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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.

RecapRadio: Morning Commute 10-29-2012

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Michael Bisping - via

Michael Bisping – via

Today’s morning commute features Bellator 78 results, Rampage Jackson on coaching The Ultimate Fighter, Eddie Alvarez’s contract and more.  The day in history takes us back to 2005 for an event that featured three fighters who are now fairly well known.  Give it a listen in the player below, or download it to your computer to listen to later.

RecapRadio: Morning Commute 10-15-2012

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Jon Fitch - via

Jon Fitch – via

Today’s edition of MMARecap’s Morning Commute is heavily fight result favored with stories on Eddie Alvarez at Bellator 76, Anderson Silva, Jon Fitch and Glover Teixeira at UFC 153 and Alistair Overeem has been dubbed the next to challenge for the title. All this, plus two events for our this day in history lesson. Give it a listen in the player below, or download it for a later date.

Highs, Lows, and Oh-No’s: Bellator 76 Edition

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Bellator 76 Poster

Bellator 76 Poster

The third event during Bellator’s seventh season is in the books and what a way to kick off the featherweight tournament. All the action took place in Windsor, Canada.

Wagnney Fabiano submitting Akop Stepanyan in the first round. The former WEC star made his Bellator debut and reminded everyone how good he truly is. Originally tapped to fight during the season six featherweight tournament, an injury delayed his return to the cage. Nearly two years since his last fight, Fabiano was relentless with his takedown attempts. Once he got Stepanyan to the canvas, he locked in a fight ending armbar and told everyone he was the man to beat in the tournament.

Unlike Bellator’s heavyweight division where the champ forfeited his title and the tournament is going to crown a new champ, Bellator’s featherweight division is starting to stack up challenger after challenger. The mess started back in 2011 as then champ Joe Warren expressed an interest in fighting in the bantamweight tournament. He won the title in September of 2010 and then fought Marcos Galvao in April of 2011 in a non-title fight. Patricio Freire won the right to challenge Warren a month later, but because Warren was set to fight in the bantamweight tournament, the fight was put on hold. Bellator proceeded with another featherweight tournament that summer in which Pat Curran won the right to challenge the winner of the as yet to be determined Warren-Freire fight. Freire got injured and Curran was able to step in and become champ. Curran’s first defense was to be against Freire in August of 2012, but Curran suffered an injury. While the fight with Curran and Freire was being promoted, Daniel Straus was able to win the season six featherweight tournament and earn his right to challenge for the title. Now with Curran recovering from an injury, two number one contenders and a soon to be third, the featherweight division is too stacked at this point in time.

It’s no secret that Eddie Alvarez was at the end of his Bellator contract. Arguably the face of the promotion since the first season, Alvarez had been promoted as the best lightweight in the world. Even after suffering his loss to Michael Chandler, he was still promoted as a top three lightweight by Bellator. But now, one of the long time staples is about to hit the free market and it couldn’t have come with a better send off for Alvarez. Bellator paired him off against Patricky Freire for his last fight as Freire has heavy hands and if someone was going to give Alvarez a fight it was him. And while Freire did catch Alvarez at one point and had him stumbling around on weak legs, Alvarez was able to recover and knock Freire out with just six seconds left in the first round. While Bellator would have a hard time matching ANY offer made to Alvarez by the UFC, Alvarez just made his services even more valuable. Both Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta both tweeted at Alvarez that they were excited to talk to the lightweight. Bellator will be able to recover from the loss of a single fighter, but it still is unfortunate to see a long-time fan-favorite of an organization possibly go to the competition.

Bellator 76 Quick Results

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Bellator 76 Poster

Bellator 76 Poster

Another week and another exciting Bellator card.  Bellator 76 took place up in Windsor Ontario Canada at the Windsor Casino.  The night of action featured the quarterfinals of the season seven featherweight tournament as well as an exciting lightweight matchup between Eddie Alvarez and Patricky Pitbull Freire.

