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A year of dramatic and exciting fight cards comes to a thrilling conclusion on a potentially epic New Year's Eve, as the highly anticipated UFC 219 main event sees out 2017 with a bang.

The final UFC event of the year takes place at the now world-famous T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, with a women's featherweight championship bout being the headliner. Reigning and defending title holder Cris Cyborg will put her belt on the line against former bantamweight champion Holly Holm in Nevada.

This promising card will also feature many other high-profile encounters, including Khabib Nurmagomedov taking on Edson Barboza, Jimmie Rivera contesting John Lineker, Carlos Condit colliding with Neil Magny and Cynthia Calvillo squaring off against Carla Esparza.

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But it's the highly awaited main event that fans are most looking forward to in Sin City, as Holm steps up to challenge Cyborg, the woman who had long been searching for a shot at Ronda Rousey and was seemingly well-avoided by other top name stars.

Now the reigning featherweight champion in the UFC, Cyborg has been a dominant force throughout her entire career to date, having also previously won the Strikeforce women's featherweight championship and the Invicta FC featherweight strap.

As is her Octagon superiority to date, the defending champion Cyborg will take to this intriguing title match-up as the heavy -175.00 favorite in the UFC betting odds with Paddy Power to secure success at the T-Mobile Arena.

However, Holm has stunned the UFC world before, with her most notable and impressive feat to date being the incredible victory over former dominant champion Rousey in November 2015. The former multiple time world champion boxer will enter the cage as the +225.00 underdog to prevail and shock the world once again on December 31.

In what is a battle between two of the biggest names and stars of women's MMA, this scrap has the potential to go down as one of the greatest female match-ups in the history of the organisation. Holm is aiming to produce another stunning upset, while Cyborg wants to continue her rampant run towards further big-money outings in her career.

Incredibly, Cyborg has only one defeat on her professional MMA career record to date, which came in her debut way back in May 2005. Since that submission loss in her home nation of Brazil, the now 32-year-old has been a truly destructive force, accumulating an admirable 18 victories including 16 by knockout.

She finally burst onto the UFC scene in May last year, stopping Leslie Smith inside the opening round, before toppling Lina Lansberg in two last September then going on to halt Tonya Evinger this past July to lift her current featherweight world title.

Holm, therefore, has plenty to do to stop this runaway Brazilian force from mounting a dominant career in the roster, but she has proved before that she can oust the best at the top of their game. So make sure not miss out on the action at UFC 219 as the final PPV of the year provides a serious clash of female titans in Vegas.

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If there is one thing that can be said with a serious degree of certainty about UFC, it is that every year is more exciting than the previous. So, if there were a lot of interesting and exciting fights in 2017, we can expect at least the same level of excitement in 2018.

The fighters and their managers and promoters will surely earn a lot of money from all the fights, but some of the more insightful and analytic viewers and fans may also end up earning money from, if they place the right bets on the right fights. NetBet Sport offers quite a few UFC betting options.

 

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Boston will the host of the first UFC event for 2018 where Miocic will meet Francis Ngannou. Miocic is the current Heavyweight Champion, so this will be a chance for him to hold his title, whereas Ngannou who has been nicknamed The Predator will be hoping to claim the title. Miocic is 35 years old, whereas Ngannou is 4 years his junior. Miocic has two defeats in his career, and has won 17 fights and Ngannou has been defeated only once and managed to defeat his opponents on 11 occasions.

The 20th of January will also be an important date for the UFC Light Heavyweight category, as the current champion Cormier will face the leading contender, Swiss fighter Volkan Oezdemir. Cormier has won 19 fights in his career and up until 2013 he competed in the Heavyweight category. He is 28 years old, whereas Oezdemir is 10 years younger. Oezdemir also used to fight in the Heavyweight category.

In addition to these two fights, visitors at the TD Garden will also get two watch two Featherweight fights, one Flyweight and one Lightweight matchup.

