The MMA Analysis – UFC Fight Night 143 Preview

January 17th, 2019
Brad Taschuk

The MMA Analysis welcomed the 2018 Toutmaster Champion, Chubb on the podcast to preview UFC Fight Night 143 which includes Greg Hardy and the flyweight title fight between Henry Cejudo and TJ Dillashaw. Before that the guys went over some recent fight announcements as well as hearing from the aforementioned 2019 Toutmaster Champion and what…

January 10th, 2019
Brad Taschuk

The MMA Analysis is back for the 2018 year end show where the guys go over their UFC champions picks from last year and make picks for the end of this year. The guys also went through their breakout fighters from each weight class last year while making picks for the end of 2019. Lastly…

January 3rd, 2019
Brad Taschuk

Jon Jones is BACK and so is the MMA Analysis. The guys thoroughly recapped UFC 232 from this past weekend as well as touched on Rizin’s New Years Eve show and PFL completing their inaugural season.

December 13th, 2018
Brad Taschuk

The MMA Analysis touched on the announcement of ONE Championship getting a kinda, sorta, American TV deal as well as the cancellation of UFC 233. After that the guys discussed last weekends UFC 231 PPV card culminating in Max Holloway’s impressive win over Brian Ortega. With that stuff out of the way, the guys broke…

December 6th, 2018
Brad Taschuk

Hot off a packed UFC weekend, the MMA Analysis discussed the new headlining fight for the very first ESPN card next year as well as the other drama surrounding that card. After that the guys went over both UFC cards from the past weekend including big wins by Kamaru Usman and Shogun!?!? With last weeks…

March 3rd, 2018
Brad Taschuk

The UFC returns to pay-per-view this weekend with a card that has been cobbled together over the past three weeks, following the news of a Max Holloway injury. The featherweight champion was set to face Frankie Edgar in defense of his title, however his withdrawal caused a major reshuffling of the event. Now a different…

January 30th, 2018
Brad Taschuk

Much like this weekend’s FOX card, the next UFC event on the docket will also be headlined by a middleweight tilt. However, rather than a pair of veterans squaring off to jockey for position in the division, UFC Fight Night 125’s main event provides the opportunity for a prospect to make the leap into contendership….

January 27th, 2018
Brad Taschuk

MMA Oddsbreaker’s resident funny man has the week off, so the B-team has been called in to provide a bit of insight into this weekend’s UFC on FOX 27 card. The event is headlined by a middleweight rematch between Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza and Derek Brunson. The main card also features the likes of featherweight contender Dennis…

January 20th, 2018
Brad Taschuk

This weekend, the UFC will attempt to parlay its Fox promotion during NFL Conference Championship weekend into a big pay-per-view number with a pair of title fights on UFC 220. Despite being one of the weakest divisions for years, the heavyweight title is still one of the more prestigious in the sport, and it will headline…

December 5th, 2017
Brad Taschuk

Last weekend, Max Holloway asserted his dominance over Jose Aldo once again, solidifying his spot as the top featherweight in the world. With Frankie Edgar on the shelf due to a fractured orbital, that leaves Holloway without a clear cut challenger for his title. Some upcoming bouts over the next few weeks could help clarify…

November 28th, 2017
Brad Taschuk

This weekend will be a busy one for the UFC, as a pair of events on Friday and Saturday will span nearly the entire country. On Friday, a new champion will be crowned in the newly formed women’s flyweight division (as part of the TUF 26 Finale). However, the contestants for said title won’t be…

November 21st, 2017
Brad Taschuk

What a difference a few weeks can make in MMA. Back on November 4th, Michael Bisping closed as a favorite in a middleweight title bout. After losing that bout to Georges St-Pierre in a contest that was far more entertaining than anticipated, he accepted a short notice assignment against Kelvin Gastelum just three weeks later. The current…

November 7th, 2017
Brad Taschuk

The competitors on this weekend’s UFC Fight Night 120 will have the unenviable task of following what ended up being one of the greatest UFC events of all-time. While it would be virtually impossible to equal the latest New York City event, fans in Norfolk will be treated to some fighters with high-powered offenses and…

