Opening Odds

July 27th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

Going head-to-head with the UFC isn’t necessarily the best way to draw in a big crowd, but that’s exactly what World Series of Fighting will be doing this Saturday. WSOF 32 will give fans a chance to catch a pair of title bouts in two of the promotion’s better divisions. The main event will be…

July 25th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

UFC 201 has already seen five fights altered due to injury, and while that has cut down on the depth of the event, you’d have a hard time convincing me any card headlined by Robbie Lawler isn’t worth the price of admission. Lawler will be making the third defense of his welterweight title against Tyron…

July 22nd, 2016
Brad Taschuk

One of the best submission grapplers in MMA returns to action after a two-year hiatus at Legacy FC 58 on Friday night. Robert Drysdale only fought once in the UFC, but failed a pair of drug tests for elevated testosterone while with the organization. The second positive result saw his victory over Keith Berish changed…

July 21st, 2016
Brad Taschuk

Following last week’s Bellator London event, the organization returns to more familiar grounds as the Kansas Star Arena will play host to Bellator 159. While Michael Page received many of the headlines last week, this week may feature Bellator’s top fighter to keep an eye on, Darrion Caldwell. The former NCAA wrestling champion has made…

July 18th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

Hoping to ride the wave of momentum from international fight week, the UFC returns to FOX this weekend. The main event could determine the next challenger for UFC 200 main eventer Amanda Nunes’ bantamweight title, as Holly Holm squares off with Valentina Shevchenko in the women’s bantamweight division. Holm will be looking to rebound from…

July 16th, 2016
Brian Hemminger

While Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) isn’t holding any events this weekend, there are still plenty of huge fights taking place in the near future. UFC 201 will take place later this month on July 30th, and features the welterweight title fight between Robbie Lawler and Tyron Woodley. That bout already has odds released, but several excellent scraps…

July 15th, 2016
Brian Hemminger

Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA) returns to AXS TV tonight (July 15, 2016) with an intriguing main card packed with prospects and is headlined by a veteran flyweight showcase. The event will take place in the Mystic Lake Casino Hotel in Prior Lake, Minnesota, and lines will be offered on two of the main card bouts courtesy…

July 13th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

This Saturday, Bellator will be taking their show across the pond for Bellator 158 in London, England. The show will be the promotion’s second outside of North America, and first in the UK. The card features a litany of familiar names for fans of Bellator, UFC, and local UK promotions like Cage Warriors and BAMMA….

July 9th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

After a whirlwind weekend with three events in three days, UFC fans will only have three days off before the Octagon gets another workout. From the bright lights of Las Vegas to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the change in atmosphere will be stark when bantamweights John Lineker and Michael McDonald headline UFC Fight Night 91….

July 8th, 2016
Brian Hemminger

With the shocking announcement 24 hours ago that Jon Jones was out of the main event of UFC 200, the promotion has been scrambling to find a replacement. They found one in former middleweight champion and pound-for-pound legend Anderson Silva, who will return to the Octagon to battle Cormier in a non-title bout on the…

July 7th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

The second card in the UFC’s tripleheader in July has probably gotten the least amount of press, but it is intriguing on several levels. From the best fight that can be made in women’s MMA at the moment, to the debut of a Bellator champion in the UFC, to Gray Maynard cutting off limbs to…

June 27th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

The second weekend of July will be a massive one for the UFC. UFC 200 taking place on Saturday, July 9th alone would make it an important weekend, but the organization will be putting on three separate cards with title bouts from Thursday to Saturday. Kicking it all off on Thursday, July 7th is UFC…

June 24th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

Tonight on AXS TV, Legacy FC bantamweight champion Manny Vazquez is set to make the first defense of the title he captured back in February. Vazquez stopped the previously undefeated Ricardo Ramos with a rear-naked choke in under two minutes to win the vacant belt at Legacy 51. His opponent, Steven Peterson will be making…

June 23rd, 2016
Brad Taschuk

For the third consecutive month, Bellator will be running cards on back-to-back weeks, as the company puts on Bellator 157 this Friday. The approach seems to be reverting to something closer to the schedule the organization used to run, and could help develop a more consistent viewer base. Something else that will certainly help is…

