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Saturday, 28 February 2015

UFC 184, Bellator 134 and Invicta FC 11 betting guide

by Will Martin @WillMartinMMA

So after last weeks underdog triumph's in Brazil the UFC returns to Los Angeles as the ladies take center stage and dominant champion Ronda Rousey takes on her stiffest challenge in Cat Zingano. There is also Invicta and Bellator to bet on as well but I'm here to give you a few bets you may like the look of. As always go with your own gut feeling when you're betting with your own money. 

Bet 1 Stake £10 Returns £80

James Krause 8/15
Dhiego Lima EVS
Derrick Lewis 2/9
Tony Ferguson 4/9
Jake Ellenberger 4/9
So here is one of my Parlay bets I like for this weekend picking mostly favourites but you do get a decent pay out for your 10 quid. Starting off in the Lightweight division with James Krause taking on Valmir Lazaro. This is a great fight for Krause coming off his tough loss against Jorge Masvidal, Lazaro is all about striking and is just your typical muay thai striker with a pretty weak ground game. He has gaps in his games that the Veteran Krause will look to capitalise on and I can just see a Krause Decision here.
On to the riskiest pick I think of this parlay and that is Dhiego Lima taking on Tim Means this match up is close and will come down to who gets into there rhythm first. Lima who has a very iffy chin will look to take this to the ground and Means, who has a terrible defence of the takedown will look to keep it standing. For me I just think Lima will have more to offer and will squeak out a close decision victory.
The third leg of the bet is in my eyes one of the easiest fights you may ever see in a UFC Octagon as Heavyweight beast Derrick Lewis taking on the human punch bag that is Ruan Potts. Potts who has shown nothing since coming into the UFC  is in for a tough night here as the hard hitting Lewis will rip the chin of his face in the first round. This I guarantee.
On to the main card, we have streaking lightweight Tony Ferguson who is looking for his fifth straight victory over grizzled veteran Gleison Tibau. Now I think this has the potential to be close but I think Ferguson's hand speed and long reach will be the defining key for him to winning this fight. He does have decent takedown defense to stop Tibau's takedowns, which he will look for eventually but I like "El Cucuy" in this one.
So when we get to our last fight for all the dosh we have two veterans slugging out here as Jake Ellenberger takes on Josh Koscheck. Now these guys have faded and faded bad in the last 2-3 years but out of the two I think Ellenberger has a lot more of a chance of the victory. He has some scary power which he has been scared to show recently but when he stops Koscheck's attempts at a takedown he will have to stand and bang a little and I fancy Ellenberger to use his jab and get a decision victory. 

Bet 2 UFC/Bellator/Invicta parlay Stake £5 Returns £60

Alexa Grasso 4/6
Irena Aldana 3/10
Cheick Kongo 4/5
Liam McGeary 8/15
Alan Jouban 1/4
Tony Ferguson 4/9
Holly Holm 1/8
With all the fights this weekend it was only right to throw on a bet across all three promotions and this is what I liked. 

Bet 3 Stake £5 Returns £144

Mark Munoz via KO/TKO 7/4
Jake Ellenberger via Dec 11/4
Holly Holm via KO/TKO 9/5
So I have three Method bets on and this one I really like, so if you're going to put on a bet similar to this it may not be a bad bet to put on. 

Bets to keep an eye on 

Kid Yamamoto via submission 7/1
Holm/Pennington under 2.5 rds 11/8
Rousey/Zingano over 1.5 rds  5/4
There are a few bets I like, if you're having a bet this weekend I hope you win big. All the best!

BCMMA 10 card set, headlined by Cooledge vs Leary for the lightweight title

Ben Heather @benheather

BCMMA returns with its first show of 2015 as BCMMA 10 takes place on March 28th at the Charter Hall, Colchester. It will be a night full of some of the best amateur and professional MMA fighters the UK has to offer. So far the card has been set with over 20 amateur fights on the prelims and five professional fights.

The pro card includes two title fights as Jason Cooledge battles Charlie Leary in the main event for the lightweight belt, while Steve Aimable squares off against Scott Hunt in the co main event for the featherweight title. Then in one of the stand out fights on the card Jack Mason makes his return to action as he battles former UFC welterweight Simeon Thoresen in a 175lb catchweight battle.

On the amateur card another three titles are on the line as the Heavyweight, Middleweight and Flyweight titles will all be contested.

