Global Proving Ground's GPG 21 - Fighting for Autism Awareness took place on July 25 at The Event Center in Pennsauken, New Jersey. Here are the official results of all the night's professional MMA bouts.
As we approach UFC 190, it is an understatement to say that the odds are currently in favour of UFC Women's Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, ahead of her bout with Bethe Correia. Both women are undefeated, but the 28-year-old Rousey (11-0) has two more wins under her MMA belt than Correia (9-0) and enters the bout at an astounding 1/20 in places to remain undefeated come the end of the night. Even the undefeated boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather struggles to command those odds - and he's won 48 consecutive fights to date.
However, if you're a fan of MMA and want to try your hand at making some money on your fight predictions, then you can always try betting on the latest UFC main events. From Jon Jones and the aforementioned Ronda Rousey, to Conor McGregor and TJ Dillashaw, the UFC has a plethora of fighters that always perform well and appear to be obvious choices when it comes to placing bets and making a profit.
Heading into UFC 190, Rousey is once again the overwhelming favourite to beat Brazil's Bethe Correia. As noted earlier, a glance at the odds avaliable at the 32Red casino and sportsbook reveals she is 1/20 on for the win. In contrast, Correia is a 10/1 underdog and this trend isn't simply confined to 32Red. A survey of any online sports betting site, such as Betfair, Unibet or 888sport, will yield the same result: Rousey is a huge favourite.
Of course, given that Correia made things personal by referencing the death of Rousey's father in the build up to the fight, it's likely the champion will dominate in the fight and prove the odds makers right. However, from a professional sports bettor's point of view, that doesn't make Rousey a good bet.
Because the amount you stand to win by betting on Rousey is so low compared to the amount you have to stake, it doesn't make sense to speculate on her against Correia. In fact, if you're really looking for a value bet at UFC 190, then Neil Magny is your man. According to the latest stats, Magny is a 13/10 underdog against the more experienced Demian Maia (5/9). While Maia is undoubtedly the better grappler and submission artist, it's worth noting that Magny is on a seven fight win streak.
The level of confidence Magny will glean from this streak is something that can't be underestimated. Indeed, even though he'll likely be vulnerable on the mat against Maia, his cardio and speed are traits that should give him the edge against the aging Maia. According to his former training partner, Brendan Schaub, Magny is a handful for anyone in the welterweight division based on his athleticism alone.
Naturally, this doesn't mean Magny will run through Maia like he's not even there; however, it does mean he's a much closer prospect than the bookmakers are anticipating. In fact, given that many pros are tipping Magny to triumph at UFC 190, it would suggest the bookies have priced up the bout wrong and this is something aspiring sports bettors can exploit.
Unlike Rousey who is both the favourite in the eyes of the experts and the bookmakers, Magny isn't and that means his odds are more attractive. While it's true that Rousey is more likely to win against Correia than Magny is against Maia, it's also true that, from a money-making perspective, Magny is the more lucrative option.
In terms of overall appeal, UFC 190 isn't the strongest card of the year. In fact, when compared to UFC 189 (which may have been the most impressive UFC main card in modern times), UFC 190 is practically a non-starter. Of course, there are some nuggets of interest (Rousey is always entertaining), but on the whole the card won't be breaking any pay per view records.
So, if you're looking to inject some more interest into the event, then a cheeky bet on some of the fights isn't a bad idea. However, if you're really looking to make some money then it pays to look beyond the heavy favourites such as Rousey and towards the underrated fighters such as Magny. Although "The Gazelle" might not be a household name to many, he's an extremely talented fighter and one that can easily upset the odds.
Warriors Cup, New Jersey's premier Muay Thai promotion is back with Warriors Cup XXIII on Saturday, July 25, 2015 at Game Changer World in Howell, New Jersey. Muay Thai is one of the most exciting martial arts in the world, and many MMA fighters have added its techniques to their arsenals.
The Conor McGregor whirlwind has swept over the mixed martial arts world. He has gone from being a relatively unknown fighter (internationally at least) to global superstar. His latter, title-winning performances for Cage Warriors saw people take notice, but it wasn't until he stepped into the Octagon that his stature and aura grew.
Though he's had a supporting cast of SBG Dublin team-mates, McGregor has put Irish MMA on the map and within six bouts under the UFC banner had become champion, interim champion at least. If Jose Aldo had never pulled out, he could well be wearing the real thing.
Here's the point, though. Coming into their originally scheduled UFC featherweight title fight, it was the reigning Brazilian champion who had the edge. However, now that McGregor has a second round TKO over Chad Mendes to his credit, the odds have moved in his favour, with betfair having the charismatic Dubliner 4/7 on at the time of writing. That leaves the champion as the underdog.
It's quite a rare situation where the man holding the world title is seen at longer odds. Is it justified? Was Conor's performance against Mendes enough to justify it?
The answer is yes. And no. Yes, he did put away the next best featherweight in the world, crushing him with a straight left just seconds from the end of round two. Yes, he had a great first round and looked able to tag Mendes almost at will. But he did show vulnerability. Mendes was able to take McGregor down and control him for the vast majority of the second stanza.