June 15th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

World Series of Fighting will be going head-to-head with Bellator and RFA on a very crowded Friday night for MMA. The offering which will be on NBC Sports Network at 9pm ET features a heavyweight title bout and a number one contender’s match in the lightweight division. Heavyweight champion Blagoi Ivanov makes the second defense…

June 15th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

After this Friday, Bellator may finally have the opportunity to move forward in their bantamweight division. The organization’s 135lb title hasn’t been defended since March 2015 because the main event of Bellator 156 has already fallen apart on two occasions. Champion Marcos Galvao is once again set to square off with his former protege Eduardo…

June 13th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

Canada’s capital will host it’s first UFC card this weekend, as TD Place in Ottawa welcomes the Octagon for UFC Fight Night 89. Some of the best fighters North of the border will be in action on Saturday, as a pair of former Canadian title contenders sit at the top of the card. Rory MacDonald…

June 10th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

AXS TV will be back this Friday with some action from the Northeastern US. CES MMA continues their run on AXS with a card featuring a host of lightweight fights. Originally, the main event was intended to be a lightweight title bout between Ryan Sanders and defending champion Luis Felix. The two had previously fought…

June 9th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

MMA is giving fans the night off on Saturday this weekend, but Friday will be a busy one. Titan FC 39 will be airing on UFC Fight Pass, while CES MMA 36 takes place on AXS TV. The bigger of the two cards is certainly Titan offering, which features a good mix of established veterans…

June 6th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

Event: UFC 200 Date: July 89th, 2016 Location: Las Vegas, Nevada Venue: T-Mobile Arena Broadcast: Pay-Per-View The evening of UFC 199 ended up being a huge one for the promotion both inside and outside of the Octagon. Inside, Michael Bisping pulled off a shocking upset of Luke Rockhold to become the first British champion in…

June 5th, 2016
Brian Hemminger

No, it’s not going to be Floyd Mayweather Jr, but the highly anticipated rematch will be taking place this summer. Nate Diaz shocked the mixed martial arts world earlier this year when he handed UFC golden boy Conor McGregor his first loss inside the Octagon. Diaz had originally stepped in as an injury replacement for UFC…

June 4th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

Today at 5Dimes Sportsbook, MMA oddsmaker Nick Kalikas opened lines for a dozen upcoming UFC bouts. The earliest of the fights is on July 7th, as heavyweights Derrick Lewis and Roy Nelson square off on the Thursday leading up to UFC 200. A pair of bouts on the UFC’s blockbuster July 9th card were opened…

June 3rd, 2016
Brian Hemminger

Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA) returns to AXS TV tonight (June 3, 2016) with an intriguing main card packed with prospects and is headlined by a battle for the promotion’s lightweight title. The event will take place at The Hanger in Costa Mesa, California, and lines will be offered on three of the main card bouts courtesy…

May 31st, 2016
Brad Taschuk

The summer run of big fights continues in the Octagon this Saturday at UFC 199. We saw a title change hands at UFC 198 when Stipe Miocic upset heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum, and a pair of challengers hope to replicate that feat this weekend. For challengers Michael Bisping and Urijah Faber, it would also mean…

May 25th, 2016
Brian Hemminger

Event: UFC 203 Date: September 10, 2016 Location: Cleveland, Ohio Venue:  Quicken Loans Arena Broadcast: Pay-Per-View UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic A Golden Gloves winner and Division I wrestler, Stipe Miocic (15-2) has been around the Octagon for over five years, amassing an 9-2 record over that time span that included the the likes of Gabriel Gonzaga, Roy Nelson, Mark Hunt…

May 20th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

Event: UFC 199 Date: June 4th, 2016 Location: Inglewood, California Venue: The Forum Broadcast: Pay-Per-View UFC Middleweight Champion Luke Rockhold (15-2) Entering the Octagon as an immediate contender, former Strikeforce middleweight champion Rockhold was matched up with Vitor Belfort for his UFC debut and he was stopped with a knockout of the year contender. An…

