Instant MMA Betting Analysis: UFC Fight Night 109 Odds

May 21st, 2017
Brad Taschuk

On Saturday (May 20, 2017), MMA oddsmaker Nick Kalikas opened the full betting odds for UFC Fight Night 109 at 5Dimes Sportsbook. The Stockholm card is headlined by Alexander Gustafsson, as he attempts to work his way back to another title shot in the light heavyweight division against Glover Teixeira. Keep reading as MMAOddsBreaker.com betting…

May 21st, 2017
Brad Taschuk

For the past decade, Memorial Day Weekend has served as one of the biggest on the UFC’s calendar, providing a ton of memorable moments. Last year, for the first time since the Memorial Day card started back in 2006 (with Matt Hughes vs. Royce Gracie), a Fight Night card took the weekend slot rather than…

May 19th, 2017
Brad Taschuk

After the announcement that the UFC would be introducing a third female division (we can agree that sans Cyborg, feathweight doesn’t count, right?), the role of Invicta Fighting Championships has suddenly become much more relevant once again. While several current UFC fighters will be transitioning from the existing bantamweight and strawweight classes to the new…

May 17th, 2017
Brad Taschuk

For the third time in their last four events, Bellator will head across the Atlantic to set up shop in Europe. While Ireland, Italy and Hungary have already played host to events for Bellator thus far this year, Bellator 179 this Friday (May 19, 2017) will emanate from London, England and the SSE Arena. As…

May 16th, 2017
Brad Taschuk

MMA oddsmaker Nick Kalikas released betting odds for several summer UFC bouts on Monday at 5Dimes Sportsbook. Keep reading as MMA betting analyst Brad Taschuk offers his preliminary thoughts on these upcoming matchups below… Jon Jones (-280) vs. Daniel Cormier (+220): As much as Cormier is now trying to play the cool dad in his exchanges with…

May 15th, 2017
Brad Taschuk

The UFC’s schedule for 2017 got a whole lot bigger on Friday (May 12, 2017), as the organization announced some massive bouts at their Summer Kickoff press conference in Dallas, while using the same stage to hype several more upcoming contests. On Monday (May 15, 2017), MMA oddsmaker Nick Kalikas opened the betting odds at 5Dimes Sportsbook for…

May 5th, 2017
Brad Taschuk

While the UFC remains on its short hiatus, the weekend is not lost for those interested in MMA betting. LFA 11 will air on AXS TV this Friday night (May 5, 2017), and Cage Warriors 83 can be seen on UFC Fight Pass Saturday afternoon (May 6, 2017). The Cage Warriors card emanates from Newport,…

May 4th, 2017
Brad Taschuk

With the full slate of odds for UFC 211 released on Thursday (May 4, 2017) at 5Dimes Sportsbook, it’s time to take a closer look at the fantastic slate of matchups which is now less than two weeks away. While the odds for the top six bouts on the card have been released for some…

May 4th, 2017
Brad Taschuk

Following another three-week break, the Octagon returns on May 13th for one of the most hotly anticipated events of the year. UFC 211 will be held in Dallas, Texas, and the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation is about the only thing this card has going against it. Even the usual shenanigans from this commission…

April 23rd, 2017
Brad Taschuk

Early last Wednesday, MMA outlet Bloody Elbow posted an article discussing an ongoing investigation into a potentially fixed fight at the most recent UFC event in South Korea. While no specific fighters were named in the investigation, those in the MMA gambling community would instantly recognize the fight in question as the lightweight bout between Korean…

April 20th, 2017
Brad Taschuk

Late Wednesday, MMA oddsmaker Nick Kalikas opened the betting lines for the main card of Bellator 178 at 5Dimes Sportsbook. The event is scheduled for this Friday (April 21, 2017) and headlined by a fourth meeting between featherweight champion Daniel Straus and Patricio “Pitbull” Freire. The opening odds are shown below. MMAOddsBreaker.com betting analyst Brad Taschuk…

April 20th, 2017
Brad Taschuk

This Friday (April 21, 2017), for the first time since the days of Travis Fulton fighting every weekend in the Midwest, a pair of competitors will step into the cage for the fourth time in the same promotion. Daniel Straus and Patricio “Pitbull” Freire have already fought each other three times under the Bellator banner. Pitbull…

