UFC FN61 Matchup Analysis: Bigfoot Silva – Frank Mir

  UFC Fight Night 61 February 22nd, 2015 Heavyweight Matchup: Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva vs Frank Mir   Big Picture:  The main event from Brazil this weekend may pit two fighters who haven’t see a “W” in a combined seven fights, but most would agree it’s an interesting matchup with some career-salvaging (or even career-ending) potential. Antonio Silva has been knocked out twice in his last three fights, with his only saving grace being a slobberknocker draw against Mark Hunt that was overturned after Silva tested high for testosterone. Frank Mir is also on a losing streak,...

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UFC FN61 Matchup Analysis: Barboza-Johnson

  UFC Fight Night 61 February 22nd, 2015 Lightweight Matchup: Edson Barboza vs Michael Johnson   Big Picture:  In the co-main event from Brazil this Sunday are two ranked Lightweights each trying to position themselves for a title run down the road. The odds for Edson Barboza and Michael Johnson opened among the closest on the entire card, fitting for arguably the UFC’s most competitive division. Early action pushed #6 ranked Lightweight Barboza to a mild -175 favorite over the #12 ranked Johnson at +135. Barboza may be getting some support due to the home-cage advantage, but it’s...

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UFC Broomfield Matchup: Max Holloway vs Cole Miller

  UFC Fight Night 60 February 14th, 2015 Featherweight Matchup: Max Holloway vs Cole Miller   Big Picture:  In the co-main event in Denver this weekend, an often underrated young gun in Max Holloway will look to extend his current four-fight win streak against veteran submission ace Cole Miller. Despite just being 23 years old, Holloway has already fought 10 times in the UFC, and he is the youngest fighter ever to do so. Miller has been fighting in the UFC since 2007 and has impressive 15 fights of his own on the biggest MMA stage. Holloway is technically on pace to appear in 37 UFC...

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UFC Broomfield Matchup: Magny vs Kunimoto

  UFC Fight Night 60 February 14th, 2015 Welterweight Matchup: Neil Magny vs Kiichi Kunimoto   Big Picture:  In the lead up to the UFC’s odd choice to compete with everyone’s Valentine’s Day plans (on a Saturday no less!), an injury prone merry-go-round of potential Welterweight combatants has kept the fight card in constant flux. Ultimately, former Lightweight champ Bensen Henderson stepped up to fill the headline role opposite Brandon Thatch at Welterweight. That’s because after several potential Welterweight fights were scrapped, the next step down on the card with...

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Snapstats: Anderson Silva vs Nick Diaz Statistical Contrast

The main event at UFC 183 presents two living legends facing off in a very unpredictable bout due to unprecedented layoffs. But what shouldn’t be surprising is the style of striking that each man brings into the Octagon on fight night, as we have loads of historical data between them. The basic gist is that Silva is the precision knockout artist, while Diaz is the aggressive volume striker. As we’ll see the numbers tell a very clear story of contrasting styles, but they don’t necessarily tell us which style will prevail this weekend. We do know that both fighters have been reluctant to...

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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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