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UFC on Fox 18: Johnson vs Bader Betting Advice

Written by MMARecap Staff on . Posted in Betting Advice

Johnson-Bader-poster-750The third UFC card of 2016 is upon us and it will be headlined by what should be a number one contender’s fight between Anthony Johnson and Ryan Bader. Last event, UFN 81 we had a great result with 100.46% ROI. This event we aren’t as fortunate to have as many underdogs winning on our model and the max we could win is roughly 55% ROI. You can track all of our results at CapperTek.

Alright here are our bets. Remember these are still free, but as of February we will only be providing one free bet while the rest will be behind the paywall.

Anthony Johnson 3 units @ -350 to win .86 units
Josh Barnet 2 units @ -135 to win 1.48 units
Jimmie Rivera 1 unit @ -170 to win .59 units
Olivier Aubin-Mercier 3 units @ -290 to win 1.03 units
Kevin Casey 1 unit @ +140 to win 1.4 units
George Sullivan 1 unit @ +110 to win 1.1 units
Evan Makashvili 2 units @ -310 to win .65 units

Total units bet: 13
Total potential to win: 7.11
Possible ROI: 54.67%

Side bet that we really aren’t betting; parlay of all 7 fights. $1 to win $32.08. We know that being 100% is very difficult, and we don’t believe in parlays really. We just find it fun to play the “what if we get them all right” game.

Update: We got great odds on Johnson at -260 so we bet big on him at 10 units to win 3.85 so we took it.

Episode 1: MMARecap Weekly Recap

Written by MMARecap Staff on . Posted in RecapRadio

MMARecap is back with a brand new weekly podcast. This is the only incarnation that makes sense for bringing back MMARecap so look for a new podcast on Sunday night or Monday morning of each week. Please leave feedback below and it could be read on the next week’s show. This week’s topics include results from UFC 160, CFA 11, Fightcard Massacre 2013, and Praetorian Fighting Championships 1. Then the news of the week covers fighters retiring, being signed, and involved in lawsuits. The show then goes on to talk about fight announcements and is finished with listener feedback. Sit back and enjoy.

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Strikeforce: Barnett vs Cormier Recap

Written by MMARecap Staff on . Posted in News

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“Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Cormier” took place Saturday night from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California and featured a main event headliner of former UFC champion Josh Barnett taking on unbeaten former Olympic Wrestler Daniel Cormier in the Heavyweight Grand-Prix final. The event also featured a lightweight title fight between champ Gil “El Nino” Melendez and long-term rival Josh Thomson as well as former champion Rafael ‘Feijao’ Cavalcante taking on former foe Mike Kyle in a rematch.


These two had met once before, back in 2009 at “Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields” with Kyle knocking ‘Feijao’ out in the second round. This one was not to go the same way. Cavalcante came out quickly and landed a knee up the middle that sent Kyle back against the cage before following up with a barrage of punches which sent him to the canvas. The Brazilian then sunk in a guillotine choke and, despite Kyle’s best efforts to escape it, he was forced to tap at just 33 seconds of the first round.

Feijao is now 12-3 in his career and has won two straight since dropping the light-heavyweight title to Dan Henderson back in March 2011.

Mike Kyle falls to 19-9-1 with 1 no contest in his pro career.


Gilbert Melendez and Josh Thomson are no strangers to each other, having fought for 50 minutes against each other in two previous meeting (split 1-1) for the Strikeforce lightweight title.

The rubber match did not disappoint as they once again put on a show against each other for the full 25 minutes.

Thomson opened up the first round as the more active fighter, working well on the feet and earning a trip takedown. Melendez quickly got back to his feet controlled the cage for the rest of the round before scoring a knockdown in the closing seconds of a close first round.

Melendez looked to get in close in the second round as he looked to land shots from the clinch and take it to the ground. Thomson exhibited his takedown defense for much of the round but, with a minute left in the round, Melendez drove in and finally landed one before landing some shots as Thomson scrambled up to his feet.
The third round saw them go to war as they exchanged big shots on the feet before Thomson scored a brief trip takedown. Melendez came back with big blows on the inside as they both staked a claim for another very tight round.

The fourth round saw the rounds even up 1-1 with 2 close rounds as Thomson came close to finishing Melendez. “El Nino” did manage to land a big takedown, but couldn’t hold keep his rival on the ground. Thomson got back to his feet and worked another trip takedown before transitioning to Melendez’ back. There, Thomson worked for the rear-naked choke; coming just inches from locking it in but Melendez somehow fought them off and made it in to the fifth and final round.