April 19th, 2017
Brad Taschuk

The Octagon touches down in Music City this weekend for UFC Fight Night 108, and The MMA Analysis has you covered every step of the way. The 13-fight card is headlined by Cub Swanson and His Flowiness, Artem Lobov, in perhaps the most competitive featherweight bout in the UFC all week. Beyond that, the crew…

April 18th, 2017
Brad Taschuk

Instant MMA Betting Analysis is a new feature at MMAOddsBreaker.com where betting analyst Brad Taschuk breaks down the opening odds for every fight on a given card released at 5Dimes Sportsbook by MMA oddsmaker Nick Kalikas besides the main and co-main events, which were previously analyzed here. Check out Brad’s thoughts on the rest of the UFC Fight Night 108 card…

April 18th, 2017
Brad Taschuk

Following up a highly entertaining UFC on FOX 24 on Saturday, the Octagon will head Southeast to Nashville this Saturday (April 22, 2017) for UFC Fight Night 108. While the main event of fourth-ranked Cub Swanson versus Artem Lobov has not generated a ton of buzz for this card, that bout should prove a fun…

April 16th, 2017
Brad Taschuk

Saturday night (April 15, 2017) saw the debut of the Octagon in Missouri, as UFC on FOX 24 took place from Kansas City. The main event had Demetrious Johnson attempting to equal Anderson Silva’s UFC record of 10 consecutive title defenses, as he put his flyweight belt on the line against third-ranked Wilson Reis. Surprisingly, Johnson was not…

April 13th, 2017
Brad Taschuk

Maybe the Octagon was a bit rusty after a three week break because UFC 210 turned into a weird and wacky event. From fighters’ gameplans to referee decisions, Buffalo brought the bizarre out last Saturday night. Hopefully, the Midwest will get us back to the action we’re more accustomed to, as Kansas City will host…

April 6th, 2017
Brad Taschuk

This week, the MMA Analysis returns to discuss UFC 210. The Octagon returns to Buffalo for the first time since UFC 7 with a light heavyweight title rematch between Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson. Jay, Brad, Shaun, and Wes break that fight down as well as the remainder of the card, including a pair of…

April 3rd, 2017
Brad Taschuk

The Octagon returns this Saturday after a couple weeks out of commission with UFC 210, and with it comes a massive fight in one of the organization’s marquee divisions. While the depth of the light heavyweight division isn’t what it used to be, the top of 205 still creates some of the biggest matchups in…

April 1st, 2017
Brad Taschuk

Much of the UFC’s spring schedule has already been sorted out, and matchmakers Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard have begun to fill in the summer events for the promotion. However, up until now there are no betting odds for any events beyond June 3rd’s UFC 212. That changed today as MMA oddsmaker Nick Kalikas opened…

March 29th, 2017
Brad Taschuk

After a brief lull in MMA, things start to pick up this weekend as Bellator returns with a high profile main event on Friday night (March 31, 2017). Once one of the biggest stars in the sport, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson doesn’t possess the profile that he once had. A prolonged legal battle between Bellator and…

March 29th, 2017
Brad Taschuk

After a brief lull in MMA, things start to pick up this weekend as Bellator returns with a high profile main event on Friday night (March 31, 2017). Once one of the biggest stars in the sport, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson doesn’t possess the profile that he once had. A prolonged legal battle between Bellator and…

March 23rd, 2017
Brad Taschuk

Following last weekend’s UFC Fight Pass card from London, the organization will take a break until the second week of April. When the Octagon does set up shop once again however, it will be to host an impressive spring slate of events. The best of the lot are UFC 210 and 211, which feature title bouts…

March 16th, 2017
Brad Taschuk

Looks like a streak brewing. For the second week in a row, we have a preview show for you loyal fans out there. This week, Jay, Brad, Shaun, and Wes break down UFC Fight Night 107, including a pair of consensus bets for the card. Listen here: Consensus Bets: Parlay: Marc Diakiese & Joe Duffy…

