Jim Miller vs Diego Sanchez Preview and Analysis – UFC 196

March 5th, 2016
Mike James

The main event of UFC 196’s Fight Pass preliminary card is an exciting lightweight matchup between longtime veterans Jim Miller and Diego “The Dream” Sanchez. Miller is coming off a December loss to Michael Chiesa, while Sanchez lost his last fight to Ricardo Lamas in November.   Jim Miller (25-6 (1 NC) MMA, 14-6 (1…

March 4th, 2016
Mike James

Kicking off UFC 196’s main card is a women’s bantamweight match-up between #4 ranked Amanda “The Lioness” Nunes and #10 ranked Valentina “Bullet” Shevchenko. Nunes has won four out of her five UFC fights and is on the verge of earning a title shot in the bantamweight division. Shevchenko, meanwhile, earned a decision win over…

March 4th, 2016
Mike James

Two heavy-handed fighters meet on the main card of UFC 196, as veteran Gian Villante meets Swedish up and comer Ilir Latifi. Villante has made improvements in recent years and has won three out of his last four fights. Latifi has also been performing well recently, as he has won four out of his last…

March 3rd, 2016
Mike James

The main card of UFC 196 features a light heavyweight matchup between #12 ranked Cory “Beastin 25/8” Anderson and “Filthy” Tom Lawlor. Anderson has rattled off three victories in his last four fights since winning season 19 of The Ultimate Fighter. Lawlor, meanwhile, scored a knockout over Gian Villante in his first Octagon appearance in…

March 3rd, 2016
Mike James

The co-main event of UFC 196 is a five round title fight between UFC Bantamweight Champion Holly Holm and former Strikeforce Bantamweight Champion Miesha Tate. Holm is fighting for the first time since her upset victory over former champion Ronda Rousey in November. Tate, meanwhile, enters the contest on a four-fight winning streak, including a…

March 1st, 2016
Mike James

The main event of UFC 196 is a heavily-anticipated welterweight match-up between UFC Featherweight Champion Conor McGregor and former lightweight title challenger Nate Diaz. The brash McGregor was scheduled to face UFC Lightweight Champion Rafael dos Anjos for his belt, but the Brazilian was forced to withdraw from the fight last week due to a…

February 1st, 2016
Mike James

“Grading the card” is an article written by Mike James after every major UFC and Bellator event. Every main card fight and the fight card itself is briefly discussed and given a letter grade. This article covers UFC on Fox 18, which took place Saturday night from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.  …

January 31st, 2016
Mike James

Five Crazy Props is a column featured on MMAOddsbreaker.com after every major MMA event that highlights the biggest underdog prop bets to cash out from that card. Here’s five crazy UFC on Fox 18 prop bets that cashed big based on the closing odds at 5Dimes Sportsbook.   1) Makashvili vs Jackson is a draw…

January 30th, 2016
Mike James

Headlining UFC on Fox 18’s preliminary card is a welterweight contest between former Strikeforce Welterweight Champion Tarec “The Sponge” Saffiedine and veteran knockout artist Jake “The Juggernaut” Ellenberger. Saffiedine enters the contest on a 15 month layoff after his October 2014 knockout loss to Rory MacDonald, while Ellenberger desperately needs a win after losing four…

January 29th, 2016
Mike James

One of UFC on Fox 18’s featured fights is a bantamweight matchup between rising prospect Jimmie “El Terror” Rivera and Iuri “Marajo” Alcantara. Rivera is one of the more hyped prospects in the bantamweight division, as he has won 17 straight fights. Alcantara, on the other hand, has long been considered one of the top bantamweights…

January 28th, 2016
Mike James

Kicking off UFC on Fox 18’s main card is a welterweight contest between the incredibly hyped “Super” Sage Northcutt and Bryan Barberena. Northcutt returns to the Octagon for the third time in four months, although this will be his first fight in the welterweight division. His previous two fights were both contested at 155 pounds….

