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Draft Kings Breakdown: UFC Fight Night – Hunt vs Miocic

Iain MacMillan

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Daily Fantasy Sports has taken over the lives of countless sports fans around the world, and UFC fans are no different. The rules are fairly simple; You get a total salary of $50,000 dollars and you have to pick a roster of 5 fighters from that night’s card, each with their own price depending on their odds of winning. Draft Kings offers a wide variety of games and odds, ranging from a 50/50 game, to a $20K guaranteed “Haymaker” tournament.

Head over to Draft Kings now, and use our guide to help you pick your winning lineup!

Alptekin Ozkilic ($10,900) vs. Ben Nguyen ($8,400):
Ben Nguyen takes on Alptekin Ozkilic in his debut. Ozkilic has gone 1-2 since entering the UFC. I believe the value is in Nguyen here, as $10,900 is quite pricey for a fighter with a 1-2 record in the promotion. There is a chance Nguyen could have octagon jitters, so buyers beware.

Vik Grujic ($9,800) vs. Brendan O’Reily ($9,500):
Grujic has lost 2 of his 3 bouts in the UFC, and O’Reily fell to Lipend Zhang via unanimous decision last August. This is a toss up of a match up, and the numbers reflect that. While this is a fight I’d stay away from, I’d lean O’Reilys way.

Kailin Curran ($10,700) vs. Alex Chambers ($8,700):
In this womens strawweight matchup between two fighters who lost in their UFC debut, Kailin Curran is heavily favored. While I agree with Curran being the favorite, I don’t agree with her price. Stay away from Curran, there are much better options at that price. Chambers has a very low price, she may not be a terrible underdog fighter to pick if you need someone inexpensive.

Dylan Andrews($10,100) vs. Bradley Scott($9,300):
After winning his first two fights in the octagon, Andrews has been (T)KO’D twice in a row. Bradley Scott is 1-2 with the UFC, losing his last fight against Claudio Henrique da Silva in March of last year. This fight is full of question marks. It’s tough to predict how Scott will look, as its been over a year since his last fight. On the other hand, its hard to say if Andrews can take a punch as he’s been finished by strikes in his last two fights. The price’s are right, but I would recommend staying away from this one.

Bec Rawlings ($10,600) vs. Lisa Ellis ($8,800):
Rawlings is 1-3 in her last 4, and Ellis is 1-4 in her last 5, and they both lost their octagon debut. Don’t sleep on Ellis, as 3 of her last 4 losses came to supreme competition in Herrig, Penne, and the current WSOF champion Jessica Aguilar. While the value is in Ellis, there’s no clear cut winner in this duel of recent losers.

Sam Alvey ($11,200) vs. Dan Kelly ($8,200):
“Smilin’” Sam Alvey is the biggest favorite on the card as he takes on the undefeated Australian; Dan Kelly. Alvey is coming off two impressive KO victories, but I don’t think that justifies him being the heaviest favorite of the night, especially when he’s up against an undefeated fighter in his home country. While Alvey has potential for big points, coming from an early finish, I think Kelly is the best value pick on the card.

Kyle Noke ($10,000) vs. Jonavin Webb ($9,400):
Noke has gone 1-3 in his last 4 fights, and hasn’t fought since losing to Patrick Cote on TUF: Nations finale last April. He is fighting undefeated newcomer in Jonavin Webb, who has 6 finishes on his record. I think Webb is the pick here, as he’s going against an aging Kyle Noke who may have ring rust. While there is always the possibility of octagon jitters when a newly signed fighter enters the cage, I believe Webb gets the finish regardless.

Hatsu Hioki ($11,000) vs. Dan Hooker ($8,500):
Why is a fighter who has gone 1-4 in his last 5 priced at $11,000? Who knows. Dan Hooker is 1-1 since signing with the promotion, including a TKO win vs. Ian Entwhistle in June of last year. Hioki may still be the better fighter despite his recent record, but that doesn’t make him worth those kinds of dollars. If you want value and a good time, pick up Hooker.

Jake Matthews ($10,500) vs. James Vick ($9,000):
This is my favorite fight of the night, and the one I’m looking forward to the most. This is a battle between two top young contenders, who also happen to be undefeated. This will be a pivotal fight in both athletes career. I think the prices are set right here, and they are both good options. I believe Matthews will win, but Vick isn’t the worst underdog to put your money on.

Anthony Perosh ($9,900) vs. Sean O’Connell ($9,600):
Both fighters are looking for their 2nd win in a row as they face off in the third final fight of the card. Both of shown flashes of potential, but they’ve also had ugly losses as well. I recommend staying away from this fight, but if you need a guy in their price range to squeeze in your lineup, I’d go O’Connell.

