It’s been a while since we have featured Matchmaker Monday, for one reason or another, but we are back after an action packed double UFC card weekend.
Since there was a total of 21 fights this weekend we’ll only be looking at the main eventers and higher ranked fighters. We won’t be touching on the three TUF winners as some may drop a weight class and/or won’t end up on a main card anytime soon.
Friday night the UFC returned to Australia for the TUF: Smashes Finale which featured half the bouts ending in a knockout and the other half being relatively entertaining decisions. From UFC on FX 6 we will be taking a look at Ross Pearson, Hector Lombard and Chad Mendes, whom all scored knockouts.
The following night back in Las Vegas, where the UFC hasn’t hosted an event since UFC 148 back in July, the knockouts kept coming with six of the 11 bouts ending with punches (and a suplex) and only two going the distance. Roy Nelson continued his streak of knocking out his UFC opponents with another first round finish, while Pat Barry scored an emotional knockout of his own, and Dustin Poirier finished Jonathan Brookins with a slick d’arce choke. Those three fighters are who we will look at from the second event.
This week Brendan and Mark are here to play the role of Joe Silva following the jump…
The UFC’s best main card of the year has survived the injury bug, barring any last minute shenanigans (knock on wood), and is set to go down as the first of four cards this month.
When odds on the main event first opened champion Benson Henderson was favoured at a massive -340 with Nate Diaz starting out at +260. Since then the lines have evened out and are much more indicative of how close the fight is.
The co-main event line also shifted slightly as Alexander Gustafsson opened at just -145 but now has a mean line of -225 while Shogun Rua shifted from +115 to +185. B.J. Penn, Rory MacDonald, Mike Swick and Matt Brown have all stayed within the same range without much fluctuation.
Last time out we fell short on the parlay and went 2/3 but we called Carmont to win and GSP by decision. On the undercard we also called Cote and Diabate (6/9 overall).
As per usual, betting lines are averages courtesy of BestFightOdds. Let’s get to it…
This coming weekend’s UFC on Fox 5 event has been heralded as one of the most intriguing cards of the year, and for good reason.
The card is stacked with well-known exciting fighters, and the fact it’s airing free on network television certainly helps as well.
Fight fans love to engage with the narrative behind fights as much as the fights themselves sometimes, and there’s no shortage of narratives leading into Saturday night. When accessing the three featured bouts on the card, a very specific kind of narrative angle is clearly present: the classic tale of redemption.
Three fighters in particular are seeking redemption and are being opposed by fierce, hungry, and young counterparts who are looking to deny them it.
A light heavyweight tilt between Ultimate Fighter Season 8 winner Ryan Bader (14-3, 7-3 UFC) and Vladimir Matyushenko (26-6, 7-4 UFC) is being targeted for the UFC on Fox show near the end of January.
ESPN.com was first to break the news Monday evening.
UFC on Fox 6 goes down on Jan. 26 at United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The card is headlined by a flyweight title bout between the newly crowned champion Demetrious Johnson and John Dodson.
Bader, 29, most recently had his two fight win streak snapped after suffering a knockout loss against Lyoto Machida at UFC on Fox 4. During that streak he knocked out Jason Brilz and defeated Quinton “Rampage” Jackson via decision.