Opening Odds

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…

April 5th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

Sunday, April 10th will mark the first time the UFC has set up the Octagon in Croatia. UFC Fight Night 86 will air from Mirko CroCop’s stomping grounds with a card that relies heavily on the legend’s division. Four of the six main card bouts will take place in the heavyweight division, headlined by the…

April 2nd, 2016
Brian Hemminger

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is currently on a three week hiatus in advance of next weekend’s UFC Fight Night 86 event, but there are still plenty of fights to get excited about in the coming weeks and months. UFC on Fox 19 will take place on April 16th and will feature a likely lightweight number one contender fight between Khabib…

April 2nd, 2016
Brian Hemminger

UFC 197 Date: April 23, 2016 Location: Las Vegas, Nevada Venue: MGM Grand Garden Arena Broadcast: PPV UFC Light Heavyweight Jon Jones One of the top pound-for-pound MMA fighters on the planet, Jon ”Bones” Jones (20-1) has dominated the light heavyweight scene, becoming the youngest UFC title holder ever early in 2011 at the age of 23. With an…

April 1st, 2016
Brian Hemminger

CES MMA 34 will air its main card live on AXS TV starting at 9 pm ET/6 pm PT tonight (April 1, 2016). The event will be held inside the Twin River Casino in Lincoln, Rhode Island. The event will be headlined by a welterweight non-title fight between champion Chris Curtis (13-4) and challenger Nah-Shon Burrell (12-6),…

March 30th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

The king is back. No, Kevin Casey hasn’t signed with WSOF, sorry to get your hopes up. Instead, MMA’s only current two-division champion is defending one of his titles. Dave Branch laces up his gloves for the first time in 2016 to put his WSOF middleweight title on the line against Clifford Starks. The bout…

March 30th, 2016
Brian Hemminger

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is currently on a three week hiatus in advance of next weekend’s UFC Fight Night 86 event, but there are still plenty of fights to get excited about in the coming weeks and months. UFC on Fox 19 will take place on April 16th and will feature several high profile bouts including a rematch between Dan…

March 28th, 2016
Brian Hemminger

With today’s announcement of Cris “Cyborg” Justino making her UFC debut, the upcoming UFC 198 event just keeps getting bigger and bigger. The event is already headlined by a UFC heavyweight title bout between champion Fabricio Werdum and challenger Stipe Miocic (which we opened earlier this month). A middleweight number one contender bout between former champion…

March 28th, 2016
Brian Hemminger

Nate Diaz shocked the mixed martial arts world earlier this month 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 lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos on 11 days’ notice. Prior to the loss, McGregor had taken the UFC by…

March 26th, 2016
Stevie J

The field has narrowed considerably now for the 2016 edition of March Madness. We’ve gone from a field of 64 plus down to the Elite Eight of college basketball. While there were some historic upsets and miraculous finishes early on, we’re now in a position where the cream has definitely risen to the top. The…

March 25th, 2016
Brian Hemminger

Legacy FC 52 will air its main card live on AXS TV starting at 10 pm ET/7 pm PT tonight (March 25, 2016). The event will be held inside the Golden Nugget Casino in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The event will be headlined by a flyweight title bout between top prospects Matt Schnell and Klayton Mai as both men look to potentially…

March 16th, 2016
Brian Hemminger

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is going on a three week hiatus after this weekend’s UFC Fight Night 85 event, but there are still plenty of fights to get excited about in the coming weeks and months. UFC on Fox 19 will take place on April 16th and will feature several high profile bouts including a rematch between…

March 15th, 2016
Stevie J

It’s that time of year we all love as sports fans – March Madness is upon us! Nobody wants to pick a bracket buster, but everybody cheers for a Cinderella story. Nobody believes their local school can go all the way, but every alum fills out one extra bracket “just in case.” Loyalties are tested…

March 14th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

After a week off to recover from Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz, the Octagon will head down under to Brisbane, Australia for UFC Fight Night 85. A pair of legends with very different approaches headline the event in the heavyweight division, as Mark Hunt takes on Frank Mir. Hunt will certainly be looking for the…

March 11th, 2016
Brian Hemminger

CES MMA 33 will air its main card live on AXS TV starting at 9 pm ET/6 pm PT tonight (March 11, 2016). The event will be held inside the Twin River Casino in Lincoln, Rhode Island. The event will be headlined by a bantamweight contest between prospects Andre Soukhamthath (9-3) and Kody Nordby (6-3). The…

March 9th, 2016
Brian Hemminger

Just three weeks after its last show, World Series of Fighting (WSOF) is returning with another free televised event, this time in Colorado this Saturday night on March 12th. WSOF 29 will feature a lightweight title bout between undefeated champion Justin Gaethje and deserved challenger Brian Foster. Foster, a UFC veteran, earned his title shot by winning the WSOF one-night…