October 31st, 2017
Brad Taschuk

Two weeks ago, Bellator saw the debut of their most recent high-profile UFC acquisition, and while Gegard Mousasi picked up the win, he left something to be desired with his performance. The same could be said of this Friday’s main eventer Ryan Bader, even though he was successful in capturing the light heavyweight title from Phil…

October 31st, 2017
Brad Taschuk

With the UFC hurting for stars, they managed to coax one of the MMA’s all-time greats out of retirement earlier this year. It took some time to get a date settled for his return, but Georges St-Pierre will be back in the Octagon this Saturday, vying to become just the fourth fighter in UFC history…

October 24th, 2017
Brad Taschuk

This weekend, the Octagon heads to Brazil for the third time in 2017 and in doing so welcomes back a former champion for the first time in over two years. Lyoto Machida will be attempting to avoid the first three-fight losing streak of his career as he takes on Derek Brunson in the main event…

October 21st, 2017
Brad Taschuk

With the UFC heading to Gdansk, Poland for the first time, and bringing a card garnering a tepid response with it, I’ll do my best to avoid terrible puns with the word Gdansk involved. No promises though. As far as the event goes, the Polish crowd will have seven of their own to cheer for, which…

October 18th, 2017
Brad Taschuk

Former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi will be reunited with his old boss Scott Coker after nearly five years in the UFC. Mousasi is one of the latest names to make the jump to Bellator as a free agent, however his circumstances have been different from most. Mousasi was on a five-fight winning streak…

October 17th, 2017
Brad Taschuk

British prospect Darren Till will face the biggest test of his career as he goes from fighting unranked welterweights, to former lightweight title challenger Donald Cerrone in the main event of UFC Fight Night 118. It will be a massive step up in competition for Till, as Cerrone represents the most difficult challenge he’ll face in…

October 7th, 2017
Brad Taschuk

There are two belts on the line, and a whopping 12 fights on UFC 216 this Saturday. So rather than the usual preamble, let’s jump right into the odds and see what jumps back out at us on this card. Opening lines from 5Dimes Sportsbook are in bold. Tony Ferguson (-185) vs. Kevin Lee (+145):…

October 4th, 2017
Brad Taschuk

Any weekend featuring a UFC pay-per-view will likely see that card get the majority of the attention. However, Bellator 184 on Friday night features a main event which is undoubtedly one of the best fights of the weekend. The Bellator bantamweight title will be on the line as Eduardo Dantas looks for his fifth successful…

October 3rd, 2017
Brad Taschuk

This Saturday night, a UFC lightweight title will be on the line in the main event. However, Conor McGregor will remain the “true” lightweight champion regardless of its outcome, as the Irishman seems more focused on making whatever money he can in boxing than returning to face a lightweight division which is full of challengers who…

September 22nd, 2017
Brad Taschuk

Saitama Super Arena, the site of some of the biggest events in MMA history, is set to host another card this weekend. The UFC returns with an event that is unlikely to join the hallowed list of Shockwaves and Final Conflicts, but should provide some solid entertainment nonetheless. MMAOddsBreaker’s Brad Taschuk takes a look at…

September 19th, 2017
Brad Taschuk

Saturday morning in Japan, the UFC will return with a card which has some of the typical makings of a Japanese MMA event. However, with the recent withdrawal of Shogun Rua, it lacks some of the star-power the Far East is used to. The event still features a fantastic bout in the strawweight division, a…

September 16th, 2017
Brad Taschuk

UFC Fight Night 116 has been so decimated by injuries that the card now doesn’t even have a Fight Pass component. Still, from top-to-bottom the card is of a higher quality than the average Fox Sports offering. MMA OddsBreaker’s Brad Taschuk takes a look at each of the 10 remaining fights on the Pittsburgh card,…

September 12th, 2017
Brad Taschuk

The Octagon returns to Pittsburgh this weekend for UFC Fight Night 116, just as former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold makes his return to the Octagon. Rockhold hasn’t fought since being on the wrong side of one of the more shocking results in UFC history last June. As a huge favorite, Rockhold was knocked out in…

September 8th, 2017
Brad Taschuk

MMA history will be in the balance on Saturday night, as the only flyweight champion the UFC has ever known looks to set a new bar for most UFC title defenses. While he has never become a box-office star, Demetrious Johnson is undoubtedly one of the greatest fighters to ever compete in the sport. In…

