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Ultimate Fight Night 81 Betting Results

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UFN 81 Dillashaw vs Cruz

UFN 81 Dillashaw vs Cruz

Wow what a great event for us. We had a total of 5 bets with 4 being straight up bets and one parlay. We had a great feeling about a lot of the underdogs, and man did they perform. We ended up with a ROI of +100.46%. That was just slightly more than doubling our money we bet. Not bad.  You can see our results at Cappertek.  Also note that all of January we are making our bets free, but come February, we will be putting most of them behind the paywall at Cappertek.  With a ROI of 100% on this event, it would be well worth the $6.95 for a single days access to get our picks.

So just how did the bets pan out? Our first bet was our 2 fight parlay with Rob Font and Ben Saunders both needing to be victorious. Saunders wound up on the wrong side of Cote’s heavy hands and went down in the second round. We had thought that Saunders’s reach was going to be a big factor, but Cote was able to nullify that. Font did win his portion of the parlay with a TKO victory over Joey Gomez, but this shows exactly why we typically don’t do parlay bets. We bet and lost 1 unit on this parlay.

The rest of our bets were on the main card. Travis Browne was our lone betting favorite on the night. After accidentally poking Mitrione twice in the eye, Browne landed a punch flush to the orbital socket of Mitrione. Mitrione’s eye swelled up very quickly and Browne capitalized on his hurt opponent scoring the TKO victory late in the third round. We bet 1.5 units on Browne at -150 odds for a ROI of 1 unit.

Francisco Trinaldo outworked Ross Pearson throughout most of the fight. The rounds were close, but Trinaldo was landing more and when the judges’s score cards were read there was no doubt we had won our bet. We bet 1 unit on Trinaldo with odds of +130 to profit 1.3 units.

The fight that scared us the most was Anthony Pettis taking on Eddie Alvarez. The blueprint was found on how to beat Pettis, grind him against the cage and go for takedown after takedown. This has now been proven true in three fights with Guida and dos Anjos also besting Pettis using the same methods. Alvarez had the game plan and stuck to it. The first round was very hard to judge and the final two were split between them. We thought Alvarez did enough in that first round to warrant a 29-28 scorecard and two judges agreed. We bet 1 unit at +275 to earn 2.75 units of profit.

The main event featured Domick Cruz fighting for a title he never truly lost against TJ Dillashaw. We had Cruz favored in this fight at +120 and risked 2 units on him. Cruz and Dillashaw both tried to use their footwork to outland their opponent with Dillashaw being the more aggressive fighter. But Cruz had zero fear in the cage and was just moving enough to get out of the way of most of Dillashaw’s strikes. Cruz while throwing fewer punches was landing far more. We had the fight 49-46 for Cruz and two judges agreed that Cruz won the fight. The split decision victory netted us 2.4 units.

The next card will be UFC on Fox 18. Look for our betting advice to come out shortly after the full fight odds to maximize our best bets.

UFN 81 Dillashaw vs Cruz

Ultimate Fight Night 81 Betting Advice

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UFN 81 Dillashaw vs Cruz

UFN 81 Dillashaw vs Cruz

Alright folks, let’s talk about UFN 81: Dillashaw vs Cruz and the betting lines. As always, this is just advice and no way should you hold myself or MMARecap responsible if these bets fail to pan out. You can of course see our track record over at Cappertek where as of this writing we were at +15.67% for the month of January and +13.49% overall. For the rest of the month of January all of our picks will be free, but come February there will only be one free pick given and the rest will be behind the paywall at Cappertek.

Our first bet of the night is going to be a two team parlay. The first leg is Rob Font defeating Joey Gomez and the second leg is Ben Saunders defeating Patrick Cote. Both fighters have looked great in the UFC and while normally we don’t advise on parlays, in this case the payout is worth it. Font is sitting at -230 and Saunders is at -135. The parlay of the two gives us odds of +149 and we are betting a single unit on this two fight parlay.