May 19th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

Last week, MMA oddsmaker Nick Kalikas opened the betting lines for the main card of UFC Fight Night 88 at 5Dimes Sportsbook. A line was separately released for the bantamweight bout between Aljamain Sterling and Bryan Caraway. Today, he released the odds for the remaining bouts on the card. Those include a showdown between top…

May 18th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

After attempting to go head-to-head with the UFC last weekend, Bellator returns to its normal Friday night slot this week for Bellator 155. The card is headlined by a middleweight title bout between Rafael Carvalho and Melvin Manhoef which should provide some fireworks on the feet. Carvalho has had a somewhat surprising run to become…

May 17th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

Event: UFC Fight Night 88 Date: May 29th, 2016 Location: Las Vegas, Nevada Venue: Mandalay Bay Events Center Broadcast: Fox Sports 1 UFC Bantamweight Contender Thomas Almeida (21-0) After capturing the Legacy bantamweight title — with a picture perfect liver shot combination — Almeida was signed to the UFC. In his debut, he was matched…

May 14th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

A pair of hot prospects in a division suddenly teeming with them will occupy the top spot on UFC Fight Night 88. Undefeated bantamweights Thomas Almeida and Cody Garbrandt will put their perfect records on the line on Sunday, May 29th as the Octagon returns to Las Vegas for the Fox Sports 1 card. While…

May 13th, 2016
Brian Hemminger

Legacy FC 55 will air its main card live on AXS TV starting at 9 pm ET/6 pm PT tonight (May 13, 2016). The event will be held inside Arena Theater in Houston, Texas. The event will be headlined by a heavyweight fight between prospect Justin Ledet (6-0) and Brice Ritani-Coe (4-3). Popular Legacy veteran Artenas Young will…

May 11th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

When Bellator ran their one-night, four-man light heavyweight tournament back in September, Phil Davis and Mo Lawal were expected to meet in the final. Each got the job done in their first round bout, but Lawal was not cleared to compete in the final. Instead, Davis knocked out Francis Carmont in just over two minutes…

May 8th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

When the Octagon heads down to Brazil for UFC 198, the card will be most reminiscent of the Brazilian cards the company put in 2011 and 2012 when it re-entered the country. The list of Brazilian legends competing on the card includes Anderson Silva, Vitor Belfort, ‘Jacare’ Souza, ‘Shogun’ Rua, Demian Maia, and of course…

May 5th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

Before the Octagon opens up for the first time in Holland this Sunday, UFC Fight Pass will be airing another of its properties on Saturday night. All-female promotion Invicta FC will be running another event from Costa Mesa, California, and it will be topped by two title fights. In the bantamweight division, Tonya Evinger will…

May 5th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

ONE Championship is back this Friday with a card headlined by a pair of title bouts. The currently vacant strawweight belt will be on the line in the main event, as rapidly ascending MMA prospect Angela Lee takes on one of the most tenured female fighters from Japan, Mei Yamaguchi. The 19-year-old Lee has become…

April 30th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

The UFC is set to make their first trip to one of kickboxing’s hotspots on Sunday, May 8th, as UFC Fight Night 87 will go live from Rotterdam, Netherlands. Most MMA fans are at least somewhat familiar with the rich history of Dutch kickboxing — the winners of all but four of the 19 K-1…

April 29th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

UFC Fight Night 87 Date: May 8th, 2016 Location: Rotterdam, Netherlands Venue: Ahoy Rotterdam Broadcast: Fox Sports 1 Alistair Overeem Controversy has surrounded former Strikeforce, DREAM, and K-1 champion Alistair Overeem ever since he’s entered the UFC. A crushing debut against Brock Lesnar had him set up to fight for the UFC heavyweight title in…

April 28th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

With a bit of a light MMA weekend coming up, Titan FC will get more attention than usual as Titan FC 38 airs on UFC Fight Pass on Saturday night. The promotion’s welterweight title will be on the line in the main event as veteran Steve Carl takes on undefeated Belal Muhammad. The card also…