The card for BCMMA 10 as it currently stands can be found below:

Main Card

Main Event For the BCMMA Lightweight Pro Title
Charlie Leary (8-6-1) Team Crossface Vs Jason Cooledge (10-7) BKK Fighters

For the BCMMA Featherweight Pro Title
Scott Hunt (6-1) Team Crossface Vs Steve Aimable (5-2) BKK Fighters

175lbs Catchweight Pro MMA bout
Simeon Thoresen (17-5-1) Frontline Academy Vs Jack Mason (28-14) BKK Fighters

Welterweight Pro MMA bout
Martin Hudson (1-0) Team Crossface Vs Mareks Belevics (1-1) BKK Fighters

Middleweight Pro MMA bout
Nathius Frederick (Pro Debut) UTC Vs Thomas Robertson (Pro Debut) Sarpsborg Chi MMA

Amateur Prelims

For the BCMMA Amateur Heavyweight Title
Jamie Willets UTC Vs Jack Burton BKK Fighters

For the BCMMA Amateur Middleweight Title
Dom Harris Carlson Gracie Essex Vs Kristian Lapsley Sarpsborg Chi MMA

For the BCMMA Amateur Flyweight Title
Marianne Eriksen Honefoss Fight Gym Vs Ameesha Bhudia Combat Company

Amateur Featherweight bout
Lucas Cox The Bat Cave MMA Vs Niyal Jones Blackdog MMA

Amateur Flyweight bout
Charlie Gosden Bandogs Vs Mark Wade Gods of War

Amateur Light Heavyweight bout
Charles Stephenson Bridgeman Martial Arts Vs George Neague Southend Combat Academy

Amateur Middleweight bout
John Sayers Dungeon MMA Vs Espen Espenes Sunnfjord MMA

Amateur Welterweight bout
Darren Foster MMA Clinic Vs Luca Senatore Tsunami Gym

Amateur Welterweight bout
Oliver Paske UTC Vs Sean Flynn Premier MMA

Amateur Strawweight bout
Stephanie Quaile Team Ryano Vs Wendy Mckenna BKK Fighters

Amateur Flyweight bout
Sohaib Ajban MMA Clinic Vs Jake Hadley UTC

Amateur Flyweight bout
Craig Powell BKK Fighters Vs Gareth Ingham Force MMA

Amateur Lightweight bout
Michael Mavciniak MMA Clinic Vs Alex Curcudel Premier MMA

Amateur Welterweight bout
Jason O'Donovan Premier MMA Vs Daniel Haynes BKK Fighters

Amateur Light Heavyweight bout
Rafal Cejrowski Team Crossface Vs Matthew Byfield UTC

Amateur Welterweight bout
Karlos Kaminskas MMA Clinic Vs Jorgen Indsetviken Honefoss Fight Gym

Amateur Featherweight bout
Laura Drayton UTC Vs Paula Donnelly BKK Fighters

Amateur Lightweight bout
Jamie Colgate Independent Vs Jack Wright Southend Combat Academy

Amateur Bantamweight bout
Nikita Rancev Bridgeman Martial Arts Vs Christoffer Darre Sarpsborg Chi MMA

Amateur Middleweight bout
Matthew Bardsley Independent Vs Tom Mowle BKK Fighters

Amateur Lightweight bout
Anton Bray Independent Vs Luke Butler TIW

Amateur Lightweight bout
Rob McAdam Urban Kings Vs Adam Spalding Dynamo Muay Thai

Amateur Flyweight bout
Sam Diplock Combat Sports Academy Vs Dan Hunt Monster BJJ

UFC 184 Rousey vs Zingano Weigh In Results

by Ben Heather @benheather

Tomorrow night the UFC returns with a huge womens bantanweight battle as two undefeated women step foot in to the Octagon to face off in what has to be the toughest test of Ronda Rousey's career. Cat Zingano has been tested before in previous fights but has always found a way to come through them and not only win but come back to finish her opponents. Also on the card is the UFC debut of world champion boxer Holly Holm who is being lined up as a potential future opponent for Rousey should they both win tomorrow night.

Ahead of the event all fighters except Mark Munoz made weight, Munoz has two hours to lose the final 1.25lbs. It took Jake Ellenberger the help of a second weigh in using the towel to make the 171lb limit, originally coming in at 171.5lbs.

