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UFC on Fox 23 Prelims – Sam Alvey Keeps Smiling

Sam Alvey vs. Nate Marquardt ‘Smiling’ Sam Alvey is one of the most active fighters in the UFC, and this will now be his fifth fight in just seven months. He’s on a roll now too, stringing together three wins in a row against some quality opposition. Alvey is usually a finishing machine but wasn’t able to get the job done against Alex Nicholson in November. He pinched round two and three to win a decision after losing the first round. Nate Marquardt is stepping into the octagon for the first time since practically kicking Tamdan McCrory’s head off shoulders back in October. Marquardt has been around a long time and is definitely no slouch. Previously, he has defeated...

UFC on Fox 23 – Taking a Shot with the ‘Bullet’

Valentina Shevchenko vs. Julianna Pena Valentina Shevchenko and Julianna Pena finally meet in a battle of two of the top Women’s Bantamweight fighters. Before the introduction of the Women’s Featherweight division the winner would have been almost guaranteed a shot at the winner of Rousey vs. Nunes, but Nunes, after demolishing Rousey, is calling for a shot at the winner of Holm vs. De Randamie. Valentina ‘Bullet’ Shevchenko held a Muay Thai counter striking class for Holly Holm in July 2016 as she came away with a unanimous decision victory. It wasn’t exactly beautiful to the casual fan, but anyone who appreciates intelligent striking would have enjoyed Shevchenko’s...

Sonnen’s Debut Spoiled at Bellator 170

Tito Ortiz vs. Chael Sonnen Bellator kicks off 2017 in a huge way with Tito Ortiz and Chael Sonnen headlining the Bellator 170 in California. Ortiz and Sonnen are legends of mixed martial arts and were pioneers of the sport through the early to mid-2000’s. The unique rivalry between these two fighters dates all the way back to 1998 when Chael Sonnen pinned Tito Ortiz in less than a minute during a college wrestling match. Sonnen then watched from the sidelines as Ortiz began tearing apart the competition in the UFC and is a firm believer that Ortiz wouldn’t have been where he was at the time if he had entered back then as well. Ortiz, on the other hand, wants to avenge this loss...

Sydney-born Konta to Master Melbourne at Open

The Australian Open’s men singles is stagnant from a futures betting perspective because of the dominance of Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic but the women’s singles is ripe for a wager on one or more of the tournament outsiders. Serena Williams heads the Australian Open women’s singles betting but she is opposable even at odds greater than those with which we associate her. Williams did not compete beyond the US Open women’s singles semi-finals last year due to a series of serious injuries and she did not cover herself in glory when losing to Madison Brengle in Auckland last week. In short, Williams is too short for someone of her age who has not played well competitively...

Cashing In On The Big Ticket in Phoenix

Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger vs. Nina Ansaroff If you’re not familiar with Nina Ansaroff’s performances inside the octagon, you might recognise her as being the partner of Women’s Bantamweight Champion, Amanda Nunes. Being in a relationship with a dominant UFC Champion sure has its perks, and Ansaroff is the main sparring partner of Nunes and has the additional benefit of support from a like-minded person around her. Ansaroff recently spoke about the motivational boost that she receives by living and working with Amanda Nunes and claims she’ll win this fight in impressive fashion. Ansaroff enters this fight with a 0-2 record in the UFC. Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger entered the UFC...

Banking on the Heavy Hands in the Prelims

Aleksei Oleinik vs. Viktor Pesta Aleksei Oleinik steps in on short notice to face Viktor Pesta in a battle of two heavyweights. Oleinik boasts an impressive mixed martial arts career, dating back to 1997 and racking up a total of 50 wins and ten losses. He was recently on an eleven fight win streak before Daniel Omielanczuk defeated him via majority decision. Nine of these eleven wins came via the way of submission, proving that he is worthy of the nickname “The Boa Constrictor”. Oleinik is 2-1 in the UFC with both victories within in the first four minutes. Viktor Pesta was a hot prospect when he entered the UFC in 2014 against Rustan Magomedov, previously winning all nine of his...

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