Quick Results

  • Eddie Alvarez defeated Patricky “Pitbull” Freire by knockout at 4:54 of round one
  • Rad Martinez defeated Nazareno Malegarie by unanimous decision 30-27, 30-27, 30-27
  • Wagnney Fabiano defeated Akop Stepanyan by armbar at 3:24 of round one
  • Mike Richman defeated Jeremy Spoon by knockout at 0:22 of round one
  • Shahbulat Shamhalaev defeated Cody Bollinger by technical knockout at 4:49 of round one
  • Jason Fischer defeated Kyle Prepolec by arm-triangle choke at 3:19 of round three
  • Chad Laprise defeated Ainsley Robinson by unanimous decision 30-27, 30-27, 30-27
  • Ali Mokdad defeated Simon Marini by unanimous decision 29-28, 29-28, 29-28
  • Dom O’Grady defeated A.J. Matthews by unanimous decision 29-28, 28-29, 29-28
  • Magomedrasul Khasbulaev defeated Nayeb Hezam by technical knockout at 0:24 of round one

RecapRadio: Morning Commute 10-12-2012

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WEC 24 Poster

WEC 24 Poster

It doesn’t seem possible that three days in a row in October would have significant days in history, but none-the-less, they do. Today’s history lesson features WEC 24 for a very special reason. The rest of the report includes an update on Dana White’s Meniere’s disease, Joe Silva talks about cutting DaMarques Johnson, and Bellator 76 news and sound bites. All that can be listened using the player below or download it for later listening on your iPod.

Bellator 76 Weigh-In Results

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Patricky Pitbull Freire vs Eddie Alvarez at Bellator 76 Weigh-Ins - via Bellator

Patricky Pitbull Freire vs Eddie Alvarez at Bellator 76 Weigh-Ins – via Bellator

The weigh-ins for Bellator 76 took place at Ceasers Windsor in Windsor Ontario Canada which also hosts tonight’s fights. The night of action will air live on MTV 2 while also streaming on

All the focus is of course on Eddie Alvarez as this is his last fight on his contract. He has no easy task in front of him as he is set to go to battle Patricky Pitbull Freire. All fighters, including the featherweight tournament quarterfinalists successfully made weight.

The full weigh-in results are:
Featherweight Feature Fight: Eddie Alvarez (154.4) vs. Patricky Pitbull (154.8)
Featherweight Tournament Quarterfinal Fight: Rad Martinez (146) vs. Nazareno Malegarie (145.8)
Featherweight Tournament Quarterfinal Fight: Mike Richman (145.4) vs. Jeremy Spoon (146)
Featherweight Tournament Quarterfinal Fight: Shabulat Shamhalaev (145.6) vs. Cody Bollinger (146)
Featherweight Tournament Quarterfinal Fight: Wagnney Fabiano (145.8) vs. Akop Stepanyan (146)
Lightweight Feature Fight: Jason Fischer (155.6) vs. Kyle Prepolec (155.6)
Lightweight Feature Fight:  Ainsley Robinson (156) vs. Chad Laprise (155.4)
Middleweight Feature Fight: Ali Mokdad (184.8) vs. Simon Marini (185.6)
Welterweight Feature Fight: Domonic O’Grady (170.8) vs. AJ Matthews (170.4)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Nayeb Hezam (145.8) vs. Magomedrasul Khasbulaev (146)

Ask MMARecap: Will Bellator’s Format Be Their Downfall?

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Ask MMARecap is back and this week’s question comes to us from Dave Ellinger out in California. He asks a valid question, one that has been debated time and time again about the number two promotion, Bellator.

Dave asks, “I like the tournament basis to help find a title contender, but I think it will be their downfall if they continue this trend of ONLY tournament winners fighting for the title. It leaves the champ not defending their title enough and more importantly long time champs that lose their title are thrown all the way at the bottom with no chance to fight for the title unless they win the whole tournament. That is disrespectful in my opinion, what’s your take?

There are a couple of levels to this question and hopefully I can answer all of them. First, for those that don’t know what Bellator’s tournament format is (are you living under a rock?) here’s the gist. Each season eight fighters in various weight classes compete against each other with the winner fighting the current champ or possibly fighting another season’s winner to crown a new champion. Bellator’s modo is “Where championships are earned, not given away”.