The Classified Weigh In Results can be found below:

Main Card (BT Sport 1)

Ronda Rousey (c) (135 lbs) vs. Cat Zingano (134.5 lbs)
Raquel Pennington (135.5 lbs) vs. Holly Holm (135.5 lbs)
Jake Ellenberger (171 lbs) vs. Josh Koscheck (170.5 lbs)
Alan Jouban (170.5 lbs) vs. Richard Walsh (171 lbs)
Tony Ferguson (156 lbs) vs. Gleison Tibau (155 lbs)

Preliminary Card (BT Sport 1)

Mark Muñoz (187.25 lbs) vs. Roan Carneiro (184.5 lbs)
Roman Salazar (135 lbs) vs. Norifumi Yamamoto (136 lbs)
Dhiego Lima (170 lbs) vs. Tim Means (170 lbs)
Derrick Lewis (263 lbs) vs. Ruan Potts (253 lbs)

Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)

James Krause (155 lbs) vs. Valmir Lazaro  (155.5 lbs)
Masio Fullen (145 lbs) vs. Alexander Torres (145.5 lbs)

The fights take place at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles, California.

Friday, 27 February 2015

Bellator 134 Weigh In Results

by Ben Heather @benheather

All of the fighters have now weighed in ahead of The British Invasion which is headlined by the Light Heavyweight world title fight between Emanuel Newton and the UK's own Liam McGeary. Also on the card is possibly the UK's best pound for pound MMA fighter Paul Daley and also former title contender Linton Vassell.

The event has everything on paper to make it a spectacle for the fans and hopefully with three good results in the fights involving the Brits it will force Bellator to finally come over to the UK and hold an event.

Classified Weigh In Results


Emanuel Newton (204.5) vs. Liam McGeary (204) – for light heavyweight title
Cheick Kongo (239) vs. Muhammed Lawal (217)
Paul Daley (171) vs. Andre Santos (171)
Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou (205) vs. Linton Vassell (205)
Curtis Millender (170) vs. Brennan Ward (171)


Dean Hancock (155.5) vs. Mike Mangan (155.25)
Matt Bessette (145.75) vs. Josh LaBerge (145)
Raphael Butler (260) vs. Josh Diekmann (238.25)
Jason Butcher (186) vs. Tamdan McCrory (185.5)
Bobby Flynn (170.5) vs. Neiman Gracie (171)
Marvin Maldonado (136) vs. Blair Tugman (136)

Zara's MMA social buzz #3: Mjolnir perform Chandelier, Amirkhani beats sister's husband up, Faber fights at charity event, Brandao acts like an idiot

By Zara Barry

Welcome to Zara’s MMA social media roundup, where I sift through the best social bravado to bring you Mjolinir MMA's version of Chandelier by Sia  , Makwan Amir Khani beating up his sister's husband, Diego Brandao acting like an idiot at the Brazilian Carnival, Urijah Faber fighting Jason Ellis at a charity event and BJ Penn dressing up as Elvis!

The guys over at Mjolnir MMA made their own version of Sia’s ‘Chandelier’ this week and we see a very rare sighting, a smiling Gunni Nelson. You have not entered the Twilight Zone, you did in fact read that correctly.

Word to the wise, if you’re married to Makwan Amirkhani’s sister do not forget to buy a Valentine’s Day gift. In fact get the date tattooed onto your arm so you never forget, along with her birthday, anniversary etc.
A video posted by Makwan Amirkhani UFC Fighter (@makulaku) on
“Do you know who I am?” Here we have Diego Brandao sounding like a complete dildo, “You better not make me look bad” and we have him acting like one too during Carnaval on the streets of Brazil.

Urijah Faber got in the ring with Jason Ellis this weekend at Ellismania. Faber is seen here sporting jeans in the ring, seems like something I’d actually expect Nick Diaz to do.
A video posted by Michael Mardones (@layziethesavage) on

I must say BJ Penn makes one damn fine out of shape older Elvis. Penn headed to his dad’s costume party this week with his wife, I have no idea who she’s meant to be, the one from Lazy Town?

A photo posted by @bjpenn on

Bellator 134: Newton v McGreary Preview

By Josh Hall @josh_hall66

Whilst most of this weekends focus is fixed on a certain PPV in Los Angeles this Saturday night, Bellator have an intriguing card on Friday. Featuring lots of British talent & a title shot as the headliner, let's take a look at the main card.

Brennan Ward vs Curtis Millender

Ward comes into this fight on a two-loss streak. After a good start to life in the promotion (going 5-1) he looks to return to winning ways here. Millender, undefeated, makes his debut for Bellator here. Not known as a finisher (although his two stoppages came within the first minute), he'll have to be wary of Wards' heavy hands and try and keep him smothered.