 

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Perth, Australia will be the capital of UFC on the 11th of February, and this date will be decisive for the Middleweight title. The current champion Robert Whittaker will measure his strength against the contender Luke Rockhold in an attempt to keep his title. Visitors at Perth Arena will be able to watch three additional fights, one Light Heavyweight, one Flyweight and a Heavyweight clash between Mark Hunt and Curtis Blaydes.

Even though the event will take place in Western Australia, as the main focus is the East Coast of the USA, the fights will take place in the early morning, so that they could be broadcast in prime-time TV in the States.

 

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On the 3rd of March, Lightweight champion Max Holloway will make an attempt to hold his title and beat former champion Frankie Edgar. The two were supposed to meet earlier, at the UFC 218 that took place on December 2, 2017 in Detroit, but Edgar had to cancel that fight due to injury. If everything goes according to plan, we will have either the old champion confirm his title, or Edgar will reclaim the Lightweight throne.

This event will take place in Las Vegas, the unannounced capital of UFC.

One of the biggest events on the UFC calendar, UFC 219 will be headlined by featherweight champion Cristiane ‘Cyborg’ Justino defending her title against Holly ‘The Preacher’s Daughter’ Holm. In the running to this mega-fight, some other great fights are set to entertain the crowd on December 30 at the T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas.

Jimmie Rivera takes on John Lineker in the bantamweight division; the UFC pitch their new favourite Cynthia Calvillo against the first-ever UFC strawweight champion in Carla Esparza; welterweight Carlos Condit returns to the octagon to clash with Neil Magny; and the 24-0 Khabib Nurmagomedov will take on Edson Barboza in a lightweight scrap to mark the Russian’s return from a lengthy absence.

It’s a great card to get excited about, but as is often the case, the headline bout deserves all of the headlines. Given the UFC’s sordid past with both fighters, which centered on the promotion’s love of former champion Ronda Rousey, they’re both out to prove themselves to be invaluable to the UFC.

Holly Holm here to complete a comeback

It has been a tough road for former boxing champion Holly Holm. She rose to fame by annihilating the formerly considered undefeatable Ronda Rousey in a headline bout that was deemed to be the Fight and Performance of the Night at UFC 193, via a superbly timed kick to the head and follow up punches while the champion laid on the canvas.

After that, however, she fell to Miesha Tate in the first defense of her title. On the card of the McGregor versus Diaz-headlined UFC 196, Tate and Holm engaged in a thrilling battle until the fifth round, when a rear-naked choke got the best of the defending champion. Holm went on to lose two more matchups on the bounce, losing by decision to Valentina Shevchenko and Germaine de Randamie.

Most recently, however, Holm turned her recent poor form around by defeating Bethe Correia at a UFC fight Night via the same method used to defeat Ronda Rousey two years ago. With the skid ended and Holm on steady footing once more, she’s lined up to take on the woman deemed to be the most dangerous in the world by many.

Cyborg doesn’t mess around

Cristiane Justino, or ‘Cris Cyborg’ as she’s commonly known, is on a colossal 18-fight win-streak. With only one loss on her record, which came in her professional debut in 2005, Cyborg has gone on to win 16 of her ensuing 18 fights by knockout, with her last decision win coming way back in 2008.

The Brazilian mixed martial arts superstar has only engaged in three UFC fights since joining in 2016, but all of Leslie Smith, Lina Lansberg, and Tonya Evinger have found themselves ended within the rounds. A terrifying opponent, Cyborg has built her career on being hard to hurt and ferocious up close. Now she takes on a notorious giant slayer in her biggest fight with the promotion yet.

Something to prove

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On paper, Cristiane Justino looks to be the clear favorite, as shown by her odds of -333.33 to win on December 30. However, given that Holm has recovered from a series of losses and appears to have the same fight in her that she did as the underdog against Ronda Rousey, it’d be worth a flutter when she’s at odds of +225.

Both come into the fight having had spats with the UFC. The UFC has favorites, and when they pave the way for those favorites to reach the pinnacle of the sport and stay there – thus become more marketable – but someone throws a wrench into their plans, the UFC tends to give them a rough time. This was the case with these two fighters while the UFC was attempting to promote Ronda Rousey.

