MMAOddsBreaker’s 2016 KO of the Year

December 25th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

Over the next few days, we here at MMAOddsBreaker.com will be revealing some of our picks for the best in MMA over 2016. Staff writers Jason Endres, Brian Hemminger, Gabe Killian, James Lynch, and Brad Taschuk all contributed their personal picks to come up with a consensus. With such a crazy year in the sport,…

December 23rd, 2016
Brad Taschuk

In the final MMA Analysis of 2016, Brad, Shaun, and Wes take a look at the stacked year-end card going down on December 30th. In addition to breaking down the return of Ronda Rousey, they also recap UFC on Fox 22 from last weekend, and talk about the interim lightweight title business going on at…

December 21st, 2016
Brad Taschuk

If you listen to The MMA Analysis, follow me on twitter(@bradtaschuk), or even read the opening odds articles prior to each UFC event, you may have seen the hashtag #FGF, or heard the term “Fatties Gonna Fatty”. For those who don’t know, this term refers to the concept that heavyweight fights are more prone than…

December 19th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

From its inception in 2008 until 2014, founder Bjorn Rebney was at the helm of Bellator MMA (nee: Bellator Fighting Championships). Although Rebney was much maligned by fans, and occasionally some fighters, the tournament approach to building champions and contenders proved effective. Fighters like Eddie Alvarez, Hector Lombard, Ben Askren and Michael Chandler, among others,…

December 17th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

The latter half of 2016 has seen the UFC put together some impressive cards. From the Conor McGregor/Nate Diaz rematch at UFC 202, to the debut of the Octagon in Madison Square Garden at UFC 205. Even last weekend’s UFC 206 card, which paled in comparison to some others, resulted in perhaps the most entertaining…

December 15th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

Bellator continues their global expansion this week, as the circular cage heads to Dublin, Ireland for the first time to host Bellator 169. The show features some of the better Irish prospects yet to be snapped up by the UFC, as well as a main event which seems out of place for a region mostly…

December 14th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

With the final UFC card before the holidays on the horizon, The MMA Analysis crew was fully prepared to offer a holiday gift of a pair of losing bets as this week’s consensus plays rather than the usual one. However, despite six pick em bouts on this UFC on Fox 22 card Jay, Brad, Shaun,…

December 10th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

As the UFC continues to put a bow on 2016, they still have one slot left for a FOX event. That will be filled next weekend, as the Octagon travels to Sacramento for an event featuring perhaps the two most well-known fighters from to city’s most successful gym, Team Alpha Male. In the main event,…

December 8th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

December will prove to be an extremely busy month for Bellator. Despite a new model under Scott Coker, which was supposed to see fewer events of a higher quality, the promotion will put on four events across a 14-day span during the month. One can’t help but think these would be far more intriguing as one or…

December 8th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

This weekend brings us another multi-event slate from the UFC, and The MMA Analysis is here to break everything down for you. After taking a quick peek back at a very entertaining TUF 24 Finale card, Jay, Brad, and New Shaun head to upstate New Yaaaahk to tackle UFC Fight Night 102 (at 31:20), before…

December 6th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

December is traditionally one of the busiest months for the UFC, and 2016 is no different. After the TUF 24 Finale started the month off this past weekend, the Octagon heads to Upstate New York and then across the border to Toronto this coming weekend. The month will conclude with a FOX card, and the…

December 5th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

For the first time in over three years, the Octagon will return to Toronto, home to several of the most memorable moments in the history of the light heavyweight division. UFC 206 was also intended to showcase what was once the promotion’s premier division, but an injury to light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier forced his…

December 3rd, 2016
Brad Taschuk

After determining their bantamweight champion on Friday night, Bellator may have decided the number one contender to Eduardo Dantas’ belt on Saturday. Bellator 167 saw the second of back-to-back cards from MMA’s second largest promotion. The card was headlined by a rematch between Darrion Caldwell and Joe Taimanglo, after Taimanglo secured a shocking third round…

December 2nd, 2016
Brad Taschuk

If Bellator and Titan FC aren’t enough to satiate your appetite for MMA on Friday night, the final event in the history of Legacy FC will also be taking place. In January, the Texas-based promotion will be merging with RFA (who will be holding their final solo event next Friday) to create the largest developmental…

December 2nd, 2016
Brad Taschuk

As the scene shifts to Saturday, the focus will be on the UFC and Bellator, but the biggest spectacle of the entire weekend will most certainly be KSW 37. The card is entitled “Circus of Pain” and it will most certainly be a circus. The main event is a heavyweight title bout between Karol Bedorf…

December 1st, 2016
Brad Taschuk

An extremely busy weekend in MMA will kick off on Friday with four notable events around the world. ONE Championship will getting the ball rolling in the morning, while Bellator, Titan FC and Legacy FC all have cards that will be available on highly-visible platforms. The betting odds for Bellator 166 were released on Tuesday,…

December 1st, 2016
Brad Taschuk

This week, The MMA Analysis tackles the TUF 24 Finale and its “mystery” main event. Lance makes one last hosting gig before he travels to Bulgaria for his experimental surgery, and Brad is the one missing from the podcast instead. You know it can never be a full house when the MMA Analysis goes down….