Our lone favorite to win in our straight bets is Travis Browne taking on Matt Mitrione. Mitrione has been hit or miss and Browne has shown he is a beast inside the cage. Mitrione has a very ho-hum attitude going into this fight and normally that would read as a good thing. However due to other events that have happened, we are thinking Mitrione might be walking away from the sport after this fight win or lose and thus his head isn’t in the right place. We bet 1.5 units on Browne at -147 to win 1.02 units.

This card is ripe with underdogs who for one reason or another are being overlooked by the betting public. Francisco Trinaldo is one our favorite bets at +130 over Ross Pearson. Pearson is 3-3 in his last 6 while Trinaldo is 5-1 in his last 6. We are betting a single unit to win 1.3 units.

Due to the fact that Anthony Pettis is the former champ and was the first to finish Ben Henderson, the odds are crazy in his favor. This is great for us as Eddie Alvarez is sitting at +275. While Alvarez is the older fighter, he is also the fresher fighter having last fought in June compared to Pettis who will have been out for a staggering 309 days. Additionally, due to this only being three rounds, we have to give the advantage to Alvarez. This bet will pay out a great 2.75 units on our 1 unit bet.

Our last bet of the night is former champ Dominick Cruz defeating current champ T.J. Dillashaw. We were able to get odds of +123 for Cruz and they have been swinging in either direction all week. Cruz never officially lost his belt, rather was stripped due to injury after injury. Cruz took the time away from training to focus on fight analyzing which made his game even better. The only disadvantage we have for Cruz is his lengthly time away from the cage, but that is negated by all of the other stuff going on with Dillashaw and switching camps. We are betting 2 units on Cruz to win 2.46 units.

Bellator 72 Quick Results

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Bellator 72 Poster

Bellator 72 Poster

Bellator 72 took place at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa, FL and aired live on both MTV 2 and  The night of action featured the finals of the season six welterweight come to a conclusion as Karl Amoussou defeated Bryan Baker via heel hook.  The other portions of the main card featured the semi-final rounds of the summer series light heavyweight tournament as well as the debut of Paul Daley.

Quick Results

  • Karl Amoussou defeated Bryan Baker via submission (inverted heel hook) – Round 1, 0:56 – welterweight-tournament final
  • Paul Daley defeated Rudy Bears via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 2:45
  • Attila Vegh defeated Emanuel Newton via split decision (29-28, 27-30, 29-28) – light-heavyweight tourney semifinal
  • Travis Wiuff defeated Tim Carpenter via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) – light-heavyweight tourney semifinal
  • Marius Zaromskis defeated Waachiim Spiritwolf via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
  • Paul Barrow defeated Jason Carapelluci via submission (rear-naked) choke – Round 3, 0:46
  • Ben Saunders defeated Brian Warren via TKO (knees) – Round 1, 0:22
  • Raul Amaya defeated Kenny Moss via verbal submission (injury) – Round 2, 0:30
  • Matt McCook defeated Shannon Slack via split decision
  • Julien Williams defeated Ryan DeRocher via technical submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 2, 1:32



Bellator 72 Weigh In Results

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The Weigh ins for Bellator 72 took place today at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa, Florida. All fighters made weight, and all bouts will take place as planned.  The main event, in the second of Bellator’s summer series, features the welterweight tournament final bout between  Karl Amoussou and Bryan Baker. In the co-main event, Paul Daley is making his promotional debut against Rudy Bears. The bout may act as a tournament eliminator as to see who gets in the next welterweight tournament.




welterweight-tournament final
Karl Amoussou (170.25) vs. Bryan Baker (169.5)

welterweight bout
Rudy Bears (169.5) vs. Paul Daley (170.25)

light-heavyweight tourney semifinal
Emanuel Newton (204.75) vs. Attila Vegh (204.5)

light-heavyweight tourney semifinal
Tim Carpenter (205) vs. Travis Wiuff (206)

welterweight bout
Waachiim Spiritwolf (170.75) vs. Marius Zaromskis (171)

150-pound catchweight
Paul Barrow (151) vs. Jason Carapelluci (149.5)

