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Trinity Kickboxing Championship IV took place on August 15, 2015 at Game Changer World in Howell, New Jersey. TKC is a fast rising promotion that has gained a reputation for putting on great amateur and professional bouts. Their fourth outing was their biggest yet.  Here are the official results of all the night's bouts.

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Trinity Kickboxing Championship is back with its fouth big show on August 15, 2015 at Game Changer World in Howell, New Jersey. TKC is run by former kickboxing champion John Narleski. As a fighter himself, John knows how to put together amazing match ups and how to keep the fans coming back for more. Check it out for yourself on August 15. For more info and to buy tickets, check out TKC's Facebook page.

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Unless you've been hidden under a significantly sized rock for the last few weeks, there's no way you haven't seen, heard and talked about Ronda Rousey at some point as a fan of combat sports. "Rowdy" Ronda was the icing on the cake for a successful spell, as she headlined UFC 190 against Brazilian Bethe Correia. Crossover appeal registered on the Richter scale with McGregor-fever, and then the return of the dominant bantamweight champion catapulted off the back of it while more eyeballs were on the promotion. Gone are the days of "vale tudo" being as obscure as chess boxing or some other bizarre fight sport. Now, with Reebok in tow, it's big business and front of house of major channels.

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Not only has Rousey helped to legitimise the women's divisions in a testosterone-fuelled sport that has often derided them, but she elevated the sport to new levels in mainstream consciousness. There have been certain lulls in the everyday appeal over the past few years - the decision of Brock Lesnar to retire was a blow, the indefinite hiatus of GSP didn't help, and some lacklustre Ultimate Fighter seasons see it struggling. However, looking good, saying the right things and then performing flawlessly has seen Ronda become a beacon of light, alongside the aforementioned Irishman.

Social media was awash with excitement before the title fight this weekend, from areas you'd never normally see it make an impact. People with no interest in the sport of mixed martial arts or the UFC were intrigued by the Olympian turned cage fighter that was on top of the world and smashing her way through everybody in her way. All it needed was another emphatic victory, and it came.

She started out as a pure grappler but now Rousey has four knockouts in her last five fights. She's showing the beauty of adaptation in a sport that relies on it. She can tear you limb from limb or send you face first to the canvas. Granted Correia was probably inflated as an opponent because there are very few viable challengers left, but Rousey did exactly what she needed to do in terms of performance.

To top it off, it wasn't just left at "Rousey wins in under a minute", a new narrative has been formed. Well, an old, consistent narrative has been given more fuel, to be accurate. Dana White has again put his backing behind a fight against Cristiane "Cyborg" Justino, and it appears that it's the only logical step, with all parties interested under the right circumstances. Those circumstances are Cyborg making 135lbs to challenge the UFC champion, and with Dana predicting the "biggest MMA PPV ever", it would line everybody's pockets.

It has huge interest and would almost certainly be a colossal smash, should Cyborg manage to make the weight and build a profile in the Octagon first. There's been no shortage of back and forth over the years and now both have the performances to back it up, with Rousey bringing more attention than ever. So, about those 10lbs...

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Warriors Cup XXIII took place on July 25, 2015 at Game Changer World in Howell, New Jersey. Warriors Cup is New Jersey's premier Muay Thai promotion and as expected the fights delivered. Here are the official results from all the night's bouts.

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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.

Rousey a Heavy Favourite at UFC 190

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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.

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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.

Adding Some Spice to UFC 190

 

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.

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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.

For ticket info, check out the Warriors Cup website.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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