Prediction: Ward by Unanimous Decision

Linton Vassell v Rameau Thierry Sokoudju

This fight has 'AWESOME!' written all over it. Sokoudju likes to knockout people but has a questionable chin on him (eight of twelve losses by TKO/KO). Vassell also has some heavy bombs, but also a great ground game. Losing only one of his last ten (last time out against Emmanuel Newton for the title), both will be looking to add another finish to their resumé.

Prediction: Vassell by TKO

Muhammed Lawal v Cheick Kongo

Winning two of his last three, 'King Mo' looks to get back into the title picture by finishing ex-UFC veteran Cheick Kongo. 'Mo' will undoubtedly stand and throw haymakers, such is his will. Since joining Bellator Kongo's looked good, going 4-1. With his last two wins both being finished well inside the distance, he'll want a hat-trick to get into title contention.

Prediction: Kongo by TKO

Paul Daley v Andre Santos

Simple. Daley: 6 of last 7 won by TKO/KO/doctors stoppage. Santos is a submission machine (22 wins by sub). It'll come down to this: can 'Semtex' KO Santos before the Brazilian takes him down? One things for sure: this fight will NOT be left to the judges...

Prediction: Daley by TKO

Bellator Light-Heavyweight Title
(c) Emmanuel Newton v Liam Mcgreary

Title time! This is intriguing to me. Newton is on a streak of seven wins including avenging his loss to Attila Veigh (just). But now he comes across the dangerous McGeary. The man from Hampshire has finished all but two of his fights in the first round, so it'll be interesting to see how his cardio goes if they hit the championship rounds.

Prediction: Newton by Unanimous Decision

Thursday, 26 February 2015

UFC 184: Rousey vs Zingano Preview

By Josh Hall @josh_hall66

This weekend the UFC returns to US soil, with a Womens Bantamweight title affair the headline act at the Staples Centre, Los Angeles this Saturday night. The main card looks very interesting, including the debut of a much talked about, and potential future title challenger, for the very title defended on this card. Let's take a look!

Tony Ferguson (17-3) v Gleison Tibau (33-10)

Ferguson is currently tearing through the lightweight division, with eight of nine wins inside the Octagon, and only two of those were decisions. Tibau, meanwhile, has three straight decision wins. Considering he went the distance with  Norman Parke last month, I can't see an upset for the Brazilian. Ferguson just looks unbeatable at the moment. Everything is clicking into place. Hard and  fast hands, a terrific submission game (although Tibau's no slouch on the mat). If he's victorious, I can't see why he wouldn't be in the title picture.

Prediction: Ferguson by Third Round TKO

Alan Jouban (10-3) v Richard Walsh (8-2)

There's a few similarities heading into this fight: both will be their third UFC fight, both come off decision losses last time out. And both like to knock people out. Unfortunately both have durable chins, so I fear this maybe a turgid affair with plodding jabs. Prove me wrong chaps!

Prediction: Jouban by Unanimous Decision

Jake Ellenberger (29-9) v Josh Koscheck (17-8)

This is simple: I fear the loser of this fight will be released. Two stalwarts of the UFC, there recent records are identical (no win in three, lost four of last six) and in a stacked division like welterweight there is no way you can get away with four straight defeats. Look for Koscheck to try and drag this to the floor and use his wrestling to smother Ellenberger. I don't believe 'Kos' wants anything to do with Jake's striking. This really is a toss up.

Prediction: Ellenberger by Split Decision

Holly Holm (7-0) v Raquel Pennington (5-4)

You'd be forgiven for thinking that with all the hype surrounding Holm that this fight is as good as won. Granted, Pennington doesn't have the best record, but she's a very capable fighter, particularly on the mat. Like Koscheck above, she really doesn't want to try and outstrike Holm, because her boxing is elite level. That's the advantage of being a former 18 time boxing World champion. There's only one outcome here.

Prediction: Holm by Second Round TKO

Womens Bantamweight Championship
(c) Ronda Rousey (10-0) v Cat Zingano (9-0)

For nearly 2 years, Cat Zingano has been waiting for her shot at Ronda Rousey and the Womens Bantamweight Championship. After 18 months out after knee surgery she finished Amanda Nunes last time out. Her striking is excellent, and also has a very good ground game. But will that be enough to stop Rousey? Undoubtedly the best out there. 'Rowdy'seems to get better every time she fights. Olympic-level Judo, striking that is getting better and better. And then there's that armbar... I'm really looking forward to this fight. This really will be the biggest test of arguably the UFCs brightest star.

Prediction: Rousey by Second Round Submission