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UFC 82 Post Fight Notes

Anderson Silva– What can you say?  He dominates everyone that is suppose to beat him.  Henderson should have given him fits on the mat, but Silva handled it fine when Hendo got him down.

Dan Henderson– Was unable to do much with Silva even though he should have had advantages in both wrestling and strength.  Losses to Silva, Rampage are nothing to be ashamed of but his win over Wandy is somewhat suspect considering how easily Wandy was handled by Chuck.  Its hard to say if age is catching up with Hendo, but for now, he’s a little shaky.  Especially if he shows up as a big favorite next time.

Chris Wilson– gave Fitch all he wanted.  Wilson was a little tenative and allowed Fitch to stalk him.  Maybe Wilson likes to counter, but I don’t think so.  Wilson should get some love in his next fight, but i don’t think he’s got the ability to beat any of the top guys.  His striking is pretty good, but that’s not a secret anymore.

John Fitch– Had some trouble with Wilson’s standup, but adjusted and overcame.  Kind of a blah performance, but he was effective and got in three good rounds of competition.  Certainly he improves from this fight, but if Wilson can touch him whats going to happen when he faces GSP?

Evan Tanner– Okami was a terrible matchup for Tanner to come back against.  Tanner showed rust and was a sitting duck. Didn’t really learn much about Tanner.  Unbettable at this point.

Yushin Okami– Stays sharp, showed a little more versatility is his game, but he was not threatened and in his comfort zone.   Active, strong, and healthy.  Picked up the nickname Thunder somehow.

Heath Herring–  Unimpressive win.  He was taken down easily and often.  His punching is sloppy and he gets hit a lot.  Kongo gave him the win.

Cheick Kongo–   Disgusting loss.  His takedowns were very good, but is that what he really wants to do.  Kongo needs to use his physical advantages like he did against CroCop.  How’s he going to fight? Underdog play only.

Chris Leben– Nothing new about Leben.  Bad body, slugger.  Anyone willing to trade shots with him is taking big risks. Leben fights are like video games.

Alessio Sakara-Not enough boxing talent to be effective consistently.  He lost several standup shootouts where he’s just a little behind.

March 4, 2008 Posted by | Alessio Sakara, Anderson Silva, Cheick Kongo, Chris Leben, Chris Wilson, Dan Henderson, Evan Tanner, Heath Herring, John Fitch, Yushin Okami | 1 Comment

UFC 75 Betting Odds – Champion vs. Champion

The UFC betting group will be part of history when Pride Fighting unites with the UFC in UFC 75 – Champion vs. Champion on Saturday at the O2 Arena in London, England.

In the main event, UFC champion Quinton ”Rampage” Jackson will take on Pride champion Dan Henderson to unite the two MMA giants.

Henderson is the only man to simultaneously hold two titles in two different weight categories. He’ll bring an MMA record of 22-5-0 to the cage. Henderson has dominated in Pride with attitude, wrestling skills and knockout power in both hands.

The Middleweight and Welterweight champion has an unprecedented resume. In 1992 and 1996 he was a member of the United States Olympic Greco-Roman Wrestling team, 1988 USA Junior Freestyle champion, 1988 USA Junior Greco-Roman champion, 3-time USA Senior Greco-Roman champion, 3-time USA University Greco-Roman champion, 1990 USA FILA Junior World Greco-Roman champion, 1990 Amateur Wrestling News Freshman All-American, 1990-91 U.S. Olympic Festival champion, 1991 and 1993-94 University Nationals champion, 1993-94 U.S. Nationals champion, UFC 17 middleweight tournament winner and RINGS 1999 King of Kings Absolute tournament winner.

UFC Light Heavyweight champion Jackson is also a stellar wrestler with strength and slamming ability. In his last fight, Jackson beat Chuck ”The Iceman” Liddell by way of technical knockout to claim the title. The victory proved Jackson can also bang with the best and has a solid standup game. He owns an MMA record of 27-6-0.

On paper, Jackson and Henderson are evenly matched. This fight will mostly likely go to the ground where both fighters are most comfortable. But don’t be shocked if a bomb is landed to end the bout.

