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UFC 195 Betting Results

Written by MMARecap Staff on . Posted in Betting Results

The first fight of 2016 is in the books. We made nine bets on the card and went 5-4 but were profitable by 2.82 units or a ROI of 15.67%. The night of action was headlined by Robbie Lawler defending his belt against Carlos Condit. Let’s get onto our results.

First up we will tackle our losing bets. Drew Dober defeated Scott Holtzman via unanimous decision. By our model, Dober should have been outclassed by Holtzman’s takedowns, but it was Dober who surprised many with his take downs of Holtzman. We had a single unit bet on Holtzman and of course lost that unit.

We then had Kyle Noke taking on late notice replacement Alex Morono. Statistically speaking, short notice UFC debut fighters lose a lot more than they win. It is why Noke was a near 3 to 1 favorite over Morono and we bet 1.5 units on Noke to win. A close split decision loss for Noke and for us.

Abel Trujillo surprised everyone with his quick finish of Tony Sims. Stylistically Sims was the younger, faster fighter, but Trujillo got a much needed win but we lost 1.5 units on this fight.

Our last loss on the night was Andrei Arlovski. While the “old” Arlovski was not favored at all in this fight, his resurgence since returning the UFC warranted him a closer look. Miicic however was absolutely dominant in his quick 54 second KO of Arlovski. With Arlovsky’s underdog status, we felt it was only appropriate to bet a single unit on him.

In all, the four fights we lost we bet a total of 5 units.

The winning fights were just as exciting. Our first win of the night was Justine Kish making her UFC debut against Nina Ansaroff. The fight was a lot closer than the 30-27×2 scorecard would have you believe. Wish was a highly touted prospect and was the odds on favorite at -235. We bet 2 units on her to win .85 units.

The biggest favorite of the night was Michael McDonald taking on Masanori Kanehara. McDonald was a huge -535 and looked like he was going to lose the fight to Kanehara multiple times. In the first round McDonald was trapped in a guillotine choke and in the second an arm triangle choke. He was able to escape the arm triangle and quickly took Kanehara’s back and sunk in a fight winning rear naked choke. We bet 2 units on him to win .37 units.

Brian Ortega had a very slow start against the very dangerous Diego Brandao. Brandao like Trujillo earlier needed a win and showed up to fight. Ortega was extremely patient and down on the score cards had one of the best jiu jitsu transitions ever seen inside the octagon eventually ending up with a fight ending triangle choke that force Brandao to tap. We bet 2 units on Ortega to win 1.09.

Joe Rogan’s most anticipated fight was between Albert Tumenov and Lorenz Larkin. Larkin punished Tumenov’s legs with leg kick after leg kick. Tumenov still pressed forward in the action and the fight was razor thin close but Tumenov was able to escape with the split decision victory and our 2 unit bet at -253 netted us .79 units.

The main event was expected to see fireworks and it delivered. While not as crazy as Lawler’s previous title defense, Condit showed up. Condit outstruck Lawler in the fight and many had him winning. It all came down to a very close third round and two judges saw it for Lawler, while one saw it for Condit. We expect the fight to be a blood bath with Lawler winning and we bet big on Lawler. Our 5 unit bet at -106 returned us 4.72 units.

In all we bet 18 units and walked away with 20.82 or a profit of 2.82 units. While not the greatest results we’ve had, any time we are profitable it is a good thing. Please take a look at our Cappertek results where you can find our picks. We will soon be putting our picks behind a paywall, but for now, they are free for everyone to see.

Next card is UFC Fight Night 81, where we will be looking at as many as 9 bets on that card.

UFC 145 Jones Vs. Evans: 3 Stars

Written by MMARecap Staff on . Posted in News

We saw a lot of strange things at UFC 145 in Atlanta for the UFC’s first pay per view event after a long 6 week hiatus. We saw Mac Danzig gut his way through a visually injured ankle to a win over Effrain Escudero, we saw Eddie Yagin do sit ups while his opponent Mark Hominick did push ups after the final bell, and we even saw a machismo fueled tumbling exposition from Maximo Blanco and Marcus Brimage after a snoozer of a fight. Yes, you can never again question the heart of Mac Danzig, but unfortunately none of those things alone will get you on the three stars list. Lets get to this! The Better late then never edition:

Third Star: Big Ben Rothwell

Not only has Ben Rothwell been streaky since he came into the UFC, before Saturday he was 1-2, but he has also only fought one time a year since 2009 because of injuries. As soon as I saw Rothwell at the weigh-ins I regretted my Brendan Schaub pick. I haven’t seen Rothwell look that good physically since he was in the IFL. I thought Schaub would be way too athletic for him, and would push him into a situation where Rothwell would have to rely on his strength and conditioning. I was almost right. I really thought it was all down hill after Schaub landed a perfect spinning back elbow that left Rothwell backpedalling and wobbling. The always gritty Rothwell was able to get enough of his senses back in time to land a big shot on the chin of Schaub. When Rothwell followed him to the ground, he landed some of the biggest punches I’ve seen in a while from inside the guard. From now on that is what I will think about when I hear the term ground and pound, and the punishing blows earned him the win, the knockout of the night bonus, and the third star.

