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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.

UFC 148 Is Shaping Up Nicely

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UFC 148 is beginning to shape up nicely and is looking like a brilliant card. The event is set to take place in Las Vegas, Nevada at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, July 7.

With the main event being the rubber match for the bantamweight title between champion Dominick Cruz and long time rival Urijah Faber, the card already has drawing power. With the score tied at 1-1 between the current The Ultimate Fighter coaches this bout looks set to be an explosive affair. Especially when you consider the bitter relationship between the two now being fuelled as they spend more time together than they ever have before during the filming of the reality show. Urijah Faber is the only man to have ever beaten Cruz and is looking to get the belt which he feels he deserves and should be the rightful owner of. Cruz has changed a lot as a fighter since that loss to Faber, which took place at WEC 26 in 2007 in the featherweight division. He will be bringing a ten-fight win streak into this fight.

When you add to the main event the recent additions of Cung Le vs. Rich Franklin; Forrest Griffin vs. Tito Ortiz 3 (in what is set to be Ortiz’ retirement match), Demian Maia vs. Dong Hyun Kim and Michael Bisping vs. Tim Boetsch, this card could end up being the biggest event of the summer.

San Shou icon and former Strikeforce middleweight champion Cung Le looks to rebound after a TKO loss to the legendary Wanderlei Silva with a win over another legend of the sport in the always tough fan favourite Rich “Ace” Franklin. Rich returns to his natural home of middleweight for the bout after fighting at light heavyweight in his previous fights. Franklin is a former middleweight champion and is also looking to get back to winning ways after a loss to Forrest Griffin at UFC 126. Neither fighter has ever lost two in a row in their professional careers and will be looking to keep that record intact.

Tito Ortiz will look to finish his career in style by winning the trilogy with “The Original Ultimate Fighter” Forrest Griffin. These two are almost certainly future UFC hall of famers with both guys helping build the sport and the UFC to what it is today; albeit by totally different methods. Tito was the loudmouthed punk who would trash talk everybody and anybody and do the “Gravedigger” routine at the end of fights, who the fans would love to hate. While Forrest Griffin made history and became a huge favourite for his performance in The Ultimate Fighters original season, finishing it off with a legendary match in the finale with Stephan Bonner. The Griffin-Bonnar one fight is what many believe is the greatest ever MMA fight. Both are still big draws and this is a bout both have wanted for some time to settle the score once and for all. Win, lose or draw both guys will give it their all as always and the fans will no doubt be left with a nostalgic feeling as “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” enters the Octagon for the final time.

Tim Boetsch scored the biggest win of his career in a spectacular come from behind knockout of Yushin Okami at UFC 144 and immediately asked for a top contender to cement his place in the upper echelons of the division. His request was granted with British star Michael Bisping who recently lost a close number-one-contender match against Chael Sonnen. While UFC matchmaker Joe Silva doesn’t usually like to match up a recent winner with a recent loser, Bisping showed a great display against Sonnen and in a win here will most likely go straight back to the front of the pecking order.

Demian Maia makes the drop to welterweight and is met by the ‘Stun Gun’ Dong Hyun Kim. Kim had opened his professional career with a 16-0 record before losing to current interim title holder Carlos Condit. The Korean has since bounced back with a decision win over Sean Pierson whilst Maia enters looking to get back to winning ways after a decision loss to middleweight prospect Chris Weidman.

Another matchup recently announced for the card is a bantamweight fight between the always impressive Renan Barao and Jeff Hougland. Barao is on an unbelievable 29 fight unbeaten streak after losing his first professional bout and is thought to be next in line for a bantamweight title shot. Hougland enters on the back of a nine fight win streak and a recent UFC debut win.

The only other match announced at this time is a middleweight bout between Constantinos Phillipou and DEEP veteran Riki Fukuda.

Stay tuned to MMARecap as more fights are announced.

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Art By JMC Slashes Prices

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Jose Aldo - drawn by Justin McAllister

Jose Aldo – drawn by Justin McAllister

Art By JMC has decided that with the economy hurting the way it is, why should you have to pay more for fantastic artwork? Instead of costing $25 per print before, prices are now just $10 each.