People looked to Mendes' lack of preparation and his gas tank as an issue. If you look to Aldo, the same issues around longevity are there and questions have been asked about his ability to push the pace for longer durations. He has noticeably slowed down in the championship rounds in several fights now, leaving areas to exploit. McGregor is as powerful as they come at 145lbs and if you leave gaps he will find them.
That said, McGregor has never done five rounds (and with his KO rate he doesn't really have to). Aldo has done six, and in each of them he successfully defended his title. In that time frame he has beaten all comers, unbeaten in nearly ten years, and undisputed world champion six. He may have had some tough bouts of late but try not to forget how special he is.
McGregor is also a once-in-an-era type fighter, with the look, the mouth and the skills. He could ring in an exciting new dawn for the featherweight division. Should he be favourite over the champion? We're not decided on that just yet.
Asylum Fight League, Atlantic City's premier MMA promotion, returns with their 49th big show on November, 2015 at the Taj Mahal casino hotel. Asylum cards are always stacked and MMA fans pack the arena, so get your tickets ASAP.
New York, NY, July 23, 2015– New York Fight Exchange (NYFE MMA) proudly announces their next instalment, NYFE 8: Only The Strong Survive, scheduled for September 12th, 2015 in Queens, New York at the Amazura Concert Hall. NYFE MMA is the premier mixed martial arts organization and will continue being the dominate force in the New York market as they construct an exciting night of fights all for their devoted fans and a great cause. This event will be proudly benefitting the “Wounded Warrior Project” as well as the veteran’s supportive non-profit organization “Boots On The Ground NY”. The fight card of 20 MMA fights all sanctioned under the World Kickboxing Association (WKA) will feature the best amateur fighters from the tristate area and will host a “super fight grappling match” between Pro Fighter and UFC veteran Chris Cope vs Jesse McBroom
NYFE MMA Co-Owner & Matchmaker, Mike Washington stated “We are very excited to put on another stacked event for our fans, as well as giving support to our soldiers. This will be a memorable show for not only the fight fans, but for all of New York. Our Soldiers sacrifice so much for our freedoms, they risk their lives fighting for us, so for that one night we will fight for them”
Mixed Martial Arts and has grown into a multi-million dollar global sport. Entire TV channels are dedicated to this sport, with many mainstream brands clamoring to sponsor the world’s elite athletes. And with a massive cash injection into the sport, betting on MMA has become a massive draw card.
How does MMA betting work?
Before we start, let's make it clear - MMA betting is nothing like gambling. You don't just throw your money on a slot machine or card game. It helps to know about the fighters. Being a fan of MMA goes a long way to helping you make the right bet. Now let's talk about betting.
Before actually placing a bet on an MMA fight, it is important to know how the betting structure works. MMA betting does not work along the lines of more established sports like NFL or NBA where one would place a bet on the Dallas Cowboys winning by 17 points (Dallas Cowboys +17). The betting for MMA works on a money line.
For example, if one were to place bets on a fight between fighters A and B, the odds might look something like this:
Fighter A (-350)
Fighter B (+2.85)
This may seem complex, but is in fact pretty simple. The one with the negative before the number is the odds on favorite to win the fight. For every $3.50 placed on Fighter A to win, the payout would be $1. The same principle would then be applied to betting on Fighter B. With every $1 placed on this fighter winning the match, $2.85 would be paid out.
The odds for each fight will change right up until the fighters are on the mat, so it is important to follow this closely. There are many sports betting sites dedicated to MMA betting. One such site is PaddyPower.com, where you can find the best MMA odds.
There is a lot of skill in establishing which fighter to bet on, and that includes following the MMA quite closely in order to see which fighters are on form. It is also important to know the players’ strengths and weaknesses. Due to the fact that fighters use a combination of martial arts to create their own style, some fighters are perhaps weaker against a certain opponent. For example, if one fighter’s style relies heavily on grappling, yet his standup fighting is weak (Mui Thai or kickboxing), it could have an impact on the outcome of the fight.
MMA betting is considered to be one of the most exciting forms of gambling, where luck plays a secondary role to proper skill. But sometimes luck does win out. There's only one way to find out. And that's to place your bets.
Fight Club Champion 4 took place on June 10, 2015 at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark, New Jersey. This fast growing promotion has gained a reputation for stacking cards with top MMA talent and two titles were on the line at FCC 4. Here are the official results from all the night's bouts.
Finally! Fiction for MMA fans. Full of inside jokes and references that hardcore fans will love. Featured stories include “Mixed Martial Murder,” a black comedy about a young MMA fighter who’s had enough of his sleazy, abusive manager; “Fedor: Not Human,” about a top secret Russian experiment code-named “The Last Emperor;” and “Business is War,” a thrilling inside look into the blood-soaked acquisition of Pride FC by the UFC. These stories will make you laugh till you cry and cry till you beat the living crap out of somebody. Let’s get it on!