Cyborg once detailed that the UFC had made Rousey their star girl because she was blonde and American, as opposed to herself; the better fighter, but Brazilian. This resulted in a slow ascendency for the already-established top-class fighter. Holm upsetting Rousey had repercussions when she lost her belt and wanted a deserved rematch against Tate, but Tate was instead given a defense against Amanda Nunes.

In any case, this is a huge fight for both featherweights, who can finally claim the high standing in the UFC that they’ve long deserved. With Holm’s long history of professional boxing under her belt, Cristiane Justino has recruited the services of the most dominant boxer in the world right now, Cecilia Braekhus. Currently holding the IBF, IBO, WBA, WBC, and WBO world title belts in the welterweight division, she will certainly be able to give Cyborg some teachable moments in sparring.

Holm will likely try to stay at range, using her lauded history in professional boxing and kickboxing to outland the champion, while ducking and pivoting to avoid any counters. Cyborg, on the other hand, will rush to the inside and release flurries of devastating combinations. While Holm is an excellent counter-puncher, Cyborg will punish her every time the Brazilian is allowed to get a bit too close.

 

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A few months ago, as the negotiations for the proposed boxing match between MMA champ Conor McGregor and “retired” boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather began to heat up, a date was even chosen for the contest: September, 2017.

But then reality got in the way. The negotiations slowed (but not Conor’s and Floyd’s tweeting, of course) and the September date suddenly became unavailable, filled instead with the Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin showdown.

Which means that Conor vs. Floyd will have to be pushed out for a few months, if it happens at all. The buzz seems to have died down since McGregor had signed his end of the deal, despite Mayweather saying that he was close to signing his own side.

Still, if you’re a boxing fan, MMA fan, or both, this fight is very intriguing. Boxing fans, of course, don’t give Conor much of chance to survive the fight let alone be victorious. But MMA fans see Conor’s length, fluidity, and untraditional style as something that Floyd has not seen before, and they suspect that he is going to shock the world.

For those who like to gamble, the wild speculation from both sides makes the fight a very interesting bet. And because both sets of fans are so sure of victory, it’s going to be very interesting to see what kind of betting odds come out if and when the bout is formally announced.

Will Floyd “Money” Mayweather be the heavy betting favorite? Or will Conor’s fans bet heavily on their guy, reducing the odds to a near pick ‘em?

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One important factor in determining how to bet how active the two fighters have been. Conor is at the top of his game right now, while Floyd, who is forty years old, has been retired since 2015. How big of a role Floyd’s inactivity will play in the fight remains to be seen, but it’s definitely significant.

Another important  factor is where to bet. Online sports betting sites have really start to dominate the gaming world, and they offer a lot more action than sports betting. Still, the potential Conor vs. Floyd dream match will attract an enormous amount of bettors who believe in their fighter.

Notice I said “potential” dream match. There are still many hurdles to clear in the negotiation. But if and when it does happen, it will certainly be one for the ages.

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Press release:

BELLATOR 179: DALEY VS. MacDONALD EMANATES FROM THE SSE ARENA, WEMBLEY ON MAY 19 – TICKETS ON SALE MARCH 3.

LONDON -- (Feb. 9, 2017) – Paul “Semtex” Daley (39-14-2) is getting what he asked for. On May 19, the explosive fighter from Nottingham, England will meet Rory MacDonald (18-4) in the main event of Bellator 179: Daley vs. MacDonald at The SSE Arena, Wembley.

Rising undefeated British sensation, Michael “Venom” Page (12-0), better known to Bellator fans as “MVP,” is also expected to make his in-cage return in front of a hometown crowd.

Bellator 179: Daley vs. MacDonald will be broadcast on SPIKE at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT. Tickets for the event will be available Friday, March 3 at The SSE Arena, Wembley Box Office (0844 815 0815), ssearena.co.uk and axs.com. A special SSE pre-sale will take place Wednesday, March 1 through Thursday, March 2. A pre-sale for The SSE Arena, Wembley will be available Thursday, March 2.