But that’s not all. If you want to purchase the entire set of current UFC champions including Junior Dos Santos, Jon Jones, Anderson Silva, Georges St. Pierre, Frankie Edgar, Jose Aldo, and Dominick Cruz, you can but the entire set for just $50!

And if you want to purchase the entire set of prints, consisting of all seven UFC champions as well as Chuck Liddell, Cain Velasquez, Brock Lesnar, and Nick Diaz, you can for the low price of $77. That’s a savings of $33 for the entire set.

Head on over to now to take advantage of the prices!

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WEC 50 Recap And Results

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WEC 50 Cruz vs Benavidez posterLast night, World Extreme Cagefighting held their 50th show entitled “Cruz vs. Benavidez”.  The night’s action took place at The Pearl inside the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada and the main card was televised on Versus.  Read on for the night’s televised recap as well as full results of the event.

The first night of the fight saw Chicago-based fighter Bart Palaszewski take on Zach Micklewright.  After a back and forth opening round, Palaszewski’s corner told him to wake up.  Palaszewski listened to his corner as he needed just 31 seconds in the second round to earn the TKO victory over Micklewright.

Scott Jorgensen continued his winning streak and more than likely picked up a fight of the night bonus against Brad Pickett.  The three round war saw both fighters landing big punches that hurt the other.  But neither fight would go down and unlike many opponents, the two of them pushed forward after being rocked instead of backing away.  Jorgensen’s wrestling and takedowns proved to be the difference as he would use them to secure the scores on the judges’ score cards.

Cub Swanson wanted to keep his fight standing against Chad Mendes, and it looked like Mendes would comply.  But after eating a couple of shots from Swanson, Mendes went back to his superior wrestling roots and used takedowns and ground and pound through out the three rounds.  With less than a minute left, Swanson threw massive punches to try and earn the victory, but Mendes just scooped him up and took him down to earn the judges’ decision.

Another exciting matchup was next between Anthony Pettis and Shane Roller.  Pettis who is known for his flashy attacks let some fly in the fight.  A great spinning hook kick landed on the back of Roller’s neck briefly wobbling him in the first round.  At the end of the first Pettis nearly scored again with a spinning kick from the ground.  In the second round Roller was able to put Pettis on his back, but Pettis would quickly escape.  The third round Roller took Pettis to the ground and worked some great ground and pound before Pettis was able to get up.  With just seconds left in the fight Roller attempted an arm-in guillotine, but Pettis was able to roll out of it and secure a triangle choke of his own.  Under ten seconds and Pettis squeezed the choke forcing Roller to tap.

The main event featured a rematch between Dominick Cruz and Joseph Benavidez, only this time it was for the belt.  The five round fight was non-stop from the beginning bell to the closing bell.  Cruz worked his light and quick feet to attack Benavidez from multiple angels, but Benavidez did his homework, as he was able to counter many of his opponent’s attacks.  Cruz would score takedowns sporadically through out the fight to help ensure he would get the points for the round.  After the five round fight MMA Recap had it 48-47 for the champion but the judges were slightly different as they were split in who should win.  In the end though, the champion defended his belt with judges’ scorecards of 47-48, 48-47 and 49-46.

Quick Results:

  • Champ Dominick Cruz def. Joseph Benavidez via split decision (47-48, 48-47, 49-46) (retains bantamweight title)
  • Anthony Pettis def. Shane Roller via submission (triangle choke) – Round 3, 4:51
  • Chad Mendes def. Cub Swanson via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Scott Jorgensen def. Brad Pickett via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Bart Palaszewski def. Zach Micklewright via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 0:31
  • Maciej Jewtuszko def. Anthony Njokuani via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 1:35
  • Javier Vazquez def. Mackens Semerzier via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 1:35
  • Ricardo Lamas def. Dave Jansen via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Fredson Paixao def. Bryan Caraway via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Danny Castillo def. Dustin Poirier via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)


Cole Province

“WEC 42: Torres Vs. Bowles” Drug Test Results

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Cole Province

Cole Province

Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Kieth Kizer confirmed post fight drug test results to MMAFanhouse.  Only featherweight Cole Province, who was victorious in his fight against Fredson Paixao tested positive.