January 27th, 2016
Mike James

UFC on Fox 18’s co-main event is a heavyweight matchup between former UFC Heavyweight Champion Josh “The Warmaster” Barnett and “Big Ben” Rothwell. Barnett recently returned to the Octagon after a lengthy layoff to earn a dominant decision victory over Roy Nelson, while Rothwell is on an impressive three fight winning streak.   Josh Barnett…

January 26th, 2016
Mike James

The main event of UFC on Fox 18 is a light heavyweight contest between #2 ranked Anthony “Rumble” Johnson and #4 ranked Ryan “Darth” Bader. Johnson has become a must-see attraction since re-signing with the UFC in 2014, while Bader has become a top contender by winning his last five fights. The winner of this…

January 21st, 2016
Mike James

“Grading the card” is an article written by Mike James after every major UFC and Bellator event. Every main card fight and the fight card itself is briefly discussed and given a letter grade. This article covers UFC Fight Night 81, which took place Sunday night from the Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.   T.J….

January 14th, 2016
Mike James

UFC Fight Night 81 features the biggest fight in UFC bantamweight history, as current UFC Bantamweight Champion T.J. Dillashaw defends his belt against former champ Dominick Cruz. Cruz will attempt to regain the belt that he was forced to vacate in 2014 after a litany of injuries. Dillashaw, meanwhile, looks to defend his belt for…

January 3rd, 2016
Mike James

“Grading the card” is an article written by Mike James after every major UFC and Bellator event. Every main card fight and the fight card itself is briefly discussed and given a letter grade. This article covers UFC 195, which took place Saturday night from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.  …

January 3rd, 2016
Mike James

Five Crazy Props is a column featured on MMAOddsbreaker.com after every major MMA event that highlights the biggest underdog prop bets to cash out from that card. Here’s five crazy UFC 195 prop bets that cashed big based on the closing odds at 5Dimes Sportsbook.   1) Abel Trujillo wins by submission +1725 In one…

January 2nd, 2016
Mike James

Taking place on UFC 195’s Fox Sports 1 televised preliminary card is a bantamweight contest between former number one contender Michael “Mayday” McDonald and Masanori Kanehara. McDonald, once one of the most promising young fighters in the sport, makes his return to the cage after a two year layoff. Kanehara, meanwhile, will make his third…

January 1st, 2016
Mike James

One of UFC 195’s biggest fights is actually going down on the Fight Pass portion of the card. Highly touted prospect Joseph Duffy meets Dustin Poirer in what should be a trilling contest. The two were scheduled to headline a Fight Pass show in late October, but Duffy suffered a concussion a few days before…

December 31st, 2015
Mike James

Kicking off UFC 195’s main card is a lightweight matchup between Abel “Killa” Trujillo and Tony   “2.0” Sims. Trujillo enters this fight on a two fight losing streak, though his most recent fight was riddled with controversy. Sims is also coming off a disappointing loss, as he was unable to fend off Olivier Aubin-Mercier’s grappling…

December 31st, 2015
Mike James

Most mixed martial arts fans have been eagerly awaiting UFC 195 because of its fantastic main event. Not many other fights have been getting a lot of attention, including a well-booked fight on the main card between undefeated prospect Brian “T-City” Ortega and Diego Brandao. Ortega reminded fans of his potential during a thrilling back…

December 30th, 2015
Mike James

The main card of UFC 195 features a terrific welterweight matchup between rising strikers Albert “Einstein” Tumenov and Lorenz “Da Monsoon” Larkin. Tumenov was last seen dispatching Alan Jouban in brutal fashion at UFC 192 in October, while Larkin enters this contest on the heels of back-to-back knockout wins.   Albert Tumenov (16-2 MMA, 4-1…

December 29th, 2015
Mike James

UFC 195’s co-main event is a heavyweight contest between #3 ranked Stipe Miocic and #2 ranked Andrei “The Pit Bull” Arlovski. Miocic enters this matchup on the heels of the biggest win of his career, a technical knockout victory over the always game Mark Hunt this past May. Arlovski, meanwhile, has won four consecutive fights…

December 27th, 2015
Mike James

The main event of UFC 195 is a fantastic contest between reigning UFC Welterweight Champion “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler and former UFC Interim Welterweight Champion Carlos “The Natural Born Killer” Condit. Lawler was last seen in July when he defeated Rory MacDonald by technical knockout in one of the greatest fights in UFC history. Condit, meanwhile,…

December 21st, 2015
Mike James

“Grading the card” is an article written by Mike James after every major UFC and Bellator event. Every main card fight and the fight card itself is briefly discussed and given a letter grade. This article covers UFC on Fox 17, which took place Saturday night from the Amway Arena in Orlando, Florida.   Rafael…