This format made so much sense when the promotion first started. It was an easy way over the course of three months to determine who the champs would be. It also provided us with several amazing fights through out the course of the season. Now that Bellator is about to kick off their seventh season (plus two mini Summer Series seasons) the question about champs defending their belts is becoming more relevant.

For the most part, each season has hosted only four different weight classes and with two seasons a year, that makes for a champ only being able to defend his title a single time in the course of the year and fight in a non-title fight the rest (be it inside Bellator or at another promotion).

But that’s about to change according Bjorn Rebney, CEO of Bellator. He recently spoke to MMAJunkie about the move to SpikeTV in 2013 and part of the plan is to expand to six tournaments per season. There are eight titles and with six tournaments going during the course of a season, that would make the majority of the belts defended at least twice a year. The motive Bjorn said is that UFC champs typically fight 2-3 times per year and that’s what he is wanting his champs to do.

So now that we have a system in place for the champs to fight more often, then the question is how quickly should the champs fight provided there is a contender. My answer is the sooner the better. It has been proven time and time again, that if you wait for a fight to happen, something is bound to screw it up. And then when that original fight finally materializes the same level of drama or appeal might not be there or the fighters themselves are different (think Evans vs Jones or Liddell vs Silva).

Now let’s break down the questions that Dave really asked. The first being implied that Bellator should allow non-tournament fighters the chance to fight for the belt. The question I have as an answer is why? The tournament gives us a clear cut number one contender and in the case of the current featherweights, two number one contenders. No one can argue that someone other than Patricio Freire and Daniel Straus should be fighting Pat Curran in Bellator.

But of course there’s the flipside, like when Ben Askren won a close decision against Jay Hieron. Hieron wanted a rematch, but was told he had to go do the tournament. He opted to get out of his Bellator contract instead. Or the case of Eddie Alvarez, the first lightweight champ who arguably could make the best case for a rematch after his loss to Chandler.

But if a rematch is going to be granted, or non-tournament winners given a title shot, that lessens the value of the tournament and what Bellator is about. It’s a little different with other sports where championships are given each year, but imagine if the NFL automatically gave one of the Superbowl spots to the defending champ? Or imagine if the NFL decided that this years Superbowl was going to feature the Giants versus the Broncos just because they want a Manning versus Manning Superbowl. It just doesn’t make sense.

In fighting, you have a champ who should defend his belt as often as he can against the next best guy at that point in time. Bellator’s tournament format allows that to happen. I am more intrigued by a Bellator champ defending his belt than what is going to take place in a couple weeks at UFC 152 between Jon Jones and Vitor Belfort. As I stated in a previous article, champs and title contenders should be ready at any time. So no, I don’t think it will be their downfall.

Now to the second part of that question about long time champs who lose their belt having to go to the back of the line so to speak. This also holds true for tournament winners, as previously mentioned with Hieron. Do I think that a champ who loses his belt should have to go to the back of the line? Yes. And here’s why.

I HATE immediate rematches. I think the only time one could make a case for an immediate rematch is if the fight was ruled a no-contest or a draw. Even the later I am not 100% on board with. If you are the challenger, you must beat the champ to win. Now I don’t mean you have to finish the champ, or lay an ass whooping on the champ. You just have to have your hand raised at the end of the fight. Even if it is the most boring fight ever, if you are the challenger, and the judges saw you winning the fight, you won the fight.

So if you lost, you lost. That means you should be heading not necessarily to the back of the line (in the UFC that’s a very long way), but definitely not the next person to challenge for the belt. And since Bellator is about earning your title shot, what better way than to do it the way you did before, by fighting three times in twelve weeks and proving that you are the number one contender.

There is an added benefit of fighting in the tournament and winning it, the pay. Several Bellator fighters both on and off record have stated that winning the tournament was huge for their financial outcome, but that fighting for the title, or even defending the title, wasn’t near as profitable.

