREDICTION: Max Holloway will hand Brian Ortega the first loss of his career. He has some big fight experience, which will come into play in this fight. When you are placing your bets for this fight, go ahead and take the favorite Max Holloway!
Francis Ngannou (-380) vs. Derrick Lewis (+290)
31-year-old Francis Ngannou has gone 11-2 in his fighting career, coming off a loss against the headliner of the event, Stipe Miocic. He has landed just 32% of his career strikes, somebody who has struggled to go on the offensive.
On the other side, is 33-year-old Derrick Lewis. He has gone 19-5 in his career, and has been known for his heart. He enters this fight off a win against Marcin Tybura on March 18. He has landed 52% of his strikes, and completed a number of big offensive moves.
PREDICTION: We anticipate this being a great fight despite the lopsided odds. Lewis is not getting enough credit here. In fact, A win is coming for Derrick Lewis, who fights with a lot of heart and is a tremendous offensive fighter. Take the underdog in this fight!
Full UFC 226 Betting Odds
UFC 226 Odds as of July 3 and can be found at WagerWeb:
- Stipe Miocic -265
- Daniel Cormier +205
- Max Holloway -150
- Brian Ortega +120
- Francis Ngannou -380
- Derrick Lewis +290
- Michael Chiesa -160
- Anthony Pettis +130
- Gokhan Saki -160
- Khalil Rountree Jr. +130
- Uriah Hall +325
- Paulo Costa -450
- Paul Felder -150
- Mike Perry +120
- Raphael Assuncao -175
- Rob Font +145
- Curtis Millender -170
- Max Griffin +140
- Dan Hooker -150
- Gilbert Burns +120
- Lando Vannata -175
- Drakkar Klose +145
- Jamie Moyle -235
- Emily Whitmire +185
With UFC Fight Night 132 right around the corner, we thought we’d preview a few of the fights for your betting pleasure. Read below as a few are highlighted!
Petr Yan (-475) vs. Teruto Ishihara (+380)
The 25-year-old Russian fighter Petr Yan has been a force to be reckoned with as his career as gotten going, winning eight of his first nine fights. His inspirations in the fighting world include Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson, and he shows the type of aggression you love to see. He is undefeated since 2016.
His opponent, 26-year-old Japanese fighter Teruto Ishihara, has gone 11-5-2 to begin his career. This will be his first fight since February 10, where he suffered a loss against Jose Quinonez. He is a successful offensive fighter, landing 46% of his strikes. Asked if he had any fighting heroes, he said he is only interested in himself.
PREDICTION: Petr Yan (-475) has a better record and seems to be the more impressive fighter. He comes in off a win, which gives him momentum.
Shane Young (-165) vs. Rolando Dy (+145)
24-year-old Shane Young has gone 11-4 to start his career, and is a fighter known for his tenacity and work ethic. He is fighting for the first time since November 18, when he lost against Alexander Volkanovski. He had won his previous five fights prior to that one, as he now looks to bounce back.
On the other side we have 26-year-old Rolando Dy, who has been inconsistent, entering with a record of 9-6-1. He snapped a two-match losing streak his last time out when he defeated Wuljii Buren on November 25. He struggles with his attack, landing just 38% of his strikes. He is also just 1-5 when attempting takedowns.
PREDICTION: Shane Young (-165) is more aggressive, and has a better track record. He will be tough for Dy to defeat, and with this win, Young will improve to 12-4.
Jake Matthews (-550) vs. Shinsho Anzai (+425)
23-year-old Jake Matthews is already preparing for his seventeenth fight. He enters this one with a 13-3 record, having won each of his last two bouts, which follow a prior two-match losing streak. This will be his first fight since he defeated Li Jingliang on February 10. He credits his dad for a lot of his success in the UFC.
His opponent is 32-year-old Shinsho Anzai, who has started his career with a 10-2 record. He comes in having won his last two fights, his most recent a victory against Luke Jumeau on September 22. His favorite striking technique is the low-kick, which is something that Matthews is going to have to watch out for.
Prediction: Jake Matthews (-450) is a lot younger and brings more energy than Shinsho Anzai. He will be going at it from the start and improve his career record to 14-3 with this victory.