December 20th, 2015
Mike James

“5 Crazy Prop Bets That Cashed Big is a column on MMAOddsbreaker.com after every major MMA event that highlights the biggest underdog prop bets to cash out from that card. Here’s five crazy prop bets that cashed big based on the closing odds at 5Dimes Sportsbook.   1) Nate Diaz wins by decision +865 The…

December 13th, 2015
Mike James

“5 Crazy Prop Bets That Cashed Big” is a column on MMAOddsbreaker.com after every major MMA event that highlights the biggest underdog prop bets to cash out from that card. Here’s five crazy UFC Ultimate Fighter Finale 22 prop bets that cashed big based on the closing odds at 5Dimes Sportsbook.   1) Gabriel Gonzaga…

December 13th, 2015
Mike James

“5 Crazy Prop Bets That Cashed Big” is a column on MMAOddsbreaker.com after every major MMA event that highlights the biggest underdog prop bets to cash out from that card. Here’s five crazy UFC Fight Night 80 prop bets that cashed based on the closing odds at 5Dimes Sportsbook.    1) Rose Namajunas wins in round 5 (+2525)…

December 12th, 2015
Mike James

The second fight on the UFC 194 main card is a tremendous matchup between two high-level grapplers, Demian Maia and Gunnar Nelson. Maia is one of the best jiu jitsu players to ever compete in mixed martial arts. Nelson, meanwhile, is also a highly credentialed jiu jitsu player, though not quite as credentialed in that…

December 11th, 2015
Mike James

Kicking off the stacked UFC 194 card will be a fantastic featherweight matchup between the fast rising Max Holloway and veteran Jeremy Stephens. Holloway has won his last seven contests over an increasing level of competition, while Stephens is coming off a huge flying knee knockout win over Dennis Bermudez in July.   Max Holloway…

December 10th, 2015
Mike James

The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale’s main card features a well-matched contest between longtime veterans Evan Dunham and Joe “J-Lau” Lauzon. Both fighters are somewhere in the middle of the lightweight pecking order and are trying to put a winning streak together so that they can once again become relevant in the division. Lauzon quickly starched…

December 10th, 2015
Mike James

The co-main event of The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale is an exciting lightweight contest between #6 ranked Edson Barboza and #7 ranked Tony “El Cucuy” Ferguson. Both fighters are inching closer to a title shot and will try to make a statement that they belong in the upper tier of the UFC’s lightweight division.  …

December 10th, 2015
Mike James

Kicking off the main card of UFC Fight Night 80 is a middleweight fight between The Ultimate Fighter Nations winner Elias Theodorou and Thiago “Marreta” Santos. Theodorou has kicked off his UFC career by winning three straight, while Santos has won three out of his last four Octagon appearances.   Elias Theodorou (11-0 MMA, 3-0…

December 9th, 2015
Mike James

The co-main event of UFC Fight Night 80 is a lightweight match-up between Jim Miller and Michael Chiesa. Both fighters find themselves somewhere in the middle of the lightweight pecking order. Miller is coming off a split decision win over Danny Castillo in July, while Chiesa is coming off a decision win over Mitch Clarke…

December 9th, 2015
Mike James

One of UFC Fight Night 80’s featured bouts is between extremely hyped prospect “Super” Sage Northcutt and Cody “The Pfist” Pfister. Northcutt burst onto the UFC scene at UFC 192 in October with a 57 second knockout win. He will look to live up to many fans’ expectations as he faces the tough wrestler Pfister…

December 9th, 2015
Mike James

One of UFC 194’s featured bouts is a fantastic middleweight contest between former Strikeforce Champion Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza and Yoel “Soldier of God” Romero. This is the UFC’s third attempt at booking this fight, as both attempts were previously derailed by injuries. Souza is currently on an eight-fight winning streak and recently submitted Chris Camozzi…

December 8th, 2015
Mike James

Chris Weidman versus Luke Rockhold is perhaps the greatest middleweight title fight in UFC history, yet nobody is talking about it because UFC 194 is being billed as the Conor McGregor show. For hardcore fans like myself, Weidman versus Rockhold is a tremendous fight between two absolute killers that are in the prime of their…

December 8th, 2015
Mike James

The main event of The Ultimate Fighter 22 finale is a tremendous featherweight fight between former UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie “The Answer” Edgar and former three-time featherweight title challenger Chad “Money” Mendes. The winner of this fight will likely face the winner of the Jose Aldo versus Conor McGregor title unification fight.   Frankie Edgar…

