UFC 185 Fantasy Game Preview

  In fantasy MMA there’s no more valuable a rule than “bang for your buck.” Fighters who manage to score lots of knockouts or submissions normally come at a premium, so the trick is to hunt for finishing potential in fighters that are reasonably priced. To rack up big points, you need winners and finishers. The other helpful factor is the betting line, because heavy favorites do indeed tend to win quite often. But you can’t just load up your roster with favorites; you’ll need to make some value picks on underdogs to stay within the salary cap. So in order to win your pool,...

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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 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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