UFC Fight Night 132 Odds For The Undercard:
Petr Yan (-475) vs. Teruto Ishihara (+380)
Felipe Arantes (-120) vs. Song Yadong (EVEN)
Shane Young (-165) vs. Rolando Dy (+145)
Song Kenan (-280) vs. Hector Aldana (+240)
Jake Matthews (-550) vs. Shinsho Anzai (+425)
Viviane Pereira (-165) vs. Yan Xiaonan (+145)
Naoki Inoue (-190) vs. Matt Schnell (+165)
Ulka Sasaki (-300) vs. Jenel Lausa (+250)
UFC Fight Night 132 Odds For The Main Card:
Leon Edwards (-210) vs. Donald Cerrone (+175)
Tyson Pedro (-125) vs. Ovince Saint Preux (+105)
Jessica-Rose Clark (-135) vs. Jessica Eye (+115)
Li Jingliang (-340) vs. Daichi Abe (+280)
UFC225 is this weekend! The big controversy with this event was Dana White’s decision to include C.M. Punk in the event over other guys. C.M. Punk is not one of our predicted picks, but his fight should be worth the price of admission Here is what Dana White had to say about his decision.
“Hey listen, when Alistair Overeem sells as many pay-per-views as ‘CM Punk’ does, we can argue,” – Dana White
Read below as we highlight some of the fights scheduled to take place at the event and give our MMA picks!
Robert Whittaker (-220) vs. Yoel Romero (+190)
27-year-old Robert Whittaker’s career has gotten off to a tremendous start. He has gone 20-4, and has been on a big winning streak. His last loss came all the way back on February 22, 2014, against Stephen Thompson. He lands 41% of his strikes and is a force to be reckoned with.
His opponent is 41-year-old Yoel Romero, who has posted a 13-2 record in his career so far. This is going to be his first fight since February 10th, when he won by TKO against Luke Rockhold. He is a tremendous fighter on the attack, as he lands an incredible 53% of his strikes.
WINNER: Robert Whittaker (-220).
Whittaker is a lot younger and has more experience under his belt. He is fantastic when he goes on the offensive, and he will be very tough to stop. His big winning streak will play a big part in his success in this fight.
Rafael Dos Anjos (-110) vs. Colby Covington (-120)
This will be the 38th fight for 33-year-old Dos Anjos, as he has compiled a 28-9 record thus far. He has won his final three fights, as he has not been defeated since November 5, 2016, against Tony Ferguson. He has landed 44% of his strikes.
This will be the fifteenth career-fight for 30-year-old Covington. He is the #4 ranked fighter in the Welterweight division. He enters on a five-match winning streak, undefeated since taking a loss to Warlley Alves on Dec 12. 2015. He has landed 41% of his strikes.
WINNER: Colby Covington (-120)
The winner of this fight will be Covington. He has a little less experience in the ring and is a few years younger, but he is very aggressive. His 13-1 record stands out and shows how consistent he is when push comes to shove.
Ricardo Lamas (+195) vs. Mirsad Bektic (-245)
This will be the 25th fight for the 35-year-old Lamas, who has compiled an 18-6 record thus far. He lost his last fight on December 16th against Josh Emmett, and will be looking to bounce back. He has landed 44% of his strikes.
On the other side is 27-year-old Mirsad Bektic, who is 12-1 thus far in his career. His only loss came two fights ago on March 4, 2017, against Darren Elkins. He lands 49% of his strikes, and is a very solid attack defender.
WINNER: Ricardo Lamas (+195)
The older Lamas has a better track record, and will show it by earning the win in this bout. He is very aggressive and hardly ever wastes any time. This will be a win for him within the first two rounds.
Full Betting Odds for UFC 225
- The odds in this article com Bovada and are accurate as of June 8, 2018
Robert Whittaker -240 v. Yoel Romero +190
Rafael dos Anjos -120 v. Colby Covington -110
Holly Holm -230 v. Megan Anderson +180
Andrei Arlovski +215 v. Tai Tuivasa -275
CM Punk +175 v. Mike Jackson -225
Alistair Overeem +140 v. Curtis Blaydes -170
Claudia Gadelha -500 v. Carla Esparza +350
Ricardo Lamas +175 v. Mirsad Bektic -225
Rashad Coulter -185 v. Chris De La Rocha +150
Rashad Evans +240 v. Anthony Smith -310
Joseph Benavidez -250 v. Sergio Pettis +195
Clay Guida +130 v. Charles Oliveira -160
Mike Santiago +115 v. Dan Ige -145
UFC Fight Night 131 is coming up! Read below as we highlight some of the key fights that you should be wagering on.
