TUF Nations Finale Matchup Analysis: Poirier-Corassani

  TUF Nations Finale April 16, 2014 Featherweight Matchup: #6 Dustin Poirier vs Akira Corassani By @Fightnomics   Big Picture:  Leading off the main card on the TUF finale is a matchup of featherweights who have each assembled a win streak. Poirier is attempting to build his case for a title shot, while Corassani is still hoping to break into the official ranks of the division. Despite all that, for those who raised an eyebrow at the matchmaking on this one it seems you’re not alone. The #6 ranked Poirier opened as a huge favorite at -675 over underdog Akira Corassani at +450....

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UFC 171 Matchup Analysis: St. Preux vs Krylov

    UFC 171 March 15, 2014 Light Heavyweight Matchup: Ovince St. Preux vs Nikita Krylov By @fightnomics   Big Picture:  Leading off the main card at UFC 171 are the heaviest and rangiest fighters competing at the event, Ovince St. Preux versus Nikita Krylov. Matchmakers like to lead off their PPV cards with some bangers, and this matchup definitely fits the bill. Ovince St. Preux (“OSP”) was scheduled to face Thiago Silva, which was derailed by Silva’s recent arrest and subsequent ban from the UFC. Krylov steps in on short notice having just won by first-round KO seven weeks...

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UFC 171 Matchup Analysis: Sanchez vs Jury

    UFC 171 March 15, 2014 Lightweight Matchup: #15 Diego Sanchez vs Myles Jury By @Fightnomics   Big Picture:  Old School versus New School: unranked but undefeated up-and-comer Myles Jury is taking on one of the last remaining cast members from the original season of the Ultimate Fighter. Diego Sanchez is ranked just on the cusp at #15 coming off a punishing three-round loss to Gilbert Melendez. No one doubts his grit, but does he still have what it takes to fend off a hungry and fresh new blood? Jury opened as a clear favorite at -210, but has since slipped to -170, with #15...

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UFC 171 Matchup Analysis: Shields vs Lombard

  UFC 171 March 15, 2014 Welterweight Matchup: #12 Hector Lombard vs #6 Jake Shields By @Fightnomics   Big Picture:  The first pairing of three ranked welterweights on the UFC 171 card pits #6 versus #12, when former Strikeforce champion Jake Shields meets former Bellator champion Hector Lombard. Both fighters will compete in a division below where they won their titles in other promotions, but perhaps this is an unofficial eliminator bout for who was the 2nd best promotion in 2010? Despite being ranked lower, Lombard is currently a -225 favorite, with the former UFC title contender...

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UFC Fight Night 37 Gustafsson-Manuwa

  UFC Fight Night 37 March 8, 2014 Light Heavyweight Matchup: #1 Alexander Gustafsson vs #11 Jimi Manuwa By @Fightnomics   Big Picture:  The main event from London will feature a home-cage, rising prospect in Jimi Manuwa against the division’s number one contender (and top European fighter), Alexander Gustafsson. We haven’t seen much from Manuwa to date, as all three of his UFC fights have ended with a stoppage due to injury or doctor intervention. But Gustafsson is now a pretty established veteran, having most recently gone five rounds with the current champion Jon Jones. The #1...

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UFC Fight Night 37 Guillard vs Johnson Analysis

  UFC Fight Night 37 March 8, 2014 Lightweight Matchup: Melvin Guillard vs #14 Michael Johnson By @Fightnomics   Big Picture:  The co-main event in London will feature a late matchmaking shuffle due to an injury to Ross Pearson that will delay his lightweight rematch with Melvin Guillard. Instead, Michael Johnson steps in to face Melvin Guillard in a matchup of heavy hitters. Initially, #14 ranked Johnson opened as a slight favorite, yet he is currently an ever so slight underdog at -115 versus the new favorite Guillard at -125. This matchup has a lot of people calling it a pick em’...

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