September 5th, 2017
Brad Taschuk

While this past weekend marked the UFC’s return from a month-long hiatus, the coming week seems like the first where the UFC is truly back. Now, UFC 215 won’t be setting any pay-per-view records, nor will it be featured on ESPN (and every other sports outlet), but it does feature the best fighter in MMA…

September 2nd, 2017
Brad Taschuk

After a month long hiatus, the Octagon returns on Saturday with tall guys fighting. Stefan Struve is tall. Alexander Volkov is also tall (but not quite as tall). Combined, they make the tallest fight in UFC history, beating out the epic battle between Tim Sylvia and Gan McGee by half an inch (but falling two…

August 27th, 2017
Brad Taschuk

It seems the entire combat sports has shut down for the month of August, so that every possible angle related (and unrelated) to Floyd Mayweather’s 50th professional boxing match can be examined. Apparently, he’s boxing some MMA guy, so it’s not really a big deal. While that bout (and the ensuing discussion) hasn’t quite passed…

August 25th, 2017
Brad Taschuk

Aside from some the continuation of “Tuesday Night Contenders” along with the standard AXS TV offerings, August is going to be a slow month for MMA fans. Towards the end, it will start to pick up though, and that begins with Bellator 182 on August 25th. A surprisingly deep card for Bellator puts an emphasis on the…

August 5th, 2017
Brad Taschuk

Following up the biggest MMA fight of the year is a tough task, and it’s one a pair of fighters with no combined UFC main event appearances will be tasked with spearheading. It appears 23-year-olds Sergio Pettis and Brandon Moreno could very well be the future of the UFC flyweight division, and Saturday night will determine which…

August 1st, 2017
Brad Taschuk

Before the Octagon goes into hibernation for a month, it makes a trip to Mexico City, where fighters will be forced to contend with the altitude in addition to one another this Saturday night (August 5, 2017). Perhaps in an effort to mitigate the effects of the elevation, UFC brass hasn’t booked any bouts above middleweight,…

July 28th, 2017
Brad Taschuk

While it won’t be the biggest combat sports event of the summer, UFC 214 is certainly the biggest MMA event of the season. On top of the Jon Jones-Daniel Cormier rematch, the card features two additional title bouts, contenders and entertaining fights throughout. MMAOddsBreaker’s Brad Taschuk takes a look at where the betting odds have…

July 22nd, 2017
Brad Taschuk

It took a bit longer than expected, but the UFC’s blockbuster summer card is finally here. Well, almost. At this point, MMA fans should have learned to not count their chickens before they’ve hatched. Spirits seem high heading into UFC 214, however. Jon Jones hasn’t been arrested for anything recently, so it seems like he’s…

July 22nd, 2017
Brad Taschuk

This weekend features a 13-fight offering from the UFC on Saturday night (July 22, 2017) from Long Island. The UFC on FOX 25 broadcast is headlined by a middleweight bout between former champion Chris Weidman and budding contender Kelvin Gastelum. The card also features a large selection of New York-area fighters, many of whom are getting…

July 18th, 2017
Brad Taschuk

With the New York Islanders departing Long Island for the swanky confines of the Barclays Center, the UFC is one of the few major sporting events that now graces the Nassau Coliseum. The Octagon will head there for the first time on Saturday night (July 22, 2017) for UFC on FOX 25, which pulls heavily from the…

July 15th, 2017
Brad Taschuk

The UFC heads to Glasgow this Sunday (July 16, 2017) for a 12-bout UFC Fight Night 113 card featuring local talent, with the headliner pitting welterweights Gunnar Nelson and Santiago Ponzinibbio against each other in an intriguing five-round welterweight matchup. Here are my thoughts on each of the fights (opening odds courtesy of 5Dimes Sportsbook and listed in parenthesis)… Gunnar Nelson…

July 13th, 2017
Brad Taschuk

Coming off of their Pay-Per-View offering just three weeks ago, a very different Bellator card will greet viewers this Friday night (July 14, 2017). Names like Fedor, Sonnen and Wanderlei are not present, nor are the three titles that were on the line during their trip to Madison Square Garden. Instead, it’s back to one…