David Teymur (-300) vs. Nik Lentz (+250)
29-year-old David Teymur has had a very strong start to his career, beginning 7-1. He has won his last four fights going back to when he defeated Martin Svennson on Feb. 27, 2016. He lands 46% of his strikes and is somebody who tends to come out hot and go for the quick KO.
His opponent. 33-year-old Nik Lentz has a lot more experience under his belt. This will be his 41st career bout, posting a 30-8-2 record in his first 40. He followed a Feb. 2017 loss to Islam Makhachev, with a win against Will Brooks on Nov. 18. He lands 49% of his strikes, and he will surely be on the attack.
Lentz has been one that has been around for a long time. You may remember Lentz from some of the words he had to say a couple years ago about B.J. Penn:
“I don’t even and have not worked with Dolce for quite some time…so fighting with me will have nothing to do with Dolce…but for the record…fuck you BJ. You talk too much now…you use to be about actions, but now like the spoiled little rich kid you are, all you do is talk. I’ll gladly fight you anytime. So get your mom and daddy to paint you some plans, fly Hawaii out to Vegas, give little baby Penn what he wants and come out of retirement …. This time I’ll make sure to retire you properly.” – Nik Lentz
PICK: Lentz (+250)
The clear pick here is Nik Lentz. He has 32 more fights under his belt than his opponent and does not seem to be worn down from the extra rounds. The experience is going to make all the difference in this one.
Nathaniel Wood (-300) vs. Johnny Eduardo (+250)
25-year-old Nathaniel Wood is already taking in his seventeenth fight, posting a 13-3 record to this point. The 5-6 fighter from London, England, is looking to make some serious noise in this event and start to further make a name for himself.
His opponent, 39-year-old Johnny Eduardo, is 28-11 in his career and is actually coming into this one off of a loss. He last fought Matthew Lopez almost a year ago, and was TKO’ed in the first round. It is hopeful to be a triumphant return for him.
PICK: Eduardo (+250)
It will be a win for Johnny Eduardo, who will bounce back from the loss he took last year to emerge victorious. He has a lot more experience than his opponent and is very impressive with his attacking ability. Beware of this man.
Jose Torres (-182) vs. Jarred Brooks (+160)
25-year-old Jose Torres come into this with a 7-0 record. The native of Chicago will be looking to stay perfect as he is still in the early stages of his career. Nicknamed “Shorty”, he specializes in durability.
His opponent is also 25 years of age. Jarred Brooks has gotten off to a 13-1 start in his career, though the one loss actually came in his last bout against Deiveson Figueiredo on Oct. 28. He lands 43% of his strikes, which is definitely something to watch as this one goes on.
PICK: Brooks (+160)
Despite being labeled as the underdog, Jarred Brooks will be getting out of this one with a victory. His additional experience and high striking rate will serve to his advantage. He will get back on track and improve to 14-1 with this W.
Full UFC Fight Night 131 Betting Odds
The full UFC Fight Night 131 odds are from SportsBetting.ag as of Thursday May 31, 2018
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|08:05 PM||24037||Gleison Tibau||+250||o||Ov||2½||-310||o|
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UFC Fight Night 130 is right around the corner. Read below as we highlight a few of the fights that will be taking place at the event!
Nordine Taleb (-300) vs. Claudio Henrique De Silva (+250)
At 36 years of age, it seems that Nordine Taleb is still doing his thing. He has posted a 14-4 record to this point in his career, and is known for being good at striking. He is entering this fight off a 2-match win streak, defeating Danny Roberts and Oliver Enkamp. Taleb is one of the most simple fighters in the game. Recently after a win in under a minute he said this about his strategy.
“It’s simple. Stay composed. Stay focused. Take the angles.” – Nordine Taleb
At 35 years of age, Claudio Henrique De Silva is still out there giving it his all. The Brazilian has posted an 11-1 record in his career, and has proven to be a tough out. He has not fought since November of 2014, so this will be his coming out party. He won his previous two bouts against Leon Edwards and Brad Scott.
The better bet would be to take Taleb (-300) simply due to the fact he has been more active in recent months. A 4-year lay-off is tough to come back from, in the case of De Silva.
Tom Breese (-310), vs. Daniel Kelly (+255)
The 26-year old Englishman Tom Breese has shown himself to be a legitimate threat to opponents to start his career. He began 10-0 before losing his last fight against Sean Strickland in June of 2016. This is going to be his first fight in two years and so a strong start beginning will be vital for him.