Melendez opened up the final round with a quick takedown, but again just couldn’t keep his opponent down as Thomson got back to his feet, composed himself and landed some punches in close. He again showed his takedown defense before landing another trip, finishing the fight in top position. Another close fight between the two going to a decision and it could easily have gone either way.

The judges gave the win to Gilbert “El Nino” Melendez via split decision with scores of 48-47, 47-48 and 48-47 but there should be no doubts that the fight could just as easily have gone the other way and there could have been no arguments. It was that close.

Melendez (21-2) retains his belt, takes his current win streak to 7 and comes out on top in the Melendez-Thomson trilogy.

Melendez also said he considers the battle between the two over and has no interest in a fourth fight with Thomson.

“I don’t have any interest in fighting Josh again. This was the end of the trilogy, and it was supposed to settle it. Maybe if they offer me double or triple the purse I would consider it, but otherwise it’s on to the next one.”

Thomson (19-5), who is now just 3-3 in his last six fights, said he doesn’t blame Melendez for calling it time on their rivalry, stating; “I wouldn’t want to fight me a fourth time either if I was him.”

It can surely only be a matter of time before Melendez is moved over to the UFC lightweight division for some unbelievably exciting fights with some of the top guys in the world.


The Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand-Prix had been running since February 2011 and had featured some of the biggest names in the business in the brackets.
In the quarter-finals Fedor Emelianenko had been shockingly eliminated in a devastating loss to Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva, Arlovski was knocked out (literally) by Sergei Kharitonov, Josh Barnett had advanced by submitting Brett Rogers and Alistair Overeem had eliminated Fabricio Werdum, only to be cut from the tournament and Strikeforce after refusing a fight date in September because he felt he wouldn’t be fit for it.

The Overeem release meant there was an open slot for one of the many heavyweights who had been competing in the tournaments reserve bouts. It came down to Cormier, Valentijn Overeem, Chad Griggs and Shane Del Rosario. Cormier was given the opportunity which has changed his life.

Daniel Cormier stepped up to face Antonio Silva, the man who had just eliminated the legendary Fedor. The relatively unknown Cormier came in as a big underdog to Silva but pulled of a big upset by knocking Silva out in the first round. That same night featured a headliner of Josh Barnett choking out Sergei Kharitonov to set up Barnett vs. Cormier in the tournament final.

Barnett came in to the fight with on the back of an 8-fight win streak and was the favourite against the unbeaten Cormier.

Cormier looked extremely relaxed throughout the fight and looked to utilize his ever improving boxing game, staying inside and punishing Barnett with punches and knees to the body and head while Barnett looked to work behind his jab and look for potential submissions whenever the fight hit the ground.

The boxing continued throughout the first and second round with Cormier mostly winning the exchanges until, halfway through the second round, Cormier shot in with a single leg and forced the fight to the mat. Barnett stayed busy on his back and looked for various submission attempts but Cormier answered with elbows from the top and opened up cuts on Barnett’s face.

Cormier went back to his boxing in the third round before putting Barnett on his back again with a big high-crotch slam. Barnett forced his way back to his feet but Cormier landed a big high kick flush and swarmed with a flurry of shots. Barnett looked covered up and somehow survived the round.

Cormier had never been in the championship rounds but you wouldn’t have known that to watch the fight. Cormier continued to fire off high kicks and punches to the body and head. Barnett, to his credit, continued to move forward and engage in the battle (at one point attempting a spinning back fist) and looked to pick up a comeback win late in the round by nearly locking out a heel hook. Cormier managed to escape and take top position to end the round.

The fifth round was little more than an inconvenience on Cormier’s way to the win as he outworked the more experience Barnett and controlled him up against the cage for much of the round before the bell rang and Cormier was named the winner of the tournament he wasn’t even originally a part of.

Cormier now moves to 10-0 as a professional and has made a huge name for himself with the tournament win. It is only a matter of time before we see him face the top talent in the UFC but he is expected to fight once more under the Strikeforce banner before they erase their heavyweight division once and for all. Josh Barnett (31-6) sees his eight-fight win streak snapped and his future is now uncertain.

Full Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Cormier results
Daniel Cormier def. Josh Barnett via unanimous decision (49-46, 50-45, 50-45)
Gilbert Melendez def. Josh Thomson via split decision (48-47, 47-48, 48-47) – Strikeforce lightweight title fight
Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante def. Mike Kyle via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 0:33
Chris Spang def. Nah-Shon Burrell via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 1:55
Isaac Vallie-Flagg def. Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Guto Inocente def. Virgil Zwicker via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Gian Villante def. Derrick Mehmen via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Quinn Mulhern def. Yuri Villefort via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)
Bobby Green def. James Terry via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

Strikeforce World Grand Prix Results

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The Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix finally came to a conclusion Saturday night at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. Although the event was far from a sell out, those in attendance and those who watched at home on Showtime were treated to an excellent night of MMA. Underdog Daniel Cormier was able to defeat Josh Barnett via unanimous decision to take home the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix title. In the co-main event it was Gilbert Melendez who defeated Josh Thompson by a razor thin decision to retain his Strikeforce Lightweight championship.