December 7th, 2015
Mike James

The main event of UFC Fight Night 80 is an exciting women’s strawweight matchup between #3 ranked Rose Namajunas and #7 ranked Paige VanZant. Namajunas is replacing Joanne Calderwood, who had to withdraw from the fight due to injury. The winner of this matchup will only be a fight or two away from a title…

December 6th, 2015
Mike James

The much anticipated fight between longtime UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo and newly crowned UFC Interim Featherweight Champion Conor McGregor will finally go down this Saturday night. The two were supposed to fight in July, but Aldo had to pull out of the fight due to a rib injury he sustained in training. McGregor fought Chad…

November 29th, 2015
Mike James

“Grading the card’’ is an article written by Mike James after every major UFC and Bellator event. Every main card fight and the fight card itself is briefly discussed and given a letter grade. This article covers UFC Fight Night 70, which took place Saturday night from the Olympic Gymnastics Arena in Seoul, South Korea….

November 28th, 2015
Mike James

“5 Crazy Prop Bets That Cashed Big” is a column on MMAOddsbreaker.com after every major MMA event that highlights the biggest underdog prop bets to cash out from that card. Here’s five crazy UFC Fight Night 79 prop bets that cashed big based on the closing odds at 5Dimes Sportsbook.   1) Alberto Mina wins…

November 27th, 2015
Mike James

Kicking off UFC Fight Night 79’s main card is an exciting featherweight contest between Doo Ho Choi and Sam Sicilia. This is the UFC’s third attempt at putting this fight together, as Choi withdrew from the first two scheduled matchups due to injuries he sustained while training.   Doo Ho Choi (12-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC,…

November 26th, 2015
Mike James

A featured matchup on UFC Fight Night 79’s main card is a welterweight match-up between Japanese veteran Yoshihiro “Sexyama” Akiyama and Alberto “Soldier of God” Mina. Akiyama’s most recent fight was a dominant decision win over Amir Sadollah in September of 2014, which came after a two and a half year layoff. Mina, meanwhile, is…

November 26th, 2015
Mike James

The co-main event for UFC Fight Night 79 is an underwhelming welterweight matchup between #7 ranked Dong Hyun Kim and Dominic Waters. Waters is taking this fight on short notice as a replacement for Jorge Masvidal, who moved up to fight Benson Henderson in the main event when Thiago Alves had to withdraw from the…

November 25th, 2015
Mike James

The main event of UFC Fight Night 79 is a welterweight contest between former UFC Lightweight Champion Benson “Smooth” Henderson and Jorge “Gambred” Masvidal. Henderson returns to the Octagon after submitting Brandon Thatch in February, while Masvidal is coming off a knockout win over Cezar Ferreira in July. Both fighters moved up to the welterweight…

November 23rd, 2015
Mike James

“Grading the card’’ is an article written by Mike James after every major UFC and Bellator event. Every main card fight and the fight card itself is briefly discussed and given a letter grade. This article covers UFC Fight Night 78, which took place Saturday night from the Arena Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico.   Kelvin…

November 22nd, 2015
Mike James

“Five Crazy Prop Bets That Cashed Big” is a column on MMAOddsbreaker.com after every major MMA event that highlights the biggest underdog prop bets to cash out from that card. Here’s five crazy UFC Fight Night 78 prop bets that cashed big based on the closing odds at 5Dimes Sportsbook.   1) Neil Magny wins by…

November 21st, 2015
Mike James

Headlining off UFC Fight Night 78’s Fox Sports 1 televised preliminary card is a bantamweight contest between Erik Perez and Taylor Lapilus that should produce fireworks. Perez is returning from a 17 month layoff due to a shoulder injury he sustained in training, while Lapilus has recorded two dominant victories since being signed to the UFC…

November 21st, 2015
Mike James

Kicking off the UFC Fight Night 78 main card is a lightweight match-up between veteran Efrain Escudero and Leandro Silva. Escudero returned to the UFC last year and has since compiled a 2-1 record, while Silva will step into the Octagon for the sixth time on Saturday night. Efrain Escudero (24-9 MMA, 5-5 UFC, +120…

November 20th, 2015
Mike James

One of the featured bouts of UFC Fight Night 78 is an important flyweight contest between #5 ranked Henry “The Messenger” Cejudo and the #3 ranked Jussier Formiga. The winner of this contest will likely face Demetrious Johnson for the UFC Flyweight Championship.   Henry Cejudo (9-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC, -500 favorite) Cejudo is perhaps…