On the other side is 40-year-old Daniel Kelly, who is 13-3 in his career. He hasn’t won a fight since March 4, 2017, as he’s lost to Derek Brunson and Elias Theodorou since then. He is going to have it a little difficult, being 14 years older than his opponent, but he will have to make due.
The better bet is Tom Breese (-310) here. Both fighters enter off losses, and Breese is also 26, fighting against a 40-year-old. That will be a big deciding factor.
Carlo Pedersoli Jr. (-170) + Brad Scott (+150)
24-year-old Carlo Pedersoli Jr. has posted a 10-1 record to this point in his career, really showing to be a tough out. He hasn’t taken a loss since he fought Yuki Okano on December 5, 2015. He enters on a seven match winning streak and will be looking to extend it.
On the other side is 28-year-old Brad Scott, who has posted as 12-5 record. He is coming off a loss to Jack Hermansson last August, a first round TKO. He has not fought since then, and is going to be looking to shake some rust.
The best bet between these two fighters would be to take Pedersoli Jr. (-170), who has been more consistent in his career. He has shown to be a proven winner, and is on a big win streak. Ride the hot streak. Enjoy the fights and best of luck!
Full UFC Fight Night 130 Betting Odds
- The full UFC Fight Night 130 Betting Odds are from www.sportsbetting.ag as of May 24, 2018
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|10:35 AM||24041||Trevor Smith||+315||o||Ov||2½||-325||o|
|11:05 AM||24037||Gillian Robertson||+190||o||Ov||2½||-180||o|
|12:10 PM||24029||Daniel Kelly||+270||o||Ov||2½||-215||o|
|12:40 PM||24025||Claudio Henrique Da Silva||+270||o||Ov||2½||-205||o|
|01:15 PM||24021||Darren Stewart||+158||o||Ov||1½||-115||o|
|01:45 PM||24017||Davey Grant||+235||o||Ov||2½||-115||o|
|02:15 PM||24013||Makwan Amirkhani||+132||o||Ov||2½||-180||o|
|02:45 PM||24009||Mads Burnell||+235||o||Ov||2½||-245||o|
|03:15 PM||24005||Craig White||+410||o||Ov||1½||-160||o|
|03:45 PM||24001||Darren Till||-115||o||Ov||3½||-115||o|
|11:40 PM||24033||Brad Scott||+150||o||Ov||2½||-170||o|
UFC Fight Night 129 is fast approaching. Read below as we highlight the odds of some of the feature fights and preview them!
Demian Maia (+350) vs. Kamaru Usman (-450)
At 40 years of age, Demian Maia has been fighting for a long time, initially beginning in the Middleweight class. Born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil, he continues to fight there to this day. This will be the 34th fight of his career, a 25-8 compiled record through 33 previous bouts.
At 30 years of age, Kamaru Usman’s professional career began six years ago, in 2012. Originally born in Benin City, Nigeria, he moved to the United States when he was eight. He compiled a 53-3 record in high school wrestling, and was good enough to do it in college.
Based on all of the above info, the best bet is to pick Kamaru Usman. He is younger, nimbler, and can last longer. He hasn’t lost in a long time, while Maia comes in off a struggle. If you are betting, Usman is your guy. It is a good spread and something to go for.
Dominick Reyes (-255) vs. Jared Cannonier (+215)
The 28-year-old Californian Dominick Reyes is yet to lose in his pro career. He has begun 8-0, his last win coming on Dec. 2 against Jeremy Kimball. He has shown aggression and ability to go on the offensive. He has been a tough out, as nobody has defeated him yet.
34-year-old Jared Cannonier, the underdog challenger, enters this bout with a 10-3 record. He suffered a loss against Jan Blachowicz in his last bout on Dec. 16. This is a good chance for him to make a little history and hand Reyes the first loss in his still early career,
The way to bet on this one, is to take Reyes at -255. He has been fantastic in his career to date, as noted by his undefeated record. It is tough to bet against an undefeated fighter who is also six years younger than his opponent. A W is coming Reyes’ way.
Diego Rivas (-155) vs. Guido Cannetti (+135)
At 26 years of age, Diego Rivas is still getting his feet wet in mixed martial arts. He has gotten off to a strong start in his career, going 7-1. This will be his first fight since last August, so it will be important for him to get going early and try and avoid showing any rust. Rivas is a cancer survivor, and is just blessed to be fighting.
