ESPN MMA Live Flyweight Title Video Preview for UFC 178

  I joined Todd Grisham and Brett Okamoto MMA Live on ESPN to start the discussion about the upcoming Flyweight title fight between Demetrious Johnson and Chris Cariaso at UFC 178. Hard to believe that Johnson is the third longest reigning champion in the UFC, and the only man to ever hold this title. Click to watch the video:   Here are the stats shown during this segment. It’s important to note that Cariaso maintains a high pace and likes to come forward. But Johnson is very elusive and has shown good counter-striking, so this scenario could play into an advantage for the...

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UFC FN51 Matchup Analysis – Tibau vs Hallman

  UFC Fight Night 51 September 13, 2014 Lightweight Matchup: Gleison Tibau vs Piotr Hallman By@fightnomics   Big Picture:  One of the most experienced veterans of the UFC’s core lightweight division is facing off with a flashy newcomer from one of the UFC’s newest markets (Poland) when Gleison Tibau faces Piotr Hallman. The home-cage fighter Tibau has climbed to a -230 favorite, with Hallman the underdog at +170. The Brazilian has been competitive for a long time in the UFC, mainly going to decisions, while the Polish challenger has rarely ever seen the scorecards. Who should win,...

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UFC FN 51 Matchup Analysis – Bedford vs Yahya

  UFC Fight Night 51 September 13, 2014 Featherweight Matchup: Johnny Bewdford vs Rani Yahya By@fightnomics   Big Picture:  In a rematch of an unfortunate No Contest result just a few months ago, Bantamweights Johnny Bedford and Rani Yahya are headed back to the cage to settle the score. Both unranked fighters have losses mixed in with their recent No Contest, making their placement at the bottom of the prelims a possible hint from management that they may also be fighting for their jobs. Desperate times can make for desperate fighting, and their history together could also ratchet up...

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UFC FN 50 Matchup Analysis: Overeem vs Rothwell

  UFC Fight Night 50 September 5, 2014 Heavyweight Matchup: Alistair Overeem vs Ben Rothwell By@fightnomics   Big Picture:  The co-main event at UFC Fight Night 50 promises the return of a new and improved heavyweight contender. When Alistair Overeem meets Ben Rothwell, “the Reem” will do so with Greg Jackson in his corner for the first time, which hopefully means there will be no funny business in the post-event drug test results. It also means the Overeem might not fall prey to lapses in conditioning and judgment later in the fight as he has done in the past. Currently, #7 ranked...

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Matchup Analysis UFC FN 50 Oliveira-Lentz

  UFC Fight Night 50 September 5, 2014 Featherweight Matchup: Charles Oliveira vs Nik Lentz By@fightnomics   UPDATE: Charles Oliveira missed weight this week by a substantial margin, and revealed he had been very ill right up to arriving in the US for this fight. Best to back off this one altogether. Depending on how sick he was, Nik Lentz by Decision becomes an interesting prop play.   Big Picture:  In a rematch of two ranked Featherweights, both men are looking for closure to their 2011 No Contest. Although Charles Oliveira appeared to win the first meeting against Nik Lentz, an...

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UFC Fight Night 47 Analysis Pearson vs Maynard

  UFC Fight Night 47 August 16, 2014 Lightweight Matchup: Ross Pearson vs Gray Maynard   Big Picture:  Facing off in the co-main event from Bangor, Maine are two grizzled veterans of the Octagon and former Ultimate Fighter cast members, who may have greater fame than one of the main event fighters. Although both fighters lost their last fight, Ross Pearson is essentially being credited for a win due the controversial decision against Diego Sanchez. He is now being matched up with an even higher ranked opponent in Maynard after a double injury swap. The unranked Pearson opened as a near...

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