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Press release:

 

FANS INVITED TO JOIN ROYCE GRACIE, SAKURABA, WANDERLEI SILVA, MATT MITRIONE, ‘KING MO’ & ‘BIG’ JOHN MCCARTHY AT BELLATOR 170 FAN FEST AT DAVE & BUSTER’S IN LOS ANGELES

WHAT: Bellator 170 Fan Fest

WHERE: Dave & Buster’s at The Promenade at Howard Hughes Center

6081 Center Dr.

Los Angeles, CA 90045

WHEN: Thursday, January 19

8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

WHO:

Royce Gracie

Kazushi Sakuraba

Wanderlei Silva

King Mo

John McCarthy

Matt Mitrione

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Looking to mark the end of the year with a comeback story, Ronda Rousey will return to the octagon in T-Mobile Arena at UFC 207. The #2 ranked (UFC fighter rankings) female bantamweight fighter will headline the event by taking on the defending champ, Amanda Nunes. The battle between the future and past of the women's bantamweight division will occur on the 30th of December in Paradise, Nevada. This article will preview the event, detailing the official fight card and providing predictions on Rousey's hotly anticipated return to the MMA after her crushing defeat to Holly Holms during UFC 193.

Main Card Predictions

Amanda Nunes (13-4) vs. Ronda Rousey (12-1)

Odds: Nunes +105 Rousey -135

Returning for a title defense after a stunning upset of previous champion Miesha Tate, Amanda Nunes is attempting to defend her first title defense against one of the most popular female MMA fighters of all time. Rousey, who last time in the Octagon resulted in the first defeat of her illustrious career, in one of the biggest upsets in UFC history when she suffered a knockout loss to Holly Holm, is expected to return vengeance. Still, despite taking a year off and vowing to return stronger than ever, her opponent Nunes has demonstrated consistency through her title run. With over nine knockouts in 13 fights, Nunes arrives in the bout more confident than the startled Rousey who is still facing the implications of her first ever defeat.

Although the mental advantage is definitely on the Brazilian side and should make her a definite favorite, many oddsmakers have Rousey as the winning the bout due to her very aggressiveness and excellent grappling skills. Overall, the fight should see two good, similarly matched fighters play to their strengths. However, in the end, the mental advantage of Amanda Nunes should allow her to prevail and retain the bantamweight title.

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On the undercard of tomorrow night's UFC event is a very intriguing matchup. Roy "Big Country" Nelson takes on Alistair "The Reem" Overeem in a fight that could very well go either way. What makes this fight so interesting is that it could end with just one punch--in either man's favor.

Roy Nelson is famed for his overhand right, a punch that has knocked out many a UFC contender. And Alistair Overeem has been on the wrong end of a few spectaculars knockouts in his career. So if Big Country is able to land a big shot, it should be lights out for Alistair.

Despite this, however, the betting odds slightly favor Overeem going into the match. Although his chin is somewhat suspect, The Reem is an explosive puncher himself and a powerful grappler with a devastating ground and pound game. A former K1 kickboxing and Strikeforce MMA champ, Overeem has been in the game for a long time and has the tools to beat Nelson--if he doesn't get caught.  Conversely, Nelson has been a recent victim of knockout blows himself and people have begun questioning his chin. One bomb from Overeem could spell the end of his night.

So while the odds makers have this bout favoring The Reem, I see it as a straight up pick 'em fight. It's just a matter of who gets to the other man's chin first.

If you are a betting man, choose wisely when placing a bet on this bout, or maybe don't bet at all. There are plenty of other fights coming up in the UFC and Bellator and WSOF that might better bets if you follow the sport. One excellent site for betting is UFCBetting.com, where you can find results and analysis and use their UFC betting guide to help you make the best bet possible.

And here is one other piece of advice for those watching the Roy Nelson vs. Alistair Overeem match at UFC 185. Don't blink!

There has been a lot of speculation about a supposed lawsuit against the UFC by professional MMA fighters and their managers. Well, the rumors are true. There will be a press conference tomorrow at 1pm PST.

The presser will take place at the Hyatt Place San Jose/Downtown in San Jose, Calif., 95113.

Shit just got real.


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