178-pound catchweight
Ben Saunders (177) vs. Brian Warren (173.5)

welterweight bout
Raul Amaya (169.75) vs. Kenny Moss (170)

featherweight bout
Matt McCook (145) vs. Shanon Slack (145.75)

welterweight bout
Ryan DeRocher (170.5) vs. Julien Williams (170.25)

Bellator 67: Chandler Vs Gono Results

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Bellator 67 took place tonight in Rama, Ontario Canada on friday night at Casino Rama and was broadcasted on MTV-2 all around the world. In the main event, it was lightweight champion Michael Chandler who took care of Akihiro Gono quickly with his strikes, and pounded him out with punches just 56 seconds into round 1. In the co main event, it was Bryan Ford who defeated Ben Saunders by unanimous decision. The win advances Ford into the finals of the welterweight tournament.

Below are the full results for the entire card of Bellator 67:

Preliminary Welterweight
Nathan Gunn vs Dom O’Grady
Dom O’Grady defeats Nathan Gunn via submission (armbar) at 4:51 of round 2

Preliminary Catchweight (180 lbs.)
Nordine Taleb vs Matt MacGrath
Nordine Taleb defeats Matt McGrath via Technical Knock Out (punches) at 2:30 of round 2

Preliminary Featherweight
Will Romero vs Matt Veal
William Romero defeats Matt Veal via Technical Knock Out (strikes) at 4:22 of round 2

Preliminary Bantamweight
Nick Kirk vs David Harris
David Harris defeats Nick Kirk by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Preliminary Lightweight
Cosmo Alexandre vs Lorawnt Nelson
Cosmo Alexandre defeats Lorawnt Nelson by unanimous decision (30-27×3)

Main Welterweight
Ryan Ford vs Luis Santos
Ryan Ford defeats Luis Santos by Technical Knock Out (knee) at 1:24 of round 2

Main Heavyweight
Damian Grabowski vs Dave Huckaba
Damian Grabowski defeats Dave Huckaba via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)

Main Welterweight tournament semifinal
Ben Saunders vs Bryan Baker
Bryan Baked defeats Ben Saunders by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27×2)

Main Lightweight
Michael Chandler vs Akihiro Gono
Michael Chandler defeats Akihiro Gono by Technical Knock Out (punches) at :56 of round 1

Demetrious Johnson with Stefan Struve - by Heavy

RecapRadio Demetrious Mighty Mouse Johnson Recap

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Demetrious Johnson with Stefan Struve - by Heavy

Demetrious Johnson with Stefan Struve - by Heavy

On the March 27th edition of RecapRadio, hosts Brent Todd and John Petit were once again amazed at a weekend that didn’t involve a UFC card. The show started out with discussions on several UFC stories that were making the rounds.

King Mo Lawal received his punishment earlier in the day for testing positive for a steroid in his Larkin fight back in January. He received a nine month suspension and was fined nearly $40,000. To make matters worse, the ever vocal Lawal went on a tirade about the commission and just hours later was released from his Strikeforce contract.

Discussion about substance abuse testing continued as six fighters were tested for their UFC 146 bout yesterday. Two of the six had failed post-fight exam in the past, and it was not a surprise that the NSAC decided to do pre-event testing for these fighters. The question arose however of Nick Diaz’s case and the argument that he is likely to present about when a competition actually is and testing positive.

We then moved on to talk about UFC 147 and the fight between Chael Sonnen and Anderson Silva. Little was made of the fight itself, but talk of the massive size of the stadium, and if one would want to go to the event live.

The topic then changed to The Ultimate Fighter Live as we discussed the fight with Lawrence and Marcello, Chris Tickle’s antics, and Cruz’s tactic of going after Faber’s top guys.

Bellator ratings were up, largely due to Brent Weedman appearing on the show just weeks earlier. In all kidding aside, we were impressed with all the lightweight fighters and again mentioned how the ratings at this point probably don’t matter much to the folks at Bellator due to the impending move to Spike.