“Honestly, I thought I was going to die.” – Diego Rivas
Guido Cannetti on the other hand started his fighting career much later than Rivas. The 38-year-old will be fighting in his 11th match in this contest, posting a 7-3 record prior. His last fight against Kyung Ho Kang on Jan. 14th saw him lose.
Rivas is definitely the betting favorite, and seeing as to how he is favored at -155, it is a bet to take. He’s 12 years younger than his opponent and will be looking to pour it on.
Full UFC 129 Betting Odds
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With Santiago Ponzinibbio unable to fight in Chile due to injury, Kamaru Usman’s new opponent will be Demian Maia. Read more about the bout.
40 years of age, Demian Maia has been fighting for a long time, initially beginning in the Middleweight class. Born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil, he continues to fight there to this day. This will be the 34th fight of his career, a 25-8 compiled record through 33 previous bouts.
He studied judo from ages 4-6, and then at age 13, began studying Kung Fu as well as Karate. By age 19, he was introduced by his cousin to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. It took 55 months, but eventually he achieved a black belt, signifying how serious he was about his training.
He fought against Raul Sosa at Tormenta en el Ring in Caracas, Venezuela on September 21, 2001, his MMA debut. After a 4-year layoff, he returned to the scene. He has shown to be a very impressive fighter since 2005, when his career officially took off, and looks to be a tough out in this fight.
30 years of age, Kamaru Usman’s professional career began six years ago, in 2012. Originally born in Benin City, Nigeria, he moved to the United States when he was eight. He compiled a 53-3 record in high school wrestling, and was good enough to do it in college.
He wrestled at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, and qualified to be a member of the University World team in 2010. He had an impressive upbringing and always seemed to be going full throttle.
This fight with Maia will be the 13th of his career. To date, he has posted an 11-1 record, and has impressed quite a lot along the way. He currently fights out of Boca Raton, FL.
Maia, for starters, comes in to this fight having 21 more bouts under his belt than his opponent. He is also ten years older, giving him a large edge as far as natural life experience goes. While he lands just 43% of his strikes, he attacks frequently, meaning that letting your guard down at any time could lead to great disaster.
He is one of the better defensive fighters in all of the UFC. He avoids 64% of strikes that come his way, while also avoiding 66% of takedowns, staying up on his feet for longer. However, Maia is coming in off of two straight losses. He went from 25-6 to 25-8.
He needs to land more strikes against Usman and not get outdone there. He has taken 145 strikes in his last two bouts while only getting in 81. He is good enough to improve that.
He comes in 10 years younger than his opponent, with 7 less years of experience in the octagon and 23 less fights. But, he doesn’t know what it means to lose. Usman has an 11-1 career record.
He enters into this fight on a 7-match win streak which extends through the last three years. He has been a very tough out, avoiding 63% of oppositional strikes while landing 54% of his. He is phenomenal on the attack, something he will have to use on Maia.
He generally tends to win on a decision rather than taking his opponent out, so he has to bring it to Maia. Bringing the fight to his older opponent could really open things up.
Who to pick:
Based on all of the above info, the best bet is to pick Kamaru Usman. He is younger, nimbler, and can last longer. He hasn’t lost in a long time, while Maia comes in off a struggle. If you are betting, Usman is your guy.
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The UFC is headed to Boise on July 14th. Read below as we preview the fight between Sage Northcutt and Zak Ottow. The UFC will be taking on Boise in July as they have started to schedule all of their bouts. One in specifically that has a lot of intrigue, is Northcutt vs. Ottow, which we will preview below.
Sage Northcutt, a 22-year old fighter from Houston, Texas, has gotten his career off to a roaring start and is looking like he has a bright future. He has been training with MMA since he was four years old, and his father Mark is a black belt in karate.
He won 77 different world youth championships in karate, and posted a 15-0 record as a kickboxer. He was inducted into the Black Belt Magazine Hall of Fame in 2012 at just 15 years of age. Northcutt will without a doubt prove to be a tough out as looks to improve to 11-2.
He is coming into this one ready to extend his 2-match win streak, his first bout since a victory against Thibault Gouti at UFC Fight Night in Austin, TX on February 18.
Zak Ottow is nine years older than his opponent for the fight, coming in at 31 years of age. Originally from Milwaukee, WI, where he still fights out of, he heads into the 22nd fight of his career, seemingly ready to get it on.
