Top 10 Overachievers in the UFC

MMA fights are a volatile proposition. A single punch can change the course of a fight, ending it abruptly, or doing damage that leads to a lopsided performance. It doesn’t matter if the underdog is a 10-to-1 longshot, any UFC fighter is capable of winning on any given fight night. For bettors, this volatility can be frustrating. A strong outing one night can be followed by a defeat in the next, and vice versa. But who has really stood out over the last few years as a fighter who consistently delivered on fight night? Let’s consider a different look at fighter performance, one that...

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How UFC Fight Night 61 Was the Biggest Night of Upsets Ever

  With the immediate ramp up to UFC 184 last week, the historic, record-breaking night in Brazil was quickly forgotten. So let’s take a moment to rewind and consider what happened down at UFC Fight Night 61, or #UFCPOA. Frank Mir’s knockout of Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva was pretty remarkable, especially given that Mir was a near three-to-one underdog at one point leading up to the event. But that upset was just one of many, 10 to be precise, which made the event the biggest night of upsets in recorded MMA history. Only one fight, the very first one, ended with the favored...

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UFC184 Matchup Analysis Ferguson-Tibau

  Leading off the main card at UFC 184 is a fight between two talented Lightweights who are each striving for a spot among the rankings in the UFC’s deepest division. Veteran Gleison Tibau has faced the who’s who of the UFC dating back nearly a decade. By comparison, Tony Ferguson, who won The Ultimate Fighter Season 13 in 2011, must seem like a fresh face. Either way, only one will extend their win streak to possibly push their way into the top 15 and a boost in Reebok money. Ferguson is currently a -220 favorite over Tibau at +180. This will be a contrast of styles, so let’s look...

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UFC 184 Matchup Analysis Ellenberger-Koscheck

  Big Picture:  The last men competing in the Octagon at UFC 184 are two Welterweights in desperate need of a win. Jake Ellenberger may still be ranked, and Josh Koscheck was a former title contender, but both men are currently riding three fight losing streaks. For Koscheck at least, this fight could mean the end of his career, but they clearly both have a lot to fight for. The #11th ranked Ellenberger is the -200 favorite over Koscheck at +170. Stylistically the two are similar, wrestlers/power-strikers. They’ve each had moments of brilliance in the UFC Octagon, but have slid into...

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UFC FN59 Matchup Analysis Tibau-Parke

  UFC Fight Night 59 January 18, 2015 Lightweight Matchup: Gleison Tibau vs Norman Parke   Big Picture:  In a fight card defined by one of the biggest betting mismatches in UFC history, there are several compelling and very close matchups elsewhere to appreciate. And leading off the main card is a matchup between a long-time successful combatant in the ultra-competitive lightweight division, Gleison Tibau, pitted against a relative newcomer and former TUF Smashes winner Norman Parke. Neither man is ranked despite amassing solid winning records, so a win here could boost one of...

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TUF20-FOX13 Fightnomics Video & Radio Links

  As far as double header weekends go for the UFC, this one might be the best yet. One of the most entertaining seasons of The Ultimate Fighter will come to a head with the crowning of the first ever Women’s Strawweight champion on Friday night, follow up a mere 12 hours later with the beginning of the UFC on FOX 13 card in Phoenix. Some fun facts? - The TUF20 Finale will feature 16 female competitors on a UFC card, which is 10 more than the prior record of 6 women at the TUF18 Finale. - The TUF20 Finale will also feature a small cage, and therefore it will be the first Title fight...

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