UFC 196 Link Round Up

  Conor McGregor and Holly Holm are fighting this week, so you know there will be massive coverage of UFC 196. Here is all of our content from this week in one place. First, we broke down the main event at the Washington Post and gave a preview of things to expect when Conor McGregor fights Nate Diaz. Then we took a detailed look at the betting angles for ESPN here. As always, MMA Oddsbreaker Premium subscribers get access to the Uber Tale of the Tape for this week’s matchups, and they also provided in depth analysis of each fight on the card. And for fun, below are a few fighter...

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How Every UFC Fight Ended in 2015 (in One Graph)

  A lot happened in MMA in 2015, and fans (especially Irish ones) are still elated by how the end of the year played out. The 473 fights that took place in the UFC Octagon at 41 events through the year went down in pretty much every conceivable fashion, resulting in new champions across most divisions. But if these fights seem like a blur, just consider that 2015 saw fewer UFC bouts than the prior year for the first time since Zuffa reorganized for a growth surge in 2003-4. So the decade of constant growth in action has finally come to a steady state, and yet that doesn’t mean we...

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Kountermove Fantasy MMA Preview for UFC 195

As the New Year’s Day fog lifts, you’ll come to realize that some amazing stuff went down in MMA during 2015. And then you’ll realize that prelims are about to start for UFC 195, thus kicking off 2016. So let’s get back in the game. Fantasy players should always be on the lookout for value in their MMA roster, and that means reliable favorites, and bargain players with big upside. And you should avoid paying too much for anyone likely to post paltry numbers in victory, or worse, in defeat. So here are some recommendations for favorites to start, and some potential bargains with...

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Snapstats: Offensive Striking Metrics for UFC on FOX 17

We saw several high performing strikers come through with big wins at UFC 194, and now we’ve arrived at the final fight card of the year. It’s a FOX card too, so we know it will be stacked with fan-friendly strikers hoping to draw new mainstream fans to the sport, as well as sending out with a bang. But not all strikers are created equal, and even among good strikers, some excel in different ways. So let’s review the FOX 17 fighters on their offensive metrics to see who stands out, and specifically how. As we’ll see, there are some freakishly high performers in several categories, and...

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Just How Good is Conor McGregor at Striking?

  As 2015 comes to a close, the MMA world is anticipating what could be the most watched UFC event in history at UFC 194 in Las Vegas. Coming off the heels of the recent, stunning upset of Holm Holm over Ronda Rousey, an even more highly anticipated title fight between Conor McGregor and Jose Aldo will finally take place. The matchup fell through once due to a short notice injury to Aldo, and McGregor’s subsequent knockout of Chad Mendes for an interim title skyrocketed his already-elevated popularity. The original matchup already had massive hype behind it, but McGregor’s...

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Kountermove Fantasy MMA Preview for UFC’s Triple Fight Week

With over 60 fighters competing in the UFC this week on three separate nights of fights in Las Vegas, MMA fans have a lot to take in! We could imagine that it’s the longest undercard ever for the ultimate marquee matchup between Conor McGregor and Jose Aldo in the final fight of UFC 194. But remember that it’s really three separate events with different objectives, and the first two fight cards are scheduled for a small venue at The Chelsea in the Cosmopolitan, requiring the use of the small UFC cage. Fantasy players have tons of fighters to choose from this weekend, so let’s consider...

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