November 30th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

While Bellator 167 won’t have a title on the line like the card the night prior, it will be headlined by another important match in the promotion’s bantamweight division. Back in July, Joe Taimanglo handed impressive prospect Darrion Caldwell his first ever MMA loss. Down two rounds on the scorecards, Taimanglo secured a tight guillotine…

November 29th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

In a first for the promotion, Bellator will be holding events on back-to-back days this weekend. The WinStar Resort and Casino will play host to Bellator 166 on Friday, and 167 on Saturday, as the promotion looks to suss out their bantamweight division and find contenders at featherweight. Friday night’s event will be headlined by…

November 28th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

This Wednesday on Fox Sports 1, the 24th iteration of The Ultimate Fighter wraps up, as the final of the tournament to determine the next challenger to Demetrious Johnson’s flyweight title will be decided. That will lead right into Saturday’s TUF 24 Finale card, which will be headlined by Johnson defending his belt against that…

November 24th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

In a special holdiay edition of the MMA Analysis, the only difference is that all of us Rockstars gather together during the morning instead of the evening. There are still drunks (Brad), people falling asleep (Sean), fraudulent grades (Jay), and the newest co-host Wesley, poor Wesley, who is stuck with the rest of us. Still,…

November 22nd, 2016
Brad Taschuk

As NFL season remains in full swing, the UFC’s international schedule continues this weekend. After trips to Northern Ireland and Brazil last Saturday, the Octagon will make its way to Melbourne, Australia for UFC Fight Night 101 on Saturday. Originally slated with a pair of former Strikeforce middleweight champions squaring off for the second time,…

November 20th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

Last week at Madison Square Garden something happened for the first time in UFC history. No, not Conor McGregor capturing his second UFC title. Well, that did happen, but everyone already knew that storyline. For the first time in UFC history, two champions were betting underdogs while defending their belts on the same card. Eddie…

November 17th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

Laura Sanko probably has November 18th circled on her calendar. This Friday will be her opportunity to get another kiss from Invicta FC bantamweight champion Tonya Evinger, vomit and all. Of course, Tonya Evinger will have to get past her latest title challenger, Russian Yana Kunitskaya, before any extracurriculars occur. Evinger brings a nine-fight winning…

November 17th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

One of the longest MMA Analysis episodes in history was recorded this week, as it covers a whopping 29 fights between the two Saturday UFC cards and Bellator 165 the same day. Jay Primetown handled hosting duties, joined by New Shaun, Wes, and Brad decided to join the festivities just in time to discuss some…

November 16th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

During the midst of a two-event day for the UFC, Bellator will also be putting on an event this Saturday (November 19, 2016). Exactly five years to the day that Michael Chandler defeated Eddie Alvarez in arguably one of the best MMA fights of all-time, the Bellator champion will face the second biggest name in…

November 15th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

After a 14-fight card takes place in Belfast on Saturday afternoon, the scene will shift to Sao Paulo, Brazil for another 13-fight offering from the UFC. That’s right, 27 UFC fights are scheduled for one day. Last week, the odds were released for the top five fights on UFC Fight Night 100, and they see Ryan…

November 14th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

This Saturday (November 19, 2016), the UFC will begin the task of trying to follow up on UFC 205. The approach is to put two events on the same day, and hope the resulting fights can satiate the appetites of fight fans. The first of those events will take place in Belfast, Northern Ireland on…

November 11th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

Veteran’s Day will see the penultimate Legacy Fighting Championships event, as AXS TV will show Legacy FC 62 live starting at 10pm ET. On a weekend where everything is (rightly) focused on a massive and monumental UFC event, Legacy’s offering may possess one thing the UFC can’t match. Rafael Lovato Jr. is the most accomplished…

November 9th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

UFC 205 is so big that Lance Fischel even decided to show up for the podcast for once. It took him a few minutes, naturally, but he got there eventually. With a full crew present, The MMA Analysis gives you a thorough breakdown of UFC 205 from the three title fights at the top of…

November 7th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

For the first time in two years, the UFC will be running two events on the same day. A week after UFC 205, the Octagon will be present in Belfast, Northern Ireland and Sao Paolo, Brazil. Along with one of Bellator’s bigger fights taking place on the same night (Michael Chandler vs. Benson Henderson), November…

November 4th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

The French Riviera will play host to Glory 35 on Saturday, as Glory travels to Nice, France to have some of their bigger fighters compete. The light heavyweight title will be on the line in the main event of the eveing, as current champion Artem Vakhitov will look to unify his belt with the interim…

November 3rd, 2016
Brad Taschuk

The MMA Analysis welcomes a new co-host to the show this week, as Wes Colvin (@TruUKFan) joins the crew to break down UFC Fight Night 98 and Bellator 163. After a little hiatus due to the UFC’s break, expect all the Analysis you can handle in the coming weeks, fans. Listen Here: Consensus Bet: Parlay:…

November 1st, 2016
Brad Taschuk

This Friday, Bellator puts on one of the best fights the promotion is capable of producing, as Liam McGeary puts his light heavyweight title on the line against Phil Davis in the main event of Bellator 163. McGeary remains undefeated in 11 career bouts, scoring stoppages in all but his title win over Emanuel Newton….