Bellator 63 will feature welterweights and this season isn’t filled with near as many names just due to the fact that Weedman and Hawn both dropped down in weight. We picked our favorites, Lozano, Baker and Saunders and are expecting a combination of those fighters in the finale.

Talk moved on to comparing fighters today with fighters of yesteryear. The question of if today’s UFC heavyweight fighters is as good as the heavyweight fighters from Pride in circa 2005 and we both agreed with the statement that today’s fighters will always be better than those of last year due to fighters evolving.

Demetrious Johnson then appeared on the show to talk about his first fight with McCall, the rematch and much more.

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Will the UFC buy out Bellator at some point?

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This week’s Ask MMA Recap question comes to us from Sean Dunn and asks an intriguing question. Sean asks, “Do you think the UFC will buy out Bellator at some point?”

With Dana White recently stating that he has no problems with Bellator and that he only goes after promotions that “start a fight”, one could think that the two promotions will co-exist for a while. But will that happen?

From what is known about Bellator, their financial situation is just ok at this point in time. All reports indicate that they aren’t losing money, but they aren’t making any either which is a dangerous line to be one. Thankfully Bellator was able to get to this point relatively early in its life.

Bellator’s roster has some great talent on it’s roster which makes the property somewhat valuable. Their champs like Hector Lombard, Eddie Alvarez, and Ben Askren could be good additions as well as fighters such as Pat Curran, Michael Chandler, and Ben Saunders.

The UFC has in the past bought out a promotion just to acquire a talent or two (WFA), but do they really need to have the fighters listed above fighting inside the octagon?

There’s obviously only two choices here, the UFC buys them, or they don’t. If Bellator keeps chugging along doing what they are doing without causing any controversy then they will maintain their number two status in the mma world.

But there’s two ways that the UFC could take notice and decide to squash Bellator: Bellator starts talking a lot of trash about the UFC or signs a big name fighter that the UFC was trying to sign (think Strikeforce getting Fedor) or Bellator’s financials don’t improve and the promotion has no choice but to sell (again, think Strikeforce).

Which scenario is most likely? In my opinion, it is that in the long run, unfortunately, the money is going to run out. Bellator is looking to put on around thirty shows a year with two full seasons of tournaments and one or two “summer/winter series” tournaments.

Just off of those tournaments alone the cost to just pay the winning fighters is around $250,000 per tournament. With four tournaments per season, plus two additional tournaments for the series events, we are looking at around $2.5 million just for the tournament winners per year.

That number doesn’t include any of the fighters who lose, it also doesn’t include any super fights or title fights or any of the undercard. It also doesn’t include any costs to run an event such as announcers, producers, athletic commissions, and so forth.

These estimated numbers are on the low end considering several reports about Bellator’s demise had the cost per show ranging from $200,000-$500,000. When there’s only a couple thousand fans (if that) in attendance, the live gate is not making up those costs.

Bellator has investors, and eventually if it doesn’t start to turn a profit, they will look to sell. It’s at this point that I can see the UFC purchasing the promotion for the contracts of roughly fifteen fighters, while the rest will likely be let go. Let’s not kid ourselves and think that Zuffa will want to run Bellator as a separate promotion like they said they were with Strikeforce.

I will say that I hope that Bellator is able to find a way to turn a profit soon. They put on a great show, have some fantastic talent, and it is ok to be the number two promotion. They will have to move to a different day of the week in order to avoid being counter programmed all the time by the UFC, but I think it can work.

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Andy Main Makes Bellator Debut Against Kenny Foster

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Since his time on season twelve of “The Ultimate Fighter”, Andy Main has toured around the local circuit trying to build up his name to earn a shot in a big promotion.  He will be competing in one of the three main events at Hoosier FIght Club 8, and then three weeks later he makes his Bellator debut against Kenny Foster.

After filming had ended on the twelfth season, Main took a fight at Hoosier Fight Club 6 against Bobby Reardanz.  The fight was an exciting back and forth fight where Main ultimately won via arm bar.  Main then took on Felipe Arantes at UCC 4 Supremacy but the bout was ruled a no contest after main was on the receiving end of an illegal knee in the first round.  Main will take on Adam Ward on August 20 at HFC 8 before heading back east to fight Kenny Foster.