Brad Tavares ($10,300) vs. Robert Whittaker ($9,100)
Whittaker is coming off of a huge win in November where he TKO’d Clint Hester. He looked significantly better and showed off a diverse skill set. Tavaras is coming off a UD win vs. Marquardt, but lost his two before that to Tim Boetsch and Yoel Romero. Whittaker has great value at $9,100, and I think he is a smart choice. Either way this fight has potential to become fight of the night.

Stipe Miocic ($10,800) vs. Mark Hunt ($8,900)
In the heavyweight main event, Stipe Miocic comes in as the favorite vs. Mark Hunt after losing a decision to Junior Dos Santos. Hunt lost to Werdum for the interim heavyweight title in his last bout. While Miocic is the more technical boxer, you can never count out the heart and power of Hunt. Stipe is the smart choice here, but if you want early finish potential at a cheap price, look no further than Mark Hunt. Remember, it is always smart to take a fighter in the main event as it has the potential to go 5 rounds, which is 2 more than any other fight on this card. More rounds, more time to score points.

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Tom Gallicchio on UFC Release “It’s Been a Dream of Mine to Fight in KSW”

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MMA Latest spoke to TUF 22 and 25 season competitor Tom Gallicchio about being cut from the UFC, and potential promotions that he could sign for in the future.

Gallicchio (19-10) signed for the UFC after reaching the semi-finals of The Ultimate Fighter: Season 25. Losing to James Krause in his debut, “Da Tank” was informed earlier this month that the UFC had parted ways with him.


Q: Before we jump into the whole free agency stuff, talk me through how the UFC broke the news that they were going to release you?

I thought I was going to have another fight, this time at lightweight. I got a letter dated July 7th, saying they were going to keep me, I received it in September. I was getting emails to update my USADA, I never got a cut letter and I got tested by USADA on October 24th. I was hoping to fight sometime in January or February, then they broke the news to me that they need to make a room for new talent.

Q: You made your UFC debut against James Krause in July, then 4 months down the line, they cut you. How surprised were you at this somewhat out of the blue decision?

I’m thankful for my opportunity in the UFC and the fact that they gave me another shot, but it was definitely surprising how it happened.  They released a newsletter in September welcoming Jesse (Taylor) Dhiego (Lima) and myself into the UFC, all signs pointed towards another fight. Hearing that I was cut was just heartbreaking.

Q: Have any talks started with a new promotion. I saw you name a few on Twitter, the likes of  Bellator, BAMMA, KSW and ACB. Who do you see yourself signing for?

I would love to compete in any of those! A couple of them hit me up, one of which I am very happy to talk with. Since they came out, It’s been a dream of mine to fight in KSW. They’re taking care of their fighters, I would love to fight for them. I want to travel, I want to see the world, I want to fight. I’ve got a lot of fans overseas and I want to give them a show.

It’s been a dream of mine to fight in KSW.

Q: Your long time friend Jesse Taylor was victorious in the TUF 25 Finale, but he has since accepted a 1-year ban for failing a USADA test. What is your take on this given how close you two are?

I know Jesse is not a juicer, I’ve known him ever since I came down to (Team) Quest. It’s probably come from some supplement that he’s taking, it sucks for him. I think he went into a little bit of panic mode, he could have done a better job of handling it.

I don’t take supplements, if there was a way, I’d still keep myself in the USADA pool just because I believe in a clean sport. I think it’s important we keep the sport clean and if we’re cleaning up the supplement companies then good, because no one else is.

Where would you look to see Tom fight next? Let us know below!

 

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2017 IMMAF World Championships: Finals fixtures

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After 4 days of non stop action from Monday to Thursday we have our final 14 bouts to determine the 2017 IMMAF World Champions. Most of these fighters have fought four times for their slot  in the final and tomorrow will be their chance to finish off what has been a fantastic week of fights.

Kicking off the action tomorrow will be Michele Oliveira vs. Danni Neilan. Both women have looked extremely impressive in their bouts so far, Oliveira has spent less time in the cage than her opponent after finishing two of her fights. Neilan is the Irish teams last chance of a gold in this competition and comes into this after a war of a last fight. She is constantly pressuring and has solid striking with incredible ground and pound from any position on top.

Joel Aronlainen came down to featherweight after testing the water at lightweight in the European Championships. His lanky build and impressive overall skill set has seen him pick up 3 finishes in the competition so far. His opponent Delyan Georgiev is undefeated and will be a tough challenge for him. Georgiev has dominated the featherweight division at amateur, his gold medal at the European Championships could now lead to him becoming a world champion if he continues to perform like we’re used to seeing him do.

At 155lbs, Vitali Andruhovich will take on top American prospect Quintin Thomas for the gold. Andruhovich has been on the right side of two very close split decisions in this tournament so far. His controversial win over Irishman Ciaran Clarke had many people scratching their heads at the decision. He now has the chance to prove himself with a win against Quintin Thomas. Thomas is the UMMAF National Champion and a very experienced amateur fighter. Racking up 13 wins he has been a dominant fighter in most of his fights, his sole losses coming from sustaining an injury and a split decision loss.

