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Friday, July 28, 2017

UFC 214: Cormier vs. Jones 2 – Preview and Predictions

Sporthot | 1:10:00 AM | |
UFC 214: Cormier vs. Jones 2
After more than two years and an avalanche of bad blood and trash talking, fight fans will finally get a change to see the most anticipated rematch in recent UFC history.

Former light heavyweight champion and pound-for-pound king Jon Jones returns to the octagon after serving a one-year suspension for failing a drug test just days before he was scheduled to main event the landmark UFC 200 event against Daniel Cormier. Now he’s back and (supposedly) clean, ready to reclaim the title that he never actually lost.

In Jones’ absence, Cormier has risen to the top of the 205-pound division. However, Jones is still the one and only man who has beaten Cormier. Jones is literally the “one” in Cormier’s 19-1 record, a decision victory back January 2015.

UFC 214 also features two other juicy title fights, making it one of the best events of the year (on paper, at least). Along with the legit PPV stars in the main event, the card also has Tyron Woodley vs. Demian Maia for the welterweight championship and Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino vs. Tonya Evinger for the vacant women’s featherweight strap.

There’s lots to talk about, so we’re skipping the prelims entirely this time. Let’s jump right into our predictions for the main card, which airs live on PPV at 10:00 P.M. (Eastern) on Saturday night!

(For those unfamiliar with moneyline betting, fighters listed with a minus number are the betting favorites. All odds courtesy of Bodog.ca)

Robbie Lawler (-160) vs. Donald Cerrone (+130)
The three huge champion fights may be getting all the headlines, but this welterweight battle between Robbie Lawler and Donald Cerrone could easily end up the best fight of the night. Lawler is a former champion who just lost the welterweight title in his last fight, although it was over a year ago. He was on a five-fight win streak before that.

Cerrone is always a joy to watch and has won many performance bonuses for incredible knocks outs, submissions, and exciting fights. But he’s never won a UFC title, losing to Rafeal dos Anjos in his only attempt in December 2015. But he’s won 12 of his last 14 fights, dating back to 2013. He’s one of the toughest dudes in the UFC, and he’s never lost back-to-back fights in his entire career.

Prediction: Cerrone via Submission.

Jimi Manuwa (-185) vs. Volkan Oezdemir (+135)
Like the Lawler vs. Cerrone fight, this light heavyweight contest also features two guys ranked in the Top 10 of their division — Manuwa is No. 3 and Oezdemir is No. 5. That should make for a close contest, and the betting odds definitely reflect that, with Manuwa just a slight favorite.

Manuwa, now 37-years-old, was in the conversation for a title shot before Jon Jones was reinstated and booked against Cormier in the main event. The winner of this fight may get the next crack at the belt, so he’ll definitely be looking to pick up his third straight win.

However, Oezdemir is on a four fight win streak of his own and is a full ten years younger than Manuwa. Both fighters have incredible knockout power, as 25 of their combined 31 wins have come via KO or TKO. We doubt this fight will go the distance.

Prediction: Oezdemir via Knockout

Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino (-1200) vs. Tonya Evinger (+700)
This fight was originally planned as Cyborg versus former champion Germaine de Randamie. However, de Randamie was reluctant to take the fight due to Cyborg’s previous drug test failures. As a result, the UFC stripped her of the title and make Cyborg vs. Evinger. Unfortunately, it’s a pretty big mismatch.

Cyborg is one of the meanest and nastiest fighters in the UFC, regardless of gender. She doesn’t have a professional loss since she was defeated in her pro debut, and that was back in 2005. The UFC was reluctant to sign her for a long time, since she likely can’t make the 135-pound weight limit for the bantamweight division, where the likes of Ronda Rousey, Amanda Nunes, and Holly Holm were all top competitors. Instead, the UFC created the women’s featherweight division almost exclusively for Cyborg, and it’s a pretty thin weight class.

Evinger is an experienced fighter, with 25 fights to her name. She’s even the current Invicta FC bantamweight champion, plucked up by the UFC especially for this fight. Despite that, bookies don’t like her chances. Frankly, neither do we. Cyborg is a different kind of animal when it comes to female MMA fighters. As long as she makes weight and doesn’t fail any drug tests (both fairly big ifs, actually), Cyborg should win easily.

Prediction: Cyborg via Decision.

Tyron Woodley (-210) vs. Demian Maia (+170)
Tyron Woodley is the best welterweight wrestler since George St-Pierre. Demian Maia, on the other hand, is the best submission artist currently in the UFC, and perhaps the best BJJ practitioner that MMA has seen since Royce Gracie was making people look foolish two decades ago.

This fight gained additional prestige this week, when it was revealed that the winner will likely get a returning GSP for a big money title fight, now that the St-Pierre/Bisping ship seems to have sailed. Woodley is coming off a pair of ultra close fights against Stephen Thompson (a draw and a majority decision victory). Maia is on a seven-fight win streak and has looked incredible since his last loss — to Rory McDonald back in February 2014.