October 29th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

After one of the longer breaks of the year, the Octagon will return to Mexico City for UFC Fight Night 98. The main event is a bout that could have easily been for the UFC lightweight title just a couple of months ago. However, after former champion Rafael dos Anjos lost his belt to Eddie…

October 20th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

With the UFC on its longest hiatus since April of this year, Bellator has a chance to run an event which will have the majority of the MMA world’s focus. Bellator 162 takes place on Friday night from the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee. The last time the promotion was in the Memphis area was…

October 20th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

With the UFC still on hiatus, The MMA Analysis crew revisits UFC 204 and the exploits of the group during our time in Vegas. Jay, Brad, and Shaun also chat about GSP’s developing free agent situation and the impending return of Ronda Rousey. Consensus Bet Record (2016): 17-23-1 Consensus Bet Record (Overall): 39-44-2 Tracked by…

October 14th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

Cage Warriors continues to provide one of the best routes for European fighters to get to the UFC. While that’s something to hang their hat on, it can also create some problems, as evidenced by Cage Warriors 79. The card held in Newport, Wales was originally set to be headlined by middleweight champion, and Welshman,…

October 14th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

With their RFA merger set to take effect in 2017, only three cards remain in the history of Legacy FC. The most prominent regional promotion in the Southern US has done a great job of funneling talent through to the UFC, and Legacy FC 61 should provide a couple of opportunities to continue that. In…

October 13th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

This December, the Octagon will make its first trip to Toronto in over three years. The last three times the Air Canada Centre has hosted a UFC event, the light heavyweight title was on the line, and the same division will headline on December 10th. Jon Jones will not be the one defending the title…

October 6th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

If more World Series of Fighting cards looked like WSOF 33, the promotion would be in a much better spot. Obviously Justin Gaethje is one of their top fighters so it helps to have him in the main event, but even without him this is worth watching. The mix of veterans and prospects is healthy…

October 5th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

It’s Vegas week for The MMA Analysis! If you’re in Sin City anytime from Thursday-Monday, you can meet up with the crew (sans KING Kevin Casey, as he had prior commitments), and help us feed our alcohol and degenerate gambling addictions. Saturday night in particular will be a treat, as some of the worst minds…

October 4th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

Event: UFC 204 – Bisping vs. Henderson 2 Date: October 8, 2016 Location: Manchester, England Venue: Manchester Arena Broadcast: Pay-Per-View UFC Middleweight Champion Michael Bisping After winning ‘The Ultimate Fighter 3’ as a light heavyweight, Michael Bisping led the charge for the UFC’s international expansion, particularly in the United Kingdom. Over his 10-year UFC career,…

October 3rd, 2016
Brad Taschuk

For the first time since January 2008, all the way back to UFC 80, a UFC title will be contested in England. At that point, BJ Penn and Joe Stevenson were squaring off for the vacant lightweight title. It’s safe to assume that the crowd in Manchester will be much more invested on Saturday night…

September 30th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

Last week it was announced that Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA) and Legacy Fighting Championships (LFC), the two most prominent organizations featured on AXS TV, will be merging in 2017 to form Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA). This news is great for the future of the developmental level of MMA in the United States, but it does…

September 29th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

Even though UFC 205 is still six weeks away, the buzz for it is already starting to overshadow everything else the organization has going on through the month of October. Such is the power of Conor McGregor, and the UFC has been wise to cash in on him as much as possible (UFC 200 debacle…

September 28th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

This weekend will mark the debut of the latest promotion to join the European MMA scene, Euro FC. With the roster CEO Jarno Kukila has established, the Finland-based promotion may have already surpassed Cage MMA as the top destination for fighters in Scandinavia. MMA fans will recognize plenty of names on this 10-fight card, as…

September 28th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

The focus of the MMA world for the past few days has been the fantastic card the UFC is putting together for its debut at Madison Square Garden. However, this weekend the Octagon will host a great fight at the top of UFC Fight Night 96, as violence overlord John Lineker squares off with John…

September 27th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

For just the second time in UFC history, the Octagon will head to Portland, Oregon. However, UFC Fight Night 96 will have a very different feel than UFC 102 did. There is no real Team Quest presence at the top of the card, and rather than being headlined by a pair of fighters past their…

September 26th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

Event: UFC Fight Night 96 Date: October 1, 2016 Location: Portland, Oregon Venue: Rose Garden Broadcast: Fox Sports 1 UFC Bantamweight Contender John Dodson One of the fastest fighters in MMA, John Dodson can be as infuriating to watch as he is explosive. Capable of knocking out nearly any opponent in a matter of seconds,…

September 24th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

Well, it’s back. RIZIN returns to start their 2016 Grand Prix this Sunday with the opening round. In fairness, RIZIN doesn’t reach the weirdest limits the PRIDE did, but it’s well beyond anything else that happens in modern MMA. Kauyuki Fujita fighting in 2016? Krazy Horse? Gabi Garcia? RIZIN will definitely be the strangest card…