He started training in wrestling when he was in high school. After playing college football at the University of Wisconsin, he made the move to solely concentrate on his MMA training. His normal day starts with strength and conditioning in the morning, wrestling or boxing in the midday and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at night. A three-part training day.
He is coming in without a doubt, ready to get back in the ring after defeating Myke Pile at UFC 222 on March 3.
Why this fight is intriguing
Well, for starters, it features fighters that are separated by nine years in age. You have a young up-and-comer, taking on somebody who has been doing this a lot longer. Two fighters who both possess high winning percentages who do not enjoy losing, going at it in the ring.
While some other fighters that we have written about have had more unique and distinct backgrounds that makes them stand out, this bout will feature two who have been in the same boat for a number of years. They grew up eating, sleeping, and breathing mixed martial arts, and now they get a chance to face off and see if age can be a deciding factor.
Both Ottow and Northcutt enter in off of victories, so that stat alone will make this interesting as momentum plays a huge role into the fight that follows the one they will be having.
Who to pick
While there isn’t really a bad option to select from, the right way to go would be to select Zak Ottow. A huge factor, before diving into stats, is age. When a young fighter comes in having to face off with a veteran, it really changes the game.
Ottow comes in off of consecutive wins, which improved his career mark to 16-5, while Northcutt has only had 12 career fights (he’s won 10). The different types of opponents he has had to face in this stretch says a lot about what he’s dealt with in comparison.
He has only landed 40% of his strikes, but he dodges 59% of opponent strikes. 2/3 of all opponent takedowns do not land Ottow on the ground. While Northcutt lands 51% of his strikes, he avoids just 35% of takedowns, making him a very easy target.
The pick here is to go with the veteran, who will improve to 17-5 with a victory.
CM Punk is making his return to UFC after a year and a half off to face Mike Jackson. Read below to find out more.
CM Punk’s Background
A longtime WWE wrestler, Punk decided to try his hand at MMA a few years ago. He is originally from Chicago, IL, where he he also fights. He took on Mickey Gall on September 10, 2016, serving as his introduction to the UFC world, quite different from what he previously knew.
The interesting thing about that being the date of the fight, was that he was already 37 years of age before ever even attempting this, making an interesting career move at such an old age. Well, clearly, he wanted to change it up and try something new, and Punk is ready to go back to work this coming June, as he, now 39 years of age, takes on 33-year old Mike Jackson.
Mike Jackson’s Background:
Originally from Houston, Texas, Jackson shares a nickname with Paul Pierce, being called “The Truth”. At 33 years of age, Jackson also lacks a background in fighting, as this will be just his second career bout. He’s a photographer as well as a videographer for Legacy FC. He dreamt for a very long time of making it to the UFC, from the first day he started training while attending classes at the University of Houston.
Jackson, like CM Punk, made his professional fighting debut against Mickey Gall, though his fight came eight months prior. Jackson has not had a fight in over 26 months, and that figure will end up at 28 months without a fight before he takes on Punk. It will be interesting to see how both of these fighters perform after such long layoffs.
Who should be favored?
Well, considering that both fighters have very little background in this sport, it’s a little tough to make a prediction on who will be coming out on top. But, somebody will ultimately walk away with victory. It’s relatively rare to see two fighters in their 30’s, each with only one fight under their belt, and albeit, that one fight being against the same person.
Mickey Gall is the common opponent for both of these guys, and he defeated both of them via submission in the opening round. In CM Punk’s case, he’s very used to being physical, so how wrestling background should come into play and give him a slight advantage.
Mike Jackson on the other hand, with his background in kickboxing, is a lot more nimble than his opponent. He may be able to move around the octagon and go in for more blows, and can do so from relatively far away.
This being said, it should be Jackson, six years younger than his opponent, and more of a ‘fighter’ than a ‘wrestler’, that has the edge when the fight does happen.
Relevance of the fight:
We’ve seen a number of times where somebody went from UFC to WWE, or vice versa. Seeing CM Punk, who has a huge following, try his hand at something new is something that many people can appreciate. He’s fighting for just the second time in his career, but this could be extremely important to his future.
Mike Jackson has trained his whole life to be in this moment, and 28 months since his last night, he will need to be prepared. It’s a feel good story to see a guy his age finally getting a good chance in the octagon.
Be sure to watch this fight on PPV, as Mike Jackson takes on CM Punk at UFC Chicago on June 9!