Foster earned a spot in Bellator’s season 4 featherweight tournament by defeating Lester Caslow at Bellator 33.  Foster defeated Eric Larkin in the opening round of the tournament with a beautiful guillotine choke.  He then lost in the semi-finals to Daniel Straus and looks to earn his third victory for Bellator in four fights.

The full Bellator 49 card includes:

  • Dan Hornbuckle vs. Luis Santos (welterweight-tourney opening round)
  • Ben Saunders vs. Rick Hawn (welterweight-tourney opening round)
  • Brent Weedman vs. Chris Lozano (welterweight-tourney opening round)
  • Douglas Lima vs. Steve Carl (welterweight-tourney opening round)
  • Alexandre “Popo” Bezerra vs. Scott Heckman
  • Kenny Foster vs. Andy Main
  • Giedrius Karavackas vs. LeVon Maynard
  • Azunna Anyanwu vs. J.A. Dudley
  • Joel Roberts vs. Brylan Van Artsdalen
George Sotiropoulos

UFC 106 Adds Another Fight

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George Sotiropoulos

George Sotiropoulos

UFC 106 has added another fight to its already impressive card.  Former “Ultimate Fighter” contestants George Sotiropoulos (10-2) and Jason Dent (19-9) have agreed to fight each other on the night’s preliminary card.  According to sources close to the event, both fighters have signed the fight agreement.

Dent has won six of his last seven fights, with his most recent victory coming against Cameron Dollar at “The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale”.  Dent was taking a beating in the stand up game against Dollar, but was able to lock in an anaconda choke with just seconds left in the first round to force the tap out.

Sotiropoulos last competed at UFC 101 where he defeated George Roop in the second round via a kimura.  The win marked his seventh win in eight fights.  Sotiropoulos lone loss during that time comes at the hands of Shinya Aoki.

UFC 106 tickets are available to purchase now.  The event will take place on November 21 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

With the addition of Dent vs. Sotiropoulos, the card now includes:

  • Champ Brock Lesnar vs. Shane Carwin (for UFC heavyweight title)
  • Mark Coleman vs. Tito Ortiz
  • Luiz Cane vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira*
  • Ricardo Almeida vs. Jon Fitch*
  • Dustin Hazelett vs. Karo Parisyan*
  • Marcus Davis vs. Ben Saunders*
  • Phil Baroni vs. Amir Sadollah*
  • Jason Dent vs. George Sotiropoulos*

* – Not officially announced

Ben Saunders

Ben Saunders To Take On Marcus Davis At UFC 106

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Ben Saunders

Ben Saunders

Marcus Davis (16-5) and Ben Saunders (7-1-2) have verbally agreed to fight each other at UFC 106.  The two welterweights are looking to rebound from their most recent losses in what will surely be a tactile stand up war.

Davis most recently lost a split decision to Dan Hardy at “UFC 99: The Comeback”.  Davis has gone 8-3 inside the octagon with notable wins over Chris Lytle, Paul Taylor and Shonie Carter.  His other losses come at the hands of Melvin Guillard and Mike Swick.

Saunders also lost at UFC 99 to Mike Swick.  Swick earned the TKO victory in the second round of the affair.  The loss marked Saunder’s first career loss.  His previous bout with Brandon Wolff at “UFN: Fight for the Troops” was a Muay Thai clinic where Saunders was able to land multiple unanswered knees.

UFC officials recently announced UFC 106 would be taking place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 21.  No fights have been confirmed, but UFC 106 looks to include:

•    Champ Brock Lesnar vs. Shane Carwin
•    Mark Coleman vs. Tito Ortiz
•    Kenny Florian vs. Clay Guida
•    Ricardo Almeida vs. Jon Fitch
•    Dustin Hazelett vs. Karo Parisyan
•    Marcus Davis vs. Ben Saunders
•    Phil Baroni vs. Amir Sadollah