For the Middleweight medal we have a battle of the Nordic fighters. Iceland’s Bjorn Lukas Haraldsson has looked phenomenal in his fights so far, finishing each and everyone inside a round. The Mjolnir fighter has been to many the highlight of the tournament, but has a tough task a head of him in Laallam who’s had half the number of fights in this tournament and looked impressive in both.

Bahrain’s last hope for a medal lies in the hand of Light Heavyweight finisher Murtaza Talha Ali. Ali has finished all four of his bouts so far, 3 via TKO/KO and his last being by way of submission. Standing in his way of gold will be Pavel Pahomenko from Belarus who’s proven to be lethal with submissions once an opportunity arises scoring two submission wins inside the first round.

Here is the full fixture list for the finals tomorrow:

  • Michele Oliveira  vs.  Danni Neilan 125 lbs
  • Anna Astvik  vs.  Hannah Dawson 115 lbs
  • Chamia Chabbi  vs.  Manon Fiorot 135 lbs
  • C. McCrudden  vs.  Fabiana Giampà 145 lbs
  • Gase Sanita  vs.  Kaycee Blake 155 lbs
  • Yernaz Mussabek  vs.  Serdar Atlas 125 lbs
  • Gamzat Magomedov  vs.  O. Moldagaliyev 135 lbs
  • Joel Arolainen  vs.  Delyan Georgiev 145 lbs
  • V. Andruhovich  vs.  Quitin Thomas 155 lbs
  • Sola Axel  vs.  Benjamin Bennett 170 lbs
  • B. Haraldsson  vs.  Khaled Laallam 185 lbs
  • Pavel Pahomenko  vs.  Murtaza Talha Ali 205 lbs
  • Irman Smajic  vs.  Lev Vins 265 lbs
  • Atanas Krastanov  vs.  Marcin Kalata 300 lbs
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Why It’s Time to Cherish Michael Bisping and Stop the Hate

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Ever since the Ultimate Fighter 3, Michael ‘The Count’ Bisping has been one of the most hated fighters on the UFC roster. Since he was painted as the big bad Brit against the American hero Dan Henderson, Bisping has been the villain. He has played up to the reputation of being one of the biggest heels in the UFC, with his arrogance, trash talk and often disrespectful attitude.

But nothing has summed up Michael Bisping more than the events of this past week. After losing his Middleweight Championship to Georges St. Pierre at UFC 217, no one would blame Bisping for wanting a few months on the couch whilst sinking a few beers before retiring at UFC London in March.

After hearing that Anderson Silva had tested positive for a banned substance, it was announced that Bisping would fill in for Silva to face Kelvin Gastelum in the main event of UFC Shanghai. A fight that nobody else would have wanted. A fight that he has less than three weeks to prepare for.

The fight does nothing for Bisping. Gastelum is a rising, rejuvenated contender and Bisping knows he can not take him lightly. But he’s also seven places below him in the rankings. Although, this doesn’t matter anymore as Bisping has announced this will be his second to last fight ever before hanging up his gloves.

Nothing sums Bisping up better than his comment on Gastelum’s Instagram post “See you in China. Loser buys the beers”.

He sounds relaxed. Perhaps he’s enjoying his last two fights and is at peace with his impending retirement.

In an era all about money, fighters like Bisping are rare and hard to come by. Fighters that only care about one thing, fighting.

Sure, his title reign wasn’t the best. But the UFC offered him the Henderson fight, to bring back some feeling of nostalgia that has been missing in the modern times of the UFC. And who in their right mind wouldn’t want to face one of the greatest ever in GSP.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – JULY 17: Michael Bisping of England steps on the scale during the UFC weigh-in inside the SSE Hydro on July 17, 2015 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

It’s easy to forget amongst all the trash talk that Bisping has always played by the rules, and been anti PEDs during a time when a majority of the roster was using some form of performance enhancers. Fighting PED users has given Bisping most of his losses and has even led to him losing sight in one of his eyes.

Most of Bisping’s outrageous acts, have been him using a ‘pro wrestling’ act in order to hype up his fights and put bums in seats. That isn’t an excuse for some of his obnoxious behaviour. But when he’s not in the zone, it’s clear to see what a respectful and humble man he is. Like his moment after UFC 217, where he approached Cody Garbrandt to tell him how proud he was of him, or his post fight respect for Anderson Silva, where they both bowed on their knees to one another.

This is me and Anderson exchanging respect while being attended to by the doctors.

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The truth is, Bisping is an incredible ambassador of the sport and one of the pioneers across the pond.

Bisping should be remembered and appreciated as the workhorse warrior who brought absolutely everything he had to the cage every time he fought. He always comes to fight, whether it’s three weeks notice or more. He’s simply tough as hell.

Believe you me Michael Bisping is a true old school legend of this sport and should be cherished whilst we still have him, cause we will miss him when he’s gone.

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