March 13th, 2017
Brad Taschuk

After a trip to Brazil this weekend, the Octagon will set up shop in London, England for UFC Fight Night 107 before taking some time off to catch March Madness like the rest of the sports world. The main event of the UFC Fight Pass card will essentially be the fight pass version of the…

March 7th, 2017
Brad Taschuk

The MMA Analysis is FINALLY back to preview UFC Fight Night 106: Belfort vs Gastelum, but first they talked about the terrible fight that was Woodley vs Thompson and then the much better fights that took place at UFC 209 including the ageless wonder with two first names Dan Kelly. Listen Here: Watch Here: Consensus…

February 27th, 2017
Brad Taschuk

While it may not do blockbuster business, next weekend’s UFC 209 is a massive card for hardcore MMA fans. Headlined by a pair of very intriguing title fights, the card also features plenty of fan favorites, and several of the more highly regarded prospects on the roster at the moment. The main event will be…

February 24th, 2017
Brad Taschuk

Just eight Fridays into the new year, and the new Legacy Fighting Alliance is already on their fifth event. The amalgamation of Legacy FC and RFA has allowed for a much more packed schedule than either promotion could manage on their own, and should help them develop momentum throughout the year. LFA 5 will be…

February 23rd, 2017
Brad Taschuk

Over the next couple of months, Bellator seems to be returning to a more frequent schedule, as Friday’s Bellator 173 (February 24, 2017) marks the second of three events on consecutive weeks. The end of March and April will see something similar, as the promotion will be holding cards on four straight weekends. First things…

February 19th, 2017
Brad Taschuk

The MMA Analysis did a live fight companion podcast for main card of Bellator 172. Fedor was supposed to fight Matt Mitrione, then just before the card started Bellator announced the fight was off as Mitrione was in the hospital for kidney stones. That put a damper on the night and was a sign to…

February 16th, 2017
Brad Taschuk

For the first time since 2011, Fedor Emelianenko will return to North America to compete this Saturday (February 18, 2017) at Bellator 172 in San Jose, CA. After falling to Dan Henderson in July 2011 — his third consecutive loss following a 28-fight winning streak — Emelianenko fought three times (successfully) under the M-1 and…

February 11th, 2017
Brad Taschuk

While much of Canada celebrates a long weekend, the MMA landscape will be busy next weekend. It will be one of the rare occurences where a Bellator card takes center stage, even though there’s a UFC event taking place. With the holiday, the UFC has pushed their Halifax card to Sunday. The hope is that…

February 8th, 2017
Brad Taschuk

The MMA Analysis is back breaking down the first PPV of the year. Before that we talked about the group of current free agents and then went over the UFC Fight Night 104 card from the past weekend. Listen Here: Consensus Bet: Parlay: Jacare Souza/Glover Texeira (-108) Half Play: Nik Lentz (+220) Consensus Bet Record…

February 5th, 2017
Brad Taschuk

The whole crew decided to do a live fight companion podcast for main card of UFC Fight Night 104: Bermudez vs Korean Zombie. There was some awesome knockouts and there was some terrible fights, but the guys tried to keep it interesting throughout. Listen Here: Watch Here: Consensus Bet: Skelly/Hamilton (+108) Consensus Bet Record (2017):…

February 4th, 2017
Brad Taschuk

Earlier today, MMA oddsmaker Nick Kalikas opened the betting odds for the main card of UFC 208. The main event between Holly Holm and Germaine de Randamie for the newly minted UFC women’s featherweight title has had a line out for a couple of weeks now. It has bounced all around even, with Holm opening…

January 25th, 2017
Brad Taschuk

Following up on one of the most viewed cards in Bellator history, the organization comes back with an event headlined by Melvin Guillard. No, this is not 2007. Guillard is also coming off of a one-year suspension for a “non-performance enhancing banned substance,” or to put it more simply: cocaine. Alright, maybe it is 2007…

January 25th, 2017
Brad Taschuk

This week we’re back in the… studio (?) for a recorded version of The MMA Analysis. Jay, Brad, and Wes tackle UFC on Fox 23, a solid card featuring the 74th women’s main event in a row, and give out a consensus bet for the card. They also briefly talk about the carnage that was…

