ESPN and Fight Network Previews of UFC 180

  I joined Brett Okamoto and Todd Grisham on MMA Live on ESPN to discuss the Interim UFC Heavyweight Championship matchup this weekend. Here’s are some stats that we discuss in the breakdown:   How’s my product placement in the video? Should I move the books to the left out of the glare? Watch the video here or by clicking the image:   I also joined Gabe Morency on MMA Meltdown on the Fight Network to discuss the Werdum-Hunt matchup in more detail and also the Ellenberger-Gastelum fight in the co-main event. Watch the video here.   And lastly, our ESPN crew...

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UFC FN55 Matchup Analysis: Pearson vs Iaquinta

  UFC Fight Night 55 November 7, 2014 Lightweight Matchup: Ross Pearson vs Al Iaquinta   Big Picture:  In the evening’s co-main event from Sydney, the TUF Season 9 winner Ross Pearson takes on the more recent TUF 15 finalist Al Iaquinta in a really solid matchup within one of the UFC’s deepest divisions. Instead of the bitter feud we’re getting in the main event, this fight presents a solid matchup of talented fighters each trying to scratch their way into the rankings – and that’s plenty for a compelling fight. They may not have animosity, but both have a lot to fight...

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ESPN MMA Live: Breaking Down Rockhold vs Bisping

  I joined Todd Grisham and Brett Okamoto on ESPN’s MMA Live this week to discuss the heated matchup between Luke Rockhold and Michael Bisping. Bisping claims he got the better of Rockhold in their sparring session a few years back, but now Rockhold is the heavy betting favorite. Who is more delusional? Here are some stats from the chat – and yes, I know my audio is off, I’ll fix that hopefully next week. Click here or the image for video link:   I sometimes get the question about Bisping’s Knockdown Rate…that’s his Distance Knockdown Rate,...

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Matchup Analysis UFC 178 Masvidal-Krause

  UFC 178 September 27, 2014 Lightweight Matchup: Jorge Masvidal vs James Krause By@fightnomics   Big Picture:  It’s fun when I get to look at preliminary fights because a fight card is so stacked that experienced and ranked fighters will be competing all over the program. So before we get to the main card at UFC 178, Jorge Masvidal and James Krause will face off in a matchup that could affect the division rankings. The #12 ranked lightweight Jorge Masvidal is clearly favored at -360, with the underdog James Krause +300. It’s a steep line, so let’s see if the numbers support...

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MMA Live on ESPN Breakdowns for UFC 178

  I joined MMA Live on ESPN once again to look at two more fights from the stacked UFC 178 card this weekend. With one title on the line, the rest of the main card all has ranked fighters competing, with each fight carrying title implications for numerous divisions in 2015. So we put the statistical spotlight onto two key matchups, and me and Brett Okamoto discuss the paths to victory. In both matchups the lower ranked fighter is favored. So where do we see the upset potential? Here’s the breakdown on #5 Dustin Poirier vs #9 Conor McGregor: click for...

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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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