UFC 187 Matchup Analysis: Browne-Arlovski

  UFC 187 May 23rd, 2015 Heavyweight Matchup: Travis Browne vs Andrei Arlovski   Many discounted the return of former champion Andrei Arlovski to the UFC, mostly due to a string of four consecutive losses in Affliction and Strikeforce. But the Belorussian has made quite a return to form, with only one loss in his last 10 outings, with that being a decision loss to current Light Heavyweight contender Anthony Johnson. Since returning to the UFC he has pulled off two straight upsets against Brendan Schaub and Antonio Silva, and now is facing a future title contender in Travis Browne....

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UFC 187 Matchup Analysis: Weidman vs Belfort

  UFC 187 May 23rd, 2015 Middleweight Championship Matchup: Chris Weidman vs Vitor Belfort It’s been quite some time since we’ve seen either man in the co-main event in action, so the anticipation for the matchup has had plenty of time to sink in. And yet for some, this fight is flying under the radar due to the Jon Jones fiasco and main event for the vacant Light Heavyweight title. Regardless, Chris Weidman’s reign as champion has been impressive despite being still in its early stages and with only two title defenses since first winning it nearly two years ago. And once again,...

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UFC 187 Matchup Analysis: Benavidez vs Moraga

  UFC 187 May 23rd, 2015 Flyweight Matchup: Joseph Benavidez vs John Moraga It’s rare to see Joseph Benavidez not near the top of a fight card, but then it’s tough for Flyweights to get recognition by MMA fans. He’s not fighting for a title this weekend, which means he’s also going to be an overwhelming favorite. Since losing to Dominick Cruz at Bantamweight twice, and then losing twice to current Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson, Benavidez has had to take what he can get, and that means leading off the pay-per-view portion of the card against John Moraga, despite both...

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Knockout Potential at UFC 187: Fighter Power & Chin Ratings

  Memorial Day weekend in Vegas always promises big fights, and having two titles at stake at UFC 187 is a great finish to a fight card. But the rest of the card is also well stacked, and it turns out there’s no lacking in power or knockout potential with these fighters. So let’s consider both the offensive Knockdown Rate and the Knockdown Defense of the fighters, and then consider how they might factor into their matchups. Some fighters are much better at scoring knockouts, while others are good at defending them, but lack power. [for more on these fighters in terms of standup...

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FN66 Matchup Analysis: Edgar-Faber

  UFC Fight Night 66 May 16th, 2015 Featherweight Matchup: Frankie Edgar vs Urijah Faber The main event of an online-only international Fight Card isn’t always must-see MMA. But in the case of UFC Fight Night in Manila, two fighters who have been high-profile UFC mainstays will meet in a weight class in which neither was competing in just a couple years ago. The Featherweight meeting between Frankie Edgar and Urijah Faber will also force a situation where one fighter will walk away from a non-title fight in that division without a win for the first time ever. This is pretty remarkable,...

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FN66 Matchup Analysis: Barnatt-Munoz

  UFC Fight Night 66 May 16th, 2015 Middleweight Matchup: Luke Barnatt vs Mark Munoz The UFC’s first appearance in the new market of the Philippines will coincide with the final UFC appearance of “The Filipino Wrecking Machine,” Mark Munoz. Munoz has only one win since 2011, and three first-round losses since. He’s also struggled with issues outside the cage, leading many to wonder how long he could hold on to a roster spot. But the UFC’s interest in the Philippines gives Munoz one last opportunity to compete in the Octagon, and also provides him with the most motivation he’s...

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