July 12th, 2017
Brad Taschuk

A rare Sunday afternoon offering from the UFC will be on tap this weekend, as the Octagon travels to Scotland for UFC Fight Night 113. A battle between ranked welterweights headlines the card, as No. 8 Gunnar Nelson takes on No. 14 Santiago Ponzinibbio. While Nelson possesses a well-rounded skill set, this certainly has the makings of…

July 8th, 2017
Brad Taschuk

The entree of International Fight Week — UFC 213 — features a pair of title fights, several former champions and a host of fights that should serve to provide action. Not a bad way to close out a busy weekend. Let’s not waste any time (opening odds courtesy of 5Dimes Sportsbook and listed in parenthesis)… Amanda Nunes (-150) vs….

July 7th, 2017
Brad Taschuk

A busy weekend for MMA fans and bettors is finally here, and from my perspective, there are plenty of solid options for bets across the two UFC cards that will be taking place in Las Vegas on Friday and Saturday. Let’s take a look at Friday’s TUF 25 Finale first. For starters, yes, I’m as shocked…

July 4th, 2017
Brad Taschuk

The UFC’s international fight week kicks off this Wednesday, and a host of events lead into the two fight cards this weekend. While UFC 213 on Saturday is the premier card of the weekend, the TUF 25 Finale on Friday night, or at least its main event, offers the odds-on favorite for most exciting bout….

July 2nd, 2017
Brad Taschuk

This year’s International Fight Week will feature a pair of events on the weekend of July 7th and 8th, culminating with UFC 213 on the Saturday night. The Pay-Per-View event features a tremendous main card headlined by two title fights (one of them an interim title, of course) in the middleweight and women’s bantamweight divisions….

June 23rd, 2017
Brad Taschuk

Full betting odds were released Tuesday at 5Dimes Sportsbook for UFC Fight Night 11. Now, MMAOddsBreaker.com’s Brad Taschuk takes an early look at each of the biggest matchups, and how the lines stack up. Kevin Lee (-120) vs. Michael Chiesa (-120): This is a tough fight to bet, and I can’t blame anyone for passing on…

June 21st, 2017
Brad Taschuk

For just the second time in the organization’s history, Bellator will be putting on a Pay-Per-View event. As has become the company’s MO recently, they will be attempting to put past-their-prime stars in matches intriguing enough to garner an audience willing to pay for them. At the top of that list is the long-brewing grudge…

June 20th, 2017
Brad Taschuk

The UFC will return to a more regular schedule this weekend, as the Octagon heads back stateside for UFC Fight Night 112 on Sunday (June 25, 2017) from Oklahoma City. The event features a mix between up-and-comers and former champions, and thankfully the UFC had the good sense to put the younger fighters in the spotlight….

June 14th, 2017
Brad Taschuk

Full betting odds were released Monday at 5Dimes Sportsbook for UFC Fight Night 111, a card featuring several former UFC champions. Now, MMAOddsBreaker.com’s Brad Taschuk takes an early look at each of the biggest matchups, and how the lines stack up. Holly Holm (-350) vs. Bethe Correia (+250): While Holm is undoubtedly the better athlete…

June 13th, 2017
Brad Taschuk

The 11-week, 11-event UFC marathon continues with a stop in Singapore this coming weekend. The event will be a rare early morning offering for those in North America, with the main card set to start at 8 a.m. (ET) on Saturday. UFC Fight Night 111 will be headlined by a women’s bantamweight bout between former…

June 6th, 2017
Brad Taschuk

Nearly 20 years after starting his combat sports career, Mark Hunt is finally making his first MMA appearance in his native New Zealand at UFC Fight Night 110 on June 10, 2017. The “Super Samoan” has traversed the rest of the globe during a career spent almost entirely within the confines of the UFC and…

May 28th, 2017
Brad Taschuk

Regardless of name value and hype, the first weekend in June will feature one of the best MMA fights on the docket in all of 2017. The greatest featherweight in MMA history, Jose Aldo, will put his reacquired UFC title on the line in the main event of UFC 212 against the most diverse striker he’s…