March 8th, 2016
James Lynch

Paige VanZant joins Season 22 of ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Officials recently announced that UFC strawweight Paige VanZant will be joining the Season 22 cast of ‘Dancing with the Stars’ VanZant (6-2), is coming off a submission loss to Rose Namajunas back in December which snapped her three-fight win streak. She’ll join Randy Couture and Chuck…

March 7th, 2016
Brian Hemminger

Event: UFC 198 Date: May 14, 2016 Location: Curitiba, Brazil Venue:  Arena da Baixada Broadcast: Pay-Per-View UFC Heavyweight Champion Fabricio Werdum Since June of 2010, Fabricio Werdum has been best known as the first man to legitimately defeat Fedor Emelianenko. His second run in the UFC may have changed that perception however. He has gone 6-0 since returning…

March 6th, 2016
Brian Hemminger

Date: TBD Location: TBD Venue: TBD Broadcast: TBD UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Miesha Tate A Strikeforce bantamweight champion at 25 years old, Miesha “Cupcake” Tate (18-5) shocked the world when she submitted Marloes Coenen at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson to win the belt. Tate has great takedowns, a good chin and is willing to brawl or take the fight to…

February 23rd, 2016
Brian Hemminger

UFC 196: McGregor vs. Diaz Date: March 5, 2016 Location: Las Vegas, Nevada Venue: MGM Grand Garden Arena Broadcast: PPV This bout will be contested at 170 pounds and will be five rounds. UFC Featherweight Champion Conor McGregor A character who backs up his trash talking with vicious knockouts inside the cage, Conor McGregor (19-2) has…

February 21st, 2016
Brian Hemminger

While UFC Fight Night 83 is going on right now, the Ultimate Fighting Championship will be holding another event this upcoming weekend (February 27, 2016). The event will be headlined by a battle of two of the most popular middleweights ever as former champion Anderson Silva takes on Michael Bisping at the 02 Arena in London,…

February 17th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

Bookended by a pair of strange cards from the UFC and Bellator, Saturday night’s WSOF 28 completes what could be the busiest non-consequential MMA weekend of the year. Of course, bantamweight champion Marlon Moraes defends his title against the latest challenger the organization has plucked to step in to the buzzsaw of striking that holds…

February 16th, 2016
Brian Hemminger

With Tim Means being pulled from his headlining bout against Donald Cerrone due to an out of competition drug test last week, the event took a small hit. Now, the event will be headlined next Sunday (February 21, 2016) by a battle of nicknames as “Cowboy” Cerrone takes on Brazilian Alex “Cowboy” Oliveira at the Consol Energy Center…

February 11th, 2016
Brian Hemminger

Bellator 149 is just just over a week away (Friday, February 19, 2016) and it features an openweight trilogy bout between veteran MMA pioneers Ken Shamrock and Royce Gracie. Gracie won their initial meeting at UFC 1 in 1993, while the second bout was ruled a draw at UFC 5 after lasting the full 36 minute time…

February 10th, 2016
Brian Hemminger

Finland’s biggest promotion CAGE returns after a two-month break for its 34th event. Cage 34 takes place this weekend (Saturday, February 13, 2016) and features a featherweight main event between undefeated Brazilian fighter Rafael Domingos (6-0) and Brazilian Rafael Macedo (7-2 1 NC). Also featured on the card is a Scandinavian welterweight throwdown between Finland’s Jussi Halonen (6-3) and Norway’s…

February 9th, 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 next few months. UFC Fight Night 86 will occur on April 10th, and features the heavyweight slugfest between former champion Junior dos Santos and the surging Ben Rothwell. Dos Santos most recently lost via second…

February 4th, 2016
Brian Hemminger

UFC Futures: Chris Weidman vs. Luke Rockhold Date: June TBD Location: N/A Venue: N/A Broadcast: PPV UFC Middleweight Champion Luke Rockhold The undisputed, defending middleweight champion of the world Luke Rockhold (14-2) came into the UFC as the final Strikeforce middleweight champion. He was a force in the San Jose-based promotion, winning nine of his 10 fights there, including defeating…

January 28th, 2016
Brian Hemminger

The Ultimate Fighting Championship has several more intriguing bouts booked for 2016 already, including an upcoming main event for UFC on Fox 19, which takes place later this spring (April 16, 2016) at a yet to be determined venue and location. The event will be headlined by a lightweight clash between top contenders Tony Ferguson and…

January 22nd, 2016
Brian Hemminger

The Ultimate Fighting Championship has several more intriguing bouts booked for 2016 already, including an upcoming main event for UFC Fight Night 87, which takes place later this spring (May 14, 2016) in Brazil. The event will be headlined by a middleweight clash between top contenders Vitor Belfort and Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza. Souza recently lost a…