Below are the full results for the entire card.

Main card (Showtime)

Heavyweight Championship bout:
Josh Barnett vs. Daniel Cormier
Daniel Cormier defeats Josh Barnett by unanimous decision (48-46, 50-45, 50-45)

Lightweight Championship bout
Gilbert Melendez (c) vs. Josh Thomson
Gilbet Melendez defeats Josh Thompson by split decision (48-47, 47-48, 48-47)

Light Heavyweight bout
Rafael Cavalcante vs. Mike Kyle
Rafael Cavalcante defeats Mike Kyle by submission (guillotine choke) at :33 of round 1

Welterweight bout
Nah-Shon Burrell vs. Chris Spang
Chris Spang defeats Nah-Shon Burrell by knock out (knees) at 1:35 of round 1

Preliminary card (Showtime Extreme)

Lightweight bout
Gesias Cavalcante vs. Isaac Vallie-Flagg
Isaac Vallie-Flagg defeats Gesias Cavalcante by Split Decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)

Light Heavyweight bout
Virgil Zwicker vs. Carlos Inocente
Guto Inocente defeats Virgil Zwicker by unanimous decision (29-28×2, 30-27)

Light Heavyweight bout
Gian Villante vs. Derrick Mehmen
Gian Villante defeats Derrick Mehmen by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27×2)

Welterweight bout:
Quinn Mulhern vs. Yuri Villefort
Quinn Mulhern defeats Yuri Villefort by split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)

Lightweight bout:
James Terry vs. Bobby Green
Bobby Green defeats James Terry by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

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Barnett vs Cormier Preview and Prediction

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Strikeforce: Barnett vs Cormier will take place on May 19, 2012 at the HP Pavillion in San Jose, California. The card marks the final of a prolonged Strikeforce heavyweight tournament. It was highly rumored that the winner of Josh Barnett vs Daniel Cormier was getting an immediate entry into the UFC, but recent statements from Strikefore executives have said otherwise.

At the outset of the tournament, Cormier wasn’t even a participant. Everyone’s two top picks were Alistair Overeem and Fedor Emelianenko; neither of which had more than one fight in the bracket. Overeem’s departure lead to the Olympic wrestler stepping in and Knocking out Antonio Silva, instantly promoting him into the final. With the event set in San Jose, not only does Cormier have a jolt of momentum behind him, but he has home-field advantage as well.

Barnett is one of the most veteran MMA fighters in the sport today. To put this into perspective, he was the UFC heavyweight champion in 2002 at UFC 36 and now sits at an impressive 31-5. Barnett is a catch-wrester who has shown to have very dangerous striking if you are not careful. He has most recently dominated Brett Rogers and Sergi Kharitonov to earn his spot in the final.

I will be very interested to see what kind of game-plan Barnett chooses to employ. Many think that he may be forced to stand and kick-box, and I think he knows that as well. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Barnett try to surprise Cormier with some heavy leg kicks and stiff, stright boxing, setting up take-down attempts. In heated scrambling situations, don’t be surprised to see Barnett dive for leg-locks.

Cormier will likely look to mix up his boxing with his wrestling. He has recently shown major leaps forward in his striking ability, winning his last two fights on-the-feet. Expect him to try and slip under the longer strikes of Barnett and use Barnett’s leg kicks as take-down opportunities. Barnett can never get too comfortable striking, because Cormier may be very able to take him down at will.

The striking will be decided on how much pressure Cormier is trying to put on. If he is rushing Barnett, expect Barnett to counter-box and jump on submissions if they present themselves during take-downs (guillotines, kimuras, leg-locks). If Cormier is being a mobile target on the outside, expect Barnett to blast him with kicks and keep him at a jabs length.

If this fight finds it’s way to the ground as I expect it to, the battle will quickly be Cormier looking for ground-and-pound and Barnett looking for submissions. If Cormier leaves something open, you can bet that Barnett will jump on it instantly. Wrestlers have historically had problems with leg-locks when facing a high-level submission specialist – and history repeats itself.

My official prediction is Josh Barnett by submission (heel hook)