Maia has had one championship opportunity before, getting a crack at Anderson Silva’s middleweight title back in 2010. With all due to respect to Woodley, this is an easier task for Maia than an in-his-prime Silva. The Brazilian Maia may be almost 40-years-old, but he could finally capture UFC gold on Saturday night.

Woodley has plenty of power to go with his elite wrestling skills, but Maia is no slouch on his feet and is absolutely deadly on the ground. We wouldn’t be surprised at all if Woodley wins on Saturday, but it’s boring to always pick the favorite.

Prediction: Maia via Submission.

Jon Jones (-270) vs. Daniel Cormier (+210)
At long last, the most legitimately hate-filled feud in the UFC will get its second chapter. Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier absolutely despise each other, spewing nasty, personal insults at each other in every interview they do, press conference appearance, or social media post they make. Aside from all of that stuff, they are also both of the two most talented fighters in the UFC.

Cormier is a legit world champion wrestler who has competed at heavyweight before. His only professional loss is a decision defeat back in 2015, to Jones himself. Cormier had very little success wrestling with Jones in that first matchup, so hopefully he comes in to UFC 214 with a slightly different gameplan.

Jones is a legit candidate for the title of greatest pound-for-pound fighter in the UFC. Perhaps in UFC history. However, a number of self-inflicted career derailments in the last few years have weakened the argument. There was the DUI, the constant eye-poking during fights, the homophobic slurs on Instagram (surprise! — he claims he was hacked), the positive cocaine test, the hit-and-run incident, and the failed PED test that blew up the UFC 200 main event. Now he’s back, fully committed to being the villain.

This fight should be satisfying regardless of the outcome. But as much as we’d like the “good guy” to win and even the score at 1-1, Jones is undefeated for a reason (no, don’t come at me with that Matt Hamill bulls**t — Jones beat the hell out of him). The King will regain his crown.

Prediction: Jones via Knockout.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

McGregor already has his next step planned

Sporthot | 1:42:00 AM | |
Conor McGregor seems to have a way to make all of his most outrageous claims come true. He said he would be beat Jose Aldo, a man who hadn’t lost in a decade. He knocked him out in 13 seconds. He said he would become a two-division UFC champion, only the third fighter in history to accomplish such a feat (and the first to hold both titles at the same time). Then he knocked out Eddie Alvarez to make that dream come true, capturing the lightweight championship.

Then, in what everyone thought was the biggest bunch of BS a fighter has ever spouted, he proclaimed that he would fight retired boxer Floyd Mayweather (outside of the UFC, no less) and rake in his biggest pay day ever. Everyone laughed and laughed at the sheer ridiculousness of the idea. And how that’s happening too, on August 26 in Las Vegas.

Somehow, McGregor always gets what he wants.

After all the hype of Mayweather vs. McGregor dies down, regardless of whether the fight is actually any good, there’s still the question of what becomes of the Irishman’s UFC career. Some have speculated that he will simply retire after cashing in huge with the Mayweather fight, but UFC president Dana White has said that McGregor wants to fight twice in 2017 — once in the boxing ring and once back in the UFC octagon.

In a recent interview with MMAJunkie, White revealed that McGregor actually has the whole thing planned out already, right down to the opponent and location.

“You know what Conor told me?” said White. “He said ‘I want Khabib in Russia. Isn’t he f**king awesome? He’s like ‘I want Khabib, in Russia.’ He’s awesome. Conor McGregor is a f**king unicorn. There’s nothing like him. He’s working on boxing Floyd Mayweather and then he’s talking about fighting Khabib in Russia right after.”

Khabib Nurmagomedov is an undefeated UFC lightweight and one of the best small fighters in the world. Not only that, but the UFC have never held an event in Russia, which is Nurmagomedov’s home country. He was supposed to fight Tony Ferguson at UFC 209 for the right to face McGregor when he returns, but had to bow out of that bout at the last minute due to health problems relating to his weight cut.

Say what you will about McGregor, but the man is relentless when it comes to getting his own way. So far, it’s worked out very well for him.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

How Much Do UFC Octagon Girls Earn Every Year?

Sporthot | 1:41:00 AM |

Think UFC, and the first things that come to mind is brutal MMA combat, ferocious takedowns, and (probably) the Octagon girls.

They might not all be huge stars in their own right, but plenty of UFC fans will tell you that Octagon girls are pretty fundamental to the appeal of the sport.

After all, when the likes of Conor McGregor and the Ronda Rousey take a break from beating each other up in-between rounds, UFC fans need something to keep them occupied – and that’s where the octagon girls come in.

So, how much are they paid for their trouble? Well, one of the highest profile octagon stars Arianny Celeste recently announced that she’d made her first $1m, thanks to huge modelling and sponsorship contracts, but that’s a far cry from the normal annual salary for ring girls.