Second Star: Michael McDonald

The 15-1 McDonald, now 4-0 in the UFC, seems to be getting more and more exciting as he gets more and more experience. In his four UFC bouts he has a fight of the night bonus, and a knockout of the night bonus. Had Schaub not landed that spinning back elbow before Rothwell knocked him out, he would probably have the KO of the night bonus from 145 as well. Miguel Torres was 37-1 when he lost his WEC championship belt, and since he has been 3-4 (2-2 in the UFC.) I am not quite sure why Torres insists on doing a Jorge Gurgel impression, and completely disregarding his top shelf jiu-jitsu, as he has been finished 3 of the four times in his losses. Yes, one was a submission to Joseph Benavidez, but it came after he was hurt on the feet. All said and done, this hardly matters to our second star winner.

You could see from a mile away that Torres was looking straight down when McDonald was charging in with strikes, much like when Junior dos Santos handed Febricio Werdum his walking papers at UFC 90. It was a pro move for McDonald to pick up on that so early in the fight. Much like the Werdum knockout, Torres switched off like a computer, and was out before he hit the floor. The 21 year old McDonald has some growing to do in the sport, but this is a signature win that put him on the map. Perfect timing, a perfect upper cut, and a perfect game plan won him this fight as well as the second star. Congratulations to McDonald who has only been able to legally drink alcohol for 3 months.

Third Star: Jon Jones

With every fight Jon Jones silences another group of people. In his Last fight against Lyoto Machida, even though Shogun landed on him a few times, it was “Can Jon Jones take a punch?” In this fight it was “Can Jon Jones stop the takedown?” Everyone ate it up as well. A ton of late money came in on Rashad Evans that significantly moved the odds closer together, and the bookies made a fortune. Not only did Jones stop the takedown, he made Evan’s takedowns look almost silly.

There are only a few special fighters on the planet, and when I am asked how I can tell the difference or how I spot them, I always give the same answer. Special fighters make other really talented fighters look like mediocre fighters in the fight. We KNOW Shogun Rua is a great fighter, we KNOW Machida is a great fighter, and we KNOW Evans is too, but Jones made them look mediocre on fight night. This is what all the greats in MMA and boxing have done, and the most recent example of that is Anderson Silva. In my opinion, Jones has years ahead of him before he will ever eclipse the accomplishments of Silva, but its simple to argue that he is a prime candidate to do so.

There were a bunch of weird dynamics playing in this fight. The trash talking, the seemingly endless run up, the facts they trained together and once called each other brothers, and that Jackson was in Jones’s corner. For these reasons, we got our first glimpse of a tentative Jon Jones. These moments are just as important as the all out blitzkrieg approach he has shown in the past, because it shows he can ramp up his aggression and reel it back. His calmness and demeanor in the corner is also something that should be noted, it takes a certain person to calmly ask “What would you suggest coach?” in the middle of a championship fight.

Everyone thinks grudge matches are going to turn into all out bloody wars, but most of the time its the opposite. These guys talked so much before they got in the octagon, neither wanted to look foolish or eat crow if the other got his hand raised. In Jon’s corner, at the end of the 3rd and 4th round, it was obvious they were going to take this to a decision unless a finish revealed itself in the fight. It’s a game plan many were hoping against, but it was the one that worked and earned the 24 year old Jon Jones his 3 title defense.  With all of the previously discussed quirks coming into play, one can hardly blame him or his training staff. That is why he earned the first star at UFC 145.

UFC 145 Evans Vs Jones: Quick Results

Written by MMARecap Staff on . Posted in Results

UFC 145 took place tonight in front of a sold out crowd Saturday night in Atlanta, Georgia. In the main event it was champion Jon Jones who defended his belt in a five round unanimous decision over former training partner Rashad Evans. The fight wasn’t as exciting as some were expecting, but it was another dominant win for the defending champion. In the co-main event, it was the young Rory MacDonald who laid some violent ground and pound at the end of the first round, and finished the veteran Che Mills in the second frame with same pressure.