January 24th, 2017
Brad Taschuk

This Saturday (January 28, 2017) will see what is traditionally one of the higher rated UFC events, TV-wise. Piggybacking the NFL playoffs, the January UFC on FOX card has been the most-viewed event on the network for each year except for 2016. That means there should be plenty of eyeballs on the women’s bantamweight contender bout…

January 22nd, 2017
Brad Taschuk

The MMA Analysis decided to break out the fight companion podcast once again. This time for Tito Ortiz’s retirement fight. The guys talked about the exciting fights as they were happening and chatted about much funnier and better things during the boring ones. Give it a listen or watch here. Listen Here: Watch Here: Direct…

January 20th, 2017
Brad Taschuk

Kicking off a UFC-less MMA Saturday will be the first 2017 offering from Titan FC. Shown on UFC Fight Pass, Titan FC 43 features two title bouts at the top of a card filled with prospects. The most notable is in the main event as Jose ‘Shorty’ Torres looks to defend the flyweight title that…

January 18th, 2017
Brad Taschuk

This weekend, Bellator will be the focus of the MMA world. The timing of their first event in 2017 coincides perfectly with a gap in the UFC schedule, and the Viacom promotion will put one of its biggest promotional cards forward, as former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz takes on multiple-time UFC title challenger…

January 16th, 2017
Brad Taschuk

The MMA Analysis was unable to put out the normal event breakdown this week so they decided to do a live fight companion during the main card of Ultimate Fight Night 103: Rodriguez vs Penn. Listening to the guys was much more entertaining than hearing Daniel Cormier and that’s a guarantee so give it a…

January 13th, 2017
Brad Taschuk

For those whose MMA bubble extends beyond the UFC, Friday will see the beginning of one of the more interesting stories to follow in 2017. It was announced last year that two of the leading regional MMA promotions in the United States would be merging in 2017. Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA) and Legacy Fighting Championships…

January 12th, 2017
Brad Taschuk

This Saturday marks the 2017 debut of Invicta FC. After much of the top end talent from Invicta was lost to the UFC since the inception of the women’s divisions in 2013 and 2014, the last couple of years have been something of a rebuilding process for the all-female promotion. Now with the 115 and…

January 6th, 2017
Brad Taschuk

The UFC will be kicking off 2017 with… BJ Penn? That’s right. More than 15 years after “The Prodigy” debuted in the Octagon, he’ll be making his 12th appearance in a UFC main event. Now 38, the former lightweight, then welterweight (then heavyweight), then lightweight again, will make his second career appearance at featherweight. His…

January 6th, 2017
Brad Taschuk

Rather than your typical year-end show, The MMA Analysis spices things up a bit around this time of year. The beginning of the new year gives us the opportunity to look back to 2016 and see all the stupid predictions we’ve made. Then, we go ahead and try to top those. First up, the UFC…

January 1st, 2017
Brad Taschuk

We had to wait until after UFC 207 for this one, as there were a couple of fighters still in consideration for the award who were competing on the UFC’s year-end card. Amanda Nunes put her stamp on an impressive 2016 with a first round stoppage of Ronda Rousey, while Cody Garbrandt completed his ascendence…

December 31st, 2016
Brad Taschuk

The final UFC event of the year is in the books, and it was a big one. With Ronda Rousey finally returning in a bid to recapture her bantamweight title from Amanda Nunes, to the latest chapter in the Dominick Cruz-Team Alpha Male blood feud, there were plenty of stories at the top of the…

December 30th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

With the UFC avoiding running their UFC 207 event on New Year’s Eve and instead switching things to the Friday before, World Series of Fighting will go a slightly more traditional route and actually run on December 31st. While the card won’t run over midnight and help us welcome in the new year as they…

December 27th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

After crowning Lando Vannata with our KO of the Year, and Mackenzie Dern with Submission of the Year, now it’s time to switch gears and look at the best fight of 2016. Conor McGregor’s massive drawing power made 2016 one of the most lucrative in UFC history, and he provided some big money fights with…

December 26th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

On Christmas Day, we released our clearest pick amongst the big four awards for 2016. Lando Vannata nearly took the KO of the Year unanimously, and rightly so. Today is a very different story, however. We had the hardest time determining our Submission of the Year over the past 12 months. Much in the same…