UFC FN58 Matchup Analysis Machida-Dollaway

  UFC Fight Night 58 December 20, 2014 Middleweight Matchup: Lyoto Machida vs CB Dollaway   Big Picture:  It will be the last UFC fight of 2014, and after a big double header weekend perhaps this feels like the year is ending with a whimper, not a bang. But then again, with two former Brazilian champions Lyoto Machida and Renan Barao returning to the Octagon, maybe this is mostly a holiday gift for the local fans of Brazil. As part of “The Time is Now” campaign, Lyoto Machida returns from a failed title bid to face a long-time veteran, CB Dollaway, who is just now making his...

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UFC on FOX13 Matchup Analysis Matt Mitrione vs Gabriel Gonzaga

  Big Picture:  Leading off a monster “Big FOX” card this weekend is a clash between two big boys, ranked Heavyweights Matt Mitrione and Gabriel Gonzaga. Both men have had their ups and downs in this volatile division, with each having rarely been out of the first round of fights. Perhaps the UFC is banking on their high risk styles of fighting to lead off the card with a bang. The #14 ranked Heavyweight Matt Mitrione is hanging on as the slight favorite at -140, with the underdog #12 Gonzaga at +100. The close line suggests the market is torn on this one, with betting lines on the...

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TUF20-FOX13 Fightnomics Video & Radio Links

  As far as double header weekends go for the UFC, this one might be the best yet. One of the most entertaining seasons of The Ultimate Fighter will come to a head with the crowning of the first ever Women’s Strawweight champion on Friday night, follow up a mere 12 hours later with the beginning of the UFC on FOX 13 card in Phoenix. Some fun facts? - The TUF20 Finale will feature 16 female competitors on a UFC card, which is 10 more than the prior record of 6 women at the TUF18 Finale. - The TUF20 Finale will also feature a small cage, and therefore it will be the first Title fight...

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UFC on FOX 13 Matchup Analysis Saunders vs Riggs

  UFC on FOX December 13, 2014 Welterweight Matchup: Joe Riggs vs Ben Saunders   Big Picture:  Before we get to the Heavyweight card on Big FOX on Saturday, there will be a solid afternoon of preliminary fights in Phoenix. Among those appetizer matchups is a sneaky good matchup between two known veterans each trying to make a second run at MMA’s biggest stage. While Ben Saunders recently made a triumphant return to the UFC after a long stint in Bellator, Joe Riggs is a more recent roster addition after his winning performance in Bellator’s first experimental season of Fight Master....

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TUF20 Finale Matchup Analysis – Cruickshank vs Noons

  UFC on FOX December 13, 2014 Lightweight Matchup: Daron Cruickshank vs KJ Noons   Big Picture:  In a busy weekend for the UFC, a few fights might be flying under the radar. Between the crowning of the first ever UFC Women’s Strawweight champion and the blockbuster card the next night on “Big Fox,” there’s a few matchups that some people are forgetting about. One of them features two guys who like to stand and trade, and given the small cage planned for that event at the Palms Casino, it should make for a fun striking duel. Daron Cruickshank may have the shorter win...

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Fight Stats Rewind: Lawler-Hendricks II

  In a fight that many expected to be close, Hendricks and Lawler put in another highly competitive contest in a rematch of their first title fight at UFC 171 last March. But this time at UFC 181, it was Lawler who earned the decision. But not without some controversy. It was the first time a challenger took a Split Decision victory from an incumbent champion, and when the final scores were read, reactions were strong all over. Hendricks is now 3-2 in fights ending with disputed decisions, with wins over Grant, Pierce, and Koscheck, but more recently losses to St-Pierre and now Lawler....

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