April 27th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

UFC 198: Werdum vs. Miocic Date: May 14th, 2016 Location: Curitiba, Parana, Brazil Venue: Arena da Baixada Broadcast: Pay-Per-View UFC Middleweight Contender ‘Jacare’ Souza (22-4, 1 NC) Former Mundials and ADCC champion ‘Jacare’ Souza transitioned from the Brazilian regional scene to Japan, where he became a finalist in the 2008 DREAM middleweight grand prix, losing…

April 23rd, 2016
Brad Taschuk

UFC Fight Night 90: dos Anjos vs. Alvarez Date: July 7th, 2016 Location: Las Vegas, Nevada Venue: MGM Grand Garden Arena Broadcast: UFC Fight Pass Rafael dos Anjos – UFC Lightweight Champion After starting his UFC career a pedestrian 4-4, Rafael dos Anjos turned a corner in 2012. The Brazilian put together at five-fight win…

April 22nd, 2016
Brad Taschuk

Legacy FC will fill one of their vacant title slots tonight at Legacy FC 54. The promotion’s middleweight title — previously held by Leonardo Leite — will be contested between two fighters who bring a very similar style to the cage. Rafael Lovato Jr. is a very decorated Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitor, who was only the…

April 20th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

It’s not unusual for Bellator cards to go under the radar these days, but Benson Henderson was supposed to be one of the fighters who would make a bit of a splash and put them on the radar whenever he fought. Unfortunately for that plan, Henderson’s first fight is scheduled during the week where Conor…

April 19th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

It’s been 15 months since Jon Jones stepped foot inside the Octagon. Saturday night, the wait is over. While Jones has certainly remained intriguing and entertaining outside of the cage (his interactions with Daniel Cormier being particularly amusing), there’s nothing quite like seeing the best pound-for-pound fighter in MMA today — and perhaps the best…

April 15th, 2016
Brian Hemminger

Kickboxing promotion GLORY returns this Saturday (April 16) for what has now become a monthly event. The show will air from Copenhagen, Denmark. Glory 29 features a welterweight title bout, as well as a four-man tournament to determine the number one contender in the heavyweight division, where the winner will eventually face champion Rico Verhoeven, who has held…

April 15th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

Japanese MMA is truly back. We can tell, because despite this being the fourth card Rizin has promoted since beginning operations, Rizin FF 1 is here. Sometimes it’s best to just not ask questions, especially when it comes to Japan. Fighters from seven different countries will be represented on Rizin 1 — which will be…

April 15th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

In a whirlwind weekend of MMA, flipping to AXS TV on Friday night will yield the same results as always, a solid card with some names to keep an eye on. This week, RFA will be putting on the action, as RFA 37 takes place in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. A pair of prospects who…

April 14th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

With Ben Askren back in action for the first time since April 24th, 2015, ONE Championship (I didn’t even know they changed their name) becomes relevant to the general MMA community for another day. While it’s getting more difficult to truly consider Askren one of the best welterweights in the world due to his level…

April 14th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

This weekend is a big one for European MMA, as the standard-bearer in the region will be returning for their first card since November 2014. After some reorganization, Cage Warriors is back this Friday with Cage Warriors 75 from London, England. One of the top middleweights in Europe, Jack Hermansson, headlines the card with the…

April 12th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

This weekend the UFC returns to big FOX with a slightly altered card. The main event was set to be Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson in a lightweight title eliminator, but a late injury forced… NOT Khabib out of the fight. Who saw that one coming? As a result, Khabib will now be getting the…

April 10th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

UFC on FOX 19 April 16th, 2016 Glover Teixeira vs. Rashad Evans Location: Tampa, Florida Venue: Amalie Arena Broadcast: FOX (8pm ET) UFC Light Heavyweight Contender Glover Teixeira Former light heavyweight title challenger Glover Teixeira was seen as one of the best 205ers outside of the UFC for many years until he was finally snatched…

April 8th, 2016
Brian Hemminger

Legacy FC 53 will air its main card live on AXS TV starting at 9 pm ET/6 pm PT tonight (April 8, 2016). The event will be held inside Center State in Atlanta, Georgia. The event will be headlined by a welterweight fight between UFC veteran Dhiego Lima (10-4) and prospect Antonio Trocoli (9-1). The co-main event will feature prospect…