It’s been revealed that the average octagon star takes home $20,000 (£17,000) a year for taking part in the sport.

Arianny Celeste is an exception – the 31-year-old has modelled for the likes of Sports Illustrated, Playboy, Maxim and FHM over the years.

She’s built a global brand after making her UFC debut back in 2006, and has been named Ring Girl of the Year a record five times.

Not everyone is happy about how much Octagon girls get paid though. Ronda Rousey previously took issue with the rates of pay in the sport, saying: “I don’t know if the ring girls get paid too much or the fighters don’t get paid enough.

“But, yeah, there’s definitely a lot more in what the fighters do than what they do. So, I think that’s one thing that’s unfair.”

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Ronda vs Nunez

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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Conor McGregor Will Appear On Game Of Thrones

Sporthot | 12:24:00 PM | |
UFC president Dana White has confirmed that superstar MMA fighter Conor McGregor will make an appearance in an upcoming season of Game Of Thrones, according to a Fox Sports report. 

McGregor will reportedly play a small, but possibly villainous, role on the show.

This wouldn’t be the first time the two have sparred face to face. Last October, a video of McGregor and The Mountain engaging in a friendly bare-knuckle fight surfaced and racked up 23 million views on YouTube. 

Naturally, we’re irrationally excited for the possibility of witnessing the ultimate matchup between two of our heroes. 

Conor McGregor, of course, is the reigning UFC lightweight and featherweight champion, who makes headlines every time he opens his mouth and destroys his opponents in the Octagon.

Meanwhile, The Mountain (real name: Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson) is also one of the strongest men in the world.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

UFC 204 results

Sporthot | 3:04:00 PM |


Michael Bisping vs. Dan Henderson -- Bisping def. Henderson by unanimous decision (48-47 x2, 49-46)
Gegard Mousasi vs. Vitor Belfort -- Mousasi def. Belfort by TKO (punches) at 2:43 of Round Two
Ovince Saint Preux vs. Jimi Manuwa -- Manuwa def. Saint Preux by KO (punch) at 2:38 of Round Two
Stefan Struve vs. Daniel Omielanczuk -- Struve def. Omielanczuk by submission (d'arce choke) at 1:41 of Round Two
Mirsad Bektic vs. Russell Doane -- Bektic def. Doane by submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:22 of Round One
Brad Pickett vs. Iuri Alcantara -- Alcantara def. Pickett by submission (triangle choke) at 1:59 of Round One
Davey Grant vs. Damian Stasiak -- Stasiak def. Grant by submission (armbar) at 3:56 of Round Three
Leon Edwards vs. Albert Tumenov -- Edwards def. Tumenov by submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:01 of Round Three
Marc Diakiese vs. Lukasz Sajewski -- Diakiese def. Sajewski by TKO (knees and punches) at 4:40 of Round Two
Mike Perry vs. Danny Roberts -- Perry def. Roberts by KO (knee and punches) at 4:40 of Round Three
Adriano Martins vs. Leonardo Santos -- Santos def. Martins by split decision (28-29, 29-28 x2)

Monday, September 19, 2016

UFC 204 Bisping vs Henderson 2

Sporthot | 11:50:00 PM |

UFC 204: Bisping vs Henderson 2 Extended Preview


Monday, September 12, 2016

The Results of UFC 203

Sporthot | 1:42:00 AM |
UFC 203 Main Card 
  • Stipe Miocic def. Alistair Overeem, knockout (Round 1, 4:27) – FOTN
  • Fabricio Werdum def. Travis Browne, unanimous decision (29-27, 29-28, 30-27)
  • Mickey Gall def. CM Punk, submission (Round 1, 2:14)
  • Jimmie Rivera def. Urijah Faber, unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • POTN – Jessica Andrade def. Joanne Calderwood, submission (round 1, 4:38)
Prelims on Fox Sports 1 
  • Bethe Correia def. Jessica Eye, split-decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
  • Brad Tavares def. Caio Magalhaes, split-decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)
  • Nik Lentz def. Michael McBride, TKO (Round 2, 4:17)
  • Drew Dober def. Jason Gonzalez, TKO (Round 1, 1:45)
Prelims on UFC Fight Pass 
  • POTN – Yancy Medeiros def. Sean Spencer, submission (Round 2, 0:49)


Friday, September 9, 2016

UFC 204 Bisping vs Henderson 2

Sporthot | 4:38:00 PM |
A highly anticipated championship match between current middleweight king Michael Bisping and legend Dan Henderson, is about to happen on October 8, 2016, at Manchester Arena in England.

The match came immediately after the "The Count" applied to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White to give him the opportunity to avenge the loss of the title of the «Hendo" at UFC 100 back in 2009. Even though this angered other more deserving challengers who sit in front of the living legend on the ranking list.

UFC 204 will also include a middleweight clash between Gegard Mousasi vs. Vitor Belfort, and a showdown between Ovince Saint Preux vs. Jimi Manuwa.
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