UFC odds currently display Jackson the favorite of -140. The underdog has recently dominated UFC main events. Can Henderson (+110) continue the trend? Or will Jackson make oddsmakers look brilliant? Find out Saturday in the Champion vs. Champion historic event.

Also on the card, home town boy Michael “The Count” Bisping (-260) will do battle with Matt “The Hammer” Hamill (+200) in a Welterweight dandy, and heavily favored Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic (-400) will take on Cheick Kongo (+300) in a Heavyweight war.

There’s several more great fights making for a dazzling night of action for the sports betting community. Are you ready? Let’s get it on!

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September 7, 2007 Posted by | Betting, CroCop, Dan Henderson, MMA betting, MMA odds, Quinton Jackson, ufc 75, ufc 75 betting, UFC Betting, UFC Odds | Leave a comment

MMA Power Rankings

Current MMA rankings are based on zewkey.com members’ rankings after each major MMA event. The (+100) is a form of power ranking MMA fighters, estimating the approximate  UFC odds differential between the fighters. The MMA power rankings are for all organizations and rank MMA fighters worldwide. Voice your opinion on the MMA rankings in our forum.


Heavyweight Rankings:

  1. Fedor
  2. Big Nog (+200)
  3. Gabriel Gonzaga (+200)
  4. CroCop (+220)
  5. Randy Couture (+300)
  6. Josh Barnett (+300)
  7. Tim Sylvia (+280)
  8. Andrei Arlovski (+320)
  9. Fabricio Werdum (+380)
  10. Brandon Vera (+380)

Light Heavyweight Rankings:

  1. Shogun Rua
  2. Dan Henderson (even)
  3. Quinton Jackson (even)
  4. Chuck Liddell (+60)
  5. Wanderlei Silva (+100)
  6. Sokoudjou (+100)
  7. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (+180)
  8. Ricardo Arona (+220)
  9. Rashad Evans (+280)
  10. Alistair Overeem (+260)

Middleweight Rankings:

  1. Paulo Filho
  2. Anderson Silva (+20)
  3. Dan Henderson (+20)
  4. Rich Franklin (+80)
  5. Matt Lindland (+100)
  6. Denis Kang (+100)
  7. Nate Marquardt (+100)
  8. Yushin Okami (+120)
  9. Kendall Grove (+130)
  10. Brock Larson (+130)

Welterweight Rankings:

  1. Georges St. Pierre
  2. Matt Hughes (+20)
  3. BJ Penn (+60)
  4. Josh Koscheck (+60)
  5. Diego Sanchez (+120)
  6. Jon Fitch (+120)
  7. Nick Diaz (+180)
  8. Karo Parisyan (+180)
  9. Jake Shields (+200)
  10. Matt Serra (+300)

Lightweight Rankings:

  1. Sean Sherk
  2. Takanori Gomi (+50)
  3. BJ Penn (+60)
  4. Hayato “Mach” Sakurai (+100)
  5. Tatsuya Kawajiri (+100)
  6. Gilbert Melendez (+120)
  7. Shinya Aoki (+120)
  8. Joe Stevenson (+100)
  9. Joachim Hansen (+160)
  10. Tyson Griffin (+160)

August 14, 2007 Posted by | Alistair Overeem, Anderson Silva, Andrei Arlovski, BJ Penn, Brandon Vera, Brock Larson, CroCop, Dan Henderson, Denis Kang, Diego Sanchez, Fabricio Werdum, Fedor, Gabriel Gonzaga, Georges St. Pierre, Gilbert Mendez, GSP, Jake Shields, Joachim Hansen, Joe Stevenson, John Fitch, Josh Barnett, Josh Koscheck, Karo Parisyan, Kendall Grove, Mach Sakurai, Matt Hughes, Matt Lindland, Matt Serra, Nate Marquardt, Nick Diaz, Paulo Filho, Quinton Jackson, Randy Couture, Rashad Evans, Ricardo Arona, Rich Franklin, Sean Sherk, Shinya Aoki, Shogun Rua, Sokoudjou, Takanori Gomi, Tim Sylvia, Tyson Griffin, Yushin Okami | Leave a comment