While the numbers are not available for what the fighters make per fight, one only has to look at Pat Curran’s career in Bellator. In 2010 he fought three times and won all three fights earning $100,000 for the three fights. Then he fought Eddie Alvarez and lost. Odds are likely that he did not make that kind of money for his losing performance. After he entered the next tournament and again won three fights and again earning $100,000. Did he earn $33,000 from Bellator for the Warren victory? I don’t know. What I do know is other title contenders and holders off record have stated that it would be better for financially to fight in the tournament, win, lose the title, then do another tournament.

Finally, the question of is it disrespectful to the former champs to not earn an immediate rematch. I say it depends on how that fighter is then marketed. If the new champ is marketed as the savior and the former champ as a villain, then yes. If however the former champ is marketed as the former champ and should be treated as such, then no. Look at Peyton Manning, the guy is one of the best quarterbacks of all time. This season, after multiple surgeries and a new team, many NFL experts are quick to point out, a Peyton Manning at 80% is still better than almost all the quarterbacks in the league.

I am not saying that certain champs shouldn’t have the right to ask for an immediate rematch, but if the rules of the game say you can’t have one, then you can’t have one. And that is what makes Bellator so exciting. Every fighter who competes in the tournament knows they are just three fights away from a title shot. There are fighters who are completely fine with having to go back and try again, look at Daniel Straus who nearly won his first attempt, lost in the finals, then came back the next season to win. Or a guy like Lyman Good who was the champ and now is trying to earn his way back. Or Ben Saunders who keeps on trying and entertaining the fans the entire way.

What makes Bellator stand out from the UFC and other shows is the tournament format. It provides a clear cut number one contender. People like tournaments to determine who is the best. It’s why college football is moving to a playoff schedule starting in 2014.

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Bellator 76 Adds Eddie Alvarez vs Patricky “Pitbull” Freire

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Eddie Alvarez has a single fight left on his current Bellator contract and many wondered if he was going to even fight before it expired. Earlier in the week Alvarez confirmed he would honor the last fight on the contract and was slotted to fight at Bellator 76 against an unnamed opponent. Now, the former lightweight champion not only has a date and location for his fight, but knows who will be standing across from him inside the cage: Patricky “Pitbull” Freire.

Freire, not to be confused with his brother, Patricio, entered Bellator after putting together a 7-1 record in Brazil. He faced Rob mcCullough in the opening round of the lightweight tournament and earned the technical knockout victory in the third round.

He followed it up with a devastating flying knee and punch combo that dropped Toby Imada unconscious and was one of the highlights of the fourth season of Bellator. In the finals he met Michael Chandler and lost a unanimous decision. He rebounded with a win over Kurt Pellegrino and entered the tournament again only to lose to Lloyd Woodard.

Alvarez, practically the face of Bellator having competed since the very first show was a dominant force for the promotion. After winning the first season’s lightweight tournament with victories over Greg Loughran, Eric Reynolds and Toby Imada, he put together a four-fight win streak.

The victories include submitting Katsunori Kikuno at Dream, submitting Josh Neer with a rear naked choke, forcing a doctor to stop the fight against Roger Huerta, and a unanimous decision over Pat Curran who had won the right to challenge for the title.

After defeating Curran, Alvarez’s next title defense against Michael Chandler who had bested Freire to earn the shot. Chandler was the better fighter that night, and in the fourth round took Alvarez’s back and submitted him.

With only two fight’s left on his contract, Alvarez opted to not fight in the tournament to try and regain his title, but instead opted for super fights. The first was a rematch against Shinya Aoki. The first time the two met, Aoki got the better of Alvarez and submitted him in ninety-two seconds. Alvarez sought revenge and got it as he earned the technical knockout just past the two minute mark.

If this is the last fight for Alvarez under the Bellator banner, it could be the fight of the year for Bellator. Both Alvarez and Freire are known for their stand up and aren’t afraid to go toe-to-toe with their opponents.

Bellator 76 takes place on Friday, October 12 at Caesers Windsor Hotel & Casino in Ontario, Canada. No other fights have been announced for the card yet.