January 22nd, 2016
Brad Taschuk

As we’ve become accustomed to, AXS TV will be leading MMA fans into another weekend, as the channel will be airing Legacy FC 50 on Friday night. Although the main event of the card fell apart when Valentina Shevchenko got the promotion to the UFC (and beat former Strikeforce champion Sarah Kaufman in her debut),…

January 20th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

UFC 196: Werdum vs. Velasquez 2 Date: February 6th, 2016 Location: Las Vegas, Nevada Venue: MGM Grand Garden Arena Broadcast: Pay-Per-View UFC Heavyweight Champion Fabricio Werdum For years best known as the man who defeated Fedor Emelianenko to end his remarkable winning streak, Fabricio Werdum has reached new highs in his MMA career since returning…

January 15th, 2016
Brian Hemminger

Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA) returns to AXS TV tonight (January 15, 2016) with an intriguing main card packed with prospects and is headlined by a battle for the vacant welterweight title. The event will take place in the 1stBank Center in Broomfield, Colorodo, and lines will be offered on three of the main card bouts…

January 15th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

After 2015 saw Invicta FC buoyed by being added to the UFC Fight Pass lineup, the all-female promotion now kicks off their 2016 schedule with Invicta FC 15. The card, taking place in Costa Mesa, California, will feature a pair of title fights, and perhaps the top women’s pound-for-pound fighter now that Ronda Rousey has…

January 13th, 2016
Brian Hemminger

The Ultimate Fighting Championship looks to continue a strong start to 2016 later this month (Sunday, January 17) with a thrilling free event which features a bantamweight title bout as well as a battle of top lightweight contenders. The bantamweight title bout features champion TJ Dillashaw against challenger and former champ Dominick Cruz. Cruz never lost the…

January 8th, 2016
Brian Hemminger

UFC 197: Dos Anjos vs McGregor Date: March 5, 2016 Location: Las Vegas, Nevada Venue: MGM Grand Garden Arena Broadcast: PPV UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Holly Holm Holly Holm is one of the most successful female boxers in history, being a longtime light welterweight and welterweight champion, and even holding titles as high as 154lbs. Her boxing record…

January 5th, 2016
Brian Hemminger

The Ultimate Fighting Championship has several more intriguing bouts booked for 2016 already, including a surprising upcoming main event for UFC Fight Night 82, which takes place next month (February 21, 2016) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The event will be headlined by a welterweight clash between recent lightweight title challenger Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone and rising contender…

December 30th, 2015
Brian Hemminger

From the ashes of Pride, Rizin FF makes its debut tomorrow (Tuesday, December 29, 2015) with an intriguing fight card which features a super fight and the first round of the World Heavyweight Grand Prix. The promotion will hold its second event just two days later on New Year’s Eve (Dec. 31) where the Heavyweight Grand…

December 28th, 2015
Brian Hemminger

UFC Fight Night 83: Silva vs. Bisping Date: February 27, 2016 Location: London, England Venue: The O2 Arena Broadcast: Fight Pass UFC Middleweight Contender Anderson Silva (-235) Profile: The last three years have been a nightmare for Anderson Silva (33-6 1NC). Long considered the top pound-for-pound MMA fighter on the planet, “The Spider” saw his UFC records for the most…

December 21st, 2015
Brian Hemminger

The Ultimate Fighting Championship continues its historic run early bext month (Saturday, January 1, 2016) with another thrilling pay-per-view which features a welterweight title bout as well as a likely number one heavyweight contender battle. The welterweight title bout features champion Robby Lawler against challenger and former interim champ Carlos Condit. Condit earned his shot…

December 20th, 2015
Brian Hemminger

Conor McGregor has been all the rage in the last few days. The current UFC featherweight champion dethroned Jose Aldo in just 13 seconds a week ago in the main event of UFC 194, and now he’s clamoring for a lightweight title shot. With Rafael dos Anjos’ successful UFC lightweight title defense via first round…

December 3rd, 2015
Brian Hemminger

Kickboxing promotion GLORY returns this Friday for what has now become a monthly event. Glory 26 features two title bouts (heavyweight and welterweight), as well as a four-man tournament to determine the number one contender in the featherweight division, where the winner will eventually face champion Sergey Adamchuk, who was crowned this past November. The heavyweight title bout features…

November 27th, 2015
Gabe Killian

UFC Fight Night 79 Date: November 28, 2015 Arena: Olympic Gymnastics Arena City: Seoul, South Korea The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heads to Seoul, South Korea for the first time in promotional history with UFC Fight Night 79: Henderson vs Masvidal. The event will feature 11 bouts in entirety on UFC Fight Pass, starting with…