Cole Province tested postive for Methasterone Metabolite.  Methasterone has been banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency since 2005 and was regarded as a “designer steroid” that was used as a dietary supplement.

Among the other fighters who were randomly tested and came back clean are: Miguel Torres, Brian Bowles, Dominick Cruz, Takeya Mizugaki, Leonard Garcia, Shane Roller, Ed Ratcliff and Diego Nunes.

Keith Kizer also stated that at this time there is a possibility that Province’s win could be changed to a no contest as well as receive a full suspension and fine.

“WEC 42: Torres vs Bowles” Salaries

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Miguel Torres was the top earner at “WEC 42: Torres vs Bowles” with a salary of $26,000.  Total payout for the event that took place on August 9 from the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada was $235,000.  Nevada State Athletic Commission executive directory Keith Kizer confirmed the numbers to

These numbers do not include the $40,000 in fighter bonuses that were issued at the end of the night.  Brian Bowles, Dominic Cruz, Joseph Benavidez and Rani Yahya each earned an extra $10,000 in bonuses.

Full payouts below:
Brian Bowles: $18,000 (includes $9,000 win bonus)
def. Miguel Torres: $26,000

Dominick Cruz: $14,000 (includes $7,000 win bonus)
def. Joseph Benavidez: $12,500

Danny Castillo: $14,000 (includes $7,000 win bonus)
def. Ricardo Lamas: $4,000

Takeya Mizugaki: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus)
def. Jeff Curran: $8,000

Leonard Garcia: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Jameel Massouh: $3,000

Cole Province: $6,000 (includes $3,000 win bonus)
def. Fredson Paixao: $2,000

Shane Roller: $21,200 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Marcus Hicks: $6,800

Ed Ratcliff: $14,000 (includes $7,000 win bonus)
def. Phil Cardella: $3,000

Rani Yahya: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. John Hosman: $3,000

Diego Nunes: $8,000 (includes $4,000 win bonus)
def. Rafael Dias: $4,000

L.C. Davis: $10,000 (includes $5,000 win bonus)
def. Javier Vazquez: $6,000

Roller was contracted to earn $10,000 in show money, while Hicks was scheduled to make $8,000. When Hicks was unable to make the contracted weight of 156 pounds at Saturday’s weigh-ins, the two parties agreed to a catchweight bout of 159 pounds, and Roller was awarded 15 percent (or $1,200) of his opponent’s show money.

The figures do not necessarily include deductions for items such as insurance, licenses, and taxes.  Additionally the figures do not include money paid by sponsors or any bonuses issued which can be a substantial portion of a fighter’s income.

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“WEC 42: Torres vs. Bowles” Results and Bonuses

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wec 42 poster“WEC 42: Torres vs. Bowles” took place on Sunday August 9 live from The Joint at The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The WEC handed out $10,000 bonuses to four fighters for “Fight Of the Night”, “Submission Of the Night”, and “Knock Out Of the Night”.

Brian Bowles earned the night’s “Knock Out of the Night” award at just 3:57 in the first round against former champ Miguel Torres.

Rani Yahya’s north south choke submission over John Hosman earned Yahya the “Submission of the Night” check.  Yahya needed only 2:08 in the first round to submit Hosman.

Dominick Cruz vs Joseph Benavidez was announced as a bantamweight number one contender’s bout and did not disappoint.  The action never stopped from the opening bell to the closing seconds.  Cruz was able to better his opponent with his reach advantage and take downs to earn the unanimous decision victory.

Full results of “WEC 42: Torres vs. Bowles” below:

•    Brian Bowles def. Miguel Torres via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 3:57 (to become new WEC bantamweight champ)
•    Dominick Cruz def. Joseph Benavidez via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
•    Danny Castillo def. Ricardo Lamas via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 4:15
•    Takeya Mizugaki def. Jeff Curran via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)


•    Leonard Garcia def. Jameel Massouh via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
•    Cole Province def. Fredson Paixao via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
•    Shane Roller def. Marcus Hicks via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
•    Ed Ratcliff def. Phil Cardella via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
•    Rani Yahya def. John Hosman via submission (north-south choke) – Round 1, 2:08
•    Diego Nunes def. Rafael Dias via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
•    L.C. Davis def. Javier Vazquez via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)