Fight Night Bonuses: ($65,000)
Travis Browne: Submission of the night
Ben Rothwell: Knockout of the night
Eddie Yagin Vs Mark Hominick: Fight of the night

Below are the full quick Results for UFC 145: Jones Vs Evans

Main Card
Light Heavyweight Championship Bout:
Champion: Jon Jones (205 lbs) vs. (Challenger) Rashad Evans (204 lbs)
Jon Jones defeats Rashad Evans by unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 50-45)

Welterweight Bout
Rory MacDonald (169.5 lbs) vs. Che Mills (170 lbs)
Rory MacDonald  defeats Che Mills by technical knockout (punches) at 2:20 of round 2

Heavyweight Bout
Ben Rothwell (263 lbs) vs. Brendan Schaub (237 lbs)
Ben Rothwell defeats Brendan Schaub by technical knockout (punches) 1:10 of round 1

Bantamweight Bout:
Michael McDonald (135 lbs) vs. Miguel Torres (135.5 lbs)
Michael McDonald defeats Miguel Torres by knockout (punches) at 3:18 of round 1

Featherweight Bout
Mark Hominick (145.5 lbs) vs. Eddie Yagin (144.5 lbs)
Eddie Yagin defeats Mark Hominick by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Lightweight Bout
John Alessio (155.5 lbs) vs. Mark Bocek (155 lbs)
Mark Bocek defeats John Alessio by unanimous decision (30-27×2,29-28)

Preliminary Bouts on Fuel

Heavyweight Bout
Travis Browne (250 lbs) vs. Chad Griggs (228 lbs)
Travis Browne defeats Chad Griggs by submission (head and arm choke) at 2:29 of Round 1

Welterweight Bout
Matt Brown (171 lbs) vs. Stephen Thompson (171 lbs)
Matt Brown defeats Stephen Thompson by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-27)

Lightweight Bout
John Makdessi (158 lbs)* vs. Anthony Njokuani (156 lbs)
Anthony Njokuani defeats John Makdessi via unanimous decision (30-27×3)

Lightweight Bout
Mac Danzig (155 lbs) vs. Efrain Escudero (156 lbs)
Mac Danzig defeats Efrain Escudero by unanimous decision ( 30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

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Welterweight Bout
Chris Clements (169 lbs) vs. Keith Wisniewski (170.5 lbs)
Chris Clements defeats  Keith Wisniewski via split decision   (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)

Featherweight Bout
Maximo Blanco (146 lbs) vs. Marcus Brimage (145 lbs)
Marcus Brimage defeats Maximo Blanco by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)

UFC 145 Weigh-in Results: Jones Vs. Evans

Written by MMARecap Staff on . Posted in Results

Jones and Evans face off at UFC 145 weigh-ins in Atlanta, GA.

The weigh-ins took place today for the much anticipated UFC 145, set to go on tomorrow in Atlanta, Georgia and on pay per view. The main event will feature one of the biggest grudge matches in UFC history when the current light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will face off against his former friend and training partner Rashad Evans. One thing is certain, the crowd at the weigh-ins were NOT a fan of Jon Jones, and they let him know with boos as he took the stage and scale. The trash talk is over, the fight is a 100% official and the only thing left for both fighters is to settle it in the octagon.

All fighters made weight with the exception of John Makdessi. His opponent Anthony Njokuani has agreed to fight at a catchweight, and Makdessi will forfeit 20% of his purse per Georgia regulations. Below are the full weigh in results for UFC 145:

Main Card

Light Heavyweight Championship Bout:
Champion: Jon Jones (205 lbs) vs. (CHallenger) Rashad Evans (204 lbs)

Welterweight Bout:
Rory MacDonald (169.5 lbs) vs. Che Mills (170 lbs)

Heavyweight Bout:
Ben Rothwell (263 lbs) vs. Brendan Schaub (237 lbs)

Bantamweight Bout:
Michael McDonald (135 lbs) vs. Miguel Torres (135.5 lbs)

Featherweight Bout:
Mark Hominick (145.5 lbs) vs. Eddie Yagin (144.5 lbs)

Lightweight Bout:
John Alessio (155.5 lbs) vs. Mark Bocek (155 lbs)

Preliminary Bouts on FX

Heavyweight Bout:
Travis Browne (250 lbs) vs. Chad Griggs (228 lbs)

Welterweight Bout:
Matt Brown (171 lbs) vs. Stephen Thompson (171 lbs)

Lightweight Bout:
John Makdessi (158 lbs)* vs. Anthony Njokuani (156 lbs)

Lightweight Bout:
Mac Danzig (155 lbs) vs. Efrain Escudero (156 lbs)

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Welterweight Bout:
Chris Clements (169 lbs) vs. Keith Wisniewski (170.5 lbs)

Featherweight Bout:
Maximo Blanco (146 lbs) vs. Marcus Brimage (145 lbs)